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J.R.R. Tolkien wrote what is arguably the most famous and well known fantasy series in known history called The Lord of the Rings. More recently famous is the movie adaptation by Peter Jackson that ignited a culture all its own. Everything from cosplays to famous movie quotes known to nearly every household across the known world. Entire bands and musicians even pay homage with their own take on the series in song. One of those...

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Unassumingly releasing their very first cassette album (its only physical format so far) on Devil’s Night 2020, Vicious Blade, a new Pittsburgh death/thrash/crust project featuring members of Tartarus, Commit Suicide, and Complete Failure, deals swiftly and brutally with poseurs in blood-hungry Napalm Death-meets-Midnight fashion. Consisting of five brief tracks totaling over just thirteen minutes, this self-titled debut is punctuated by the frightening roar of Clarissa Badini and the deft guitarwork of Jeff Ellsworth and Erik...

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Following their Christmas release of the single “Corpse Bride“, Third Realm has finally released the music video for the track, courtesy of their label darkTunes Music Group. Third Realm describes their sound as Bipolar Pop, which I can definitely hear that in the new single. From start to finish, this song keeps you moving with roaring guitars, pumping drum track, and a catchy chorus. It’s a different sound but still fun little tune to dance...

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J. Asadi is a Pittsburgh underground Hip Hop artist and President of Dark Mafia Entertainment. With a label like that you would expect it to hit hard, and there’s no doubt about that! He has an exceptionally smooth voice with very clever punch lines, and the delivery is amazing. You can tell this man has the drive to keep moving forward no matter how tough things get. He is willing to put in the work...

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     Some Faith is a Pittsburgh darkwave/ synth-pop Duo that started to take shape in August of 2019, when poet, vocalist Indigo Baloch sent over lyrics to the tracks that busy, producer Brian Sikes Howe had sent over. Indigo is the founder of the Black Cat Market and is on the board for the Mr. Roboto project while Brian is the front man for metal band, GreyWalker and rap-rockers Normal Creatures, works at Get Hip...

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Me Against Death’s (Clock), aka MadClock. A recent addition to the Brutal Business Entertainment roster as of Halloween 2020. Originally known with his former project Two Stoopid Dogs, Nathaniel Rowe can normally be found stomping around his hometown near Erie, Pennsylvania, sharing his stories of triumph and pain through his unique brand of hip hop music. I had the opportunity to get to know MadClock personally when I covered the Brutal Winter 2020 Charity Stream....

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Have you ever stopped to think that no matter how much music you listen to, you will never hear every artist that’s recording today, let alone all that have recorded in your lifetime?  A New State of Mind is an alternative rock band currently comprised of Mark Kapsha, Jim Zewe and Russ Burchell. The band has been together in one form or another for around 40 years. The music they have written over four decades...

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“I looked to the sky, and saw nothing. I looked under the dirt, and found nothing. When I closed my eyes, and forgot the world around me, I found the seed. Oh the seed is small and black, it is The Serpent Seed. I stood before the mirror. I raised one hand, and so did my reflection. I saw eyes, skin, lips, and hair. I saw myself. But this is not me, there is no...

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Chris Connelly invites you onto a journey with his latest album called Graveyard Sex. Even though the title would suggest otherwise,  the album is about death and life, and was inspired by his friend Bill who he was working with at the time he started writing for the album and ultimately passed before they could work on music together. The album itself is a solemn affair filled with Connelly‘s crooning voice backed by passionate and sometimes...

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We first saw 9 Stitch Method claw their way into our hearts about three years ago with their full length album, Life After You. Since then, their existence and atmosphere has grown! The progressive, alt metal band; now signed with Brutal Business Entertainment; is ending this savage year with the release of an almost equally savage track. I’m new to their music but instantly loved their sound and I think everyone would have to agree...

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“Satisfaction with what we do is death, never [be] satisfied; [that] vampire shit” – Roe Ether 2020 has been one of the worst years on record. But for musicians, that’s especially true. They’ve had to adapt and overcome immense obstacles to stay relevant. Unfortunately for some, despite all the effort they pour into their work, many have been slept on. Ritual of Ether is no exception to that rule. For me personally, this man’s music...

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Does Anyone Listen? Protest songs have probably been written almost as long as people have created music.  When you’re a musician and your voice is your music, how better to express yourself than in your song?  After all, music normally has some story behind it, sometimes expressed in happiness, sadness or frustration.  To the listener, the song can be just another hit on the weekly top 20 countdown.  We can interpret the composition in our...

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Internal calamity, suicidal tendencies, imaginary reality, and separation anxiety. EMZY ENZY is such a unique project, and this album, Verzion is unique in so many ways I couldn’t describe them all. It’s a tale of overcoming trauma, battling personal demons, and taking responsibility for your own life, regardless of the circumstances. After a long hiatus, due to the unfortunate death of founding member and guitar player Dustin Johnson; Caleb Straus (vocals, guitar, programming, bass, samples)...

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” Car bomb. She had a name, She had purpose, And now it’s done. Car bomb. She was a mother, She was someone’s lover, And now she’s gone.” – Der Prosector Here we are in 2020. The entire planet has been in an uproar against those who seek to silence the voice of the people. Government corruption has been exposed. There’s been riots and protests virtually everywhere. You can’t even watch the news or visit...

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Listening to A Ray From The Sun, the new LP from The Fading Light, makes me really appreciate the level of talent in the Pittsburgh area. I had not heard of this band before I was asked to review their new LP that was released just yesterday. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but each song I listened to made me look forward to hearing the next one on the album. The song lyrics and...

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For those who seek music on a different level, I’m An Alien arrives with a new album “The Year of the Glitch”. Comprised of two members, the mysterious Gigtus who is lead vocalist and guitarist, and Brandon Dotson on bass and drums. With their spacey rock sound, as the name almost suggests, you would think this was something produced by aliens. It is something we didn’t know we even needed until it happened, and the...

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“The world will not change for you. You must change your world.” – Addam Robert Paul (vocals) The Destruct Principle. is performance art. It’s dark, gothic, industrial, metal, and heavily influenced by elements of Native American Spirituality, Satanism, and an affinity towards nature. Watching their live performances is something very unique, and commands attention to detail. One thing is for certain, you will never see anything else like it. The Destruct Principle. was originally intended...

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2020 has been a year of surprise releases, especially when it calls for it, and just in time for Halloween, Danny Elfman releases a surprise video for his single “Happy”. We been looking for an official theme song for the crapshoot of the year 2020, and it’s safe to say we found it. Danny Elfman is no stranger to creepy aesthetics, and this is no different. Though it’s hard to pinpoint the most disturbing aspects...