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Musical mastermind, head of Brutal Business Entertainment, Patrick McElravy brings another trap metal bombshell with his latest upcoming album “Abstract Thoughts” under his project Seethe. Imagine if you will, taking the love child of Marilyn Manson and Phil Anselmo, sledge hammering it through a cybernetic meat grinder, all while maniacally screaming into the void, and that’s still not as twisted and gnarly as what you’ll hear on this release. One thing is for sure, this...

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Folk music is the eternal sonic vehicle, for not just stories about our ancestors; if we’re smart enough to look closely, we will often find ourselves in there too. Essentially, within the quaint shanties about fishing villages, and tragic storms that may have taken away a sizable chunk of the men-folk, one discovers, they are all songs about working people; tales of working people with soil, salt from the sea, and grease from factory machines...

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LA and proud, Ethan Thompson, AKA Alt Bloom, teams up with rapper gnash, to produce a mild-mannered sizzler, “text talk touch” through Big MTN Records. An unabashed summer love song that deserves to live well beyond the warmer months of any year, it becomes the video metaphor for “this” particular summer with it’s socially distanced romantic leads courting through their phones. Checking through some of Bloom’s past acoustic performances, one can see him at times...

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It’s gritty, grungy, and gloomy. Australian industrial metal band No Names latest release titled “I Surrender To The Void As Of Now I Am The Void” is just that. Reminiscent of a cross between early 90’s grunge rock and industrial metal from the same era, this album literally sounds like a couple guys hammered it out in an abandoned manufacturing plant, and hated the entire experience. And that’s not a bad thing at all honestly....

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Brad Abbott has been on the local western PA music scene for roughly ten years. I’ve had the opportunity to watch him perform the last three years at various music venues in the area. Upon hearing he was working on a new EP, I was excited to find out that the first song “Arson” was released. Brad was inspired in his musical journey by music artists Neil Young, Elton John and rock band Augustana. While...

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Ded, an Alternative Metal band from Arizona, brings its newest single “Parasite” at a time when the entire planet needs to hear their message. Forming this band is Joe Cotela (vocals), David Ludlow (guitar), Kyle Koelsch (bass), and Matt Reinhard (drums). Layered throughout this latest track is references to the state of turmoil all of us currently exist in. It’s introspective, yet reflective of the current events and struggles most prominent in everyone’s mind. As...

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There’s been a lot of fanfare lately in the Pittsburgh music scene and beyond about one Mr. Patrick McElravy. I’m actually not here to talk about him but rather this Jekyll and Hyde transformation he’s pulled off. How does one go from one of the biggest music enthusiasts and supporters, known for being a friend to all, quick with smiles and praise, and all around teddy bear to this barely chained, cunning beast of darkness...

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While quarantine may be miserable for some, it can become a creative force for others. For South African pop artist Filipa, it was the perfect inspiration for her new single, “Do Something”. The song released on Aug. 28 and is a slow tempo, pop-ballad filled with emotion and longing. The lyrics describe a girl waiting for someone to make a move romantically instead of being stuck in limbo. “I’m not going to be wasting my...

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Country music is just about every music fan’s favorite genre to dismiss and mock. If one listens to the modern country radio, they can easily understand the hatred and most likely join in on it. One of the oldest genres in modern music has fallen far from its roots and is barely recognizable in its modern incarnation. If you dig long enough you will find that there are still modern country artists that sound closer...

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Let me preface this by saying, “Holy cow, what a year its been so far.” When Joe Everyman thinks back on the year 2020, what will he reflect upon? Maybe the pandemic, Joe Exotic’s eyebrow ring, all of the crazy things human beings will do out of boredom, or maybe heightened tensions between the American populace? As the american novelist, Sarah Dessen, once said, “Music is the great uniter. An incredible force, something that people...

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From the foreboding opening track “Ghosts in My Kitchen” which reminds me of a horror movie soundtrack, all the way through to it’s closing with “Tuesday Rite”, Josh Lamison’s second album Relic from his solo project Retaliate of Anger conjures up the raw industrial sounds of long-standing artists in the EDM/Industrial genre. Reminiscent of acts like Skinny Puppy, Suicide Commando, Velvet Acid Christ, and even Wumpscut, this album bore its way into my darkest memories...

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When the surviving members of Static X announced about embarking on a reunion tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first album Wisconsin Death Trip, my excitement was palpable. When they also announced about releasing an album of undiscovered material featuring the vocals of the late Wayne Static, that was enough to blow my excitement sky high. Originally the idea was to have guest vocalists sing on the tracks, until they discovered unused vocal tracks of...

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Yes, you read that right. Just when you thought 2020 had given us enough surprises we’re now getting a new Nickleback cover of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” on the heels of Korn‘s own version of the same song.  Seems this song about Johnny and the Devil is having it’s hay day and to be honest, I couldn’t tell you which is better but I can tell you that their two styles seem to...

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Dethlehem describes themselves as a D&D campaign that came to life and formed a metal band. They are releasing a new album called Maelstrom of the Emerald Dragon on July 17th. It will be a concept album, which will satisfy those who are a fan of those formats like I am. The story of the album is about the warriors of Dethlehem who are summoned by an ancient wizard who tasks them with defeating the evil...

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Today I’m here to talk about my favorite albums of all time that would be the industrial/electric Rock album by Celldweller. This album is called End of an Empire that came out all the way back in 2015. This album comes out in four sections, “Time”, “Love”, “Dreams” and “Death”. This album has a mixture of some storytelling sections along with its music, so if you have the deluxe edition of the album you’re looking...

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Summer may be one of the best seasons to release an album or single. Whatever is released carries the potential to become a summer hit if it has the right, warm energy. The release must have a sense of summer nostalgia; it has to transport the listener to late summer nights of riding around in cars and jumping in pools. For emerging artist, Alt Bloom, that’s exactly the feeling his new EP,  Astronaut Complex, provokes. ...

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Familiarity can be comforting. Repetition can calm the mind and soothe anxiety by giving you the idea that because you know what’s going to happen, everything is going to be okay. A lot of people turn to familiar music to get their head in the right place when everything seems to be going awry, while others accept chaos and harness it, using it as an opportunity to bravely push forward into unfamiliar territory, creating new...

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The Bl@ck List: A Growing List of Black Musicians, Artists, Writers, And Then Some written by Alicia Lynn This is an interesting time to be alive, isn’t it? I think we can all agree on that much. Keen as I am to get on with discussing the inspiring artists I’m about to present to you (and I will), I can’t figure a way around establishing that specific truth between us first. Common ground, you know?...