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Last week we introduced our Artists Uncovered, a weekly run down of bands from all genres that deserve a mention.  These are submissions to First Angel Media that may not be getting a full article or feature, but we’re dedicated to getting as much music to you as we can, so this is your chance to find new favorites. Check out the links, preorders and more below! Puerto Rican thrash metal act Fullminator released their...

Covid photography

What a crazy time it has been since March of last year. Some days it feels like Groundhog Day where I wake up in the morning, do the exact same things, rinse and repeat day after day. Only 10 months have passed since the first real COVID lockdowns had started, but some days it feels like 10 years. If I look at my calendar that used to be full of activities, it is like a...

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Our cup runneth over with bands!! We get so many requests for coverage that it can be hard to dedicate the time to each of them, and so we bring you “Artists Uncovered”. Each week we will be featuring submissions to First Angel Media that may not receive a full article or spotlight as well as social media posts for new videos that we’ve learned about. You’ll find this every Sunday night on our website...

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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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          Recently a unique, alternative-rock band called Erudition has been gaining ground. The band was constructed in Bolivar, New York and involves three talented musicians Josh Wells, Justin Sabel, and Shawn Chase – who have created a lot of tracks together. Managed by Shariff James, fronted by Josh who also plays lead guitarist, with Justin on bass and Shawn sounding the drums, they say that “each song we write is a...

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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...

Humble Beginnings - Greed

I have only known Russ Burchell a couple years and have always known him just as the talented guitar player for his daughter Aubrey. But as with all great musicians and fathers, there was a life before children and being on stage. This article is the first in an upcoming series where you’ll read some of those stories. The first in this series is, titled ‘Humble Beginnings – Russ Burchell.’  If you’d like me to...

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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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The music industry is a lot more than just rowdy bands playing their hearts out and swilling cheap beer at their local music venues. Despite the glamour associated with the “live fast, go to work hungover tomorrow” attitude of many in the underground, many people are behind the scenes making sure there are events to play and audiences to play for. A lot of these movers and shakers have just as much enthusiasm for working...

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A song performed by over 60 artists from over 27 bands, SOS 2020 is a call for help in the middle of a pandemic as well as an anthem of hope across the music community of Pittsburgh. Even with the approval of the Save Our Stages Act, there is an immediate need for funds for Pittsburgh’s venues as has been seen with the closure of The Rex Theatre from the coronavirus pandemic. When it comes to...

Craig Ferry

Last month I wrote an article about creating the playlist, ‘Story of Craig’, and the impact that it had on me. Selecting the songs from my past and reliving the memories associated with them was an emotional rollercoaster. Little did I realize how this article would touch other people as well. I received emails, texts and messages from people telling me they created their own playlists. One particular person gave me her top 10 songs...

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As we come to the end of 2020, I can’t help but feel caught between some relief at seeing an end to the craziest year I’ve endured, and looking at the ‘anniversaries’ quickly coming up in a new year that has yet to show change. For some 2020 has been hell, for the music scene it’s been the closest we’ve ever come to music dying. We in the music industry, fans, bands, venues and more,...

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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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Look, we all know this year has hit everyone hard. There’s no denying that fact. But one record label has taken the pandemic to new heights – Brutal Business Entertainment. And to close out their year, they are dropping a compilation disc filled with some of the hardest hitting players in the game, crammed full of unlimited talent and tracks from some of their longest standing artists, as well as some fresh new talent they’ve added...