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As I pull out of my driveway on a sunny June afternoon in my black and gold 1985 Camaro IROC-Z, T-top open, cruising down to the high school to grab my buddies for another Friday night back road party, case of Pabst Blue Ribbon on the passenger seat, and a pack of Marlboros in my t-shirt pocket, I grab my cassettes and pull out my favorite; Corners of Sanctuary: Heroes Never Die. Coming in with...

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Oh my God… no, that was Clapton, right?! Remember that story, how a wall in 1960s London was spray-painted with the meme-worthy line, “Clapton is God.”? This was during Clapton’s Yardbirds, John Mayall & Bluesbreakers time, and every guitar player after, including Eddie Van Halen, followed the man and his smooth riffs and blues runs, for years later. Until, of course, Jimi Hendrix entered from stage left, or as we like to call it, Seattle....

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Feast of the Fallen is back on the Pittsburgh Zombie-core scene with their E.P, S.C.A. and the release of their single “Wastemorland”! The teaser for the five track album was released on the 14th and had all of us Feast fans famined for more. I was personally first introduced to Feast when they performed for the Depression: The Nightmare Before Christmas, a benefit show that I attended with First Angel Media in December, 2019. I...

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When a musician has a tale to tell, they do it in the ways they know best, and Johnny Grhymes knows hip-hop and the ways soul music samples can fit to enhance the feel of his art. His most recent release God Save the King is a compilation of unapologetic modern rap and its roots, utilizing the flow of lyrics to drive home his stories of life, love and kingly duty. Released through Brutal Business...

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Whom The Gods Wish To Ruin, They First Drive Mad, released earlier this year by Red Lokust, is the second album by this industrial duo composed of Jim Semonik (Distortion Productions, Electronic Saviors, Rein[Forced]), and Lee Lauer (X-Aslan Faction). Having seen Red Lokust perform several times, and knowing how much heart and soul Jim pours into virtually every endeavor he pursues, I knew pretty much what to expect. This album is a culmination of many...

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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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We all find times we must forgive the ones we love, and ask for forgiveness in return. “Forgive Her” from Gods and Aliens explores to the very depths of what that means. The video displays togetherness and all the goodness we share with our fellow friends, romantic partners, and families. And it really says it best with the lyrics that go “Because the good things, Outweigh the bad things.” So if you find yourself in...

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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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I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t have a concrete answer to the question “What do we do now?”. This article is to give you a fair warning and hopefully a head start on changing up how you’re currently producing or consuming your music content on Facebook. With the very general statement of new music guidelines, and a lack of options stating how to license the music for the platform, Facebook might be...

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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...