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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...

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Thomas Crane, formerly Marion Crane, now killDevil Films, an independent film production company in Florida, is an artist in a class all his own. His dark visions and horror aesthetics literally bleed from the screen post-production. The immense catalog of music videos and artists he’s worked with has only grown exponentially year by year, with absolutely no signs of slowing down. Being a former Art Institute student myself, I can truly relate to this man’s...

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Before you even read this article, stop. Stop whatever it is that you’re doing, and just sit back, and reminisce on the last live show you attended, what was it? For yours truly it was sharing the stage with PGH Power Ska Bandits, iNCO FIdo! I could go on for days and days about how much of a spectacle these guys are to see in person, I mean come on? Where else are you going...

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I’m gonna be honest, when I was first approached about reviewing Iron Brigade‘s self-titled debut album I had no idea what to expect. I was handed a home pressed copy of a CD, with a five track listing, and a basic black and white printed label on it. I really didn’t have high hopes for this one initially whatsoever; but this is a prime example of how you should never judge a book by its...

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It’s always tough to review work from people you know, people you love. You vacillate between wanting to shower them with compliments from the perspective of what you know of them as good human beings, and what you’ve seen them do in the past, and also wanting to see clearly what’s in front of you; to be fair and balanced, as the saying goes. I always aim to give people their due, sure, but also...

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“Nothing screams horror more than real life.” – Zach Wager (vocals) The apocalypse has begun. The world is rust. We are nothing but rot, and God has left us to decay in our ignorance. Enter: Dead Animal Assembly Plant. Imagine Mad Max meets Marilyn Manson in a barren desert junkyard. The plague has come and gone; the government ceases to exist. The last remining survivors scavenge through the rotting carcasses, and band of warriors emerges....

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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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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...