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  The story behind Redemption’s Cry is kind of a mysterious one. I remember that it was a warm September evening. I went down to my studio to just play my guitar. I really just wanted to play and not to write, but somehow this song was ready to be birthed. When the baby is ready to come out, there is no stopping it. So as I was noodling around I started to play this...

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Let’s dive into this sludgy, hard rock song and get to the bottom of what it all means.  Curtain Call Records recording artists Nocion are based in San Juan, Puerto Rico formed in 2001.   “The Grave” talks about the spoils of war, mostly the death of young, innocent children whose voices can’t be heard, mostly b/c of their age (babies). The Grave They made their graves Deaths in vain They killed them all A...

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On this week’s A Look at the Lyrics, we have an Electro-Punk-Rock band hailing from Minneapolis. Follow along as Andy of VERSION 5 gives us the meaning behind Absolute Zero. Enjoy the ride. We were inspired to write the lyrics after a few all-night caffeine and alcohol-infused writing sessions in the heart of a bitterly cold Minnesota winter. The vibe of the song had a Space-rock feel to it. We thought it’d be cool to...

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Wicked Earth – “Light the Shadow” “Light The Shadow is about the Spirit of 1776. A modern interpretation is the awakening of men to the political powers that be, that doesn’t necessarily have our best interests at heart. This song represents spreading the message of freedom and keeping that fire of liberty alive in us, so that we may endure in this great country, recognizing when the elite are trying to own us through their...

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One of my favorite things about my job at First Angel Media is the little gems I get handed along the way. With the way the market is nowadays, it’s all too common that bands with stellar music come out of the gate with strong material, but somehow manage to slip through the cracks and go unheard due to the oversaturated market or maybe even lack of business skills. We all know what’s popular and...

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On this week’s “A Look at the Lyrics” we learn the very in depth meaning behind the song from Pittsburgh rock veterans After The Fall- “New S.A.”.  Read what lead singer Doug has to say about their new song and watch the lyric video.  Show some love, leave a comment and let us know what you think. “New S.A.” is a song about where we are as a country at this point in time.  Our...

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The Fading Light “In the Morning” This is a song I wrote about someone in my life who would constantly disparage themselves, they would always seek assurance that I thought they were pretty, always refer to themselves as ugly, and even give me push back when I said I thought they were beautiful. It was frustrating, to say the least, to try to express to someone that you think they’re wonderful only to be met...

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Within the last couple of years there has been a strong resurgence of Stoner and Doom Metal within the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania scene. Today we are going to take a look at new kids on the block Makeshift Urn with their debut Self-Titled EP. To start off, Makeshift Urn was a rather refreshing listen. I dabble within the genre of Stoner Metal every now and then when I get the itch, but let’s face it, if...

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The story behind “Shine Again” is very personal.  In 2015, my band at the time had grown to its biggest stature in its 10-year history.  We were playing to capacity crowds, our latest album had been positively reviewed internationally, and we were writing the best songs of our time together. However, in December 2015, both of my parents became extremely ill.  My father nearly passed away from pneumonia and my mother’s weight had dwindled near...

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2019 has been an amazing year of music within the realms of independent and underground artists. With so much amazing talent that has come across my path over here at First Angel Media, I can’t help but be excited for what new music 2020 has in store! Here is my Top 10 releases of 2019 that have been in constant rotation for me and why they should be yours as well! In no particular order:...

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ThunderStruck America’s AC/DC Tribute – Neutral Loss – Tommy Magik and the Wonderfulls take over The Crafthouse with a SOLD OUT crowd.  From elbows to shoulders, butts to backs, weaving your way through the crowd was a hard task to accomplish!  I actually got stuck behind the stage but you’ll hear no complaints from me.  I had a clear view of the action on stage and action it was!  Thunderstruck rips the stage to pieces....

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On this weeks “A Look at the Lyrics” we give you an inside view to the meaning behind Conflict Cycle – Dark Days Ahead “Dark Days Ahead is about the messed up political and social environment we currently live in. We are repeating similar mistakes made throughout history, like the whole tactic of “bread and circus” used by the Roman oligarchy to distract people from the ensuing collapse. Today, instead of bread and circus, we...

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On this weeks “A Look at the Lyrics” we give you an inside view to the meaning behind The Anxious Hearts “Sadness“. “The story behind this song is that Jordan, the founder, guitarist, and singer originally wrote it with his ex wife about a troubled relationship. Originally the main lyrics were written from Jessica with the wife’s perspective and focused on feeling sad from a fight and feeling like she does everything wrong. The rap...

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Chip & The Charge Ups is using this opportunity to spread the holiday spirit to those in need in its hometown. The band has partnered with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Under this partnership, the band will donate profits from the sale of Black and Gold Christmas t-shirts to the Food Bank. Chip & The Charge Ups Black and Gold Christmas   “Coming back to the 412, I got all my presents bought Mom...

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On this weeks “A Look at the Lyrics” we give you an inside view to the meaning behind The Recasts – Zombies Everywhere.   “The song is about returning from combat, which is what I tapped into being both a combat veteran as well as a Behavioral Health leader.  PTSD is a hell of a thing for anyone to go thru. This is a snapshot of a combination of everything.”  – The Recasts   ZOMBIES...

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On this weeks “A Look at the Lyrics” we give you an inside view to the meaning behind FUBAR – Junk We are usually a funky reggae rock/ ska punk band but this particular song is loud, fast and about as punk rock as it gets. It’s easily our heaviest song by far and starts with a slamming fast drum beat and a shredding guitar solo! The song itself is about heroin and the current...

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So, if your buddy said to you, “We’re gonna hold an event where we post a public set list of songs and open it up to all musicians and let them randomly jump on stage and take the place of a member of the band.” You’d probably say he’s totally nuts and wish him luck on that madness!  Well I said that to my guys and they said “Well alrighty then, let’s go!!!!”  So that’s...