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At the end of Martin Popoff’s excellent, poignant 2006 book about Dio titled Light Beyond The Black, a work I highly recommend to any heavy metal fan, Popoff states… “One day, Ronnie won’t be there championing the common cause — a cause dear to his heart because it’s dear to yours. Experience it and enjoy it while you can.” That was the first thing that came to mind when I read the news that Ronnie...

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In the early nineties, the metal band, Dhvaras, played what they referred to as “Skogsrock” (Forest rock) in Groruddalen, Norway – inspired by both the beauty and dark rawness of nature itself. All of the songs used classical guitars as the melodic foundation and from there were turned into a loud and melodic soundscape. During Fall 2019, the band‘s founder, Kyrre Riksen, was able to restore an old DAT tape demo previously believed to be...

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  Labyrinth Within Lunacy: A Punishing Descent Into Madness Labyrinth Within Lunacy is the first single off of Post Mortal Possession‘s new album, Catacombs Of Bedlam. This song is a brutal descent into madness, with the lyrics painting a horrific unraveling of an abusively medicated mental patient losing their sanity, shackled in the depths of the institution. It truly makes a wicked pairing with the music here, and this song captures the overall theme of...

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Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish are known for their grandiose albums, and their newest album Human:||:Nature, which released on April 10th, is definitely the very definition of that. This is technically a double album, except with a unique twist. The second disc contains one whole song that is broken up into 8 parts. Their closing tracks are usually the longest, and Nightwish really put their all into their longest song yet. Human:||Nature is a concept...

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“Donny Brook” is the latest single released by Artwork for the Blind. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Artwork for the Blind is a metal quartet whose current line-up consists of Sean Curry on lead vocals, Sol. E. Williams on guitar and backing vocals, Michael Hoehn on bass and backing vocals, and Larry Myers on drums. They are currently in the studio finishing up their 3rd full-length album, which is, as of yet, untitled. Ahead of the...

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Daisuke Wachi is a one-man Groove Metal band straight from the streets of LA. Recording and performing under the moniker Divine Era, his third and most recent release is called Scripture Codes Summon Suicidal Thoughts. As you would expect, this album is extremely dark, with lyrics covering everything from suicides to snuff films.  Within the darkness, however, there is beauty.  Daisuke’s musicianship is impeccable. Whether he’s playing guitar, bass or programming the drums, there is...

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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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Most musicians dream of writing THE album. The album that defines you. The album into which you’ve poured every ounce of your heart and soul. The album that IS you.  THE album. Most musicians probably can’t fathom taking thirteen years to write that anthemic album. If you could write the soundtrack of your life, how long would it be? What type of music would you choose? Would you be willing to take more than a...

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Feast on the Fallen – “Boneyard” This week’s Find Your Muse(ic) we are rocking “Boneyard” by Steel City’s Feast on the Fallen. “Boneyard” comes in like a 10 ton hammer and sledges away for its 4 minute duration, waking up the dead in the process. Metallic hardcore laced with it’s murky death metal vibe pulses and churns as the band pummels their victims to rubble. People have been waiting for the zombie apocalypse, Feast on...

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Like your metal with a touch of ambience and proggy djent? Maybe some mentally deranged and psychotic vocals served on the side? New Chicago based outfit “Psithurism” have just released their debut EP and it might just be the flavor your looking for……. The guys waste little to no time getting down to what they are all about. Djent flavored metalcore with just the right amount of technical flair, Psithurism have certainly produced a tasty...