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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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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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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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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...

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When the surviving members of Static X announced about embarking on a reunion tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first album Wisconsin Death Trip, my excitement was palpable. When they also announced about releasing an album of undiscovered material featuring the vocals of the late Wayne Static, that was enough to blow my excitement sky high. Originally the idea was to have guest vocalists sing on the tracks, until they discovered unused vocal tracks of...

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The Bl@ck List: A Growing List of Black Musicians, Artists, Writers, And Then Some written by Alicia Lynn This is an interesting time to be alive, isn’t it? I think we can all agree on that much. Keen as I am to get on with discussing the inspiring artists I’m about to present to you (and I will), I can’t figure a way around establishing that specific truth between us first. Common ground, you know?...

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Filter is no stranger to politically charged music, for example their most famous song “Hey Man, Nice Shot”. The band was formed as an industrial metal band in 1993 by Richard Patrick, who is the brother of the actor Robert Patrick, and they released 7 albums the last one being in 2016. Their music was developed to make a statement, and they gained quite a popular following, with the debut album Short Bus being the...

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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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The Birthday Massacre, hailing from Canada, released their 8th album Diamonds, and what an album it is. It is very fitting, especially during this time where things seem uncertain and everything looks dark. The album‘s theme is about being guided from the dark back into the light, providing a beacon of hope, which is very much needed especially now. The music is just as magical and soaring as ever with the beautiful and ethereal vocals...

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“What you do is what the whole universe is doing at the place you call Here and Now.” That’s how the intro to Joviac’s second studio album Here and Now starts off. It’s clear from the beginning intro of the album that this is going to be a deep journey into philosophical and conceptual viewpoints and hard-hitting music. Joviac is a progressive metal band from Finland who are working to progress metal as it is and...

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Monolith (ZA) The Lord Conspirator MMD Records South Africa’s Monolith (ZA) puts a moody mark on death metal with its new eight-song release, The Lord Conspirator, being released by MMD Records’ subsidiary, MMD Black on April 28th 2020. A follow-up to the band’s two previous EPs, Memory Palace and Legacy of the Opium Eater, The Lord Conspirator shows a band very comfortable in its own skin, seamlessly blending blast beats with somber passages and tightly...

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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus hit the scene hard in the year 2006 with the release of their debut album, Don’t You Fake It. I remember blasting that album in my bedroom at my parents’ house on repeat. A few years later, I saw them live with a band called Tickle Me Pink as their opener. I remember every minute of that night as clear as day. Even though that album, with big hits like “Face...

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    A new contender in the black metal community has emerged from the depths of hell named Horse Drawn. When this was given to me, I was quite excited as I was on night shift. Listening and taking notes on this demo sampler was gonna carry me the rest of the night and boy was I in for a treat.        Horse Drawn have recently dropped their sampler Nonbeliever in preparation for their upcoming album. The band...

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Gator Shakes is a band you’ve probably seen on a flier or two if you’re a follower of the Pittsburgh metal scene. After a memorable performance at Deutschtown Music Festival and a conveniently-timed epidemic of alligators running wild in the city streets, Gator Shakes has been shrouded in a fog of intrigue and mystery. To cap off an active summer, they unveiled a 7-track album on August 24th with a release party at Cattivo. There...

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It is no surprise that I have been seeing the band Ignition Point pop up more and more lately. With an energetic live show and a knack for metalcore tendencies, the band are sure to be a hit with the Pittsburgh metal scene as they grow. I’ve always considered these guys a sort of hidden gem, as they have some time under their belts. With an album like “Natural Causes”, it evades me why they...

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As Descendants of Crom approaches not far off in the distance I can hear a rumble and see a fog descending. It’s a rumble that shakes the earth beneath my feet and has an unsettling vibe about it. It’s a dark fog that smells of whiskey and cheap cigarettes; thick and dense with a whole lot of attitude….and my friends I’m here to say that disturbance of the senses is Baltimore stoner rock outfit Foghound...