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Jake Kussmaul

I come from a family who is passionate about all things music. I learned to sing at an early age, and by 13, had my very own Fender Strat guitar. I tried my hardest at learning all that I could. Because I was born with cerebral palsy, I had to teach myself an adaptive playing style. I learned to write and record my own music, despite these difficulties. In college, I started making great use of my writing abilities by reviewing music, as well as copy editing. I guess it's best to stick with what you know, while welcoming a fair challenge at the same time.

Witherfall talk influences, Adam Paul Sagan, ‘Vintage’ EP

California’s Witherfall has established themselves as a masterfully enduring force of modern prog metal. Based in Los Angeles, the quartet’s somber lyrical perspective and melodic emphasis ring especially poignant in their half-a-decade career. Their first two full-length releases – 2017’s self-released Nocturnes and Requiems and 2018’s Century Media Records effort …

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Album Review: Okilly Dokilly – Howdilly Twodilly

A year after their 2015 formation, Okilly Dokilly became the world’s only “Nedal” act, boasting predominately metal instrumentation with grandiose devotion (via blatant clothing and thematic leanings) to Simpsons character Ned Flanders. Simply hearing about such a concept before then would have initially generated a few off-chance chuckles. However, what …

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Interview: Echo 2 Locate

Echo 2 Locate is an emerging quartet made up of singer-guitarist Rhiannon Neagle, guitarist Clarke Hildreth, bassist Will Servary, and drummer Mike Pritchett. Hailing from Maryland, the Baltimore-based band already emanates a well-crafted musical identity based on alternative rock melodies, a metal foundation, and poignant pop nuance. Coming off a …

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Interview: Johan Niemann of Evergrey

Since the mid-90s, Sweden’s Evergrey have harnessed a darker blend of prog metal with prominent emphasis on chords and textures, a contrast from the genre’s otherwise saturated virtuosic identity. The Gothenburg quartet continues to be a successful charting band, their latest album, The Atlantic, faring decently within several distinct Billboard …

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