Carrying the torch for the new wave of American heavy metal Greywalker deliver razor sharp dual guitar attacks, thunderous rhythms and pure, unfiltered aggression. In 2015 they self-released their debut album Beyond All Mortal and over the past couple years they have built a reputation for their relentless live performances sharing the stage with bands such as Darkest Hour, Nile, August Burns Red & Baroness. In 2017 they were nominated the “Best Metal Band” in the Pittsburgh City Paper’s annual Readers Poll.
Blending their favorite melodic elements from Swedish legends such as In Flames & Dark Tranquility with the unfiltered American chaos of bands like Slipknot & Lamb Of God, Greywalker have developed a crossover style that is unapologetically aggressive but surprisingly approachable thanks to their strong focus on songwriting and storytelling. The lyrical content typically revolves around the internal struggles that exist within us all and aims to only enlighten, empower, encourage the listener to challenge the way the view the world around them. Never discriminating anyone or their ideals based on race, religion, politics, gender or lifestyle. Greywalker believes you can get anyone to headbang if you give them something worth headbanging for.
Greywalker also assumes control and direction over most of their visual media as well. Helping direct and edit their own music videos, designing and printing their own merchandise and constantly developing new content has kept them on top of their game. Off the stage and outside of the studio, the band has has a strong sense of community and have channeled that energy to collaborate with various Pittsburgh based companies on a wide variety of projects such as multiple craft beer releases with the award winning Penn Brewery for the annual Brewtal Beer Fest, small batch hot sauce releases with Allegheny City Farms and contributing original music to be used in the Mega Cat Studios video game Coffee Crisis which was released via Steam in 2018.
Their sophomore album Without Control is the full length follow up to 2015’s Beyond All Mortal and showcases the sonic expansion and full realization of the band’s sound. The self-produced album was recorded in part by Matt Very at Very Tight Recordings (Code Orange, Anti-Flag) and was mastered by the legendary award winning engineer Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die) at West West Side Music. Without Control was self-released on July 6th 2018.
Another world, another time. Seers have foretold the downfall of the tyrant Necromancer, King of the Jagged Crown, commander of untold legions of the risen dead. As forgotten terrors stir in the far reaches of the cosmos, the immortal Sorceress cries out for allies against the seemingly innumerable hordes. Seeking the wisdom of an ancient seer, five heroes embark on a quest to seek the wisdom of the sages and bring an end to the necromancer’s reign. This is their story…
After the Fall is a 4 piece, original hard rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally formed back in 2004, they’ve undergone several lineup changes over the years, and although met with success soon after their formation, it’s their current incarnation that has the city of Pittsburgh, and cities throughout the country, abuzz. With Matt Ferrante on drums, Steve Craven on bass, Zac Sheppard on guitar, and Doug Carnahan on vocals/guitar, they’ve made a bang in Pittsburgh and surrounding regions. They’ve shared the stage with such national acts as Hurt, Sevendust, The Sin City Sinners, Corrosion of Conformity, Nonpoint, Primer 55, and more. They have played in cities across the country, turning heads and recruiting new fans as if they’re lives depended on it.
Hicks kicked off 2013 with two European hits on the European Country Top 40, he then represented Sweden at the CMA Global Show in Nashville as part of the CMA Fest week in June along with various acts from around the world and all the top American country artist such as Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum Tim McGraw and many more.
This event were beamed live around the world via the Internet and audio streams to over 10 stations in the USA, Europe, and Australia.
He then was asked to appear at two of CMR Nashville’s International Shows on Broadway at the Whiskey Bent and The Bridgestone Arena, if this wasn’t enough he was invited to be part of the CMA Fest Autograph signings at the Digital Rodeo booth with thousands of fans walking around in the brand new Music City Venue one of the biggest exhibition venues in the world. More to follow when asked to appear as a special guest at ‘A Night For Heroes’ a fund raiser for returning soldiers.
Hicks (Miqael Persson) is also an accomplished songwriter with most of his live material being written by himself and other co-writers. Whilst in Nashville he was able to co-write with top songwriters Anthony Smith, Dallas Rogers, Dennis Morgan and Sharon Vaughn.
He met with his USA publisher and learned that a song he wrote ‘Cuts Like A Diamond’ on his last USA visit was picked up by the Little River Band. Not only did they record it, but used the title of their new album to be released in August when they start a nationwide tour of the USA to promote it.
Other artists such as Jimi Jamison (Survivor) Giant (Dann Huff) Bobby Kimball (Toto) W.E.T (Featuring Jeff Scott Soto) Grammy nominated Toby Hitchcock and many more have recorded his songs…
Born in the southern part of Sweden (Helsingborg) Miqael grew up with a dream of making a living on his music. Playing in local bands he wrote music, toured and learned the chops as an artist and songwriter.
He soon moved to Stockholm to pursuit his dream of being a songwriter. His first cut with an other artist was the Swedish band Barbados that cut one of his country songs. The album went Gold and the band got a Grammy for Best Album. Pretty good start as a songwriter. Since then he has picked up more Gold and Platinum albums.
The band is comprised of musicians from in and around the Pittsburgh area. Their influences and styles vary a great deal. From rock, county, and blues to jazz. Each member brings his own style and sound to the band. With five such diverse musicians, they have collectively created a style and sonic quality unique only to the Doppler Affect.
The multi-faceted musical mastery of Ed Roman sparkles like a prism of possibilities, which play out like a synthesis between a children’s book, a musical, an expose and a spirit quest – full of wonder, delight, mystery, provocation and sheer excitement wrapped in layers of funky, soul shaking grooves! The sheer expanse of the musical gamut that Ed draws upon is astonishing and he does so with perspicacity, unbridled passion and cunning virtuosity.
Upon blooming into the music world in the early ’80’s, Ed tasted from every creative tray before him; from studio musician, live performer and engineer to songwriter and teacher. He has been a part of several bands including Brotherhood, Family Tree, Soup, Big Beat Collective and Special Ed and the Musically Challenged but has always continued to create individually when not collaborating.
Right out of the gate, with his freshman release in 2000, “Special Ed and The Musically Challenged”, Ed defined his paradigm with inventive, infectious tunes that shook one’s marrow and stirred the spirit! This guy was unique! Three follow-up releases with SEMC continued to mesmerize and astonish us with music that both kissed and prodded, seduced and challenged, hypnotized and enlightened us to ever greater heights.
In May 2011, Ed released his solo venture “Oracles and Ice Cream” and has never looked back. 22 tracks that are an amazing marvel of songwriting wizardry, prodigious performances and contagious energy with the mystery and magic of a lucid, tantalizing dream. The music both traverses and convenes broad music styles into the consummate collective of telluric, penetrating rhythms and canyon wide harmonic explorations, glazed with lyrics that range from penetrating to whimsical and all roads in between.
Now, in 2014, with “Letters from High Latitudes”, Ed Roman has done it again, creating an earthy, funky and magical mix of music to seduce our ears! Let us sit back, get mellow and listen to this truly skillful musician weave a tapestry of enchantment from an eclectic fabric of musical styles. We can never get too comfortable however, as Ed will undoubtedly prompt us to examine the world we see and stimulate us to help make it better! Ed asks us to glimpse the world from his vantage point, offering up his vision and sometimes helping to point out the areas that need tidying. Like the janitor of our conscience he’ll frequently show us the cobwebs and sweep the dirt from the corners of our perspective. One is left uplifted, invigorated and enriched by dewy new jewels of insight and permeated by a mosaic of mirthful musical mayhem. Funky, ethereal, grungy, luscious, rowdy, serene, provocative, clever, insightful and uniquely exhilarating, Ed Roman’s marvelous musings drop dollops of tasteful delight through our ears to our hearts. You can’t help but dance. You can’t help but smile.
False Icons is the infectious industrial rock vision of John Bechdel; best known for his keyboard wizardry for the heavy hitting likes of Ministry, Fear Factory, Prong and Killing Joke. Throughout his career John has been composing his own music and developing the electronic laden industrial sound that would become False Icons. In 2006 Bassist David Brown joined the project. Jon Hendershot later joined on drums. Together, False Icons realized a 2008 worldwide release, “God Complex” which was released on 13th Planet Records. The band continues to play a variety of shows and is currently preparing for its second release.
Gene the Werewolf has never paid attention to trends. Nor has the Pittsburgh-based quintet been part of a scene or the hipster’s band of choice. They are iconoclasts by virtue of their music, rock ‘n’ roll survivors in thrall to the genre’s power andenergy. And they’re damn good at it, even if they are a dying breed. “It’s strange to feel like you are one of the last of your own kind,” says Gene, the band’s dynamic frontman and lead singer. Thus, “The Loner,” Gene the Werewolf’s third studio album.
The band, formed in 2007, is comprised of 5 native Pittsburghers. With self-released albums “Light Me Up” and “Wicked Love” under their belts, as well as 2012’s worldwide release of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal” on Frontiers Records, the band is ready to deliver their knockout blow with “The Loner”. In a perfect world it’s music that should be blasting on car radios from Asbury Park to Hermosa Beach, on jukeboxes in dives and biker bars. Posters of the hirsute Gene and his band mates– guitarist Drew Donegan, bassist Tim Schultz, drummer Nick Revak and keyboard player Aaron Mediate– should be on the walls of kids from Seattle to South Beach. Put Gene the Werewolf on stage at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip or The Troubadour in West Hollywood in 1989, and they’d kill. But times have changed. These guys don’t have access to a time machine. The next best thing is an album like “The Loner” that takes you to those halcyon days when rock ‘n’ roll was hip and cool and fearless. If you yearn for rock music that echoes Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and Guns ‘N Roses, with dashes of Whitesnake and Winger in the mix, “The Loner” deserves your attention.
The album features 10 tracks of uniformly excellent quality. In a musical climate dominated by drip-feeding content, single-by-single, the band still takes great pride in making a conventional album. “We wrote and demoed close to 25 songs for the album, so there was a lot of variety and unique ideas being kicked around,” Gene says. Those ideas were fleshed out at Red Medicine Studios in Pittsburgh, where producer Sean McDonald has become one of Western Pennsylvania’s most respected musical alchemists. Having worked with The Clarks, Jim Donovan (formerly of Rusted Root) and many other of the best musicians in Pittsburgh, McDonald helped the band reach its full potential. “It seems a cliche to say this, but Sean really was a sixth member of the band.” Donegan says. “He worked asa songwriter, engineer and producer, elevating our craft to levels we didn’t think were possible.”
There are no duds on “The Loner.” The first song, “The Walking Dead,” is Gene’s take on a zombie apocalypse and features two dazzling guitar solos by Pittsburgh native Reb Beach, who currently performs with Whitesnake and Winger. The final track, “The Best I Can” showcases the honky-tonk piano of Randy Baumann of WDVE-FM and slide guitar by The Clarks’ guitar maestro, Rob James. Sandwiched in between
are eight songs that will satisfy the most discriminating rock ‘n’ roll fan. And then there’s Gene himself, who is merely the best rock ‘n’ roll singer too many people have never heard. He sings, he wails, he screams, he hits notes that haven’t been reached since Vince Neil was a pup. In a perfect world, he’d be a star, as would the band. But we all know the musical world is a fragile, fragmented and dam
aged place where stars are manufactured, not earned. Not that Gene the Werewolf cares about stardom. Give them a stage, let them play. That’s all they want to do.