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skell – Rock for Life 19

Just over 23 hours ago, Xfactor1 was finishing their set on the Iselin Community Ball field and skell was back stage getting themselves ready to headline the show. As usual, skell came out and provided the people in the field with exactly what they wanted, METAL! This band never ceases to amaze us. We got to witness solos from Mikey Palone on guitar, Mike Ekis on bass, and Cam on the drums. We were provided with everything that we were expecting and then some things that we never imagined. At the end of their set, skell debuted 4 brand new songs. One was a tribute to Wally Wrights daughter called Stone. They followed that up with A track dedicated to their beloved former drummer Keith Kweder, and then finally a song that is dedicated to all those that have lost someone. This last track included the debut of Wally on keyboards with the band. Wait, you said 4 songs… the encore was a track called Sinister. Instead of trying to explain all of this to you, I’ve borrowed the video below that was shot by Reina Peli Art & Photography. Speaking of Reina, you can see her amazing photos of the event on her Facebook page.

Skell’s Discography – AKMusicScene.com

You can now purchase skell’s discography on their website! You can purchase individual track as a 320kbps Mp3 files or you can purchase the full albums in 320kbps mp3 files.

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Skell ~ “Everything’s Fine”

Everything's FineThe long awaited Skell CD was released this year and there will be very few fans who can’t agree that it is worth the wait! This is an amazing compilation of the current members; Mike Palone (guitar), Mike Ekis (bass), Wally Wright (vocals) and using tracks recorded by late drummer, Kieth Kweder. As Skell is still searching for the right drummer for their band it seemed only right that they use Keith’s already recorded tracks in tribute to him. Not by chance, the release happened at KwederFest, a yearly benefit event that has been going since Keith’s untimely death.

Skell is a well known Hard Rock/Metal band from the Pittsburgh area that has been going strong for ten years, and “Everything’s Fine” is a CD that will prove just why they are so popular. The production quality is amazing and the band made special effort to thank Rob Deaner (Contagious Music) as well as Sean McDonald (Red Medicine Recording) for their talent. The five track release Contains:

Track #1 – Deaf Ears
Track #2 – Loose Myself
Track #3 – Everything’s Fine?
Track #4 – Menschheit
Track #5 – Everything’s Fine? (Radio Edit)

On a personal note, when I popped this into my CD player at the beginning of a long ride I didn’t expect to let it play for almost an hour but I was caught up in it from the first notes. While all genres have their own sound Skell keeps their originality in the front from start to finish. Their influences of Sabbath, Slipknot, Slayer, and some added influence of Deep Purple can be found as trace elements in the songs but their own sound retains its identity. There is obviously a ton of talent in this band and the production quality brings it to you in a way that makes you feel like they are in front of you on stage. I was so excited by what I heard that I hoped from the first play through that I would get to do this review.

What you’ll find from the very beginning are drum beats that make something in you move, that top body nod you get at concerts because the feeling has hit you and you have no choice but to give in to it. The wonderfully rough-edged vocals grab you and rather than bleeding into the music they force you to listen and catch every word. The laughter in “Deaf Ears” is perfectly maniacal and growling at the same time. An accent to the music and song that fits perfectly. From “Loose Myself,” I can almost promise you will be screaming “If I lost myself, do you think you could find me” right along with it. These two songs are hard hitting and energetic with real meaning behind the words. The title track “Everything’s Fine” slows things down a bit. Certainly not a ballad but filled with moments, such as the guitar solo, where you close your eyes and let it all flow through you. While retaining the hard rock feel it brings you to a place inside that’s almost soothing at times. It never gets too slow and “Menschheit” brings you immediately to a fever pitch that continues through the song before setting you back into the radio edit of the title track.

In all, this is a wonderful CD and shows the amazing talent of this band. Crisp clean sound with everything hard rock and metal are supposed to be but carving its own path with its originality and feel. By the release of this review Skell’s “Everything’s Fine” will be available to the public online at iTines, Amazon, Best Buy, Target as well as streaming on Pandora, Spotify, Deezer and even more to come. There’s also the option of seeing one of their shows, which you can find listed on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/skellmetal or their website and purchase one directly from the band. That may be the best option because if this is what Skell sounds like in a studio, I can only imagine what it would be to see them live!



Skell ~ “Everything’s Fine” – AKMusicScene.com

Everything's FineThe long awaited Skell CD was released this year and there will be very few fans who can’t agree that it is worth the wait! This is an amazing compilation of the current members; Mike Palone (guitar), Mike Ekis (bass), Wally Wright (vocals) and using tracks recorded by late drummer, Kieth Kweder. As Skell is still searching for the right drummer for their band it seemed only right that they use Keith’s already recorded tracks in tribute to him. Not by chance, the release happened at KwederFest, a yearly benefit event that has been going since Keith’s untimely death.

Skell is a well known Hard Rock/Metal band from the Pittsburgh area that has been going strong for ten years, and “Everything’s Fine” is a CD that will prove just why they are so popular. The production quality is amazing and the band made special effort to thank Rob Deaner (Contagious Music) as well as Sean McDonald (Red Medicine Recording) for their talent. The five track release Contains:

Track #1 – Deaf Ears
Track #2 – Loose Myself
Track #3 – Everything’s Fine?
Track #4 – Menschheit
Track #5 – Everything’s Fine? (Radio Edit)

On a personal note, when I popped this into my CD player at the beginning of a long ride I didn’t expect to let it play for almost an hour but I was caught up in it from the first notes. While all genres have their own sound Skell keeps their originality in the front from start to finish. Their influences of Sabbath, Slipknot, Slayer, and some added influence of Deep Purple can be found as trace elements in the songs but their own sound retains its identity. There is obviously a ton of talent in this band and the production quality brings it to you in a way that makes you feel like they are in front of you on stage. I was so excited by what I heard that I hoped from the first play through that I would get to do this review.

What you’ll find from the very beginning are drum beats that make something in you move, that top body nod you get at concerts because the feeling has hit you and you have no choice but to give in to it. The wonderfully rough-edged vocals grab you and rather than bleeding into the music they force you to listen and catch every word. The laughter in “Deaf Ears” is perfectly maniacal and growling at the same time. An accent to the music and song that fits perfectly. From “Loose Myself,” I can almost promise you will be screaming “If I lost myself, do you think you could find me” right along with it. These two songs are hard hitting and energetic with real meaning behind the words. The title track “Everything’s Fine” slows things down a bit. Certainly not a ballad but filled with moments, such as the guitar solo, where you close your eyes and let it all flow through you. While retaining the hard rock feel it brings you to a place inside that’s almost soothing at times. It never gets too slow and “Menschheit” brings you immediately to a fever pitch that continues through the song before setting you back into the radio edit of the title track.

In all, this is a wonderful CD and shows the amazing talent of this band. Crisp clean sound with everything hard rock and metal are supposed to be but carving its own path with its originality and feel. By the release of this review Skell’s “Everything’s Fine” will be available to the public online at iTines, Amazon, Best Buy, Target as well as streaming on Pandora, Spotify, Deezer and even more to come. There’s also the option of seeing one of their shows, which you can find listed on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/skellmetal or their website and purchase one directly from the band. That may be the best option because if this is what Skell sounds like in a studio, I can only imagine what it would be to see them live!



Life and Mayhem…

You: “Hey Bill, I noticed your podcast and article output what gives?”

Me: “Well, life does. I have 3 active children (basketball, clubs, competitions, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc) who I’ve been watching become great people; however, that doesn’t mean I don’t see what is going on out there in our scene and that I don’t have plans of my own…”

As far as the Pennsylvania Rock Show goes, I have interviews scheduled with GONTO & Leprosy. GONTO will be discussing his recent releases and his upcoming video. Leprosy will be chatting with me about 30 years in the scene!

As far as Build the Scene goes, we’re still working on adding the best unsigned music from South Western PA to our rotation. This week we added new music from the Justin Wade Band and Storm Dragon.

…and now for some shows you should go to!

November 10th @ 7pm at the Rockin’ Red Barn, Peter B’s, you’ll find Mayhem for the Minis featuring Among Thorns, Zone 8, ROKBOT, Mojo Filter, & Skell for only $10. This show benefits Zoe’s New Beginnings. They provide a complimentary gift bag to parents of preemies as they leave the NICU. The gift bags include; diapers, clothing, hand sanitizer, a blanket, a novelty item and information on how to keep the baby and mom healthy.

November 17th @ 6pm at the Sub Alpine club, Leprosy’s 30th Anniversary show! Also performing & bringing the pain will be none other than the Almighty SATHANASThe Human Tragedy , Riparian, & Shattered Soul will also be gracing & destroying the stage! Much more gore & horror that eve! ALL AGES!

Find more shows on our concerts page.

Concert Calendar 5/11-5/19

This is Lady Jaye bringing you the Build The Scene Concert Calendar for May 11-19, 2018 brought to you by Aproradio.com.

on May 11th Doppler Affect will be at the White Star in Freeport PA
on may 12th Homicide Black, Big Atlantic, Winter’s Descent and many more will be playing the Millvale Music Festival for a complete lineup visit milvalemusic.org
Also on May 12th After the Fall, skell, and East End will be at Peter B’s in Sarver for the Cabin Fever Bash.

Sourmash will be at Jergels opening for David Allan Coe on May 18th and at the Cool Water Saloon in Apollo on the 19th

also on the 19th Dragline will be at McGarvey’s in Altoona and Twisted Fate will be at the Shafton Fire Company in Irwin

For more info on these concerts and others www.buildthescene.com/concerts that’s Build the Scene . com Pittsburgh’s Music Destination.

Concert Calendar May 5th-19th

This is John “American Hilljack” Lane bringing you the Build The Scene Concert Calendar for the beginning of May 2018 brought to you by Aproradio.com.

05/05/18 Free Peanuts Band Spring Church, PA Edgewood Winery 05/05/18 Doppler Affect Leechburg, PA Barefoot Bar & Grill

 05/05/18 Anger the Ant Warren, OH Up A Creek Tavern

05/05/18 Sourmash Champion, PA Foggy Goggle

05/11/18 Doppler Affect Freeport, Pa White Star Fraternal Society. 05/12/18 Homicide Black and Big Atlantic  Millvale, PA Millvale Music Festival

05/12/18 Sourmash Vandergrift, PA Casino Theatre

05/12/18 Anger the Ant Butler, PA American Legion

05/12/18 Cabin Fever Bash with Skell,  After the Fall & East End 05/18/18 Sourmash Warrendale, PA Jergels

05/19/18 Sourmash Apollo, PA Cool Water Saloon United. 5th Annual Dog Days of Summer Benefit Ride

05/19/18 Dragline Altoona, PA McGarvey’s

05/19/18 Twisted Fate Irwin, Pa. Shafton Fire Company

05/19/18 Doppler Affect West Leechburg, PA Town Tavern

For more info on these concerts and others www.buildthescene.com/concerts that’s Build the Scene . com Pittsburgh’s Music Destination.

Spotlight on Chris Dittman – AKMusicScene.com

AKMS: Chris, you’ve been in the western PA music scene for a while now, what do you feel are the pros and cons of the scene?

CD: Well, I’ve been in the scene for 23 years now and I’ve seen it go through several changes. I’d have to say the biggest pro of the scene we have right now, is the brotherhood that is being formed with all of these bands.
Bands booking shows and sharing nights together, splitting costs and profits of multiple band shows. Also the charity and benefit scene that is going on. These musicians are more than generous with their time and talents than ever before. They jump at the chance to play a free show for a cause they believe in!!! Who would have ever thought 20 years ago that bands would be lining up and waiting for a chance to play….for free!!

I’d have to say the only con that I see recently is actually one that’s been around a while and I’m not sure I see it changing, its the rotation rut that some clubs get stuck in. There are so many great bands in this town that won’t get a chance to play in some clubs in the area because they only book the exact same bands in a rotation every month or 2. I can understand that sometimes the ” if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” philosophy is just downright safe business, but there could be the next big thing waiting at your door…..you just never know.

AKMS: What do you feel was the best moment you spent on stage, and why?

CD: I’ve had some great moments that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed but I’d have to say my favorite moment on stage was at Rock for Life’s Gigaroo when my daughter Zoe got to watch us live for the first time and I got to hold her on stage while I sang. She looked at me that day like there was no cooler dad in the world!!! She won’t always look at me that way but I’ll now always know what that look, looked like!!

AKMS: What does the future hold for your current projects? Do you have any upcoming shows? Recording Sessions? etc.

CD: The future for Flashback is looking great!!! We’ve recently had some great shows and have gotten some great exposure and we plan to continue to grow in 2017!! Playing at a Pittsburgh Pirates Block Party at PNC Park was definitely a huge moment for us!! Flashbacks last show of the year is a Peter B’s on November 19th if you dig 80’s music come on out and Party with us!!
Rokbot will be doing our last show of the year on November 12th…also at Peter B’s!! The plan for Rokbot in 2017 is to possibly do some recording. We get great reactions to our original music but have never put out any kind of disc….it may be time to put down some tracks and get something people can take home with them.

AKMS: Please tell us about Zoe’s New Beginnings.

CD: Zoe’s New Beginnings is a Non-profit my wife and I run. We deliver gift bags full of essential items that parents receive as they leave the NICU. We work with every hospital in Pittsburgh that has a NICU. We make monthly deliveries and the hospital distributes the gift bags as the babies are discharged. It’s our version of a graduation, from the NICU, present.
Our next fundraiser is at Jergels on Sunday afternoon December 4th. It’s a Christmas show for kids. I put together an all-star band and we play Christmas songs  and get the kids dancing and singing and just enjoying the music and spirit of the holidays… oh yeah and there’s always a visit from the Big Guy himself for pictures with the kids. For more info check out our Zoe’s New Beginnings Concert Series page on Facebook.

AKMS: What is 1 question that you’d like us to ask the next interviewee?

CD: 1 question….I think I’d like to ask this…. If you could say a thank you to one local musician that is not a current band mate of yours, for being an influence and helping to mold you into the performer you are today, who would it be?

In the interest of fair play and answering my own question…I would have to say thank you the one and only Mike Palone!!

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Where to find Chris Dittman:

Listen to the Pennsylvania Rock Show Episode on Rock Benefits including Zoe’s New Beginnings

12 Years of the Pennsylvania Rock Show, What’s that all about?!? – AKMusicScene.com

newparslogoSeptember 14, 2016 So what is the Pennsylvania Rock Show about and why has it lasted so long? Well, it started out about the local music scene in a little valley in Western Pennsylvania known as the Alle Kiski Valley. There are so many great bands in this small area that need to be heard. The show has been able to remain active for over 12 years due to the amazing talent in Western Pennsylvania. I salute and thank the reasons that both the AK Music Scene and the Pennsylvania Rock show were able to remain sustainable: all the bands and their fans, all the benefit organizers, all the local music promoters, and every single person that has ever shown me, or my hobby a little bit of support (or huge support, you know who you are!)

The Story

anniversaryshows-252x300In 1995, Bill was taking an intro to computing class at Slippery Rock University. In that class, he was given an assignment to create a bio webpage using a template. He didn’t like how the website looked when he was finished and decided to learn how to design his own website. Shortly after that, he came across the unfinished website for the Band Hybrid. Hybrid included members of current day After the Fall and Slant 6. Bill became the webmaster for their website and started designing websites for a lot of the best bands in the area. During this time, he started to accrue local music. He dealt with bands like Doppler Affect, (kaj), sundog, and more!Tim Henry, former Hybrid guitarist and Bill started a group called TH Entertainment that worked with websites and musicians and helped to deeper tie Bill to the local music scene. Eventually Bill created a section of the Th Entertainment website, called TH Music Scene. This was the precursor to today’s AK Music Scene. During the TH Entertainment days, Tim and Bill designed a website for a local artist named Liz Hazelett. Liz’s nephew Tony Marinacci, owns and runs TM Entertainment. Tony was in need of some website help. Eventually, Bill brought up the local bands that he worked with, since Tony ran an Entertainment Company.This is where Utah Burgess (Shady Lady Studio & Grass Roots on the Rock Station 97.7) comes into the story. Bill met Utah through the Rock for Life concerts, (Matt and Steve from Hybrid). Utah is a staunch support of AK Music Scene and The Pennsylvania Rock Show. Utah paid for the original AK Music Scene domain on January 29, 2004.The next 2 people in the story found the AK Music Scene website and ran 2 unsigned music scene websites in Texarkana, TX. Chris and Holly Hawthorne, were a huge step in the evolution of AKMS and PARS. Chris ran indiebandradio.com. An online radio station that played nothing but local bands. Chris had some issues with his streaming computer and didn’t want to shut his station down. Bill offered to help and Chris explained how the streaming worked. Bill then called Brian Shaffer front man of the band (kaj) (currently the Travelers)and asked him if he had a mic that he could use. Brian showed up and he and Bill DJed on indiebandradio.com for the first time on September 14, 2004. This is when the Pennsylvania Rock Show was born. Tony Marinacci was instrumental in teaching Bill how to run a mixer which enabled the show to continue to progress into what is today!

Read more at: http://parockshow.com/listen/anniversary-shows/