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Thursday September 23, 2021

It’s officially “Cuffing Season”, folks! The season where single people look to settle down (at least for the cold months) in hopes of securing a long-lasting relationship {or to secure a “winter beater” to stay warm… though you can simply buy blankets…}. 


It’s easy to get caught up in settling for absolutely anything just so you’re not alone, but be sure you’ve healed enough from previous relationships for a healthy fresh start! When two, unhealed, wounded souls form a relationship, it would have a weak foundation full of trying and failing to heal each other, rather than simply enjoying each other’s company and creating new memories. The passion would be there, but the arguments would be proportionate to that of a hypernova.  Don’t recommend…unless that’s your jam… then do you!


Yeah, it would seem like you have a lot in common, and would probably make one feel better if they think they’re healing their partner, but once one person starts healing while the other remains complacent in their misery and stagnant in life, it can develop into a toxic, imbalanced, “push-pull” dynamic.

Have you been through this situation and are looking for a theme song to remind you NOT TO be “cuffed” into a shituation like that again? Phoenix-based industrial metal band, Soundmankillz has you covered with their single “Black Skies”, produced by Larry Elyea at Minds Eye Digital Recording in Glendale, AZ!

Photo: Jim Louvau

The band consists of Eddie Lopez (lead vocals), Jared Bakin (guitar), Jeremy Baca (bass, backup vocals), and Dan Johnson (drums).


The music video  (directed by Jim Louvau, edited by Tony Aguilar and Erick Cuellar, with behind-the-scenes help from Julius Aguilar) was released in late July, and captures footage of the band performing their new single, complete with strobing lights and  “T.V. static” visual effects. 

Watching the video again, it kind of seems like the band is performing in the eye of a storm (which could be the symbolism of communicating during a moment of calm and clarity in a chaotic relationship). Just my take.

The band has shared the stage with acts such as Buck Cherry, Stabbing Westward, Trivium, Suicidal Tendencies, and Tommy Vext (former singer of Bad Wolves) to name a few, and have recently announced they’ll add Butcher Babies, Infected Rain and Stitched Up Heart to that list on October 6, 2021 at The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix! You can buy tickets -HERE-


What do you think of “Black Skies”? Get social! Follow the band on social media and let them know how you dig it!

Happy Autumn! Stay safe!


FIND “Black Skies” on my “HEAVY” Spotify Playlist


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