Alrosa Villa Amplifies Awareness for Autism/TS with Jasmine Cain.

Alrosa Villa Amplifies Awareness for Autism/TS with Jasmine Cain.

Writer’s note: my personal thanks and gratitude to the Cautela’s and the Make It Fit Foundation for tonight’s event as I was diagnosed with TS in grade school. Saturday February 9th the Alrosa Villa in cooperation with the Make It […]

Family Vibez Entertainment Bring Spring Vibrations to Oddbody’s

Family Vibez Entertainment Bring Spring Vibrations to Oddbody’s

When the venue formally known as McGuffy’s reopened, the Dayton area was promised a more diverse and revolving number of acts and talent spanning all genres. Promise kept so far as on Saturday April 11th from the horn sections on […]

Delta Deep Scorches the West Coast Blues Down South

Delta Deep Scorches the West Coast Blues Down South

  Delta Deep is a new hybrid of blues, rock, metal and jazz scorching through the speakers like a branding iron melting away the decibels. Collectively, each member’s respective bands have sold over 100 million albums winning multiple awards entertaining […]

Kansas City’s Cimino Delivers Angels & Animals LA Style

Kansas City’s Cimino Delivers Angels & Animals LA Style

  It’s often said that youth is wasted on the young. Try telling that to Kansas City quartet Cimino  who clock in at the ripe and wisdom expounding ages of 20-21 and who put out their first album before they could […]

SITH, Forces of Nature, King Stench Cross Streams with Zuel at Hanks Pub

SITH, Forces of Nature, King Stench Cross Streams with Zuel at Hanks Pub

Shadows in the Hourglass Friday night November 16th  one of Dayton‘s long standing staples and supporters of local music Hank’s Pub hosted a noisy evening showcasing some of Dayton’s finest metal minions. Shadows in the Hourglass, Forces of Nature, King Stench […]

Jasmine Cain Headlines Fourth Annual Amplified Awareness

The fourth annual amplified awareness show returned to the Alrosa Villa Saturday, Feb. 20th bringing Columbus together to support two great causes. Since its inception the event has worked hard providing a platform for musicians to play for Autism and […]

Big Brave Welcomes the New Machine

Big Brave Welcomes the New Machine

 The bio-mechanical symphony of an iron bound discarded graveyard slowly bent, molded into new form and life could be described as the sounds laid down on Montreal noise busters Big Brave’s Au De La. The five songs give feelings of […]

King Parrot Will Bite Your Head Off

King Parrot Will Bite Your Head Off

Youngy, Mr. White, Squiz, Slatts and Skitz have come from Australia to kick ass and Bite Your Head Off with thrash, grind and old school punk at hardcore volume with genre smashing speed and aggression, giving new meaning to Parrot […]

Emperors and Elephants Debut Devil In The Lake

Emperors and Elephants Debut Devil In The Lake

God only knows how many meant-to-be-forgotten secrets are buried and hidden at the bottom of the lake. Well, the devil might know to and take some responsibility/credit for them being there. Chicago’s Emperors and Elephants bring 2014 the best from […]

SITH, Horlet, King Stench, Zuel Bang Heads on Friday the 13th

SITH, Horlet, King Stench, Zuel Bang Heads on Friday the 13th

  Friday the 13th has been associated with many bad things for a long time. Historically, theories suggest the combination of two superstitions claiming 13 as an unlucky number and Friday as an unlucky day are partially responsible for its […]

Agony Scene

Agony Scene

Solid States new artists of hardcore madness bring us a truly heavy mesmerizing masterpiece in The Agony Scene. Ten songs that are as brutal as they are poetic. Sung with screeching, acid tipped vocals worthy of Arch Enemy and the […]

September Mourning’s Reaping Begins

September Mourning’s Reaping Begins

The prayers of the Children of Fate have been answered with the first chapter of the September Mourning saga. Our snow-white-locked human/reaper hybrid queen has unleashed the first collection of songs to the alpha of the story. Bound and bonded […]

Stoneburner’s Life Drawing

Stoneburner’s Life Drawing

 Portland sludge grinders and recent Neurot family additions, Stoneburner, have unleashed their new full-length, Life Drawing. The follow-up to their 2012 debut, Sickness Will Pass, which The Sludgelord appropriately crowned “an ugly, visceral and truly terrifying beast of an album,” […]

Fear Factory Brings World Industrialist Tour to Dayton

Fear Factory Brings World Industrialist Tour to Dayton

On Friday April 26, kings of cyber metal Fear Factory returned to the McGuffy’s stage to assault the crowd with mechanized sounds and metalized mayhem. Bringing the Industrialist to Dayton for human assemblage of skin to skin symbiotic fusion, battle […]

Zeently Productions Presents Mike Nye Benefit Show

Zeently Productions Presents Mike Nye Benefit Show

On Saturday April 27, Zeently Productions presented the benefit show for local musician Mike Nye. Five bands came out to support the cause and play some seriously heavy sh- with Architects of Doom, Forces of Nature, King Stench, Spike Opera […]

Decapitated in Columbus

Decapitated in Columbus

Regardless of what any mental, symbolic connotation of a band’s name based on losing one’s head can conjure up it cannot compare to the pure, loud, unforgiving brutality they throttle out on stage like jackhammer turbines on speed. Saturday November […]

Christopher Lewis Rhythm and Praise

Christopher Lewis Rhythm and Praise

Christopher Lewis’ new CD is a collection straight from the organ pit of your local arena revival party. The crowd cheers and claps along while the MC shouts praises over the musical notes blasting from the pipes. Add the choir […]

Elvira Headlines HorrorHound 2016

Elvira Headlines HorrorHound 2016

March 18th-20th marked the 2016 return of HorrorHound weekend to the Sharonville Convention Center. HH has become a proven horror phenomenon drawing fans from basically everywhere for almost a decade. Lines were long as always as fans came with merchandise, […]

Mick Montgomery-The West Coast Years

Mick Montgomery-The West Coast Years

The following is a separate part of an interview series detailing Mick Montgomery’s time in the California scene of the mid-to-late ‘60s. Mick Montgomery is a well-known, respected musician, teacher, venue owner and promoter in the Dayton, Ohio scene. A […]

Citizen’s Brigade Pull Out 13 Shiny Guns

Citizen’s Brigade Pull Out 13 Shiny Guns

  Columbus’s hard rock, heavy blues playing five-some Citizens Brigade  have unleashed their debut album 13 Shiny Guns. The disc un-holsters 13 shiny new tracks filled with the working man’s ethic: hard earned, hard played blues and influences ranging from Black Sabbath […]

Columbus Celebrates Paganfest

Columbus Celebrates Paganfest

  Paganfest 2014 via Columbus Events Group came to the Alrosa Villa Friday May 2nd and was a night of truly multicultural exchanges with bands from Columbus, Cincinnati (by way of medieval times), Germany, Taiwan and Finland. The evening of […]

Powerfest III Pummels Madison Theater

Powerfest III Pummels Madison Theater

Saturday January 17th Shumatsucon presented the third annual Powerfest showcasing the best of the Cincinnati/Kentucky music scene with a band of merry men making the long voyage from Madison Wisconsin. The seven band bill showcased everything from acoustic scalley-wagged pirates […]

Wooden Stake Stabs to Kill with New Feast

Wooden Stake Stabs to Kill with New Feast

Wooden Stake rise from their dusty cultic resting place of death and doom armed with their second full-length torch lit, midnight offering from Razorback Records, A Feast Of Virgin Souls. Ten dark opuses of growling, singing and chanting bloodlust that […]

Dark Roots of Thrash II Ends in Cincinnati

Dark Roots of Thrash II Ends in Cincinnati

Many have argued that since the inaugural Big Thrash Four show in Sofia Bulgaria that ‘certain’ bands that started in the early 80’s cementing the classic sound alongside Metallica and Slayer should have been included or at the very least […]

Cybernetic Witch Cult- Spaceous Cretaceous

Cybernetic Witch Cult- Spaceous Cretaceous

The three-man band Cybernetic Witch Cult bring doom, psychedelic, space rock from Cornwall England wrapped up in a perplexing but pleasant sounding mix of horror punk, prog and Rob Zombie, mixed in with audio samples from Star Wars and other […]

Urilia Conjure The Adversarial Light

Urilia Conjure The Adversarial Light

A new abomination rises from the ashes off the sweet, shinning streets of sunny LA bringing forth ancient underground doctrines. A new wave and breed of extreme metal engraved in the Luciferian path and inspired by the works of Michael […]

The Art of Phobia’s at Clash Dayton

The Art of Phobia’s at Clash Dayton

On Friday Nov. 4 the annual Phobia’s art exhibit was hosted by the Oregon Districts Clash Dayton showcasing artistic representations of clinically proven phobia’s ranging from fairly common to uniquely curios. Over 30 local artists put their work on display […]

Signs of Life Turn to the Dark Side… of the Moon

Signs of Life Turn to the Dark Side… of the Moon

   On Saturday May 4th Cincinnati’s renowned Pink Floyd tribute band played to their biggest audience to date at Hobart Arena. It was presumably one of the happiest days of their lives. Not every band can get up and play […]

Graves At Sea/Sourvein Bring the Doom May 13

Graves At Sea/Sourvein Bring the Doom May 13

  Two of doom metal’s mightiest practitioners of feedback-laden riff worshippers, Portland’s Graves at Sea and Cape Fear’s Sourvein have united in sound, mind and spirit for the ultimate split of earth-smoldering amplifier worship. Graves at Sea are Betting on […]

Tad Morose Hails St Demonius

Tad Morose Hails St Demonius

A fierce, honor bound war-code is sung, fought and settled through the blood stains of generations within the twelve new songs of St. Demonius. Ronny Hemlin sings and shrieks his way to the battlefield. His voice shrills and peaks carrying […]

A Cry from the Congo

A cry from the Congo rings through the air, who will hear it. Thassende Lulonga, president of Vision for African nationals, hopes the churches and people of America will respond to the plea from the Congolese held captive in refugee […]

Mouth of the Architect Play Path of Eight at Blind Bobs

Mouth of the Architect Play Path of Eight at Blind Bobs

Saturday May 14, Cincinnati and Dayton came together at the Oregon District, gathered for three loud bands intricate and diverse in style with heavy deliverance accompanied by talent that were diverse in difference but were welcomed and appreciated by the […]

P.O.D.- Murdered Love

P.O.D.- Murdered Love

  Christian Rock heavy weights P.O.D. return this year with Murdered Love, the first new studio album in four years. Murdered Love releasing July 10 is rich reaching in the patented rock, hip hop, rap and bluesy sound that got […]

Best of 2016 Dayton Underground End of Year Bash

Best of 2016 Dayton Underground End of Year Bash

2016 was a great year for the Dayton music scene and Thursday December 29 at Oscars was the night it was celebrated. Music Connection Dayton  celebrated the Best of Dayton Underground as three bands boogied and blazed out funk n’ […]

Scarleth’s Silver Lining

Scarleth’s Silver Lining

Two records into their career, Kyiv, Ukraine’s, Scarleth have written, sculpted and recorded music that speaks beyond a band releasing their sophomore effort. Through numerous member changes they’ve crafted a sound blending Euro symphonic influence with thrash and modern melodious […]

Demon Hunter: Summer of Darkness

Demon Hunter: Summer of Darkness

Demon Hunter returns this summer with a worthy follow up to its debut with Summer of Darkness. The band punches us in the face again with songs filled with heavy screaming and a good dose of loud healthy anger. Besides […]

The DMF Celebrates a Very Metal Birthday at Hanks

The DMF Celebrates a Very Metal Birthday at Hanks

Saturday December 19th the Dayton Metal Family celebrated a milestone of one of their own. Tammy Hampton proved good, loud, heavy music keeps us young and eternal in heart and spirit as the packed crowd at Hanks Pub celebrated her […]

Psychostick Brings Humorous Holiday Hate to McGuffys

Psychostick Brings Humorous Holiday Hate to McGuffys

Saturday November 24th humor core pioneers Psychostick brought their unique brand of side splitting heavy metal harmonious bedlam to the Dayton stage bringing their hits, misses and their version of some holiday tunes that to the uninitiated ear would probably sound […]

Midas Fall Reveals the Menagerie Inside

Midas Fall Reveals the Menagerie Inside

At times during the Menagerie Elizabeth Heaton’s voice could be as fragile as stained glass, as despaired and pain stricken as a grieving widow and as widely poetic as a vocal savant. Yet there is great storytelling in her depressed […]

The Cynical Limit

The Cynical Limit

The gods of metal and rock would be happy with these guys from Canada, specifically Ottawa Ontario’s Cynical Limit. They’ve made one darn good listen that’s as catchy as anything recently released. If you want Christian influences like Skillet and […]

Oddbody’s Host Restock Weekend 2017

Oddbody’s Host Restock Weekend 2017

For the first time since its inception, this year’s Restock stretched to two days turning the weekend of January 27 and 28 into a musically competitive throw down for food, clothes and other necessities to help Dayton’s homeless and families […]

3rd Annual Operation Giving Back Christmas at Old Crow Bar

3rd Annual Operation Giving Back Christmas at Old Crow Bar

KuttingEdge Promotions hosted their third annual Christmas benefit fundraiser at the Old Crow bar in Middle Saturday December 10. The Skull Dollz were there painting faces as eight bands from the area performed raising money and holiday cheer for four […]

Romantic Rebel

Romantic Rebel

  Chicago’s Romantic Rebel releases their self-titled debut via Pavement Entertainment on April 29th. Founded in 2012 by siblings KT Paige (vocals) and Alex Vincent (guitars) with Danny D on bass and Marcus Lee on drums. An instant promotion machine, they […]

Atavismo’s Atmosphere’s of Desintegracion

Atavismo’s Atmosphere’s of Desintegracion

“Desintegracion” goes on ethereal journeys from cosmic seas of instrumentation to the heavenly cosmos, with trippy, but not drug related mixes of 70’s space age effects with a 60’s psychedelic exploration. Atavismo hail from Algeciras, Spain and could be considered […]

BulletBoys Smooth Up in Dayton

BulletBoys Smooth Up in Dayton

The Long Hot Summer tour came sizzling to Oddbody’s with the BulletBoys Saturday August 6. For those that came to hear the hits that put them on the MTV map, those that followed their career from ’88 to last years’ […]

Blackhearts Ball Slices Through Friday the 13th at Therapy Café

Blackhearts Ball Slices Through Friday the 13th at Therapy Café

Def Leppard said “Love Bites,” The Vinnie Vincent Invasion warned “Love Kills,” and on this 13th day, the water logged guy with the machete regularly slaughtered those making love. So it was fitting on Friday, February 13th, everyone’s favorite pre-bloody […]

Child Bite’s Strange Waste

Child Bite’s Strange Waste

Michigan noise punk experimenters, Child Bite, bring forth the unique cathartic and artistically obnoxious banging’s of their Strange Waste EP on Housecore Records. Its music for losers, so they say of the nine-track recording, recorded and self-produced at Russian Recording […]

Pivit Plex is Under Museum Quality Glass

Pivit Plex is Under Museum Quality Glass

Emerging from the mountains of Montana, Pivit Plex is a blend of retro 60’s, 70’s sound with alternative/contemporary rock. The formula creates a unique refreshing sound that caught on with fans across the country almost immediately. Under Museum Quality Glass […]

Courtyard Brings in the Loud New Year

Courtyard Brings in the Loud New Year

Twas the second night of 2016 and all through The Courtyard every creature was stirring, welcoming the new year with loud intensions and two day hangovers. Split the Abyss, Saint Christopher, Eyes on Orion, Vital Stomp, Tyler Henry, John Hendry […]

Death Koolaid bring more Poison on Vol. 2

Death Koolaid bring more Poison on Vol. 2

The seven songs on the new release from Death Koolaid could be compared to the thought process of a straight jacketed inmate running into walls playing cranium bumper car. Death Koolaid’s music is loud, erratic, abrasive, screaming in your face […]

My LA Manson Experience

My LA Manson Experience

The beginning of my interest: Several years ago my friend Andy had the original Manson family documentary. I borrowed it, watched it and thought it was interesting and pretty cool but at the time remembered I hadn’t thought much about […]

Disciple’s Back Again

Disciple’s Back Again

Disciple returns with their fifth disk of hybrid metal infection. Back Again showcases the mosh pit friendly side of Christian rock with a molten cored electric embrace. 13 shredding tunes filled with harmony, melody, frantic guitar work, riffs, hooks, finger […]

Kenny Ozzfest 8 Sells Out MVP’s

Kenny Ozzfest 8 Sells Out MVP’s

Cincinnati promoter Kenny Ozz threw his 2015 birthday party at MVP’s inviting half the city, nearby regions and parts unknown to attend. Bands, music fans, metal heads and a band from the Sunset Strip that lived to tell the tales […]

Gorguts Bring Colored Sands of Tibet to Columbus

Gorguts Bring Colored Sands of Tibet to Columbus

  Saturday December 14th, mother-nature was in a piss-poor bitchy mood, showering Ohio with sleet, rain and snow making travel difficult to nearly event missing for many motorist, metal heads and death metal players. The Columbus and surrounding scenes really […]

Stoner Van Houten Guardian of the Ranch

Stoner Van Houten Guardian of the Ranch

“I want to show the positive side of Spahn Ranch.” Says ranch caretaker and history buff Stoner Van Houten. Local Manson expert Stoner Van Houten dedicates most of his time to preserving the history and upkeep of Spahn Ranch for […]

Belphegor Conjures the Dead in Ohio

Belphegor Conjures the Dead in Ohio

Austria’s death, black metal blood-stained blasphemers Belphegor played the Buckeye state Saturday Aug. 28. The foursome performed a blackened ceremony to a packed house at Oddbody’s, full of hot, sweaty, somewhat intoxicated followers and disciples. The show was part of […]

Curse of Cassandra at Blind Bobs

Curse of Cassandra at Blind Bobs

Saturday June 25 Dayton’s electro-pop cult duo Curse of Cassandra played their last local show at Blind Bob’s heading out to tour the country and eventually go overseas. They will return to Ohio for a Cincinnati gig but otherwise will […]

GEARS Grind at Oddbody’s

Friday Feb. 12, the Miami heat came back to Dayton in the form of GEARS. The Florida foursome brought two EP’s worth of material to the stage, a seasoned work ethic and an arena sized delivery. Mother nature’s foul mood […]

Oregon Express Rocks out for Miami Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters

Oregon Express Rocks out for Miami Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters

Saturday January 9th the Oregon Express held a special charity show with door proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dayton, helping shape the futures of area youth. January is mentoring month. A Shade of Red, Evil Eye […]

See Spot Rock… Again

Friday March 12 the second See Spot Rock Tour plowed into Tipp City invading The Avenue featuring five bands ranging from rock to rap. The auditorium was packed with loud, bouncing kids screaming to the onstage energy. This year’s line-up […]

Oddbody’s Host UD Metal Conference After Show with Alex Skolnick

Oddbody’s Host UD Metal Conference After Show with Alex Skolnick

There was an addictively contagious energy in Oddbody’s on Saturday November 8th. Maybe it was due to the night being the top off, after party to three days of multi diverse and cultural information given by respected academic scholars at […]

Mick Montgomery: The Beginning/End of the Fireside Lounge and Wrightstock concerts ’70 and ’71

Mick Montgomery: The Beginning/End of the Fireside Lounge and Wrightstock concerts ’70 and ’71

The following are parts four and five of a five-part interview with Dayton scene icon Mick Montgomery.   The student president in ’70 had some opposition. When the Fireside Lounge got popular the administration came down on him and told […]

Incarnated Insist You Try Before Die

Incarnated Insist You Try Before Die

  From the cold dank waters and surroundings of Poland, Zombieland starts the loud, brain stomping disk with the sounds of the almost dead, breathing their last troubled breaths gasping for air as life support gives out and flat-line. Drums […]

Mushroomhead Play Doomsday In Dayton

Mushroomhead Play Doomsday In Dayton

Well, if you’re reading this the ancient Mayans were wrong and life as we know it has continued into 2013. It was reported that a new calendar was discovered in a Mayan Temple in the rain forests at Xultun in […]

Arkona Bring the Horns to Columbus

Arkona Bring the Horns to Columbus

It wasn’t Paganfest but it was close enough. On Saturday September 12th Columbus Events Group brought the merry meandering marauders from Europe to southern Ohio for a dose of Euro-history, Pagan powered Scandavaian metal and folk rock. Some of them, […]

Wailin’ Storms Sends the Shiver

Wailin’ Storms Sends the Shiver

The southern fried Wailin’ Storms of the century was originally molded from the heat of Corpus Christi, Texas then migrated to Durham, North Carolina. With a whisky poured mind altering mix of country punk. With nods and shots of swamp gas, […]

Unbreakable Hatred Offers the Ruins

Unbreakable Hatred Offers the Ruins

What if Max Cavalera fronted a post-apocalyptic Deicide? From start to finish Ruins, is an unstoppable, unbreakable panic attack on the ear that might answer that question. Torture chamber drums beating down harder and faster than your average hate wielding […]

Old 37 Rides between Teen Drama and Psychological Slasher

Old 37 Rides between Teen Drama and Psychological Slasher

Don’t worry, I’m a paramedic.   31 cars and drivers have gone missing over the last 20 years in the Bermuda triangle of back roads with teen drivers counting 29% in the last 30 in Bristol County flashes over the […]

Legends Of Thrash Wreck Columbus

Legends Of Thrash Wreck Columbus

Tuesday November 5th, The Legends Of Thrash Tour presented by Columbus Events Group swept through Columbus stopping at the Alrosa Villa like a loud sonic whirlwind as bodies crashed and collided into each other in the pit like a human […]

Kiss Brings Freedom to Rock Tour to Dayton

Kiss Brings Freedom to Rock Tour to Dayton

Monday Aug. 22, Kiss brought their Freedom to Rock Tour to the Nutter Center in Dayton. The tour is a thank you to the U.S. Armed Forces by the band for their service and sacrifices. As Paul Stanley said “Freedom […]

September Mourning Play Rock on the Range 2015

September Mourning Play Rock on the Range 2015

The story of LA’s musical art project September Mourning can be traced back to 2009, when September (Emily Lazar) was in New York and the origin of the storyline took form in a graphic fantasy concept. After putting together a […]

Alrosa Villa Celebrates 38 Years with the Voice of Queensryche

Alrosa Villa Celebrates 38 Years with the Voice of Queensryche

Since August 1974 Alrosa Villa has been a Columbus tour stop mecca for the world of music to come to entertain, perform and generally kick ass. The Villa’s been a staple of the northern Ohio music scene for almost four […]

John Taglieri Brings Southern Paradise

John Taglieri Brings Southern Paradise

John Taglieri has released 11 albums on his own terms, a DIY lifer so to speak.  Taglieri released his eleventh effort Southern Paradise mid last year. The six-song EP showcased brand new songs that are upbeat sing-a-longs reflecting his life […]

America’s Escape Hero Michael Griffin performs at SRS Rehearsal Stage

America’s Escape Hero Michael Griffin performs at SRS Rehearsal Stage

Thursday June 2 the SRS Rehearsal Stage room showcased an intimate performance featuring the comedic stylings of Dayton’s Jack Wilson and California born, Columbus based escape artist Michael Griffin. The audience filled the ground floor and balcony for the Gretchen […]

Sworn In Deals The Death Card

Sworn In Deals The Death Card

Chicago’s producers of mind warping metalcore/hardcore escapism to small, dark hideous places Sworn In  deliver their debut, The Death Card to an audience that can appreciate its rapid fire hammer to the brain subtleties and water torturous echoes of fading […]

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

Not Dead Yet is an incredible odds defying inspiring story of one man’s true dedication, passion and drive to create incredible music despite insurmountable life obstacles, and dire circumstances. Jason Becker personifies the sheer driving force and spirit of the […]

Byzantine Bring the Release and Resolve Tour to Dayton

Byzantine Bring the Release and Resolve Tour to Dayton

Oddbody’s brought the metal October 25th, from New York, Rhode Island, West Virginia and of course Dayton with four bands of different types and styles but all screaming for metal. One of the rock-solid pillars of the Dayton metal scene […]

She Must Burn Releases Debut EP

  London, England’s, symphonic black-death metal haunting hybrid She Must Burn might look and sound like a witches inquisition spell gone three times worse, conjuring darker forces than planned. She Must Burn say’s hello from jolly old England with its […]

Vandalia Vixens Ignite Spitfire Lounge

Vandalia Vixens Ignite Spitfire Lounge

    Saturday October 13 three female powerhouse voices played the Spitfire stage. Some growled, some sang, some yelled but all carried and delivered one hell of a vocal wallop. Windowing Hollow productions once again books another kick ass show, […]

Dearly Departed Tours Sheds Spotlight on LA’s Dark Side

Dearly Departed Tours Sheds Spotlight on LA’s Dark Side

Dearly Departed Tours offers several uniquely presented tours covering Hollywood, specializing in the dark, spooky side of Tinseltown. The tours are custom made taking guests into the shadows and tragic history wedged in the cracks, buried deep in the City […]

We Are The Damned

We Are The Damned

We Are the Damned are no strangers to the Euro extreme metal scene with two EP’s (Metal Classics Vol. 1 &2) and two albums The Shape of Hell to Come and Holy Beast to their credit. Their newest Doomvirate, the […]

The Dreads Invade Cincinnati

The Dreads Invade Cincinnati

Sunday August 7, In This Moment, Korn, and Rob Zombie played a packed Riverbend Music Center bringing the Return of the Dreads Tour to Cincinnati. The summer trek stretched through over 20 dates with Maria Brink and Co. opening with […]

NerVer Brings Out The Bullfighter

NerVer Brings Out The Bullfighter

Seven Mary Three’s Casey Daniel has delivered the Pavement Entertainment debut of his side project NerVer.  Bullfighter is 14 songs of hard rock, motorcycle engine burning gasoline dreams down the sun scorched highway, sweating in leather while pounding fists and […]

KingShifter Delivers 26 Tons

KingShifter Delivers 26 Tons

  Deep within Wichita Kansas is where Sprout, Kink, David Steinbach and Derek Ludewick call home. KingShifter is all about the booze, riffs and keeping the ladies happy… of course. Their new record and debut with Pavement Entertainment is an […]

Moshpits & Lighters III Sells Out McGuffys

Moshpits & Lighters III Sells Out McGuffys

December 17 McGuffy’s House of Rock cleared the seats and tables for a standing room only sell-out crowd of 500+ gathered to watch 8 bands play the one and only of its kind annual metal showcase spotlighting local talent and a […]

Shadowkasket Invokes Heart-Shaped Massacre in Middletown

While the candy, roses and warm fuzzy cards were bought last minute around the country, the Old Crow Bar in Middletown brought what every lovely metal maiden with a big heart wanted on Valentine’s Eve. Loud, screaming metal and a […]

Santa Cruz Plays Sunday’s Rock on the Range

Santa Cruz Plays Sunday’s Rock on the Range

The young and hungry hellraisers from Helsinki came early Sunday morning to open the Jager stage and wake up the eardrums of the wide-eyed and groggily assembled. Whether you were on hangover number two or still on hangover one from […]

Dokken Back for the Attack at JD Legends.

Dokken Back for the Attack at JD Legends.

From the knees down it looked like the packed house crowd in Franklin could have been sifting through the sands of the West Coast beaches under the warm LA summer sun as JD Legends presented the 80’s metal throw down […]

Man Must Die: Peace Was Never an Option

Man Must Die: Peace Was Never an Option

  Grindcore driven with guitar riffs screaming from the fret board, sweating bullets as the drum kit goes ballistic at new warp speeds. As a severely pissed off voice yells out ground shaking, cynical diatribes about government control, regulation, individual rebellion, […]

Metallica Bring Death Magnetic to Columbus 11-17-08

Metallica Bring Death Magnetic to Columbus 11-17-08

Say what you will about the mighty Met but after all these years, the alcohol, the burnings, Napster, Jason’s departure and a few ‘less than heavy’ records, the band that started in the early 80’s as one of the big […]

Psychostick Returns with Revenge of the Vengeance

Psychostick Returns with Revenge of the Vengeance

  Chicago humorcore-(ists) and musical alchemists Psychostick return, because well, a bunch of fans thought they should and with four comedy albums to their credit, the virtually 100% do it yourself band has amassed a somewhat comforting and concerning fan […]

Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret IV Pillages the Yellow Cab Building

Ye Olde Yellow Cabaret IV Pillages the Yellow Cab Building

Saturday March 28th, there were pirates at the Old Yellow Cab building downtown on 4th Street. Some drunken sailors, some sober pirates with no less the swashbuckling. It was a cold night but the performers of the Blue Moon Circus, […]

Telecast the Beauty of Simplicity

Telecast the Beauty of Simplicity

BBC recording artists Telecast bring us The Beauty of Simplicity. A collection of piano keyed acoustics forwarding through doses of classical sound and folk music. Josh White and Brian Ortize breathe Dylan’esque vocals on tracks providing peace of mind to […]

Testament Bring Damnation to Cincinnati

Testament Bring Damnation to Cincinnati

(2008) Damn, my ears are still ringing from the pure raw chord shredding power of one Alex Skolnick. My neck still hurts from the massive head-banging commanded upon me by one of the true titans of metal Mr. Chuck Billy. […]

Automaton’s Bold New Horizon

Automaton’s Bold New Horizon

Automaton is a mix of steampunk, power metal and old school Iron Maiden from Covington, KY via parts unknown. They are a group of men who definitely dress the part playing double duty as musicians and fictional fantasy characters. A […]

Judas Priest Headlines Saturday’s Rock on the Range Weekend 2015

Judas Priest Headlines Saturday’s Rock on the Range Weekend 2015

One of the nation’s largest three day festivals started with mother-nature’s attitude spreading all over Columbus. The second day of Rock on the Range and the first day of hangover again brought the goods. Whether you were coming on your […]

Malphas Bring Forth-The Conjuring

Malphas Bring Forth-The Conjuring

Even wonder what Immortal and Opeth on the same record would sound like? On February 24th in association with Dewar PR Philadelphia’s Malphas bring forth on their debut EP The Conjuring a cross breed, misanthropic blend of prog, black metal, […]

Beauty and the Beat

Beauty and the Beat

Few names in rock and metal illicit more opinion, praise and passion than Tarja Turunen. The three-octave soprano takes her stage encompassing voice to the romantic classical arena belting out classics from Bach, Strauss and Mozart, along with rock fueled […]

Experience the Alternative

Experience the Alternative

We are three years into the new millennium and things are looking good so far. God’s gotta have a smile on his face when the headphones come off. Tooth & Nail Records offers todays Christian Music Fan a taste of […]

Four Star Revival Unleash The Underdog

Saturday February 11, the walls of the Marshall Road Church of God shook before the Sunday sermon was delivered. The power of metal filled the room and was welcomed by those assembled. Though some of the seated, dearly beloved wore […]

Oddbody’s Host Restock Weekend 2017

For the first time since its inception, this year’s Restock stretched to two days turning the weekend of January 27 and 28 into a musically competitive throw down for food, clothes and other necessities to help Dayton’s homeless and families […]

Best of 2016 Dayton Underground End of Year Bash

2016 was a great year for the Dayton music scene and Thursday December 29 at Oscars was the night it was celebrated. Music Connection Dayton  celebrated the Best of Dayton Underground as three bands boogied and blazed out funk n’ […]

3rd Annual Operation Giving Back Christmas at Old Crow Bar

KuttingEdge Promotions hosted their third annual Christmas benefit fundraiser at the Old Crow bar in Middle Saturday December 10. The Skull Dollz were there painting faces as eight bands from the area performed raising money and holiday cheer for four […]

Mick Montgomery: The Beginning/End of the Fireside Lounge and Wrightstock concerts ’70 and ’71

The following are parts four and five of a five-part interview with Dayton scene icon Mick Montgomery.   The student president in ’70 had some opposition. When the Fireside Lounge got popular the administration came down on him and told […]

Mick Montgomery: The Early Wright State Years and Haight/Ashbury

The following is a combination of the first three parts of an unfinished five-part interview originally posted on The Wright State Guardian.   Mick Montgomery, a Wright State graduate and former West Carrollton art teacher has been a presence in […]

The Art of Phobia’s at Clash Dayton

On Friday Nov. 4 the annual Phobia’s art exhibit was hosted by the Oregon Districts Clash Dayton showcasing artistic representations of clinically proven phobia’s ranging from fairly common to uniquely curios. Over 30 local artists put their work on display […]

Cavalera Conspiracy bring Bloody Roots to Dayton

Saturday October 8, Oddbody’s was a wall to wall, pit to pit, circular and otherwise sea of mass humanity. Dayton sold out the iconic venue for a night stacked with bands local to international. It was an all-night flux of […]

Death Koolaid bring more Poison on Vol. 2

The seven songs on the new release from Death Koolaid could be compared to the thought process of a straight jacketed inmate running into walls playing cranium bumper car. Death Koolaid’s music is loud, erratic, abrasive, screaming in your face […]

Vixen Revs Up Versailles

On Sunday Sept. 4, the BMI Speedway  in Versailles welcomed ‘80’s glam rockers Faster Pussycat and Vixen along with VH1 Classic ‘That Metal Show’s Don Jamieson. It was a night of adult comedy and music reliving the sunset decadence of […]

Belphegor Conjures the Dead in Ohio

Austria’s death, black metal blood-stained blasphemers Belphegor played the Buckeye state Saturday Aug. 28. The foursome performed a blackened ceremony to a packed house at Oddbody’s, full of hot, sweaty, somewhat intoxicated followers and disciples. The show was part of […]

Kiss Brings Freedom to Rock Tour to Dayton

Monday Aug. 22, Kiss brought their Freedom to Rock Tour to the Nutter Center in Dayton. The tour is a thank you to the U.S. Armed Forces by the band for their service and sacrifices. As Paul Stanley said “Freedom […]

Mick Montgomery-The West Coast Years

The following is a separate part of an interview series detailing Mick Montgomery’s time in the California scene of the mid-to-late ‘60s. Mick Montgomery is a well-known, respected musician, teacher, venue owner and promoter in the Dayton, Ohio scene. A […]

Mindmaze plays the Courtyard

Sunday August 14, four bands played the Courtyard Lounge in Englewood. Dayton’s Letters to the Blind, Cincinnati’s Warcurse, Iris Divine from VA, and MindMaze from Allentown, PA. Letters started it off with the black metal tinged beginning of “Suffocate.” Ringing […]

Scarleth’s Silver Lining

Two records into their career, Kyiv, Ukraine’s, Scarleth have written, sculpted and recorded music that speaks beyond a band releasing their sophomore effort. Through numerous member changes they’ve crafted a sound blending Euro symphonic influence with thrash and modern melodious […]