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 […]

Skillet At The Avenue

Skillet At The Avenue

The final show of the 2002-2003 season at the Avenue was a bombastic night of loud intensity, basically everything audience members have come to expect from the auditory noise room. Spot wasn’t there this time but the energy level from […]

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 […]

Valentine’s Day Massacre at The Courtyard

Valentine’s Day Massacre at The Courtyard

It’s said that love can be a real icy cold-hearted bitch. Whether it’s an ice pick to the back, heart or below sub-zero temperatures that feel like a cold sickle to the spine. Saturday February 14th’s music brought out the […]

Consumption of the Heart/Collective Vol 4:Emotion Premiere at Englewood Cinema

On Friday September 28 Englewood Cinema will showcase eleven big independent film experiences. Englewood is known for its yearly show of support to local filmmakers including Horrorama and featuring films that could be considered ‘slightly’ off the mainstream radar and […]

Immortal Bird’s New Dark Mechanical Vision: Empress/Abscess

Immortal Bird’s New Dark Mechanical Vision: Empress/Abscess

Sounding like the nuts, bolts and inner circularity of a new machine being slammed, sewn, welded and stitched together with the rapid-fire care of an assembly line creation, Immortal Bird brings its new debut full length out from the dark […]

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 […]

Club Panama Hosts 8th Annual For Love Of Sonny Juvenile Diabetes Fundraiser.

Club Panama Hosts 8th Annual For Love Of Sonny Juvenile Diabetes Fundraiser.

  On Friday October 4th and Saturday the 5th for the eighth straight year Susie Maynard and Springfield’s Club Panama have held the annual For Love of Sonny benefit honoring her son that passed away from JD raising money, awareness, […]

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 […]

Mindmaze plays the Courtyard

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oddbodys Hosts Aria Marie Foundation Show

Oddbodys Hosts Aria Marie Foundation Show

Saturday July 9, four of Dayton’s finest graced the Oddbodys stage supporting the Aria Marie Foundation. The AMF is a foundation founded by the Spradling family which aids in the care and compensation of children during the holidays who have […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cloud Maze Says Maybe U Should Decide

Cloud Maze Says Maybe U Should Decide

Ever wonder what a happy, poppy-electro rock version of Pretty Hate Machine would sound like? In its short existence, Moscow’s Cloud Maze’s debut album Maybe, U Decide has already caused a stir in the Russian scene. Through constant touring with […]

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 […]

HorrorHound 2015 Bring the Dead and Anarchy to Cincinnati

HorrorHound 2015 Bring the Dead and Anarchy to Cincinnati

HorrorHound started the year at the Sharonville Convention Center and as usual, everyone showed up. The bi-annual movie convention that brings all manner of creature, beast, freak, rebel and misfit for a weekend of very crowded fun, signing, pics, music […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kiss/Motley Crue Bring ‘The Tour’ to Cincinnati

Kiss/Motley Crue Bring ‘The Tour’ to Cincinnati

Friday August 31 two bands known for their legendary histories of indulgence and decadence brought what some have called this years Metal Hall of Fame tour to Riverbend for a night of blasting noise, theater, spectacle, bombast, showmanship and just […]

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 […]

Oddbody’s Celebrates First Year with Finger Eleven

Oddbody’s Celebrates First Year with Finger Eleven

The venue formally known as McGuffy’s re-opened last year under new management with a revamped look, name and promise to bring multi-genre artists and talent to Dayton. So far, so good, while still keeping the local rock and metal crowd […]

Parachute Band Offers Glorious Sounds

Parachute Band Offers Glorious Sounds

New Zealand based Parachute Band brings North America it’s fifth offering of Glorious sounds. The band takes a unique approach on traditional ballads adding some groove adapting to any given environment. Glorious reflects the groups South Pacific roots while embracing […]

Carcass, Testament, Slayer Sell Out Express Live

Carcass, Testament, Slayer Sell Out Express Live

What could be considered a “dream tour” by metal standards hit Columbus on Tuesday March 8, bringing out most of the head-banging faithful and nearby regions along with anyone adorned in a black band shirt to the former LC Pavilion. […]

Oddbody’s Celebrates Two Years with Smile Empty Soul

Oddbody’s Celebrates Two Years with Smile Empty Soul

Two years ago the building formally known for decades as McGuffy’s abruptly closed its doors leaving a large void in the Dayton music scene. Under its former name, the venue had been home to local bands bringing in national names […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jonah 33 Writing Musical Stories

Jonah 33 Writing Musical Stories

The first release from Jonah 33 may not be a concept record but it paints a musical tale with eleven chapters from beginning to end. Each song stands firm on its own but also fits nicely into a continuing message. […]

Pretty Boys Get A Bullet

Pretty Boys Get A Bullet

    The Longview Texas four piece Christian hardcore metal band A Bullet for Pretty Boy returns with the follow up to their 2010 Revision: Revise disc with Symbiosis, out July 31st. Formed in 2006 and after touring extensively with […]

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 […]

Forward Unto Dawn Brings the New ‘Alpha’

Forward Unto Dawn Brings the New ‘Alpha’

With mind weaving solos, like stringing guitar wire across the room with venom dripping spiders spinning on the webs, Halifax, Nova Scotia’s progressive death metal hybrid Forward Unto Dawn makes the heart pound. Whether it’s the guitars slamming, the damming […]

Vixen Revs Up Versailles

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 […]

Curse of Cassandra, Evil Eye Gypsy, One Day Steady Rock McGuffys

Curse of Cassandra, Evil Eye Gypsy, One Day Steady Rock McGuffys

  Saturday the 14th the day captured in comedic horror parody in the early 80’s brought the locals to the McGuffy’s stage and one extended Cincinnati local to play a unique variety show of inspirational/experimental tunes. Instead of the oft-accustomed […]

Fight the Parasites Tour Kicks off at Thompson House

Fight the Parasites Tour Kicks off at Thompson House

Friday July 8, six bands played the parlor stage at the Thompson House in Newport, KY. The intimate but cozy setting was the opening night kickoff for fighting the parasites. The tour included headliners In Dying Arms, Sea of Treachery […]

Straight Line Stitch’s Transparency

Straight Line Stitch’s Transparency

Sticking to your guns is an admirable trait in the music business. With a never ending, winding highway of trends going around at autobahn speed, it’s so easy to jump on the ‘current thing’ and make a buck. For longevities […]

Mass Punishment Serve Out Proving Grounds Vol. 1.

Mass Punishment Serve Out Proving Grounds Vol. 1.

  New Jersey’s Mass Punishment compiles it’s version of groove thrash metal on their debut Proving Grounds, Vol. 1, with lyrics penned and inspired by first-hand war experience, the music equals the real life brutality seen. Guitars and drums blast […]

Hollywood Snared in a Scarlet Vice

Hollywood Snared in a Scarlet Vice

  In June 2011, Travis Morse responded to an ad posted by Chris Blaze, currently playing for Scarlet Vice. The two hit it off and immediately started writing songs together as that version of the band started fading away. After […]

Scent of Remains Emerge Under A Blackened Sky

Scent of Remains Emerge Under A Blackened Sky

    Walking out of a demolished building, blood and sweat soaked from a human wrecking ball of a growling, screaming, singing brutal noise trifecta with wailing guitars, rolling grooves and memorable hooks comes Knoxville Tennessee’s Scent of Remains. They […]

Ninth Annual JDRF Benefit Weekend for Sonny at Club Panama

Ninth Annual JDRF Benefit Weekend for Sonny at Club Panama

October 3rd and 4th  Club Panama hosted the annual For Love of Sonny tribute fundraiser to help raise funds and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes treatment and research. This year’s local supporters included Simply Delicious, Schaeffers Amusements Co, Janeen  and Joel Naugle […]

NIB/Aces High Play Dublin’s St Patrick’s Bash

NIB/Aces High Play Dublin’s St Patrick’s Bash

Saturday March 16, with the Irish spirits flowing and the green stuff coming from the tap, bottle, ATM’s and everywhere else desirable and not, The Dublin Pub showcased the beginning of an all weekend long celebration to good ole St. Patrick and […]

Audio Adrenaline Flows

Audio Adrenaline Flows

The Go Show stopped by the Dayton Convention Center March 29 for an evening of music, fun and Christian charged energy. Real Life pre-opened with keyboards and sax accompanied by five back-up singers. The co-keyboarder’s hands and body moved over […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Portland’s Drunk Dad Unleashes The Ripper Killer

Portland’s Drunk Dad Unleashes The Ripper Killer

    Yes, it sounds like a new Judas Priest song but Portland, Oregon’s, Drunk Dad, is about to unload their debut LP Ripper Killer. Five Pack opens like a guitar choking on beer, gasping for air going down the […]

Nightwish Bring Endless Forms to Columbus

Nightwish Bring Endless Forms to Columbus

Thursday, Feb. 25th was a night of Euro symphonic powerhouse metal for the LC Pavilion’s newly dubbed moniker Express Live. The Endless Forms Most Beautiful came to Columbus and delivered with fellow female fronted Delain and power metal veterans Sonata […]

For Today Become Immortal

For Today Become Immortal

  Prominent Christian metal core band For Today returned in 2012 with a pulverizing new album that leaves the band screaming loud and fans screaming for more. Immortal is the band’s fourth full length album and their first on the […]

Cavalera Conspiracy bring Bloody Roots to Dayton

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 […]

One Eyed Doll Plays Newport’s Thompson House

One Eyed Doll Plays Newport’s Thompson House

Few duo’s can sound like a full band but Kimberly Freeman and Jason Sewell from Austin’s One Eyed Doll pull it off every show including that night at the Thompson House with vocals, guitar, drums and a sh-load of props. […]

Brave Saint Saturn Brings Astro-Rock

Brave Saint Saturn Brings Astro-Rock

Members of Five Iron Frenzy bring you a new project of both stellar message and music. Astro-rock and space pop are the new lingo used for this Brave Saint Saturn (Tooth & Nail Records) album of a space age story […]

Katz Goes Aces High On Halloween

Katz Goes Aces High On Halloween

Saturday October 25 the Pre-Halloween bash was going full scare all over Dayton. Katz in Kettering trumped everyone bringing in Aces High, ‘The’ Iron Maiden tribute band playing homage to metal’s scariest and coolest mascot, Edward the Great. The nights […]

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 […]

Stryper Bring the Second Coming to the Whisky

Stryper Bring the Second Coming to the Whisky

In an era when the devil ‘might’ have been more popular in the genre they started in and with a large army of bands sporting devil horns, inverted crosses and certain downturned stars along with dark artwork/imagery of any and […]

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 […]

Slipknot Headlines First Day of Sold Out Rock on the Range Weekend 2015

Slipknot Headlines First Day of Sold Out Rock on the Range Weekend 2015

Rock on the Range 2015 , the biggest event of the weekend in Columbus, was another sold out success in tickets, attendance, paid parking and festival priced water/beer/Gatorade sold under the hot sun, stormy clouds and whatever copious amounts of […]

Joy Electric-The Magic of Christmas

Joy Electric-The Magic of Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a guitar was tuning, not even feedback. The programmers were all tucked in their beds with visions of synthesizers playing in their heads. Ma and Pa in their robes […]

Element A440, The Industrial Bitch, Ginger V Get Sinister

Element A440, The Industrial Bitch, Ginger V Get Sinister

Saturday July 26th-In a quiet, secluded patio-like room illuminated by a fountain of melted candle wax and a tent like ceiling extending into the dark carnival air of Hollywood loomed the curtained circular stage of Bar Sinister. Tonight’s show featured […]

T.O.M.B’s Pennhurst/Xesse Issued By Crucial Blast

T.O.M.B’s Pennhurst/Xesse Issued By Crucial Blast

    T.O.M.B. (Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy). Founded in 1996, heavily influenced/inspired by the ideology and themes of ‘black’ in black metal and being drawn to death, destruction and the occult, T.O.M.B’s music was started in cemeteries and doors from […]

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, […]

Dwellers Release The Pagan Fruits Of Labor

Dwellers Release The Pagan Fruits Of Labor

  What would a jam session circa mid-late 60’s, early 70’s sound like if Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, The Doors, Soundgarden, Grand Funk Railroad and Alice In Chains were all jamming in the same room with Glenn Danzig, Layne Staley […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stone Soul Foundation’s Electric Valley

Stone Soul Foundation’s Electric Valley

  Auburn New York’s Stone Soul Foundation is a classic-rock rooted, southern strained outfit with a bit of grunge, funk and Sabbath mixed into a road-rage crockpot. Singer Sean Muldoon can sing, yell and yarl with the best of’em possessing a […]

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 […]

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. […]

Nightwish Enchants Columbus with Imaginaerum tour

Nightwish Enchants Columbus with Imaginaerum tour

Friday Sept. 21 the Finnish symphonic power house known as Nightwish visited Newport Music Hall and from the mile long lines it looked like the whole city knew about it. To ever question their drawing power on these Yankee shores […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Architects of Ohio Metal at Blind Bob’s

The Architects of Ohio Metal at Blind Bob’s

Saturday May 26th, four Ohio bred metal bands came to Blind Bob’s to make noise, scream, yell and thrown down in a small deadly space, where the moshers really danced and the pit was much more friendly than the ones […]

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,” […]

From Ashes To New Rise on Day One

From Ashes To New Rise on Day One

From Ashes to New arose from the blue collar work ethic of Lancaster, Pennsylvania with a new hybrid sound and delivery conjoining rock and rap, laced with infectious energy and melodious hooks. There have been many stories of bands using […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tait-Lose This Life

Tait-Lose This Life

Tait returns with a remarkable record playing tunes of high-powered groove and rock. The sounds crescendo into a high voice of hope and empowerment then back down to slow paced emotional ballads, crying out of misery and for lost lives. […]

Lottie Cassese Signing for the Future continued

Lottie Cassese Signing for the Future continued

This is a continuation of an interview with Sinclair Deaf Mentor Lottie Cassese. Part 1 can be viewed here.   “We want to present a new level of skills to our students because American Sign Language is not the only […]

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 […]

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 […]

Geoff Tate Brings Mindcrime to Columbus

Geoff Tate Brings Mindcrime to Columbus

Wednesday June 19 the original voice of Queensryche, Geoff Tate brought the 25th Anniversary of the epic 1988 concept record Operation Mindcrime tour to Newport Music Hall for a night of Queensryche classics and the Operation Mindcrime experience start to finish. For his version of the Ryche, […]

Hanging Garden Release I Was A Soldier EP

Hanging Garden Release I Was A Soldier EP

  Scandinavian six piece Hanging Garden release their second offering this year after their Lifeforce Records debut At Every Door earlier this year. Known for their talent of bringing out the dueling emotions of depression and hope in their intricately […]

Germantown Makes Out with Couto Comedy

Germantown Makes Out with Couto Comedy

Local director Henrique Couto, known for Calamity Jane’s Revenge, A Bulldog for Christmas and Depression: The Movie has released his newest feature Making Out. The young director who started his career with low budget horror flicks, directing 13 features, throws […]

Salems Lott Unleash Debut EP

Salems Lott Unleash Debut EP

From the decadence of the sunset strip to the land of the rising sun Salems Lott could be described as what would emerge if an earthquake swallowed Motley Crue, Hanoi Rocks, Kiss, Wasp, Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness and X Japan. The […]

Die Choking Release Debut EP

Die Choking Release Debut EP

Philadelphia’s brutalizing manic grind/thrash trio, Die Choking raided the opening slot of the Decibel Magazine Tour April 12th date with Noisem, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder and Carcass also hammering ‘bangers in Pittsburgh on April 24th with label mates, Enabler. […]

Static X Brings Noise Revolution to McGuffy’s House of Rock

Static X Brings Noise Revolution to McGuffy’s House of Rock

Friday August 10th Mcguffy’s House of Rock continued their long running and respected tradition of bringing the best hardest and heaviest bands to Dayton. 2012′s Noise Revolution Tour headlined by Static X and featuring head-liners in the making Davey Suicide and 9 Electric […]

Mac Sabbath Supersizes Cincinnati

Mac Sabbath Supersizes Cincinnati

  Friday September 4th, whether you were a local walking to the show or had to drive a little bit, mother-nature poured her temper out all over Ohio. Whether you got drenched in rain, hammered with hail or blown away […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Afraid of Karma Brings Cyrenne’s Dark Dream to Life

Afraid of Karma Brings Cyrenne’s Dark Dream to Life

“If you get this in front of the right young women, you could change their lives.” Said show attendee Lexie Lowell of “Afraid of Karma,” an avant-garde multimedia show created by Harmony Jupiter (Cyrenne). “Karma” is about Jupiter overcoming the tragic […]

Among Thorns

Among Thorns

Among Thorns third offering Draw Near is a testament to soft musical melody taking us along the acoustic highways of tranquility skyward to the heavens above and open arms of God. Thirteen songs including Rescues, Reach Down and There Is […]

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 […]

Bobaflex Plays Black Friday

Bobaflex Plays Black Friday

  Bobaflex, West Virginia’s answer to the finest cut high-octane spit and shine hillbilly rock this side of the rolling river. They came, played, kicked ass and left. They also braved to play, on the one day where the rough, […]

Gathering Grounds Bring Live (Loud) Music to all

Gathering Grounds Bring Live (Loud) Music to all

The Vaughn’s dream is starting to cement itself into the Dayton history books. Their creation of live/loud coffee house tunage has found a home here in the Miami Valley. The Gathering Grounds is a coffee house young adult club hang […]

One-Releases Debut Worlds Collide on Pavement Entertainment

One-Releases Debut Worlds Collide on Pavement Entertainment

Montreal’s hard rock trio One signed with Pavement Entertainment in 2013 after their last tour. Worlds Collide, due April 1st, is their first release on PE with a North American tour to follow. Three records, they’re first two Never Say […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

Otep Brings Equal Rights and Lefts to Dayton

On Friday August 5 a very full evening of bands played Oddbody’s as the summer heat drenched outside as much as in. Starting early evening eight bands played the bill. Omeni, Forces of Nature, Watch Them Rot and Epikist handled […]

Banned from Hell- Fall of Humanity

Banned From Hell  is an Italian metal band hailing from Florence. Their style is basked in the multi-instrument, genre exploring realms of experimentation, black metal, Nordic styles and what Shadows Fall, Amon Amarth and Lamb of God might sound like […]