Operation: Giving Back Christmas Gets Pink Velvet Krushed

Operation: Giving Back Christmas Gets Pink Velvet Krushed

On Saturday December 13th The Old Crow Bar in Middletown hosted a special benefit for two families of the Heavy Metal Church of Christ in need over the holiday season. All bands, contributors and supporters volunteered their time and talents […]

Elite Adventures go Anywhere for a Scare Year Round

Elite Adventures go Anywhere for a Scare Year Round

Elite Adventure Tours are the foremost private luxury tour company in Southern California offering the best in family, group and individual luxury VIP tour experiences. No cramped buses, vans or fast paced tours cramming in the sights with barely a […]

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 […]

Der Blaue Reiter Bring the Apocalypse

Der Blaue Reiter Bring the Apocalypse

The music you hear paints vast, rapid-fire visuals of epic battles under swirling angry skies, swords and sorcery that span the ages as mystical militant queens cast visages upon army’s marching to conquer and industrial noises of production coming from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gears Churn for the Young Miami Machine

Gears Churn for the Young Miami Machine

There’s new blood brewing in the hottest parts of Miami, Florida. With four guys hungry for the road playing shows and venues with high velocity arena attitude, and strength of character proven by a major early-career accident that could’ve 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 […]

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 […]

Hideous Divinity: Cobra Verde

Hideous Divinity: Cobra Verde

  Somewhere between Italy and Norway in late 2006 Hour Of Penance’s Enrico Schettino started Hideous Divinty www.facebook.com/hideousdivinity/timeline  with the band immediately making an impression with their 2007 demo Sinful Star Necrolatry. They signed a three album deal with Unique […]

Halestorm Bring Women of Rock to Cincinnati

Halestorm Bring Women of Rock to Cincinnati

Friday, April 29 the Taft Theatre was packed and treated to a night of powerful women behind the mic. The show featured three female fronted bands showcased by two vocalists blazing the strings with adrenaline and attitude and the opener […]

Them Damn Golers Re-Release In ‘n’ Outlaws

Them Damn Golers Re-Release In ‘n’ Outlaws

  Vancouver BC’s The Golers were formed in 1998 after the disbanding of Subversion. They’ve built momentum over the course of 4 albums and massive touring. 1999’s South Mountain Style ushered in the classic Goler sound combining most, if not […]

Jadon Lavik-Moving on Faith

Jadon Lavik-Moving on Faith

Jadon Lavik debut combines thought provoking lyrics, prolific acoustic stylings and inspiring melodies to create a unique journey back to the roots of life, love and faith. Hailing from Redmond WA, a lifetime athlete, studied at Santa Barbara where God […]

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. […]

Lost Dogs-Nazarene Crying Towel

Lost Dogs-Nazarene Crying Towel

The 2003 release from Derri Daugherty, Terry Scott Taylor and Mike Roe prove you don’t have to blast guitars, drums and vocals to wall shaking levels to create a catch along sound. In fact the Lost Dogs do the exact […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pyrrhon Gives Us The Mother Of Virtues

Pyrrhon Gives Us The Mother Of Virtues

  New York City progressive death metal collective and recent Relapse  signees, Pyrrhon  (pronounced peer-on), emerge from the urban decay with a new full-length. Death metal growls, vocals with mixtures of Entombed and Ministry, basement black metal screeches and ingredients, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Moshpits & Lighters IV Return to McGuffy’s

Moshpits & Lighters IV Return to McGuffy’s

Saturday December 21, Daniel DeDoncker’s musical masterminded showcase of rock and metal returned to the scene of last year’s event to celebrate another year of great local, regional and out of state music. M&L alumni Amongst Villains, Avenue Sky and […]

A.D.D. Metal to the Core

A.D.D. Metal to the Core

Ever wonder what Doro Pesch fronting Godsmack might have sounded like? What if Sully Erna had a similarly guttural throated sister? Chicago-based A.D.D. is starting 2015 with a bang, releasing their 2nd full-length album Core via Pavement Entertainment. So far they’ve […]

Trauma: Solidarity

Trauma: Solidarity

Southern Cali’s Trauma gives us a tour of the not so sunny beaches and shady trees instead we’re smacked upside the head with hardcore punk, some grindcore and the surely blasphemous classical instrumental. Yes that’s right, Trauma plays hard and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Becoming The Archetype Delivers “Celestial Complete”

Becoming The Archetype Delivers “Celestial Complete”

    Don’t let the semi-tranquil title Celestial Complete fool you. Inside the cacophony of sounds, the piano, trumpets and trombones are the only non-heavy instruments played on this record. The heavy metal band Becoming The Archetype are Dacula, Georgia […]

Use Your Illusion/Holy Wood Tribute GNR/Manson in Covington

Use Your Illusion/Holy Wood Tribute GNR/Manson in Covington

In the minds of most metal heads of the early to mid-nineties this would’ve been a dream tour to see amongst the ranks of Guns n Roses and Metallica though timeline wise Marilyn Manson was still a spooky kid and […]

Amplified Awareness III at Alrosa Villa

Amplified Awareness III at Alrosa Villa

On Saturday February 21st, the Alrosa Villa hosted the third annual Amplified Awareness concert fundraiser. Since its inception, the event in collaboration with Mike Hoover of the Make It Fit Foundation, Jon Clevenger and The Iron Brothers of Ohio, Thunder […]

Haste the Day-Burning Bridges

Haste the Day-Burning Bridges

Once again Solid State brings us another band that sounds as soothing and gentle as an oncoming train on a high bridge with no escape. Indianapolis’s Haste the Day hit uncomfortably close with a pelting shot to the stomach with […]

Queensryche Brings Epic History to Bogarts

Queensryche Brings Epic History to Bogarts

Queensryche came to Cincinnati on Wednesday Jan. 27th to a packed crowd of Ryche worshippers. The group’s 2016 lineup after a prolonged legal battle left the name to the band recruiting new singer Todd La Torre. Fans feared not as […]

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 […]

The Charm The Fury: A Shade of My Former Self

The Charm The Fury: A Shade of My Former Self

  Holland’s best kept secret The Charm The Fury release A Shade of My Former Self,  a record full of loud screaming metalcore sound, black metal noise and influences from The Dillinger Escape Plan to The Black Dahlia Murder. Lead […]

Officer Negative Presents: The Death Campaign Project

Officer Negative Presents: The Death Campaign Project

The Death Campaign was definitely a unique listen. The albums artwork gives the potential listener an idea of what they’d be getting into. What has been recorded is a shotgun blast intertwined cacophony of punk, black metal and at least […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Psychedelic Sounds at Blind Bob’s

Saturday Jan.16 Blind Bob’s hosted three bands, ranging in sound as much as appearance. The two-thirds Dayton showcase brought locals Babbling April and SKRT to the stage with Cincinnati’s Comprador sandwiched comfortably in-between. Each brought a signature sound with elements […]

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 […]

URN Brings the Epiphany

URN Brings the Epiphany

  With 20 years experience in the music scene, originator Dominic St. Charles brings the world, his next dark folk metal vision with Urn. Cradled in its new home in the clutches of Dark Moon Records via Dark Moon Productions. […]

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 […]

Scale the Summit at the Spitfire Lounge

It’s been said that music is the universal language, transcending the spoken word and communication not just on an audible level but conveying emotion, unspoken thoughts, messages and conjuring images and pictures without a single utterance. Saturday night September 15th  […]

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 […]

Luv Ya Mutha Earth Day Bash at W.O. Wrights

Luv Ya Mutha Earth Day Bash at W.O. Wrights

  Saturday April 20th, five bands pre-celebrated Earth Day.  Starting in 1970, the holiday was designed to create awareness for the environment and conservational efforts, bringing 20 million Americans together. The clean air, clean water and endangered species acts followed. […]

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 […]

Riksha Release: Dream Drops Red

Riksha Release: Dream Drops Red

  Jager band, Salt Lake City’s, Riksha deliver Dream Drops Red on Dark Harvest Records. A trippy, atmospheric blend of Opeth meets Rage Against the Machine with some Prong flavored energy jolted in. Vocalist Palmer performs the unique task of […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Darker Color Bright

A Darker Color Bright

A one man band from the Midwest, shrouded in mystery, prompted not on name recognition or image but on the sounds and talent of his work and imagination. Sometimes the greatest complex depth and detail comes from simplicity. A Darker […]

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. […]

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. […]

Lyken 21’s Taboos of Tyranny

Lyken 21’s Taboos of Tyranny

    New Jersey’s Lyken 21 continue to change, evolve and warp their music transforming the sounds of Dream Theater and Judas Priest with a subtle lipstick kiss of 80’s glam and a touch of Euro metal flavor. They sound […]

The Underground Hosts 2013 Battle of the Bands Finale

The Underground Hosts 2013 Battle of the Bands Finale

   Saturday February 1, The Underground in Cincinnati held the finale for the 2013 Battle of the Bands featuring The Monument, The Dugongs, War of Change and Self-ish. Each band was one of 30 to enter and wage musical war […]

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 […]

Bellusira Heal with Second Offering

Bellusira Heal with Second Offering

Bellusira translates to beautiful anger. While there’s plenty of beauty in the current lineup powerhouse vocalist Crystal Ignite belts out the anger along with bassist Mark Dalbeth, drummer Tosha Jones and former Static-X guitarist Koichi Fukuda. Bellusira’s second helping The […]

Disciple at the Gathering Grounds

By religious standards Sunday’s are usually a day of rest. A time to kick back, relax on the couch or the backyard porch with a glass of lemonade or headphones. However this doesn’t apply to all people especially if you’re […]

Murder F.M. Wishes You Happily Never After

Murder F.M. Wishes You Happily Never After

  Murder F.M. take great pride and delight in taking your favorite childhood stories, turning them into loud, ruckus anthems and hymns of emotional loss, mental decay and the thrills of the carnival carnivore eating your innocence away. Born in […]

Hollow, Damaged Soul Play Oddbody’s

Hollow, Damaged Soul Play Oddbody’s

  Hollow, Dayton’s tribute to dual era Alice in Chains and Damaged Soul a tribute to the music of Black Sabbath and Ozzy played the newly reopened House of Rock now known as Oddbody’s on Saturday August 23rd. The place […]

Laid In Stone: Echoes Left Behind

Laid In Stone: Echoes Left Behind

  Detroit’s Laid in Stone release their first feature full-length Echoes Left Behind via Dark Harvest Records. Since 2009 the group’s toured constantly, last year self-releasing the record with the intention of hitting the top of the American heavy metal […]

Dead In The Manger Tease With Transience

Dead In The Manger Tease With Transience

Olympia, Washington based 20 Buck Spin continuously defies what extreme music genres are capable of with the label’s vast juggernaut roster containing top-tier acts from all realms and scenes of the underground and below, continuing this tradition with the introduction […]

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,” […]

Mike Defendant Brings Acoustic Excellence

Mike Defendant Brings Acoustic Excellence

    Dayton resident, long time local scene fixture, acoustic superhero and one half of the two man duo The Defendants, Mike Defendant www.facebook.com/M.Defendant  releases his new four song demo on Infested Records www.facebook.com/infestedrecords featuring his newest unplugged art. He […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

UnKured: Mutated Earth

UnKured: Mutated Earth

  Cincinnati’s UnKured Band www.facebook.com/pages/UnKured-Band/127769993918598?sk=timeline  may have been born a few decades too late. From the sounds of their debut album Mutated Earth they were heavily influenced with a very healthy dose of late 80’s early 90’s death/thrash metal. Besides […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cleveland Z.E.R.O.S. Take a Bite for Charity

Cleveland Z.E.R.O.S. Take a Bite for Charity

Originating from the vast battered wastelands of northern Ohio, The Z.E.R.O.S. are a highly skilled, multi-faceted group of zombie eradicators. The Zombie Eradication & Rescue Operations Squad were forced together though vast catastrophic events, and bonded by a bloody and […]

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 […]

Behold The Monolith Bring Forth the Void

Behold The Monolith Bring Forth the Void

Remember being a kid and staring down a dark, underground tunnel dared to walk in? The rejuvenated Los Angeles stoner/doom metal band Behold! The Monolith will remind or tell you what you might’ve heard if you went in far enough, […]

University of Dayton Presents Heavy Metal for the Sophisticated Educated Ear

Friday November 9, the hallowed halls of finer Dayton based education held a symposium on a subject of great interest, historical value, global impact and social significance. Four renowned highly educated intellectual professionals came to discuss a subject many of […]

Total Destruction In Columbus

Total Destruction In Columbus

Alrosa Villa/Saturday March 22 It was a night of old school thrash metal globalization with a little taste of power courtesy of Germany, Brazil, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus. Ohio’s local caliber began with the band formally known as […]

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, […]

Nick Coyle Riding The Electracoustica Wave

Nick Coyle Riding The Electracoustica Wave

  Nick Coyle  is a modern day version of a “one man band”.  Combining guitars, synthesizers, and unique vocals with crowd moving drum and bass grooves, utilizing today’s modern technology. Coyle, an accomplished musician/songwriter, has recorded and performed internationally for […]

Good Music Gives Peace of Mind

Good Music Gives Peace of Mind

When you pop in a CD by a band called Peace of Mind (Tooth & Nail Records) some may have predisposed thoughts of what they’ll hear. The old saying goes sometimes you can guess a band’s music by their name. […]

Jesus Wept: From the Ashes of xDisciplex AD

Jesus Wept: From the Ashes of xDisciplex AD

After nine years playing as xDisciples AD the boys now known as Jesus Wept played their last show at the 2004 Facedown festival. They’ve returned with a new 7 song EP that starts with the gravel roar of an inner […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cleveland Z.E.R.O.S. Take a Bite for Charity

Originating from the vast battered wastelands of northern Ohio, The Z.E.R.O.S. are a highly skilled, multi-faceted group of zombie eradicators. The Zombie Eradication & Rescue Operations Squad were forced together though vast catastrophic events, and bonded by a bloody and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Middletown Filmed Funhouse Massacre Released on DVD

  Six of the world’s scariest psychopaths escape from a local asylum unleashing a bloodbath on unsuspecting scare seekers at a Halloween Funhouse with rooms and mazes inspired by their notorious killing sprees. That’s the plot of LA-based Petri Entertainment’s […]

Ruckzuck Return to Yellow Springs

From Long Island, New York, Ruckzuck the psychedelic, three piece krautrock curators of time warp atmospheres returned to Yellow Springs and The Spirited Goat, a town they may someday call home. While producing sounds and musical landscapes emulating influences and […]

A Darker Color Bright

A one man band from the Midwest, shrouded in mystery, prompted not on name recognition or image but on the sounds and talent of his work and imagination. Sometimes the greatest complex depth and detail comes from simplicity. A Darker […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Halestorm Bring Women of Rock to Cincinnati

Friday, April 29 the Taft Theatre was packed and treated to a night of powerful women behind the mic. The show featured three female fronted bands showcased by two vocalists blazing the strings with adrenaline and attitude and the opener […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]