Mike Ritchie

Ohio Renaissance Festival Goes Back in Time

On September 9 and 10 the Time Travelers Weekend at the Ohio Renaissance Festival brought all manner of character, creature from Stormtrooper to gate-keeper to thy majesty’s medieval kingdom. Villagers walked, gazed and marveled at those in costume. Travelers from near and far away kingdoms, worlds and galaxies made the pilgrimage to the holy grounds of outdoor annual cosplay. Costumes ranged from...[Read More]

Insatia – Phoenix Aflame

High-spirited, high-flying female fronted symphonic metal from Tuscan by way of Montreal, QC comes from the four members of Insatia. Like the flowing astral angel in the cosmos on the cover, Zoë Federoff, ascends listeners up with heavenly operatic vocals, melding a sound intertwining Siobhán Fahey (Shakepeares Sister) and Anette Olzon (Nightwish).  The music plays with a ballerinas grace as her v...[Read More]

Kabbalah – Spectral Ascent

Kabbalah comes from Pamplona, Spain, comprised of drummer Carmen, bassist Marga formerly of local band Las Culebras and guitarist Alba. The curiosity of the esoteric mystery’s that loom in the darker realms of witchcraft and closed door arts intrigued the ladies to create new music in 2013. They began a unique, impressive cycle of music that’s progressed to this year’s Spectral Ascent. Primitive S...[Read More]

Nervecell – Past, Present …Torture

Nervecell answers the territorial question of what would happen if Dubai invaded ancient Egypt with musically-heavy atrocities. Breathing life and voice into their own god’s with thrashing loud, heavy, technical guitars, blistering drums and a voice from the abyss itself with bludgeoning death metal bowing to Nile, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Behemoth and Origin in the Middle East. Formed in 2000, thei...[Read More]

The Show Must Go On: I Died Trying Returns

Saturday, July 8, I Died Trying returned after a four year hiatus with a one man show performed by multi-instrumentalist Tony Goff who played two 45-minute sets at the Actors Theatre in Fairborn. It was a rare sit down affair but the experience everyone shared that night was one for the ages. The performance in scope and delivery went far beyond a rock show as Goff sweated out multiple built up em...[Read More]

The Sun Shines on Cave of Swimmers

I Died Trying Return’s with One Man Show

On Saturday July 8, I Died Trying returns to the local scene via The Actors Theatre in Fairborn after a multi-year absence/seclusion. Formally a three-piece, the now one man band helmed by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Tony Goff will perform two solo sets surrounded by a multi-media immersion of screens, video production and photography. “The Encore:” The Return of I Died Trying will feature ...[Read More]

Psyclon Nine Conclude Infektion Divinum Tour in Fairfield

The final stop of the 2017 Infektion Divinum tour came Friday June 9 at The Venue in Fairfield Ohio hosted by DF Productions. The 10-date trek spread the infection to the east coast starting in Lakewood, OH hitting New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island among other stops. ...[Read More]

All Ages Walk 4 Hearing at Delco Park

Saturday morning May 13 over 170 participants, were blessed with good weather, taking to the trail at Delco Park, Walking 4 Hearing to raise awareness for hard of hearing and Deaf causes. Registration began at 8:30 with pre-walk speeches at 9:30 and the exercise starting at 10:00. Volunteers walked 3.1 miles or 2 ½ trips around the park. Saturday marked nine years for the event in Dayton with hear...[Read More]

Vials of Wrath- Days Without Names

For those who still appreciate classic music mediums and own working tape players, boom-boxes or Walkman’s, Fragile Branch Recordings will release Days Without Names from the one-man operation Vials Of Wrath on deluxe cassette as a limited edition 100 run for an unofficial June release. Originally released in 2015, all vocals, guitars, bass and synth were done by Dempsey “DC” Mills with gues...[Read More]

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 earplugs, the presumably unfamiliar sites and sounds of stacked speakers, light rigs, drum kits, keyboards and loud guitars were captured on phones as the piano and pul...[Read More]

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 in need. Prior events have been one day affairs, showcasing metal bands and jam bands per respective year. The community love and support got spread out all w...[Read More]

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