Mike Ritchie

Dayton Celebrates Mick Montgomery at Memorial Hootenanny

Saturday January 20, The Brightside Event and Music Venue was filled with people from all over the area paying tribute to the memory of Wright State Graduate, artist and Canal Street Tavern owner Mick Montgomery. A pillar of the community since the early ‘80s, Montgomery opened the Tavern doors in 1981 giving anyone and everyone a chance to play the stage. From veterans to beginners. Many locals h...[Read More]

Ice Age – Reformed to Thrash Again

  Gothenburg, Sweden’s all female thrash group Ice Age started in 1985. They’ve sold thousands of demos, toured Europe with major festival appearances and their fan base and profile was growing without major label or indie support. Almost three decades after their split they’ve returned with debut release Breaking The Ice, available through GMR Music. The Ice Age began in 1985 when voca...[Read More]

Dustin Behm-The Beyond

  Dustin Behm has translated an unlimited amount of musical ideas through fingers to guitar with new release The Beyond. There’s no telling where his fretboard thoughts and fantasies will go, note to note, riff to riff, but he’s recorded 13 songs with insanely complex sound tapestries built to show what he’s capable of on the neck. With solos and note clusters that sound perfectly laser cut w...[Read More]

Leaves’ Eyes – Sign of the Dragonhead

Leaves‘ Eyes are the loud, proud, symphonic, growling scribes of Nordic history and the tellers of ancient sagas. Whether swinging swords on the shore, pillaging a village or playing in the forest they bring the middle ages to modern life, seamlessly intertwining music and narrative. They’ve sung about mermaids, the Vinland’s, strong and passionate women, and the first king of Norway as they’ve mo...[Read More]

Leaves’ Eyes Set Sail on the Dragonhead

For seven records the members of Nordic symphonic historians Leaves’ Eyes have captured the Viking war cry and spirit in lyric, song, video, and on stage recreation. They’ve consulted the ancient saga’s, perfecting their production for pin point presentation, playing hypnotic symphonic folk metal with history to study and riffs to head bang to. What started in 2003 has continued to 2018 with a new...[Read More]

Wait Hell In Pain – Wrong Desire

  Rome, Italy’s Wait Hell In Pain tackles the series issue of physical abuse against women on their debut Wrong Desire. The record’s fictional main character May endures physical and psychological abuse, eventually reaching her boiling point. Knowing the past can’t be changed and the ramifications of her emerging dark thought patterns, she contemplates escape by any means necessary. Turning h...[Read More]

Prometheus Reigns in Fairfield

(Due to severe weather conditions, original headliners Raven Black were unable to perform)   Friday December 15 DF Productions and Events  at The Venue Event Center in Fairfield hosted three bands that played on, despite Mother Nature tampering with the lineup. Dayton’s Secret Circle Society presented a smooth, calming middle ground, sandwiched between aggressive metal and black and death met...[Read More]

SERENADE – ONIRICA

Formed in 2009 with debut record Wandering Through Sorrow under their belts, Italian symphonic new blood Serenade changed direction, sound and band members straying from an early gothic sound to a heavier, progressive thrash feel. Sophomore release Onirica has the hallmarks of the symphonic greats, bombastic sounds, grandiose guitars and the searing, stirring soprano delivery of vocalist Claudia L...[Read More]

Terrifier – Weapons of Thrash Destruction

Vancouver BC’s, Terrifier marked 2011 with their thrash debut Destroyers of the Faith. They may have borrowed a few words from Priest but they adapted their sound according to the rules and ramming speed pits of early West Coast thrash. They’ve sounded their war cry grabbing handfuls straight from the white hot molten furnace, hurling  fistfuls of liquid metal lava to any and all non-believers and...[Read More]

Black Mare – Death Magick Mother

Imagine the scene in The Shawshank Redemption when Andy plays the record over the PA system as the ladies sing about something so beautiful it couldn’t be put in words. Sera Timms has put words to the music though it’s almost a distant background accompaniment. Like a distant alluring voice in the mist or a hypnotic, subliminal call in a dream. Black Mare is Los Angeles based Timms’ solo endeavor ...[Read More]

Curse of Cassandra Release Nekonomicon at Blind Bobs

Ohio’s feline fatale Curse of Cassandra played Blind Bob’s Friday, November 17 releasing their spell casting  Nekonomicon album. Surrounded by a diverse crowd of cosplay, costumes, cat and kitten fans and those who were electro-friendly. Despite past tour issues, Cassandra has made a reputation of proven persistence and resilience in the face of devastating roadblocks. Cincinnati trio, Playfully Y...[Read More]

Belphegor Raises Hell in Columbus

The Alrosa Villa stage was hung with hell’s fury Friday, November 10 as The North American Totenritual came to Columbus via Columbus Events Group. The Death Black Metal Crusade continued its tear across the nation, headlined by Austria’s macabre masters Belphegor. Playing a sordid selection of older blasphemies, a handful from Totenritual, and a few ritualistic classics. Their show was half-horror...[Read More]

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