Mike Ritchie

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]

HorrorHound Slays the Holidays Red

‘Tis the season… to be jolly, thankful and wield sharp objects that glisten red in the snow. A time to be with loved ones,  sharing a similar passion for killer cinema.  During the first weekend of November, HorrorHound went a slashing in Columbus finishing 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  A weekend celebrating the family non-friendly holiday classics we’ve come to love and adore like an uns...[Read More]

Columbus Screams for The Iron Maidens

Saturday September 16, the Alrosa Villa was packed with people paying tribute to the four bands playing tribute to four metal forefathers. Both levels of the venue were stacked with metalheads ready to hear their favorite Judas Priest, Metallica, Dio and Iron Maiden songs. Defenders of the Faith opened the evening paying homage to the Metal God and Priest with classic Halford era tunes, though the...[Read More]

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]

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