Mike Ritchie

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 Burning Bridges. With a fusion of punk and metal they prove they’re not just another heavy band that screams. CD cover art of a heavenly Goth chick is laden with dark eerie...[Read More]

See Spot Rock

Everyone knows he run’s, fetches and plays dead but as of February 28 the dog showed some new tricks. The five outfits making up the See Spot Rock tour hit the stage to a packed house at The Avenue of unprecedented heights and sound levels. The evening festivities opened with Ohio four piece Sanctus Real playing cuts from their best record yet Say It Loud. Hip-Hop humorist John Reuben brought out ...[Read More]

Telecast the Beauty of Simplicity

BBC recording artists Telecast bring us The Beauty of Simplicity. A collection of piano keyed acoustics forwarding through doses of classical sound and folk music. Josh White and Brian Ortize breathe Dylan’esque vocals on tracks providing peace of mind to the heart and soul. Zach Hodges shows what beautiful sound keys can make playing inspirational songs about returning to God’s love, inspired by ...[Read More]

Agony Scene

Solid States new artists of hardcore madness bring us a truly heavy mesmerizing masterpiece in The Agony Scene. Ten songs that are as brutal as they are poetic. Sung with screeching, acid tipped vocals worthy of Arch Enemy and the truly wicked Cradle of Filth. The band brings their personal Christian beliefs into a dark macabre arena that few Christian bands dare to tread. The disk will turn off f...[Read More]

Bleach-Astronomy

Bleach returns with Astronomy, the follow up to 2002’s Again For The First Time. Long-time fans will not be disappointed with what’s delivered though they might be surprised by the deep emotional feelings embedded in the songs inspired by real life experiences, and tragedies. There’s plenty of rock and roll to be found but also a dark inspiration resulting from writers block and tremendous persona...[Read More]

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 No One mix pop and piety demonstrating a desire to know the mysteries of God while staying humble before him. To the six men including new singer Chad Jarnagin th...[Read More]

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, Tate enlisted former Ozzy, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake and Dio bassist Rudy Sarzo, AC/DC, Something Unto Nothin...[Read More]

Rock On The Range Weekend Sells Out Crew Stadium

May 17th, 18th and 19th 2013’s Rock on the Range lineup played Columbus’s Crew Stadium to a jammed packed house each night. On three consecutive days the weekend music festival known for bringing in rock, metal and other diverse acts and talent jammed 20,145 hot, sweaty, sunburnt fans into its bleachers and floor for an all-day festival with bands performing on three stages. Starting as a one day ...[Read More]

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