Author: Mike Ritchie

DED – Bringing World Misanthropy

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This four-man Arizona nu metal/hardcore band has spent the last several years touring and gaining exposure and visibility, while finding the perfect blend of sound and noise to fit their moniker.  Already seasoned road dogs, they’ve incorporated part horror move, part loud introspection and part insane thrash party into what became Ded.  Vocalist Joe Cotela… Read more »


WILDESTARR – Beyond the Rain

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London Wilde and Dave Starr of WildeStarr  released Beyond the Rain, on December 8, 2017, the third record in their trilogy and the most personal, telling the story of Wilde’s late brother Gary.  Lyrics and music tell the tales of the highs and lows he went through before the tragedy. Wilde added excerpts from his journals… Read more »


WILDESTARR – Honor Fallen Family on Beyond the Rain

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Hailing from Houston by way of Alameda, California husband and wife team Dave Starr and London Wilde have taken their band WildeStarr through three albums with their latest, Beyond The Rain coming  out on December 8th.  Both have extensive background experience with Starr’s former band Vicious Rumors and Wilde’s self-taught vocals and studio experience.  Their music… Read more »


The Metal Alliance Tour Wreck Necks in Dayton

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The loud, nasty, skid row screech and smile of New Jersey’s green and black attack came to Dayton Saturday September 29 headlining The Metal Alliance Tour, Overkill, the band that claimed the sewer home, years before Pennywise.  The 20-date run featured New Orleans sludge lords Crowbar as well as speed demon thrash heads Havok, Black… Read more »


FOZZY – Judas

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Fozzy has returned with their seventh album Judas, filled with eleven songs of house shaking, crowd moving melody and drive.  What started as mostly a cover band with WWE superstar Chris Jericho has come into its own gaining fans, respect and longevity.  If Five Finger Death Punch and Skillet had a street fight, Fozzy could… Read more »


EXODUS – Waltzes Through Dayton

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“Remember, heavy metal forever!” Steve “Zetro” Souza yelled to the packed venue on Saturday September 13 as a piranha filled sea of fists and screaming voices rejoiced.  The Oddbody’s crowd appreciated their metal history, celebrating the set with a nearly show-long pit, honoring classics to the newest headbangers.  The bay area forefathers delivered, bringing a… Read more »


THEORY OF A DEADMAN Closes Ink in the Clink 2017

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The sun rose on day three of Ink In The Clink 2017 as the weekend warriors bravely still standing in the prison’s shadow returned for one more all-day go around, while for others it was a one or two day affair.  Day three’s individual ink exploits went to best realism, most unusual, black and grey… Read more »


THREE DAYS GRACE Headlines Day Two of Ink in the Clink

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The second day of Ink In the Click 2017 continued the tunes and tours, with the first tests of stamina, effects of sleep deprivation, and signs of sunburn were felt.  Saturdays celebrated ink experiments included best large black and grey, color and traditional (5X7 and bigger) and color portrait. Saturday brought 16 unshackled bands to… Read more »


JANET GARDNER – The Vixen Goes Solo

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Vixen is best known for being the first all-female ‘80s glam-era rock band.  Attention from MTV and Headbangers Ball propelled them into the spotlight with worldwide recognition through endless touring.  Hits like Edge of a Broken Heart and Cryin’ made them household names in the late ‘80s, early ‘90s.  They played to packed arenas with… Read more »


JANET GARDNER – Janet Gardner

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Vixen vocalist Janet Gardner strays from the sound that brought her global fame with a new solo album that throws fists into several eras and genres from the ‘70s to the ‘90s and grunge to industrial while keeping her hard rock, big hair, stilettoed roots. Alongside husband Justin James, Gardner weaves magical webs like a… Read more »


GEMINI SYNDROME – Making Music for Immortality

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On Saturday July 15, Screamer Magazine talked to Gemini Syndrome drummer Brian Medina and wizard-like vocalist Aaron Nordstrom on their bus under the haunting shadow of the Ohio State Reformatory before their set at this year’s Ink in the Clink in Mansfield, Ohio. Though classified as alternative, prog and nu metal by both fans and… Read more »


SLAYER – Repentless in Columbus

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On July 18 Express Live hosted the unholy evening bringing Behemoth, Lamb of God and Slayer to Columbus as Sirius XM Liquid Metal presented the rabid three-headed touring monster. The crowd filled the general pit area, throwing down like a human grenade leaving exhausted, battered and dehydrated bodies staggering in its wake. Blasphemous black metal… Read more »