Author: Mike Ritchie

SHAMAN’S HARVEST – Red Hands Black Deeds

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Missouri’s answer to the dark side of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shaman’s Harvest conjure up their sixth offering giving us the wild-eyed, attack ready stare of a coyote on Red Hands Black Deeds. They take an analogue approach to recording, shunning digital, making every sound you hear and don’t hear. The record is blanketed in conceptual darkness… Read more »


DIAMOND HEAD – Diamonds Are Forever

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In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s the New Wave of British Heavy Metal came to the U.S.  Historically abbreviated as the NWOBHM, the movement included Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Def Leppard.  Each band would achieve global success while Angel Witch, Girlschool and many others though influential, never achieved the same level.  Metallica’s Lars Ulrich… Read more »


LIV SIN – Sister Sin Vocalist Goes Solo on Follow Me

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Swedish hard rockers Sister Sin made it 13 years before major road burn out caused them to disband, just as major opportunities loomed.  Though, as vocalist Liv Sin says, you can’t force a band to continue the relentless pace of writing, recording and touring for multiple cycles when the passion is gone. Sister Sin broke… Read more »


DIAMOND HEAD – Diamond Head

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“When we made ‘Kill Em All’, it was just Diamond Head and Motörhead”  Lars Ulrich – Metallica “We’re a combination of the two heads, Diamond Head and Motörhead. The epic feel is definitely from Diamond Head, while the simplicity came from Motörhead.”  James Hetfield – Metallica “I’m influenced by the likes of Paul McCartney, Jimmy… Read more »


LIV SIN – Follow Me

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Former Sister Sin frontwoman Liv Sin barnstorms into her solo career with a return to old school heavy metal with Follow Me, growling, singing and rasping over 11 tracks. For 13 years the Swedish singer gave Sister Sin its voice.  A break ended in a breakup from road burnout disbanding in 2015, thus breathing life… Read more »


TESTAMENT – Thrashes Cincinnati with SEPULTURA, PRONG…

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The Brotherhood of the Snake came to Bogarts in Cincinnati, OH Saturday, April 29 as Testament brought a show full of new material, classics, favorites and some rare oddities.  Prong and Sepultura helped turn the venue into a hot, sweaty mess with Germany’s Dying Gorgeous Lies’ second night of the U.S. tour. In the vein… Read more »


DIMMU BORGIR – Forces of the Northern Night

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Dimmu Borgir’s long-awaited May, 2011 Forces of the Northern Night show will finally be unleashed as a double-DVD set April 28 on multiple platforms via Nuclear Blast.  Not every band can pull off a show with a choir and orchestra, but they pulled them all together with the instruments intricately interwoven like the violins and… Read more »


Testament – Bay Area Brotherhood

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Their legacy began in the early ‘80’s, stomping Bay Area stages and speakers with aggressive riffs and the imposing earth shaking roar of vocalist Chuck Billy, laying the groundwork with fellow forefathers Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Death Angel and other hallowed company that would become thrash metal.  When MTV was in the cradle and social media… Read more »


NILE – Immortalizing The Gods

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Nile began brushing away the ancient sands of time in ‘93 giving death metal voice and breath to the gods with technical blast beat precision, a well-researched thorough knowledge of the middle east and the land of the pyramids and guitars that delivered pestilent fury.  Guitarist/ vocalist Karl Sanders takes great pride and patience with… Read more »


AYREON – The Source

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The multi-layered, multi-faceted world of Arjen Lucassen continues in this prequel addition extension of the Forever saga.  Performed by instrument virtuoso Lucassen, 17 tracks take us on an epic, musical, spiritual journey with energy, groove soaked prog, folk, metal and fairy tale like narrative mixed with sci-fi and biomechanical ambiance, showing that music can truly escape… Read more »


OVERKILL – Keep The Gears Grinding

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Since their humble New Jersey beginnings in the early ‘80s, instilled with a solid blue collar East Coast work ethic and desire to make heavy, catchy, riff-driven thrash that crowds around the world have moshed to, Overkill vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni have stayed true to themselves, their fans and their hometown… Read more »


GUS G. – Showcases The Immortal Greek Spirit

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Greek power metal pioneers Firewind have cranked out several albums of high powered, high octave metal, anchored by founding guitarist Gus G.  With their newest record Immortals they’ve given heavy voice to the passion of the warrior’s fighting spirit.  They’ve dug into their roots, sporting Greek pride, recording a concept album about the great battles… Read more »