Author: Mike Ritchie

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 »


IN THIS MOMENT – Headlines Ink in the Clink Day 1

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Friday, July 14, Ink In The Clink 2017 began with the first of three all-day showcases featuring revolving bands on two stages side by side with the brick and mortar backdrop and towers of the Ohio State Reformatory under the sun.   Mansfield, Ohio played host to the weekend of music, tattoo artists, vendors and fans… Read more »


PRONG – Delivers Zero Days

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Since 1986 Prong has been one of the hardest working bands in heavy music, taking their crossover brand of hardcore punk inspired metal across the world and penning classics like Prove You Wrong, Whose Fist Is This Anyway and Snap Your Fingers. Main member Tommy Victor has cranked out New York flavored mosh pit metal… Read more »


PRONG – Zero Days

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Over the past half-decade Prong have cranked out a handful of trademark badass records, building freight train momentum with a continuing kick to the face mix of heavy, hardcore, thrash induced metal with the always present voice of Tommy Victor.  The band that began their legacy with classic tunes Beg To Differ and Prove You… Read more »


SHAMAN’S HARVEST – Deliver Red Handed Black Deeds

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Shaman’s Harvest has created their version of an old-school throwback record in a way. They threw technology in the dusty ole garage, preferring ‘vintage’ analog to digital in the creation of a truly visceral journey in sound and production. Tales of the blues, country rock, the shadows of spirits passed, gospel healing, Native American and… Read more »


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 »