Author: Mike Ritchie

EXODUS – Waltz It Up On The West Coast

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Exodus has cemented their heavy foundations into the fabric of metal, record by record, show by show and pit by pit with non-stop, persistent battering ram force, noise and speed.  They hail from from San Francisco; the early hotbed homeland of thrash.  The Bay Area scene spawned names such as Metallica, Testament, Death Angel, Vio-Lence… Read more »


METAL ALLEGIANCE – Honors Fallen Heroes

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The creation known as Metal Allegiance started as a spark in the mind of Mark Menghi a few days after a Big 4 show in 2014. Few bands can say they’ve had members of Pantera, Testament, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Guns N’ Roses, Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Trivium, Dream Theater, Exodus, Hate Breed, Sepultura, King’s X,… Read more »


LETTERS FROM THE FIRE – Rise From The Ashes

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Letters From The Fire is built and based on the trials, challenges and obstacles they’ve faced as musicians and as a growing, evolving band.  Their moniker and the songs played are both a reminder of the band’s history and a war cry to the future as a modern day new version.  The 2016 LFTF is… Read more »


LETTERS FROM THE FIRE – Worth The Pain

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Bay Area pop rock band Letters from the Fire have resurfaced with a new record, new direction and new voice leading the way.  Through struggles and turbulence they found new powerhouse Alexa Kabazie, who nailed the first take bringing the “fire” back.  The band quickly restructured the music making her the focus cranking out 13… Read more »


BLACKLIST UNION Goes Back to Momo

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Tony West has penned, performed and lived the songs that speak of hard times, street life and his personal demons that’ve pushed him forward.  Every stage is sacred, serenading the audience with tales of abuse, loss and redemption.  Blacklist Union’s newest offering Back to Momo is a vindication, releasing him from the emotional darkness of… Read more »


TOXIC ROSE – Totally Tranquil

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Take your favorite Dimmu Borgir video, transport it back to the ‘80s Sunset Strip, add four young lads from Sweden, some horror elements and you have the modern day trans-genre morphing of Stockholm’s Toxic Rose.  They may call Sweden home and be wrapped tight in spiked black leather but their sound screams of ‘80s arena… Read more »


DEATH ANGEL – The Evil Divide

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It could never be said that Death Angel has had it easy.  Though second offering Frolic through the Park spawned MTV video Bored and provided backwoods chase music for Leatherface, a bus crash supporting third record Act III derailed them for a decade.  They returned to form on 2004’s Art of Dying pummeling out three… Read more »


DEVILDRIVER – Trust No One

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After DevilDriver’s 2013 Napalm Records debut Winter Kills, Dez Fafara took a break, focusing on the rekindled Coal Chamber, thereby becoming Napalm brethren and giving DevilDriver a needed hiatus. Recharged after many long hours and burned candles they’ve emerged with Trust No One.  The insidious glare of the predator’s eyes ripping through its prey’s skin… Read more »


Rock on the Range 2016 – Day 2

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Saturday May 21 aka first day of hangover fatigue for second day rangers and three day stayers hit with more rain but wide eyed first day attendees were ready to go.  Lacey Sturm opened stage 2 with Aranda, Texas Hippie Coalition, Issues, Parkway Drive, Ghost and Lamb of God. Citizen Zero, Jelly Role, Wilson, New… Read more »


Rock on the Range 2016 – Day 1

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The 10th year anniversary of the nation’s largest rock festival Rock on the Range started on Friday, May 20 in Columbus, Ohio. Regardless of the first stage and band you stood in front of, the sold out weekend brought thousands from around the country to celebrate three days of open air music, weather be damned…. Read more »


CIRCLE OF DUST – Klayton Emerges

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It’s been 20 years since the world has seen or heard from ‘90s industrial headbangers Circle of Dust.  Its creator Klayton was forced to move on after label shutdowns, leaving the project to age in the unreachable vault for years.  Klayton’s spent the past couple decades creating multi-faceted bands with sounds scraped from the toxic… Read more »


THE QEMISTS – Brighton’s Sound Warriors

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Call them bass and drums, call them techno and electronica, you could even call them high-tech rock n’ roll.  They’re a high energy, rapid wave of constant momentum with tunes and electronic grooves that could be as easily expressed on stage as the dance floor.  The former trio turned five men group from Brighton, UK… Read more »