Author: Mike Ritchie

NIKKI STRINGFIELD – Harmonies for the Haunted

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From humble Texas beginnings making YouTube videos of guitar play techniques, Nikki Stringfield has built her own audience, eventually leading to major industry attention.  Holding a degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of Texas she joined metal band Before The Mourning upon her West Coast arrival. Stringfield then took a huge step forward auditioning for the… Read more »


HELLYEAH – Welcome Home – Album Review

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Through six records the members of Hellyeah have proven they’re the loud, screaming exception to the short-lived ‘super group’ rule still oozing adrenaline on stage and sweating fire with their new record Welcome Home. The album is a pounding tribute to lyrical themes held dear and a celebratory tribute to the life of Vinnie Paul…. Read more »


HELLYEAH – Say Goodbye to Vinnie Paul Through Celebration

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During their 13 year existence, Hellyeah have cranked out six records, whiskey-strong in lyrical content with screaming delivery, riffs and beats.  They’ve spat out good ol’ heavy and loud anthems about the unbreakable bonds of brotherhood, the ups and downs of road life, partying, and the strength of family and friends. The group that brought… Read more »


RUBIKON – Crossing All Borders for The Record

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For the better part of two decades Boston area bad boys Rubikon have crossed and crushed boundaries blending different genres into  unknown and unexplored pathways, and have boldly gone where no country, rock or metal band have gone before. Imagine combining Skynyrd, Corrosion of Conformity and the top crop of today’s hottest country talent into… Read more »


RUBIKON –The Record – album review

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Boston area noise makers Rubikon have cranked out records reflecting their philosophy of “no rules but their own” for 18 years, combining country, rock, metal and whatever else suits their fancy in the studio at the time. Late 2019 brings us The Record, a collection of tunes that for the unheard ear might seem foreign… Read more »


FAITHSEDGE – Passion and Faith Bleeding Bright

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Faithsedege vocalist Giancarlo Floridia has experienced it all in life so far, playing for the top of the music business crop and eating proverbial bologna and government cheese in the gutter. He’s known wealth, status and privilege along with trips to the welfare office after everything crashed and burned.  Through it all he fought for… Read more »


Inkcarceration Festival Day Two

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Hard rock and rock n’ roll naturally go hand in hand with the most haunted prison in the country, though one might stop to consider which hand has the stronger grip.  Regardless of the two making loud and spooky bedfellows as the rusty bars slam shut, over the past several years the Ohio State Reformatory… Read more »


Interview with RAVEN BLACK – Unchained at Inkcarceration

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Though haunted institutions may scare the meek and timid away, its comfortable, coveted home turf for the ghouls of Raven Black.  They’re a band that personifies spooky and weird, drawn to whatever dwells and haunts the building, roaming the halls and tiers of the Ohio State Reformatory.  In fact, whether through automatic writing, supernatural conversation,… Read more »


SULDUSK – Through the Looking Glass

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The high altitude hits you briskly in the face as forces of nature surround you in calm serene tranquility.  The atmospheric mountain scenery smells of uninhibited fresh air with the embrace of an acoustic folky kiss and elevated breath combined with dark, rigid black metal. Screams rip and tear out from the darkest hole of… Read more »


L.A. GUNS – The Devils You Know

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In the ‘80’s, L.A. Guns cemented themselves as soldiers of the Sunset Strip, playing the legendary clubs and helping create the scene, myths, legends and historical aura that live on through DVD’s, documentaries and biographies.  And they can still say they got played on MTV, when it was cool. With their 2017 reunion release The… Read more »


L.A. GUNS Bring The Strip to Cincinnati

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On Friday April 5, Riverfront Live hosted a jammed evening with two bands from California’s warm, Western shores.  The Darbies and L.A. Guns brought the goods, with the young blood starting the evening in up and coming fashion. The youth gone wild from L.A. started the show with four guys keeping the music of the… Read more »


L.A. GUNS – The Devil You Know

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L.A. Guns carry the distinction of being a survivor of the Sunset Strip era, coming to prominence during the MTV generation.  Over the years and decades they’ve released new material with various lineups, touring consistently.  Though many of their counterparts faded away, they rejuvenated their sound with returning guitarist Tracii Guns on 2017’s The Missing… Read more »


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