Author: Mike Ritchie

NIGHTWISH – Vehicle of Spirit

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After a year-and-a-half of non-stop touring Nightwish has released Vehicle of Spirit; a multimedia boxset capturing the final show of the Endless Forms Most Beautiful tour at Wembley Arena and Tampere Stadium. Both shows capture the bombast, emotion, ambiance, band comradery and popularity of Nightwish on the grand stage.  Floor Jansen, the third woman to… Read more »


JUDAS PRIEST – Turbo 30

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The ‘80s saw Judas Priest put out six records, from the iconic British Steel to Ram It Down.  The band covered in leather that bled adrenaline and sweat with power chords and razor-teethed riffs experimented with synthesizers on their 10th album, Turbo. To some fans it was just an odd misstep and sign of the… Read more »


Inside the L.A. Metal Series with Bob Nalbandian

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Los Angeles local Bob Nalbandian steps behind the camera for the first time telling the story of three different eras in L.A. metal history.  Inside Metal consists of The Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal and The L.A. Metal Scene Explodes (now available) and The Rise of the L.A. Thrash Scene (summer 2017).  Each… Read more »


Inside the L.A. Metal Series Continued

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Part two of the Inside Metal series interview with Bob Nalbandian. There wasn’t segregation by subgenre yet. “There wasn’t a separation back then.  Slayer would play with Ruthless or Bitch or glam bands.  Stryper played with Metallica at early shows.  It wasn’t that strange to have Armored Saint with Steeler and Slayer.  W.A.S.P. and Slayer… Read more »


9ELECTRIC – The Damaged Ones

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Los Angeles bred 9Electric formed in 2010, scouring the earth with their laser light beamed electric rock writing high energy danceable tunes you’d hear in a club, rave, stage or potential hallucinogenic state.  They released their first EP Control in 2014 and have graced fans with their full length debut The Damaged Ones earlier this… Read more »


Inside Metal: The L.A. Metal Scene Explodes

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Before MTV,  before hairspray and Spandex ruled the strip and way before the Internet/social media existed, the early ’80s history of L.A. is told through a collage of vintage videos, concert/photo stills, flyers, album covers and show stubs between band interviews and stories. Narrated by John Bush (Armored Saint, Anthrax), Inside Metal: The L.A. Metal… Read more »


DROWNING POOL & 9ELECTRIC – The Not So Silent Night Tour

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On Tuesday December 20, The Not So Silent Night Tour came to the Mad Frog stage in Cincinnati bringing merry mayhem and ringing ears to one and all.  The night’s lineup included six support acts with touring acts 9Electric and Drowning Pool.  Unfortunately the seasonal bug struck Drowning Pool vocalist Jasen Moreno for the night… Read more »


HARDLINE – Returns with Human Nature

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Hardline’s career started with a Double Eclipse in the early ‘90s.  While often compared to some of their Aquanet-fused predecessors, with early success came turmoil, egos and grunge.  They’ve been reborn a few times, enduring member changes, but at its core, singer Johnny Gioeli has been the instrumental driving force burning the torch with brazen… Read more »


DEVILSKIN – Be Like The River

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Bonded by blood is not only a staple in thrash metal it’s a way of life for New Zealand’s Devilskin. Formed in 2010, they’re a family four piece with father and son Paul (bass) and Nic Martin (drums), Nic’s aunt Jennie Skulander (vocals) and Paul’s evil twin guitarist Nail. The band exploded onto the New… Read more »


SULLY ERNA Takes Hometown Life to Heart

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Anyone that’s heard a Godsmack song or seen them live has felt the energy drenched, gravel pitched growl of Massachusetts native Sully Erna.  From his early years, drumming his way through life to his first major band, Strip Mind, to Godsmack’s late‘90s beginning, Erna has launched a deep lunged, gruff-growling hard living attitude through the… Read more »


SULLY ERNA – Hometown Life

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Hometown Life is Sully Erna’s second solo album.  A stylistic departure from his first release 2010’s Avalon and a 360 from his main band Godsmack.  He’s opened his mental diary of personal, private stories, stages (musical and life), opening up to his audience and the world.  If all you know is Godsmack be prepared for… Read more »


HIGHWAY 4 – Matter of Time

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From their very beginnings Highway 4 had no intention of following the herd.  Instead they chose the black sheep route, committing to music they wanted to hear, standing with authenticity and a loud voice. Described as Halestorm meets the Foo Fighters they started in 2010 helmed by Kelly Brown, with guitarist Mike Angert and bassist… Read more »