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Memorial Day Metal

Dying Fetus headlines Metal Alliance Tour at Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford If there’s any doubt of just how rabid some Dying Fetus fans are, consider Nick, a recently deceased metalhead from Illinois. His dream was to have his ashes scattered on stage during a Dying Fetus show. The band helped fulfill this wish, scattering […]

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Metal’s mythical beasts

Stoner metal with Casino Warrior at Bob’s By Mike Ritchie The Cincinnati stoner-prog outfit Casino Warrior are young but have amassed a decent following since last year’s inception. They specialize in “Clash of the Titans”-themed songs about Medusa, mythical beings and beasts including half-man and half-horse centaurs. While still in the metal crib, so to […]

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The root of all metal

Death metal role model Suffocation shreds Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer Some musical movements and eras have so much impact and lasting influence that they are timeless. This argument can be made for the first wave of heavy metal subgenre of death metal. While what many historians and fans consider to be the very first death […]

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Metal pleasantries

Fates Warning comes to Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Fates Warning will perform on Oct. 21 at Oddbody’s; photo: Axel Jusseit “We are certainly going to play a few things we haven’t done in a very long time! Hopefully there will be a few surprises for some,” Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder excitedly tells […]

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WTF is ‘Hobocore’?

The Goddamn Gallows return to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: The Goddamn Gallows will perform Sept. 24 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Michael Sinapi Bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and Americana music might seem like odd bedfellows for a band with a punk, metal and hardcore background. But this fusion of seemingly disparate styles has earned a band […]

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Bring on the battering ram

British metalheads Saxon smashes into Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Saxon will perform on Sept. 19 at Oddbody’s Music Room “We are a live band… no click tracks running with Saxon so I suppose [the stage] is where we like to be!” says Biff Byford, Saxon frontman, of his band’s current North American tour. […]

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Poisoning the well

Lord Dying brings the sludge to Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Lord Dying will perform on Sept. 5 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Danger Ehren Photography Sludge. What does the word bring to mind? Thick, nasty motor oil perhaps? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sludge as “thick, soft, wet mud: a soft, thick material that is […]

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Of femmes and fire

Your Chance to Die devastates RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: Your Chance to Die will performon Aug. 28 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Joann Gullo Extreme metal bands with female vocalists have become trendy in recent years, and given the success and popularity of bands such as Arch Enemy, The Agonist and Myrkur, this growing […]

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No words necessary

Instrumental metalheads Karma to Burn return to RockStar By Gary Spencer Photo: All-instrumental metal trio Karma to Burn will perform July 24 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Karma to Burn As much as things change, some things never go out of style. Like a solid, catchy, heavy guitar riff. Or a thundering bass line. Or […]

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From the ashes

The Agonist returns with new singer, new album, new tour By Gary Spencer Photo: The Agonist will perform on May 8 at Oddbody’s The parting of a popular lead singer can be a devastating blow to an established band – to the point where some bands never truly recover, and their popularity and creative output dies […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]