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To the stars and beyond

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Geek metal crew Starset is bringing their interstellar message to Bogart’s Starset’s Dustin Bates with his unidentified musical objects. Photo: Kevin Estrada By Alan Sculley Many rock musicians start bands hoping they’ll have enough success to never have to work a typical day job – or in some cases, avoid college and the studying it […]

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Think: It’s not illegal yet

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Havok metals their way back to Rockstar Havok’s (L-R) Pete Webber, Nick Schendzielos, David Sanchez, and Reece Scruggs By Allyson B. Crawford The third time will be the charm for Colorado based thrash metallers Havok. The quartet will play Dayton’s Rockstar Pro Arena (1106 E. Third St., Dayton) on Thursday, February 1. The stop marks […]

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Rock hard

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10 Years live at Oddbody’s 10 Year (l-r) Jesse Hasek, Kyle Mayer, Brian Vodinh, Chad Huff, Matt Wantland. Photo: Elizabeth Wiseman By Alan Sculley   Two years ago, Brian Vodinh thought he had made his final album with 10 Years, the group he founded in 1998 and had led through seven studio albums and such […]

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Enter the creepshow

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I Died Trying plays cross-media event in Miamisburg Tony Goff playing his guitar with a Pee Wee Herman doll. Photo: Mike RItchie By Mike Ritchie   The one-man band I Died Trying will play a special cross-media event at Miamisburg’s Plaza Theatre Saturday featuring an opening 75-minute set, preview reel, and the theatrical screening of […]

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Something wicked comes

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Raven Black’s Dark Metal Carnival at Fairfield’s The Tavern Photo: Raven Black (l-r) Raven, the ‘Doctor’, Muppett, and Stiches. Photo: Cruella Photography By Mike Ritchie Cuter than Chucky and more bewitching than Annabelle, Raven Black’s family tree could be traced back to The Twilight Zone’s Talky Tina. Though she conjures more creepiness than the average […]

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What music they make

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The Transylvania Hellhounds rock Hanks Pub Transylvania Hellhounds (l-r) Allen McCowan, Eric Barnes, Keith Byerman, Greg Vaughn. Photo: Jay Allen Herndon By Mike Ritchie Spawned and foaming from the worlds of horror and rock n’ roll, the Transylvania Hellhounds have changed lycanthropic formation a few times dedicating countess hours and energy to their second album. […]

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Welcome to violence

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Over 20 years later, Buzzov-en returns to Dayton Photo: Vocalist and guiarist of Buzzov-en, Kirk Fisher By Gary Spencer It happens every so often that a musical entity somehow remains a thing despite what seem to be unsurmountable odds such as drug addiction, mental illness, homelessness, and pure bad luck. North Carolina sludge metal band […]

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Still feelin’ the fire

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Thrash metal icons Overkill return to Dayton (finally) Overkill rocking since 1980; photo: Hakon Grav By Gary Spencer It seems that once a musical artist becomes a household name, they become complacent later in their careers, resting on their laurels and previous achievements and in turn, losing the fire that made them successful to begin […]

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Dayton is for lovers

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Hawthorne Heights hosts music festival at Yellow Cab Tavern Lead vocals, JT Woodruff, interacts with the crowd while performing; photo: Adam Fields By Erin Callahan Dayton is for lovers of music, lovers of community, lovers of friendship, and staying true to your roots. And the Dayton is for Lovers Festival is a celebration of these […]

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GWAR: bring your raincoats and hide your children

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Extraterrestrial rockers out for blood at Middletown’s Land of Illusion Photo: GWAR is gearing up to perform at Land of Illusion By Gary Spencer The entertainment business has historically had its controversial problem children. Lenny Bruce pioneered free speech in comedy in the ’50s. The Doors were arrested on the stage for profanity in the […]

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Exodus returns

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Thrash metal pioneers Exodus at Oddbody’s Photo: Steve Zetro Souza of Exodus By Gary Spencer Thrash metal is one of those styles of music that you know it when you hear it – breakneck tempos, shredding guitars, furious bass, and clubbing drums are all trademarks of the genre. While the style has waxed and waned […]

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Home is where the (heavy) heart is

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Veronica Grim returns to Ohio Photo: Members of the outlaw clan: lead singer Veronica Grim and guitarest Honey Osborn By Gary Spencer There’s an adage that goes something to effect of “you can take the girl out of Ohio, but you can’t take the Ohio out of the girl,” or as more specifically heard in Dayton […]

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Scream your own luck

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Cincinnati’s Ethicist returns ‘brootal’ to Blind Bob’s Ethicist’s (l-r) Michael Wojtkiewicz, Chad Snowden, Johnny Finger, and Scott Stevens; photo: Adam Weeden By Allyson B. Crawford When you think of post-black metal, what comes to mind? Norwegians in corpse paint? What about Midwesterners with beards and day jobs? For Cincinnati-based band Ethicist, it’s definitely the latter. […]

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‘Blasphemy made flesh’

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Death metal legends Cryptopsy take over Oddbody’s Photo: Cryptopsy’s (l-r) Matt McGachy, Oil Pinard, Chris Donaldson, and Flo Mounier swarm Oddbody’s By Gary Spencer When one thinks about the birth and history of death metal, any knowledgeable metalhead thinks of the United States of America. San Francisco quartet Possessed laid the groundwork with 1985’s Seven […]

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Road warriors

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Road warriors Flaw keeps on riding to Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Flaw’s (l-r) Dan Johnson, Tommy Gibbons, Chris Volz, and Jay Daunt perform May 13 at Oddbody’s; photo: Jonathon Walters The music industry is often a cruel mistress. It’s always been hard to break into the business, a fact that is truer today than […]

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Bound and brutal

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DevilDriver headlines Bound By The Road tour at Oddbody’s By Matt Clevenger Photo: DevilDriver’s (l-r) Diego Ibarra, Mike Spreitzer, Dez Fafara, Austin D’Amond, Neal Tiemann  photo: Ben Hoffman   It’s been a few years since a Coal Chamber reunion temporarily sidelined Dez Fafara’s side project DevilDriver, but now the California groove-metal rockers are coming back strong. […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]