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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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Winter warriors

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Battlecross & Allegaeon conquer Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Allegaeon’s (l-r) Corey Archuleta, Greg Burgess, Brandon Park, Riley McShane, and Michael Stancel; photo: Matthew Zinke The guys at Rockstar Pro Arena keep on doing it—bringing world-class metal tours to the Gem City. And local headbangers should be loving it. This Friday, RPA is proud […]

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For Today but not tomorrow

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Metalcore titans For Today scream farewell in Columbus By Justin Kreitzer Photo: For Today’s (l-r) Ryan Leitru, Brandon Leitru, Mattie Montgomery, and David Puckett; photo: Aaron Marsh After grinding for 10 years as a band and establishing themselves as leaders in the Christian metal scene, For Today has announced that it will disband at the end […]

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Double-header

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Rockstar Pro Arena welcomes Tombs and Wolvhammer By Gary Spencer Photo: (l-r) Tombs’ Evan Void, Charlie Schmid, Ben Brand, Mike Hill, and Fade Kainer rise Nov. 26 in Dayton Every once in a while, a tour package comes along that is a slam-dunk, can’t-miss occasion. That will certainly be the case when the double headlining tour […]

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On the righteous side of hell

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Five Finger Death Punch packs U.S. Bank Arena By Alan Sculley Photo: (l-r) James Hook, Ivan Moody, Chris Kael, Zoltan Bathory, and Jeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch Five Finger Death Punch may have surprised some fans with how quickly the band returned with its latest album, Got Your Six, which was released last […]

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Anti music

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Second incarnation of Anti Music Fest roars into town(s) By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Greasy Mike (left) and Trashcan of Lima’s Pizza Hi Five will deliver their ‘grooviest mincing goregrind’ this weeken   Fans of local music know Dayton has a proud metal scene. Multi-day music festivals are hardly new. Splitting fests between two cities and […]

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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 […]