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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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Engraving darkness

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Dayton death metal scriptures By Mike Ritchie Photo: Johnnie Wallace (left) and Colin Glover of Engraved Darkness; photo: Mike Ritchie Engraved Darkness has been around close to a decade. With the dripping black eyes of vocalist/guitarist Johnnie Wallace leading the charge, their current incarnation, helmed by Wallace, includes Forces of Nature’s Jimmy Rose on guitar, […]

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Memorial Day Metal

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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

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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

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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

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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’?

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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

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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

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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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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]