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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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Of femmes and fire

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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

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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

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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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Denying classification

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All That Remains remains true By Gary Spencer Photo: All That Remains will perform March 20 at Oddbody’s Music Room; photo: Justin Borucki Almost every genre of modern music suffers from a bit of elitism. Whether it’s indie rock, hip-hop or heavy metal, there’s always someone trying to talk down an artist or subgenre. Often, […]

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A snowball’s chance…

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Full of Hell Set to Mutilate Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Full of Hell will perform March 12 at RockStar Pro Arena Sometimes, life can be downright mean. Full of Hell founding member and guitarist Spencer Hazard is one musician who uses that darkness to create something else: music. In a recent interview, […]

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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 […]