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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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This one goes to 11

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Martin Popoff’s “Big Book of Hair Metal” By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Martin Popoff’s “The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade” (Voyageur Press) For fans of ’80s metal, Martin Popoff’s new work, “The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal’s Debauched Decade” […]

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Black top revelation

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Lo-Pan bring colossal riffs to Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Lo-Pan will perform at Blind Bob’s Dec. 26 Good music that comes out of Ohio should be a no-brainer. Whether we are talking about Bootsy Collins, Devo or Guided By Voices, Ohio has earned its stripes in the world of daring, original and sometimes […]

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Heavy riffs, heavy times

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The Skull’s old school heavy metal for a new generation By Gary Spencer Photo: The Skull will perform on Sunday, Dec. 14 at RockStar Pro Arena; photo: Ty Klingsick Music is a cyclical, generational thing: some styles of music become popular, die down a bit, become marginalized and, in some instances, disappear almost entirely. Other […]

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Bastard sound manipulation

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Experimental metal supergroup Corrections House at Rockstar Pro Arena By Gary Spencer Photo: Corrections House eschews publicity photos, instead favoring images of anonymous intensity; photo: Seward Fairbury, “Minister of Propaganda” The merging of rock veterans into what some critics have termed a “supergroup” is hardly a new thing. Often what results sounds like the sum […]

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Melodic metal?

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Skeletonwitch at Oddbody’s By Allyson B. Crawford and Gary Spencer Photo: Skeletonwitch will perform on Nov. 15 at Oddbody’s Legendary Ohio metallers Skeletonwitch are about to unleash their hardcore fury on Dayton. The band will play Oddbody’s (5418 Burkhardt Road) on Nov. 15. Dayton bands Horlet and Engraved Darkness will open the show. Advance tickets […]

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Carnival or carnage?

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Carnival of Death Tour stops at Oddbody’s By Allyson Crawford Photo: Internal Bleeding will perform as part of The Carnival of Death Tour on October 6   We’re quite satisfied with what we’ve seen our crowds do!” Suffocation bassist Derek Boyer excitedly told Dayton City Paper. “We love to see interaction while we are performing: sick […]

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Grime of your life

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Fourth annual Grime Prom at Blind Bob’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Red Hot Rebellion will play Grime Prom IV, June 21 at Blind Bob’s; photo: Nikki Forte For the last four years, Grime Prom at Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District has been the premier event of the summer for Dayton’s show-going, PBR-guzzling crowd. Grime Prom […]

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Season of Black Reign

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Brooklyn’s Mutilation Rites Brings Black Metal Dementia to Dayton By Gary Spencer While there is a lot of good heavy metal being produced locally, it seems lately that more and more nationally known touring acts are finally coming to play in the Gem City.  While this is far from a bad thing, one thing Dayton […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]