Author Archives: Mike Ritchie

Dawn of Ashes Return with Theophany

For all intents and purposes LA’s extreme metal outfit Dawn of Ashes was gone, dead and buried in 2013 with singer Kristof Bathory moving on to new territory with the unfortunately short lived but brilliant Urilia. Dawn of Ashes has … Continue reading

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Days of the Dead Los Angeles Celebrates Women of Horror

Award winning Canadian director Patricia Chica’s short “A Tricky Treat” will be shown Saturday, April 2nd at 2 p.m. at the Los Angeles Burbank Hotel as part of the Days of the Dead Weekend Los Angeles. The “horror-comedy with a … Continue reading

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LA’s Cetacean Rewrite the Rules on Breach Submerge

How do you begin a three song, 30 minute EP full of yells, growls and loud sounding strings weaving guitar notes and patterns like multi-level geometric spider webs and start with music you’d expect to hear in the elevator? Get … Continue reading

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Stoner Van Houten: Guardian of the Ranch

“I want to show the positive side of Spahn Ranch.” Says ranch caretaker and history buff Stoner Van Houten. Local Manson expert Stoner Van Houten dedicates most of his time to preserving the history and upkeep of Spahn Ranch for … Continue reading

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CD Review: Salems Lott

From the decadence of the Sunset Strip to the land of the rising sun, Salems Lott could be described as Hollywood’s new vampires or what would emerge if an earthquake swallowed Motley Crue, Hanoi Rocks, Kiss, W.A.S.P., Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness … Continue reading

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Dearly Departed Tours Sheds Spotlight on LA’s Dark Side

Dearly Departed Tours offers several uniquely presented tours covering Hollywood, specializing in the dark, spooky side of Tinseltown. The tours are custom made taking guests into the shadows and tragic history wedged in the cracks, buried deep in the City … Continue reading

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Elite Adventure Tours go Anywhere for a Scare Year Round

Elite Adventure Tours are the foremost private luxury tour company in Southern California offering the best in family, group and individual luxury VIP tour experiences. No cramped buses, vans or fast paced tours cramming in the sights with barely a … Continue reading

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CD Review and Interview: September Mourning’s Reaping Begins

The prayers of the Children of Fate have been answered with the first chapter of the September Mourning saga. Our snow-white human/reaper hybrid queen has unleashed the first collection of songs to the alpha of the story. Bound and bonded … Continue reading

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September Mourning Marries Metal with a Graphic Novel Storyline

This post originally published on Covering the Scene The story of LA’s musical art project September Mourning can be traced back to 2009, when September (Emily Lazar) was in New York, and the origin of the storyline took form in … Continue reading

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HorrorHound 2015 Brought the Dead and Anarchy to Cincinnati

HorrorHound started the year at the Sharonville Convention Center in Indianapolis, and as usual, everyone showed up. The bi-annual movie convention brings all manner of creature, beast, freak, rebel and misfit for a weekend of very crowded fun, signing, pics, … Continue reading

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