Hatrixfest 2018 – Mulberry’s in The Flat’s Cleveland, Ohio 10-26-18
It’s the Friday night before Halloween, a dreary, rainy evening in downtown Cleveland, OH. The weekend before Halloween is when all the haunts come out to play and in the metal community, this is our holiday! Want to hear more about the hottest Halloween party in town? click here!!!!
Words - Nancy Wolfson-Coe
Photos - E. Gray Photography
A Killer’s Confession “Revelations" Tour
It’s Saturday night in the gateway district of downtown Cleveland. The streets are filled with fans going to the ball game or their favorite restaurant or show. There is a buzz or sense of excitement in the air as we head down towards the 4thStreet entertainment district. We are headed to the famous House of Blues to spend an evening tasting local beer and listening to the city’s best metal bands. MORE...
The 175 Experience at The Empire Concert Club, Akron, OH
On July 22, 2018 I was fortunate enough to be included in what is called “The 175 Experience” at The Empire Concert Club featuring Powerman 5000. This concept was developed by the owner of the club and provides a unique, up close and personal experience, MORE…..
Alone and Waiting
Alone and Waiting
While attending a Halloween Bash last October I noticed that the bassist for A Killer’s Confession had arrived unnoticed into the crowd and was waiting to see one of the bands performing that day. Surprised to see him out at a local event, I walked over to greet him and he told me he was here to see a new band playing their first show ever. I was intrigued and so I waited patiently until the band took the stage. A group of young artists dressed like mummies, covered in blood and holding mutilated dolls started performing and I was hooked. The lead singer was wearing make-up similar to Waylon Reavis’ Mushroomhead make-up and swinging dreads all the while performing some of the best new metal I have heard in a while. I later learned the lead singer was a young man named Mike Daugherty, who was known as “Little Waylon” and “Dunk” and he is a fairly well-known local musician that had not been heard from in quite some time.
Fast forward seven months and twenty shows and I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Mike about his band, Alone and Waiting. The idea for the band, Alone and Waiting, came to Daugherty while he served a three-year prison sentence in Ohio. As a musician and artist, he spent his long days in prison drawing images and listening to music and planning for his future. It was in that environment that he developed the concept of feeling “Alone and Waiting “and decided that would be the name of his band that when he was released. It was also in prison that he developed the idea for the mummy stage costumes. He said at night when all the men would lay down for bed in the bunk style dorms they looked like rows of zombies wrapped in their white blankets and sheets.
After his release from prison he put his concept to music, he and his partner, guitarist and right-hand man, Jonah DeRiviera began creating the vision for Alone and Waiting. The music created by Daugherty and Alone and Waiting is an interesting blend of dark guitar riffs, rap and metal screams. Soon after debuting the band released its first single, Media Meltdown, which was well received by the fans. Their second single, recently released, Approach the Structure is a haunting song where Daugherty is joined by Waylon Reavis of a Killers Confession on vocals about approaching yourself and who you really are. This song has become wildly popular with Alone and Waiting fans and has been performed at several recent shows with Waylon Reavis guest performing on vocals with Daugherty. The fans of both Alone and Waiting and A Killer’s Confession have embraced the song and performance. This is a song everyone can relate to. Recently the band released a tee shirt with a lyrical quote from the song on the back. “Fuck You, I want my life back” the fans went crazy and the saying went viral on Facebook. I thought to myself, “the fans love this song and are really relating to this lyric”.
What’s next for this rising young band of metal mummies? Daugherty will be working on writing his full-length album due out sometime next year. Meanwhile, check out their songs “Approach the Structure “and “Media Meltdown” on Spotify, I heart radio and You Tube or catch the next show at House of Blues in Cleveland, OH on Saturday August 18 at the Beer and Metal Fest.