Lo-Pan

There is a hidden world where ancient evil weaves a modern mystery. A world filled with the darkest magic's where all movement is caused by tensions between positive and negative furies. A world in which the furies, when out of balance, turn into demon and live forever. A creature of fast dark destructive power. Repulsive and evil existing only to plague the living as they do with LO-PAN, who is cursed. Cursed with rock and roll genius. Born out of a combination of dirty rock and roll, stale beer and an unhealthy obsession with "Big Trouble In Little China," Columbus's Lo-Pan have been tearing up the club circuit since 2005. Lo-Pan burst onto the local scene with their locally released self-titled album back in 2006. The local buzz gave way to more national attention as bands told bands and Lo-Pan began gracing venues big and small with names like Red Giant, Devil To Pay, Torche, Saviours, Year Long Disaster, Red Fang, Valkyrie, & the Atomic Bitchwax (just to name a few). Fast forward five years and there's hardly a band worth playing with that they haven't shared a stage with. Enter the sophomore release, "Sasquanaut." Initial pressings on local indie Nice Life Records sold out quickly and as before the best praise is when one band on the road tells another "Hey, man you've got to check this out." Which brought them, album masters in hand to us here at Small Stone. "Sasquanaut" had all the makings of a classic, thunderous low ends, pummeling drums, riffs to die for and a voice that soars but for all the genius that shone through it was still rough around the edges (don't get us wrong we love rough around the edges). So we checked them in to a proper studio and left them in the capable hands of Benny Grotto for a little remixing, a little re-mastering and just ever so much re-recording. Enter Sasquanaut, mark 2: "Sasquanaut (Remixed & Re-mastered)." Heavier, more dynamic, louder and just that tiny bit more polished, this is the album that bands and fans new they could make. Mere words just can't do justice to the effect that a little more time and the proper equipment have had on these eight raging tracks. Maybe a quote from the bands namesake might sum it up. "When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail." The boys heads back into the studio for a proper follow-up this fall and look for the band on tour this winter and remember IT'S ALL IN THE REFLEXES!

Devil To Pay

Indianapolis-based Devil To Pay are in the process of putting the final touches on their fourth album and looking at a March, 2013 release. The new album, tentatively titled 'Fate is Your Muse', is a collection of hard hitting metaphysical introspection after vocalist-guitarist Steve Janiak's self-described 'epiphany' in 2011. With topics ranging from reincarnation, quantum physics, alternate universes, the illusion of time, and the mystery of consciousness itself, each song is like a window with a different view on reality.

Fusing monstrous Sabbath-like riffs with memorable melodies and intricate instrumental textures, the album takes Devil To Pay to untold levels of musical and lyrical growth. Tracking began late this Summer at Azmyth Studios with Ryan Adkins at the helm, getting the levels just right. The final mixes were turned in to rock n' roll preservationist Tony Reed, at HeavyHead Studios, for final mastering.

In the meantime, Devil To Pay and GloryHole Records will soon be releasing an advance 7" single on red and black colored vinyl, featuring the supercharged "This Train Won't Stop" and the boogie-laden "Tie One On". The record will be available on the GloryHole Records web site and at the band's release party on December 8th at Radio Radio in Indianapolis.

Venomin James

VENOMIN JAMES is a Doom Metal band based out of Kirtland, Ohio USA, formed in 2006. The band released their first album “Left Hand Man” in Sept. 2007 on their own label, Kultland Recordings.

The release of “Left Hand Man” caught the interest of Cleveland metal legend Bill Peters in 2008, President of Cleveland Ohio independant label AUBURN RECORDS and legendary DJ of the world famous “Metal on Metal” radio show, which started broadcasting in 1983. Peters signed the band and released their sophomore album “Crowe Valley Blues” in Sept. 2010.

Tragedy struck the band in June 2010, with the death of drummer Jared Koston from cancer. Eric Matthews (Pro-Pain, The Spudmonsters, Red Giant, The Alter Boys) has since stepped in as drummer.

VENOMIN JAMES was invited to perform at the prestigious Wacken Open Air 2011 festival in Wacken, Germany on August 06, 2011. Playing to a crowd of 8500+ as a direct warm-up to the Swedish band GHOST, the band gained new fans and opened new doors to returning to Europe.

December 2012, the band parted ways with vocalist Jim Meador, and have remained an instrumental band while seeking his replacement.

The band’s third album, “Unholy Mountain”, which will be released spring 2013 on Auburn Records, followed shortly after by the release of a remixed and remastered “Left Hand Man”, and an EP of new material.

Since 2006, Venomin James has shared the stage with a wide variety of respected acts, including: Karma To Burn, Saint Vitus, Sourvein, Weedeater, Witch Mountain, Lo-Pan, Elder, Trouble, Black Tusk, Valient Thorr, Ghost, Skeletonwitch, Truckfighters, Yob, Dark Castle, Mockingbird, Red Fang, 40 Watt Sun, Suplecs, Backwoods Payback, Ringworm, Fu Manchu,, Unearthly Trance, Bad Wizard, Early Man, 3 Inches of Blood, facedowninshit, Artimus Pyledriver, Abdullah, Lo-Pan, and Red Giant.

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Lo-Pan with Devil To Pay, Venomin James

Friday, July 12 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Ohio City Masonic Temple

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