Some wear masks to be cool, some to instill dark feelings in their fans, and others yet wear them to hide the monsters lurking inside.

Victory Records artist, Kissing Candice, decided that another show in the Toledo, Ohio area was in order. Realm was more than happy to see the Long Island, New York natives play their stage after the band’s other shows were canceled due to circumstances outside of Kissing Candice’s control. The guys have already announced that they are headed out with It Lies Within for the next round of shows. Don’t miss that tour, it’ll start in late February.

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Opening the show for Kissing Candice was I, Monarch. This cozy little metalcore quartet from Blissfield, Michigan is Ryan Patterson (vocals), Cody Gibbs (drums), Greg MacBeth (guitar), and Pat Young (bass). While still relatively new to the local scene, there is a good amount of promise in the band to watch. We can’t wait to see their complete media package once they get it up and fully running.

After I, Monarch then came Final Ride. The core of this Tiffin, Ohio band has been around since 1999 lead by the funky grooves of Bill Mizen (bass). Ray Garcia (vocals) is the new guy on the block and has already begun to re-energize the band’s presence on the local shows. It was a good, solid set of talent that had the crowd nodding their heads to the hooks by the time they wrapped. Stop by the Final Ride Reverbnation page to hear a sample of the band’s vibe.

The special guest of the night and the primary support band was, of course, Ashtabula, Ohio’s favorite masked sons, Sykosis. The Ferocious Records artist consists of members Shawn Huffman (vocals), Justin Kalenits (guitar), Matt Shelton (guitar), Dan Moreno (bass), Tommy Drumz (drums), Jesse Canter (keys), and Daemon Hunter (DJ). The shock metal, experimental groove, hardcore seven-piece outfit began in 2011 and draws influence from other acts such as Unearth, 36 Crazyfists, Slipknot, Mudvayne, and Mushroomhead.

If you see the show or catch any of the bands on their next show or tour, tell us what you think on our Twitter page.

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