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Launching Rikets 

Former Switched, Erase the Grey members blaze a new metal path.

Van Halen, rocking out at Gund Arena, July 2. - WALTER  NOVAK
  • Walter Novak
  • Van Halen, rocking out at Gund Arena, July 2.
Rikets, a new metal supergroup made up of former members of Switched, the Bedroom All-Stars, and Erase the Grey, has recorded an EP and plans to play its debut concert in late summer or early fall.

"We've been practicing and writing for eight months," says singer Scott Rose, Erase the Grey's deep-voiced background vocalist, programmer, and keyboardist, who also played in the Bedroom All-Stars. "The comparison we get from a lot of people is that it sounds like a combination of old Machine Head, Vision of Disorder, and Marilyn Manson."

The group also features Switched guitarist Bradley Kochmit and drummer Jason French, along with bassist Josh Hansen , singer Matt Haze, and guitarist Ken Obloy (formerly of Puppet).

The EP, tentatively titled The Killing of Art, was produced by Clevo metal guru Ben Schigel and mixed in Los Angeles by Logan Mader of Stereoblack (and formerly of Machine Head and Soulfly). Its release is slated for winter; streaming audio and mp3s are now available at

Already faced with two contract offers, Rose hopes that Rikets can avoid the missteps made by his former band, which signed a deal with Universal Records in 2002, but was dumped before recording its full-length debut.

"With Erase the Grey, we jumped into the deal way too quickly," says Rose. "Now we've learned a little more. We're trying to build everything up slowly."

· Mushroomhead singer J. Mann will launch his new label, Fractured Transmitter, Tuesday, July 13, at Peabody's (2083 East 21st Street) with a release party for a one-song EP by tech-metal giants Meshuggah. That one song? A 21-minute epic called "I."

"It's fucking unbelievable," says Mann. "It's definitely one song, but it feels like three that flow together. It's about 30 riffs. Probably the heaviest thing they've done. One of the heaviest things I've ever heard." A clip from the song is available at

The show will also feature live performances from local crushers Disengage and Gizmachi, a New York-based band recently produced by Mushroomhead's Steve "Skinny" Felton.

· Devo's music is more than just the soundtrack to Swiffer commercials. It's also soon to be prominently featured in the Akron-Summit County Public Library's permanent collection highlighting music from Summit County. All genres are welcome, and the collection is open to all media -- videos, programs, fliers, and photographs. Interested donors can visit the website or call the Special Collections Division at 330-643-9030.

· Many of Cleveland's premier singer-songwriters have been booked for a club show so big, they had to move it outdoors. The Local Music Showcase, now at Scene Pavilion (2014 Sycamore Street), will feature Joe Rohan, Prism Theory, Alexis Antes, Robin Stone, Kate Voegele, Three Miles Out, Will Bowen, and many others. It starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 10.

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