From “Lips of an Angel” to “Bullet With a Name”, Hinder and Nonpoint rock the Lima Ohio Theatre along wsg/Chrysalis and Nine Shrines

I would like to start this article off by apologizing to the Ohio Theatre in Lima, Ohio, the bands, Hinder, Nonpoint, Nine Shrines and Chrysalis as well as Bame Artist Group for taking a week to get the review finished and posted. I hope they’ll all forgive me especially due to the holiday.

No I’m not talking about Memorial Day but rather Christmas in May or otherwise known as Rock on the Range. The night before I also had the ROTR Pre-Party at Alrosa Villa in Columbus. Nonpoint will be there on Friday, June 9th.

Anyway back to the show at hand. If you have never been to the Ohio Theatre for a rock show you don’t know what you’re missing. The iconic structure was made for shows such as this one. Okay maybe not but if I were designing a venue specifically for rock and roll shows, the old lady in downtown Lima would be a great one to imitate.

On this particular Wednesday evening, Hinder and Nonpoint brought their headlining tour to town with Ohio’s own Nine Shrines and Chrysalis out of California along for the ride.

Chrysalis opened the evening’s festivities with an excellent set featuring music from their latest album ‘Reminder’ including their current hit single “My Eternity”.

Chrysalis performing at The Lima Ohio Theatre on May 17th. All photos take by Larry Ritter/The Rust Belt Chronicles

With nearly ten years under their belt Chrysalis has plenty of experience and that fact was evident with their presentation.

Lead vocalist Yessi Burton was very entertaining with a stage presence that was second to none. Gabe Julian and Gabe Gallego handled their guitars masterfully as they laid down riffs and licks that wafted throughout the historical piece of architecture with melodic sweetness. 

Jared Sturgis (bass) and Billy Norris (drums) proved to be a formidable rhythm section combination.

It is hidden gems like Chrysalis that make it a pleasure of being at a venue early to watch an entire show. The quintet from Barstow, were superb and are definitely worthy of seeing again.

Nine Shrines, a Mascot Record signee, was up next and they earned a lot of new fans with a highly energized set that included tunes from their EP, ‘Misery’, which was released late last month.

Chris Parketny, the lead vocalist, visually is fun to watch with an enthusiasm comparable to that of an adolescent who just got his first bike. He is energy personified and that electricity exudes over into the crowd. 

Nine Shrines performing at The Lima Ohio Theatre on May 17th. All photos take by Larry Ritter/The Rust Belt Chronicles

Andrew Wetzel (drums) and Devon Voisine (bass) create a rhythm section that packs a wallop. They’ll punch you in your face with the power of a charging rhino as they get you amped up for the musical assault that they and the rest of the band are about to put on you.

Andrew Baylis and Evan McKeever meld well together with their six strings giving Nine Shrines an absolutely talented array of musicians that should be a household name before too long.

If you see their name on a marquis or on a bill in your area, take it from this big guy; they are a band you’ll want to see now so you’ll be able to say ‘I remember seeing them when they got their start’ because I think they’re going to be around for a long time. Nine Shrines is not only talented but they have the right mindset to achieve stardom.     

Following the spectacle that Nine Shrines unloaded, Nonpoint, as usual, put on a tremendous performance. I have seen them at least twenty times and I have yet to walk away from a show disappointed.

Nonpoint is one of the hardest working bands (can’t think of too many that work harder) on the scene today and have been for over sixteen years. They are truly the definition of what road warriors, encompasses.

Elias Soriano (lead vocalist) and Robb Rivera have been around since day one and they live to rock. The tandem leaves everything they have on the stage and their appearance at the Ohio Theatre was no different.

Nonpoint performing at The Lima Ohio Theatre on May 17th. All photos take by Larry Ritter/The Rust Belt Chronicles

Soriano’s power-laden presentation is one of the best in the business. He has a remarkable voice with great range but most of the time it’s rattling the audience’s grill, which he did in Lima. Rivera is among the top stick men in rock today. His side facing seat behind the kit makes him unique as does the brutality he lays on the skins.

Rasheed Thomas and B.C. Kochmit are a strong and extremely gifted guitar duo that can stack up against anyone. They are both quite the showmen and work well in tandem on the stage.

Rivera’s partner in the rhythm section is bassist, Adam Woloszyn, who, like his drumming cohort, is explosive with his thumping of the four strings (actually five strings on this evening).

Perhaps the best part of Nonpoint performance (other than the music itself) is the theatrics. They have everything you want in a rock-n-roll production. Great craftsmanship with their weapon of choice, long flowing hair and dreads that create amazing photos and an energy level that equals that of a field full of wind turbines.

On top of all of that, they’re great guys who know where their bread is buttered. They are not only one of the hardest working bands but they are also one of the most accessible.  

Once again on this Wednesday night in Midwest Ohio, Nonpoint provided the crowd with an outstanding show, playing a gamut of their hits from their entire discography, ending with their signature tune “Bullet with a Name”.                                                                                                                 

Hinder may have a revamped lineup from their beginnings but that hasn’t stopped them from providing their fans with a quality product.

Marshall Dutton has assumed the vacancy left by original singer, Austin Winkler, and he did an outstanding job of vocals on old hits “Get Stoned”, “Lips of an Angel” and “How Long”. It’s a tough job to take over for a vocalist who has been a part of a band that had the success that Hinder did in the mid 2000’s but Dutton proved to be up to the task.

Dutton and the band are obviously looking to carve out a new niche’ with their new music and I like what I heard. “Remember Me” is the title track from the latest release which dropped last month. Unlike the rock party sound the band had with the previously mentioned hits, the new sound is a tad heavier and more in your face style. In fact it is closer to that of Faktion, Dutton’s previous band who I thoroughly enjoyed.  

Hinder performing at The Lima Ohio Theatre on May 17th. All photos take by Larry Ritter/The Rust Belt Chronicles

 Joe Garvey proved to be as good as he has always been as the lead guitarist. He blew the audience away with his virtuoso sound, proving to all that he is at the top of his game. Meanwhile Mark King was stage right handling the rhythm guitar and backup vocal duties which he has done since 2003. Together the pair had the glorious venue rocking with amazing riffs.

Cody Hanson (drums) and Mike Rodden (bass) provided outstanding support on rhythm.

It’s a hard chore to transgress from one sound to another in the rock world, especially when you’ve sold nearly four million albums and over 7.5 million singles. But if last Wednesday is any indication of what is to come, those numbers are only going to go higher and do so in a hurry.

If it sounds as though I had a good time on May 17th in Lima, Ohio at the Ohio Theatre, then my job at hand was fulfilled. All four bands gave astonishing performances and for those of you who couldn’t make it out on a week night; you may want to reconsider the next time the Ohio Theatre brings a tour of this magnitude to town. It was worth every penny of the $25 ticket.  

Be on the lookout Elias Soriano of Nonpoint as well as Nine Shrines’ Chris Parketny and Andrew Wetzel’s appearance on Rock Lines with yours truly coming soon.

Until next time this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/







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Larry Ritter About Larry Ritter

Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an Associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.

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