When Jason Dean finished his military service and moved to Cleveland in 2008, he immediately turned to Craigslist to see if any metal bands were looking for a lead screamer. He got lucky with his very first call to Ruled by Reason. "I tried out for them once and they said, 'You're it,'" recalls Dean. The band quickly evolved into a finely tuned metal machine and shopped its three-song demo to several record labels, including Italy's Execution Kollective, which took the bait. Last week, Execution released the band's debut, The Dawning of Dystopia.
Recorded locally at Brainchild studios, the brutally heavy album is distinguished by Brian Montgomery and Matt Tarach's intricate guitar interplay.
Ruled by Reason has plans for a short summer tour in support of the album. The band will host a CD-release party at 7 p.m. Saturday at Peabody's. Solipsist, Fallen Captive, Taken by Talons, Along Came a Spider, and Brigmah open. Tickets are $6, but you can get a free ticket at peabodys.com.
Rapper Blackwell celebrates the release of It'z Blacktime! Tha Mixtape at midnight Friday at Canton's Club Voodoo. Tickets are $5. Go to club-voo-doo.com for more info.
The Northcoast Jazz Collective celebrates the release of its third album, Cleveland Splendor, with a performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Nighttown. Tickets are $10, available at nighttowncleveland.com.
The B Side Liquor Lounge's weekly dub and drum & bass night, BRRRN, celebrates its first anniversary with DJ sets by Total Science, Secret Sauce, and Stout XTC. Tickets are $7, available at bsideliquorlounge.com.
LoveMuffinPalooza, the annual under-the-radar music fest organized by Love Muffin Records owner Adam Rich, kicks off at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Barking Spider with a "folk/Americana/singer-songwriter night." Admission is free, but donations are requested. At 9 p.m. Friday, the Darker Shore, Jason & the Fossils, Skychief, and Xtra Crispy play the Symposium's punk and hard rock night. Tickets are $6. And at 8 pm. Saturday, Dan McCoy & the Standing 8's, the Flavor, Jane Dough, and the Jack Fords play Wilbert's. Tickets are $10. Go to lovemuffinrecords.com for more info.
After a six-year run, hardcore heroes Heads Held High will play their final show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pirates Cove. "We accomplished a number of things that we had been dreaming of since we first started playing music," says Rob Schultz. The band will play a short set before former members join in. Tickets are $6, available at peabodys.com