North Jersey Notes: Baelfire, Ronin, Dying Eyes Of Sloth and more!


So, one of my favorite bands on the Jersey music scene used to actually be two different bands until they combined themselves into one band back in December. I’m talking about the band Baelfire. I’ve written about these guys in the past, but never gave them the proper feature they deserved here in North Jersey Notes. I mean, I’ve featured their previous bands, Flowers To Flames and Xero Gravity, but never as Baelfire. Well, it turns out, the band is in the process of working on their second EP, Seven Candles, which they hope to have out this fall. I got to give a listen to a few songs like “Euphoric Demise,” “The Messenger,” “Pawn Shop Tattoo” and the title track, and these songs are killer. Singer Donna Unverricht’s voice is so powerful that she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with. I’ve heard her sing Ann Wilson and Bruce Dickenson in one set. Who the hell can do that?

Baelfire made quite a quick impact on the Jersey music scene since emerging on it back in December 2015. As I stated earlier, this hard rocking quartet consists of former members of locally known heavy-hitters, Xero Gravity and Flowers To Flames, who have combined their musical experience and stage presence to be able to compete with some of the biggest names on the music scene. Joining singer Donna Unverricht in Baelfire is her twin sister, Nicky on bass, guitarist Alex Peragine and drummer Steve Rago.

Baelfire released their debut EP, Neverland, earlier this year, and are already putting the finishing touches on their next EP, Seven Candles. The band also just wrapped up a big show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, opening for the lovely Lita Ford and sharing the bill with New Day Dawn and my bud, Steve Bello. From what I heard so far, their next EP will give you enough ear candy to keep Baelfire on your mind for a while. For more on Baelfire, visit



            My brothers from Ronin finally released their debut EP, Rise of an Empire, a couple of weeks ago, which feature the songs “Rise,” “Virus,” “Southern Hospitality” and “Your Disease.” I’ve been listening to the CD for the past few weeks and it’s really good. If you haven’t picked up this CD yet, what the hell are you waiting for? Check out for more on Rise of an Empire and to find out where the boys are playing next.

Here’s a name I haven’t heard in a while, but Dave Incognito messaged me recently to let me know that his band Dying Eyes Of Sloth has been added to the Malevolent Creation, Seeker and Incantation show at Dinbatz in Clifton, NJ on October 13. His other band Incognito Theory is working on a new CD and on finalizing a permanent lineup. The band currently consists of Dave, guitarist Jay Prussack, bassist Mike LePond from Symphony X and drummer Tim Protsman from the band Core Device and Level. Looks like Dave’s been a busy guy! For more on Incognito Theory, visit, and for tickets to the big Dying Eyes Of Sloth show at Dingbatz on October 13, visit

And finally, my friend Diane Lane of Lane Six Entertainment is promoting an amazing show at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ on September 15 featuring John Waite. Yes! The guy who brought us the ’80s hit song, “Missing You.” Well, that evening is set to be an intimate evening of songs and stories from John’s legendary solo career to his time with The Babys and Bad English. For more info on this amazing event, visit or

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey, and you want some exposure, send your press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140, Little Falls, NJ 07424, or you can email me at, where you can also let me know where you’re performing next!


Just remember….We’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!


Tim Louie is the Author of S**t Happens.


NJN Concert Calendar:

8/23—Reaping Asmodeia/Eulogist/Funghoul/Deadtide—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/24—Jersey Campfire Presents: Asphalt Grey/The Clocktown Giants/Cara Crash and CRASH NY/Collective Man—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

8/25—White-Washed Walls/Mayday Humanity/Rebels Over Flames/Wicked Hollow—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/25—Lane Six Entertainment Presents Bad William/No More Pain/The Highschool Superstars/The Mighty Nothings—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

8/26—Serious Matters/The High School Superstars/Albino Woodchucks—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

8/26—Lane Six Entertainment Presents Eels of Love/Half-Witted Dogs/The Schwam/Lion-Hearted—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

8/28—From the Depths/The Blessings of this Curse/Monument of a Memory/Ocean of Illusions/Obisdian/Eulogy—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/30—Something About You/Whisper/Ashes of My Regret/Set For Tomorrow/Nora Stone—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

8/31—Blastaways/The Jersey Panic/Joseph James McCabe—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

8/31—The Ataris/Gary Bender/Matt Fed—Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ

9/1—Fell Into Yesterday/Morgan’s Mask/Far Out Live—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/3—Steve Bello Band/Rob Balducci/John Kiernan—Crossroads, Garwood, NJ

9/4—United by Hate/Necropia/I am the Trireme—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/8—As All Hope Dies/Better at Night/Worldsucks—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/9—Norastone/Ender/That of a Lion/Buried Under Ruined Nations/Little Vicious—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/10—Baelfire—U.M.S.F.L. Tattoo for Autism V, Port Monmouth, NJ

9/10—Causticaudio—Frogfest 2016, Parsippany, NJ

9/10—A Gathering of None/Devil in the Belfry/Skunk Daze/Jess O’ Lantern—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/14—The Alex Skolnick Trio—The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ

9/15—Michael Graves/After the Burn—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/15—Lane Six Entertainment Presents John Waite—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

9/16—Lyken21/Warhammer/Soul Sworn/ORBYNOT/Eddie Milko Project—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/17—Psychoprism CD Release Party/Voodoo Terror Tribe/Paralysis—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

9/24—Causticaudio—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ