Richard Christy’s CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED Signs with Metal Blade

Drummer Richard Christy‘s new band, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, have announced they’ve signed with Metal Blade Records. CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED‘s roster is stacked with some of metal’s most talented musicians–famed producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) on guitars, Tim “Ripper” Owens (BEYOND FEAR, ex-ICED EARTH, ex-JUDAS PRIEST) on vocals, Steve Digiorgio (SADUS, TESTAMENT, CONTROL DENIED) on bass, and Christy on drums.

Christy, the former ICED EARTH/DEATH/CONTROL DENIED drummer comments: “To be a part of the Metal Blade family is such an honor. I’ve been a fan of the label since I was an eleven year old kid ordering Metal Massacre cassettes through the mail. It’s so amazing to be label mates with some of my all time favorite metal bands like AMON AMARTH, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, and LIZZY BORDEN, just to name a few! Brian Slagel is a true metal legend and I’m honored to be a part of his label. I’m beyond excited to get back into the studio and make some crushing Heavy Metal with my friends!”

Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel adds: “We are very happy to welcome Richard Christy and his band CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED to the Metal Blade Family. In addition to his duties on the Howard Stern show, Richard has had a great career in metal. He has put together a really great new band with some of metal’s most talented artists and we can’t wait to have everyone hear it.”

CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED‘s full-length debut is expected to drop this fall, produced by Jason Suecof himself at his Orlando, FL based studio, Audiohammer Studios. More details, a myspace page, and music will be coming soon.

Second Annual Metal Insider Summit Announced

The Second Annual Metal Insider Summit has been confirmed for this year’s New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on April 17, 2009. The Metal Insider Summit is an interactive, educational conference consisting of two panels where fans and the metal music industry can engage, share ideas and help further the scene. The Metal Insider Summit will give fans an opportunity to meet key members in the business and gain valuable insight on how to start their own careers. It will also give labels, managers, agents, endorsers, publishers, media promoters, bands and more the chance to interact with the people who buy their albums, tickets and merchandise.

Admission is free with an RSVP at MetalInsider.net and a ticket to New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, or appropriate proof of purchase. Those unable to attend will be able to partake and contribute with exclusive coverage at MetalInsider.net, MetalSucks.net and MetalInjection.net in the days following the event.

“I am very excited to moderate again this year at the Metal Insiders Summit at New England Metal Fest,” says Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel. “Last year was a lot of fun and I felt we had a great panel and discussion. I look forward to another great year, see you there!”

Mass ConcertsScott Lee, participating in the Summit for the second year in a row, encourages casual fans and aspiring professionals alike to join. “If you are a fan or are interested in getting into the music business this is the place to be. Mass Concerts is proud to have The Metal Summit as part of the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest,” adds Lee.

Details for the Metal Insider Summit are as follows:

METAL INSIDER SUMMIT LOCATION:
Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Blvd
Worcester, MA 01608

Session One: Metal During a Recession (1:00 – 1:45)
Panelists:
- Brian Slagel, Chairman/CEO of Metal Blade Records
- Ash Avildsen, TKO Booking/Sumerian Records/Summer Slaughter Tour
- Blasko, Artist Manager for Mercenary Management/Bassist, Ozzy Osbourne
- Scott Lee, Mass Concerts
- Jason Rudolph, Artist Manager for Heavy Hitter (DAATH, THE CHARIOT, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE)
- Amy Sciarretto, Director of Publicity for Roadrunner Records

Session Two: Breaking Into the Industry (2:00 – 2:45)
Panelists:
- Bram Teitelman, Radio Promotion for The Syndicate/Editor for MetalInsider.net
- Jason Bittner, Drummer for SHADOWS FALL/BURNING HUMAN
- Jody Dankburg, Director of Marketing and Artist Relations for Washburn/Randall/Eden/Parker
- Scott Givens, Vice President of Metal for E1 Entertainment
- Will Putney, Producer/Engineer at The Machine Shop

Visit to MetalInsider.net to RSVP: http://www.metalinsider.net

KING DIAMOND Receives Grammy Nomination for “Best Metal Performance”

Metal Blade is both very proud and excited to announce that KING DIAMOND has received a Grammy Nomination for Best Metal Performance for the track “Never Ending Hill” off their latest album Give me Your Soul…Please.

King comments on his bands nomination:
“It’s a great honor to be picked as a nominee; it’s totally shocking and unexpected. We do feel as a band that this is the best album we have ever done. Hopefully there will be many more albums and tours to come. We feel that we have at least another good 10 years in us! This nomination is a testament to our legion of loyal fans and our thanks go out to them for the endless support and all of the kind words.”

Metal Blade owner and CEO Brian Slagel comments on having two bands nominated for this years Grammy’s:

“All of us at Metal Blade Records are extremely honored to have 2 of our artists, AS I LAY DYING and KING DIAMOND, nominated for Grammy awards. They both truly deserve this honor for the great artistry they have accomplished on these tremendous releases.”

KING DIAMOND’s Give me Your Soul…Please was released on June 26th 2007 and came in at #174 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart!

Complete List of Grammy Nominees for Best Metal Performance:
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Nothing Left
AS I LAY DYING
Track from: An Ocean Between Us
Metal Blade Records

Never Ending Hill
KING DIAMOND
Track from: Give me Your Soul…Please
Metal Blade Records

Aesthetics of Hate
MACHINE HEAD
Track from: The Blackening
Roadrunner Records

Redemption
SHADOWS FALL
Track from: Threads Of Life
Atlantic

Final Six
SLAYER
Track from: Christ Illusion
American Recording/Columbia