An Akron headbanger launches a new label.

Rubber City Metal 

An Akron headbanger launches a new label.

Devil Doll, at the Beachland, April 30. Below: Fans with - the '50s on their minds. - WALTER  NOVAK
  • Walter Novak
  • Devil Doll, at the Beachland, April 30. Below: Fans with the '50s on their minds.
Joe "Jozey" Zeitler has been playing guitar since he was 18, but the 39-year-old axeman and his trad-metal troupe Mob Scene have been a presence in Akron's metal scene for only the last two years. Now he's making up for lost time by launching Detained Records, a new label that he hopes will bring some recognition to Rubber City headbangers.

"In Akron, melodic, classic metal is coming back around -- power metal like Judas Priest, Hammerfall, that kind of stuff," says Zeitler, an IBM sales rep and former Marine. "I think that there are maybe five bands down here that are as good as anything else I've seen in Cleveland."

Detained is set to launch July 2, with a CD release party for the label's debut, the compilation Akron Metal Assault, Volume 1. The disc will feature Mob Scene, Hatecore Inc. , Social Downfall, Ripcored, Vatic Asylum, Mo Rage, and Weapons of Mass Destruction -- bands that frequent such metal-friendly Akron clubs as Annabell's, Concrete Jungle, and Voodoo, but don't venture north much. The show will take place at R/E (117 East Market Street, Akron).

Zeitler plans to release two more compilations this year, in addition to discs by Priest disciple Mob Scene and thrasher Hatecore Inc. He has realistic goals for the Detained.

"For the first run, we'll do a thousand copies, and we'll see how it goes," says Zeitler, who is planning to place his albums in local stores. The label's website, www.detainedrecords.com, will have an online store. "If I can put out 5 to 10 releases a year and sell 750 to 1,000 copies each, I'd be pretty happy with that. I think I can give a couple kids the help that I didn't get."

· Ed Cowell, host of WCSB's The Watchman's Grind, passed away April 16 of an apparent blood clot. Cowell had hosted the grindcore showcase on Monday afternoons since 1999, playing the extremest of extreme music, showcasing such bands as Fetus Eaters, Mutilated, and Circle of Dead Children. He'd use a calm, professional tone to deliver song titles like "Crumbled Genitals" and "There's Diarrhea on my Slip n' Slide."

"Despite his fascination with the grotesque and macabre, Ed was truly a decent, humble, down-to-earth person," says WCSB DJ Bob Delchin. "He was hilarious. Watchman's Grind was one of the station's most popular shows. The show will not continue without Ed. He made it what it was."

· Peabody's (2083 East 21st Street) will host a listening party for System of a Down's Mesmerize Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m.

· Electronic musicians collective SynthCleveland will improvise a live score to the cult classic, Mexican-wrestling/horror film Santo vs. Frankenstein's Daughter Wednesday, May 4, at Rain (4142 Lorain Avenue). The show starts at 8 p.m.

· The long-running Cleveland honky-tonk band Lonesome Bones has shuffled its lineup, adding a new rhythm section of upright-bassist Dave Schindler (of Blues DeVille) and Donnie Shoemaker (formerly of the Mercurys). "It's a nice facelift -- and kick in the ass," says singer J. Argie. The band plays Edison's (2373 Professor Street) Saturday, May 14.

· Undercurrents, the Cleveland-based music-conference and showcase company, will host its monthly networking get-together on Tuesday, May 10. This month's topic is using the internet to help promote a band. The Cleveland session will be held at Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, room E2-117 (4250 Richmond Road, Beachwood). In Akron, DreamSTATE Studios (722 Grant Street) will host the meeting. Sessions are free. Visit www.undercurrents.com for more details.

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