Playing Dead

An acclaimed metal band shuts down after one last throwdown.

Dead Even
Sabina Sciubba of the Brazilian Girls, December 2 at the Grog Shop. - Walter  Novak
Sabina Sciubba of the Brazilian Girls, December 2 at the Grog Shop.
Dead Even, Scene readers' heavy metal band of the year for 2005 and 2006, will break up following its final show at Peabody's (2083 East 21st Street) on Thursday, December 28.

"We felt it dying out," admits singer J.C. Koszewski. "Our focus wasn't in it. We decided to end it before it faded away -- to go out on top."

Dead Even formed in 2002, sprouting from the nü-metal band Candyshop. With the addition of Koszewski, the name changed and the sound switched to metalcore, quickly making the band a force on the scene. Its debut, the EP Of Constant Rotation, dropped in early 2004. More than two years later, the band released How to Start a Riot, a split EP with Michigan's Dissonant. Although the extreme music magazine Metal Edge declared the disc "raw and unadulterated," regular lineup changes prevented the band from attracting big-time label interest.

This fall, while recording a track for an Integrity tribute, the boys realized their chemistry had evaporated.

"We were moving each other away, writing-wise," says Koszewski. "And to be a full-time metal band, you have to be on the same page."

Original guitarist Rickie Klotz will join the band for its final set, a 90-minute bloodletting featuring three guitarists, some surprise covers, and several guest vocalists. Lexsis Jumps, a female-fronted funkcore outfit, will reunite for an opening set.

With Dead Even buried, Koszewski and bassist Steve Rauckhorst plan to record the delayed debut album from their ongoing side project, Garmonbozia. Rauckhorst and guitarist Matt Brewer are also recording the next Integrity album. Tentatively titled The Blackest Curse, the disc is slated for release on Deathwish Records, the Massachusetts label owned by Converge frontman Jake Bannon.

· Ferret Music has set March 6 as the release date for Chimaira's new Resurrection LP. The band is in Los Angeles, shooting a video for the disc's title track. "Threnody," a non-album track recorded during the sessions for last year's Chimaira, is now available at

· E.T. Hooley guitarist Todd Sharp has connected with Eddy Mitchell, a European sensation known for his Chuck Berry-inspired rock and roll. The band has a string of European dates scheduled, including a 10-night stand in Paris.

· Horror of 59 is recording its second album at the home studio of Abdullah singer Jeff Shirilla, who contributes vocals to some of the punk tracks. Titles include "Rotting Alive" and "Post Mortem Riot." The band plans an early 2007 release. "The new songs range from everything from punk to hardcore to even a little Outlaw Country," says bassist Deke.

· Black Diamonds guitarist Dylan Francis, aka Dylan Jones, has posted four rough solo songs at The '70s throwback tracks are mellower than his group's material, with keyboards and acoustic guitar in place of the Diamonds' raw riffage.

· Cleveland dance-rock squad Brandtson has filmed a hilariously awkward, low-budget infomercial for its latest album, Hello Control. See it at

· Scene's C-Notes blog features the latest concert announcements, breaking news, and exclusive updates. Check out, and kill time at work while creating the illusion that you're busy.

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