In addition to featuring a performance by the Ventura, Calif.-based hard rock band Night Demon, this year’s ninth annual Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive will also feature a special appearance by the veteran local metal act Breaker
. The original members will reunite for the first time in more than 25 years.
Local metal acts such as Shok Paris, Olathia and Gluttons will perform along with Resistance, Lady Beast, Granicus and RadiatriX The burlesque troupe the Red Hot Heathens will be on hand, and comedians Cyndi Rice, Brad Bishop and John Hensler will perform.
German-based rock writer Iron Ingo Sthührenberg and Olathia's Chris Emig will serve as the hosts.
Slated to take place on Dec. 2 at the Beachland Ballroom
, this year's ninth annual Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive will also celebrate the 35th Anniversary of organizer Bill Peters' WJCU Metal On Metal radio show, which can be heard every Friday night in Cleveland on 88.7 FM or streamed at wjcu.org
Reportedly the longest running host of a heavy metal show in radio history, Peters launched Metal On Metal in 1982 and has broadcast live continuously on the same radio station ever since.
This year’s food drive will also feature a national act for the first time. The Ventura, California-based Night Demon will perform and record a live album. The band will play a special 90-minute set for a forthcoming double vinyl + CD release, Live Darkness
, due out in early 2018 on SPV/Steamhammer in Europe and Century Media in North America. Tony Alberts from the locally based Spectrum Sound will handle the live recording. Mixing will take place immediately following at Mercinary Studios in Cleveland with Jason Vanek engineering.
Over the years, thousands of pounds of food and dollars have been collected at the event to help those less fortunate in Northeast Ohio during the holiday season. Last year's drive hauled in more than 6,800 pounds of food and $5,000 in cash donations.
"As lifelong fans of live albums in general, it has always been a personal dream of ours to be able to produce one for Night Demon that captures the true essence of our live show as the fans themselves know and love," says Night Demon frontman and bassist Jarvis Leatherby in a press release. "What better way to do that then at the Metal On Metal 35th anniversary and holiday food drive in Cleveland. Live Darkness
is on its way to the heart of it all. We have a special extended set prepared for the Cleveland metal diehards, and maybe even a surprise thrown in there along the way.”