Chicago-based metal band EARTHEN GRAVE was honored with the "2010 Best New Entertainer" award at the 30th anniversary of the Chicago Music Awards (CMA) on Sunday, January 16 at Excalibur in Chicago, marking the first time a metal group has won in that category. EARTHEN GRAVE's electric flying-V violin player Rachel Barton Pine also won "2010 Best Classical Entertainer," her sixth time winning in that category.
The CMAs honor and feature the best of Chicago entertainers in pop, classical, R&B, rock, reggae, gospel, jazz, blues, disco/house, Latin, comedy, country, polka, hip hop and world.
EARTHEN GRAVE performed the song "Blood Drunk" from its upcoming release before accepting the award. Rachel used the acceptance speech to make a case for CMA adding a new permanent "Metal" category to their awards.
EARTHEN GRAVE has just wrapped up recording sessions for its self-titled first full-length album, planned for release in 2011.
EARTHEN GRAVE's sound is driven by the unique alchemy of its members Ron Holzner on bass (formerly of TROUBLE), Rachel Barton Pine on extended-range electric flying V violin, Mark Weiner on vocals, Jason Muxlow and Tony Spillman on guitar and Scott Davidson on drums. The group is currently wrapping up recording sessions for its self-titled first full length album.
Since its formation in 2009, EARTHEN GRAVE has been featured on the "Today Show", Better TV and WGN's nationally televised "Midday News". The group's EP, "Dismal Times", features three original songs that meld classic, crunchy doom and NWOBHM vibes with a solid dose of thrashy bludgeoning, alongside covers of two doom classics by PENTAGRAM and WITCHFINDER GENERAL. Doommantia.com has said EARTHEN GRAVE has the "songwriting capabilities to make one of the best albums ever" and Hellridemusic.com adds "If the doom gods are with us, this band will stay around and continue to produce the kind of unique, powerful and thoughtful music contained on 'Dismal Times'."
EARTHEN GRAVE has shared the stage with such luminaries as MEGADETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, MAYHEM, MACABRE, ANVIL, MACHINE HEAD, PENTAGRAM, NOVEMBERS DOOM, RAVEN, SKINDRED and NACHTMYSTIUM. The group's summer 2010 performance at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago marked the first time a metal band had played there.
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