DC Tattoo Expo ticket give away

DC Tattoo Expo #5

This Friday, January 16th through Sunday, January 18th, the 5th annual DC Tattoo Expo will be going on at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia. I went last year and had a great time and so I’d like to give you the chance to go to so we’re giving away a free pair of single day passes to the DC Tattoo Expo to one of you lucky readers! To enter: just tell me which day you’d like to attend, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and on Thursday, January 15th at 4pm I’ll pick one valid entry at random (using Random.org) to get the pair of tickets to go on the day they selected. Be sure to use a valid email you check regularly so I can contact you if you win. Don’t worry, I won’t add you to any spam lists or sell your info or anything sleazy like that. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 24 hours another winner will be chosen at random. Since the event is so close, please don’t enter if you cannot actually attend. If you don’t win you can still go, ticket prices are $25 per person each day or $55 for 3 days. Under 12 gets in free with a paying adult and there’s a military discount as well.

So what exactly is there to do at a tattoo expo? Well for starters if you’ve been thinking about getting some new ink it’s a great place to browse the hundreds of artists there (see the full list here), many of whom will tattoo you right there at the expo. There are many tattoo artists from all over the country that will be there, including several from the reality shows Best Ink and Ink Master, as well as other famous tattoo artists. In addition there will also be dozens of artists from around the DMV area so if you’re looking for a new tattoo artist to get some serious work done with, this is a great chance to discover them without driving around to a dozen shops. Chris Saint Clark of Nashville put an awesome Cthulhu tattoo on my leg there last year (see it here) and he’ll be there this year again too, and there’s tons of other great artists as well! There will also be tattoo contests for many categories including a worst tattoo contest where the winner will get a free cover up! And there’s also the Miss DC Pin-Up Contest which is open to all women and will have a $500 cash prize for 1st place! So if you’ve never been to a tattoo convention before, or you have but would like to get in free this time, just let me know which day you’d like to go in the comments below!

Metal Night V at the Pinch

Metal Night V

Hopefully a bunch of you already know about the next metal night I’m doing with the awesome brewers over at Port City Brewery (Facebook event page here). It’s this Saturday, December 14th and we’ll be playing metal tunes all night as usual but this time we’re changing things up a bit and moving it to the Pinch in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC (address and map here). There’s a few reasons for this change of venue, the main one is that we can now run much later than the 9pm curfew we had at the actual brewery in Alexandria (that was due to parking restrictions). Another reason is by moving it into the city it’s now Metro accessible, that means you can get there and leave from the Columbia Heights Metro Station which is just 1/2 mile south of the Pinch on the same street. There’s also plenty of street parking around the venue and don’t worry, Columbia Heights is a really nice neighborhood so you don’t have to worry about your car. The venue is a full service bar and restaurant so you can get food there and let me tell you it’s great food! I highly recommend the waffle fries with duck and BBQ sauce. In addition to all of this the venue also has a small stage downstairs and the guys in Borracho are going to play a special set for us this evening. This isn’t really a concert though, there’s no other bands playing, but we thought it would be cool since Port City has brewed a small batch of the Borracho Smokin’ Brown Ale just for this event! There will be many of your favorite Port City beers available all night too. In addition to all of that I’ll be there giving away prizes throughout the night, including concert tickets to the following upcoming metal shows: Amon Amarth/Enslaved, Children Of Bodom/Death Angel, Carcass/The Black Dahlia Murder, Darkest Hour/Pig Destroyer, Morbid Saint, Iced Earth, Between The Buried And Me/Deafheaven, Metal Church, Chimaira, Mobile Deathcamp and more! The doors open at 6pm and the event runs all night but the ticket give aways will be at intervals between 8pm and midnight, and Borracho will play during that time as well.

And as usual we’ll be playing a metal set list all night (well, except when Borracho is playing) and Will wants your song requests! Send him your favorite metal songs of 2013, favorite local bands, or just your favorite metal songs in general by emailing him at will@portcitybrewing.com or send them to him via Twitter at @PCBCBrewMetal. Don’t wait til the day of cause he’ll be busy setting things up and he might not have time to get to it before everything starts.

So to summarize, send in your metal song requests and show up at the Pinch this Saturday any time from 6pm til last call (which is 2:30am in DC on Fridays and Saturdays). Enter to win some tickets and enjoy some great beers with other metal heads breaking only for a free show by Borracho. What’s not to love? Now to get you in the mood, check out this killer Borracho video.

New DCHM shirts!

Can’t figure out what to get your favorite local metal head for the holidays? Looking for something you can wear to any metal show you go to regardless of genre of the bands playing? We’ve got you covered here at DCHM! The Richard Nixon Vol 4 design and our brand new design, The True DCHM, are ready to be preordered and shipped in time for Xmas arrival if you get your order in by Sunday, December 15th. We will still accept orders after that through December but no guaranteed shipping on orders after the 15th. Get either shirt in men’s S-XL or women’s (girly cut) S-XL for $15 each including shipping! 2XL will cost an additional $1. If you’d like a larger size or different style shirt, say a long sleeve or tank top, send me an email at DCHeavyMetal@Gmail.com and we can work out the cost for that, though I cannot guarantee Xmas shipping on special orders (I’ll try my best though!). These are quality shirts and while I’m trying my best to keep the cost down for you, they aren’t cheap materials, I want them to last! The men’s shirts are all Gildan brand (a lot of bands use these) and the women’s shirts are Bella.

To pay with Paypal go here and send money to:

DCHeavyMetal@Gmail.com

You don’t have to have an existing Paypal account to use it to pay and you can use a credit card. Be sure to include a note in the message section with whatever address you want the item(s) shipped to and what size you want. If for some reason you don’t send the note properly, just email me from the same email address you made your payment from with the size and shipping info. If you don’t send me the right amount I’m just going to refund your purchase and you’ll have to try again. If you are opposed to Paypal I have started using Square now which will also accept credit cards so just email me and we can find a way for you to pay using that.

I hope you all like these designs as much as I do. If you’re not sure of the references, the yellow one is a parody of the album cover of Black Sabbath Vol. 4 (see the original here) but with Richard Nixon in place of Ozzy. The blue shirt is a parody of the classic Mayhem album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (see the original here) but with the Capitol Building instead of the old church in blue. Order soon because I’m not going to order many of these shirts above the preorder numbers, maybe not any extra of the Mayhem design.

That’s me in the blue shirt and yes I really did go to see the National Christmas Tree in corpse paint. Both of the shirt designs were my idea but since my graphic design skills aren’t as good as my ideas I got RJ Mahoney to actually create them for me. The photos in this post were all shot by Louie Palu and you can see more of his work here. He’s a great photographer and this is probably the most ridiculous thing he’s had to photograph. The black metal style corpse paint makeup in these photos was done by Jessie Campbell, a local freelance make up artist (and metal head) who you can hire for your next photo shoot here. She’s also the model in the girly Nixon shirt. The shirts themselves are printed by MiNDJACKET Designs who can print your band’s shirts too.

If you have any questions about any of this feel free to send me an email at DCHeavyMetal@Gmail.com

Good Mourning/Black Friday

With Black Friday almost upon us I thought I’d put a little post up about a few deals some of you local metal heads might find interesting. I’m not a big fan of corporate consumerism and waiting in line at box stores, more power to you if that’s your thing but it’s not for me. This post will try to focus more on local and mail order stuff from places not quite as famous as those mega chain stores but who probably deserve your money even more. This is by no means a comprehensive list so feel free to add more in the comments section.

Record Store Day Black Friday

First up is Record Store Day which decided to have a second date this year that they’re calling Back To Black Friday (the regular RCD was back in April). That means most of the area’s local record stores (and stores around the country) will have exclusive items for sale this Friday, including a sick looking poster by John Baizley of Baroness (see it here). The Vienna Music Exchange and Shockwave Records will both be participating, though Black Mess will be closed all weekend. There will be exclusive releases by Metallica, Life Of Agony, Puscifer, Rush and more, the full list is located here.

Made In DC Holiday Marketplace

If you want to do some holiday shopping/browsing while you’re drinking some excellent beer then I highly recommend you swing by the DC Brau brewery this Saturday from noon to 4pm for the Made In DC Holiday Marketplace. The market will feature booths from artisans and businesses that are all from Washington DC. Even better, you’ll be able to sample various DC Brau beers for free while you’re there! The address of the brewery is 3178 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018 (map). You can find more info on the Facebook event page here.

Don’t think I’ve forgotten about those of you who don’t even want to leave the house on Black Friday, I’ve got some great deals for you and even a few give aways you can enter in to win. I’m not above whoring my own site out so be sure to check out our free Megadeth/Fear Factory ticket give away here and enter to win to see these bands play on 12/4 at the Fillmore Silver Spring. The winner will be chosen at 5pm on Black Friday so be sure to enter before then.

Kylla Custom Rock Wear

Another contest that you can enter in absolutely for free is from Kylla Custom Rock Wear. This Virginia based company makes custom clothing for bands (and fans!) at reasonable prices and you’ve probably seen bands wearing their gear at concerts including Kreator, Children Of Bodom, Watain, Death Angel and they even made a camera bag for me (it rules). They just opened their Etsy shop (here) and you can check out some of their ready to wear stuff right now. On Saturday they’re picking a winner to get a free custom made for you hoodie or miniskirt and you can find out how to enter to win by going here.

Relapse Records Black Friday Sale

If you’re looking for music and band merch you’ll find a great selection at the Relapse Records online store which will have 20% off everything in their store (except pre-order items and grab bags) from midnight Thursday night/Friday morning to midnight Monday night/Tuesday morning. And don’t think they just have stuff from bands signed to their label, they have stuff from all kinds of metal bands from around the world.

Indie Merch Store Black Friday

Another online site with a great selection will be Indie Merch Store and starting Thursday night/Friday morning at midnight they’ll also be having a Black Friday sale with 20% off everything for the first 24 hours (that’s all day Black Friday) dropping to 15% off everything Saturday and 10% off everything Sunday. They have music and merch from all kinds of metal bands of various genres. You’ll have to use the discount code BLKFRDY13 at checkout to get the discount though.

Additionally, Metal Blade Records, whose online store is run by Indie Merch, will have several vinyl releases marked up to 40% off. This includes some great releases by bands like Slayer, Electric Wizard, Amon Amarth and Bolt Thrower. Check out the discounted items here and see if you can get the above Indie Merch Store code to work too, you might get a double sale on these items!

A389 Black Friday Sale

Baltimore based record label and distro A389 Recordings will be giving you 25% off your total purchase (before shipping) all day Black Friday when you use the code MITCHROEMER at check out. On Saturday and Sunday you can use the code TASTETHEBEAST to get 15% off your total (also before shipping). Browse their online store here.

Cvlt Nation Black Friday Sale

Underground metal webzine Cvlt Nation is giving you 50% off everything in their store on Friday, 40% on Saturday and 30% off on Sunday when you use the code BLACKFRIDAY. Check out their online store here.

Prosthetic Records Black Friday Sale

Record label Prosthetic Records is having a sale from Black Friday through Cyber Monday where everything in their online store is 25% off! Just use the code PRST66613 to get the discount at their store, which you can visit here.

Horror Pain Gore Death Black Friday Sale

Brutal record label and distro Horror Pain Gore Death Productions is including a free black metal CD with any purchase on Black Friday of $25 or more. You can check out their online store here.

The Omega Order Black Friday Sale

The Omega Order will give you 25% off all vinyl (except new arrivals) all day on Black Friday when you use the promo code FIRE. Check out their online metal music catalog here.

Misanthropy Clothing Black Friday Sale

Misanthropy Clothing is giving all orders 20% off when you use the code BLACKFRIDAY at check out. Check out their dark line of clothes online here, I particularly like the Mona Lisa in corpse paint one.

Season Of Mist Cyber Monday Sale

French record label Season Of Mist isn’t doing a Black Friday sale but this coming Monday, aka Cyber Monday, they’ll be marking all regularly priced items 15% off (this even counts for pre-orders). Check out their online store here.

Sargent House Black Friday Sale

Sargent House Productions has a sale from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. You’ll get 15% off all CDs and vinyl and 10% off all other items during this time. They have merch from bands like Boris, Deafheaven, Russian Circles, Red Fang and more. Check out their online store here.

Fates Warning at Empire

And don’t forget that prog metal pioneers Fates Warning are playing at Empire on Black Friday, along with the excellent local prog band Iris Divine. This show should be a lot of fun so get the details here and come out!

Cavern at the Pinch

If you’ve spent all your money there’s a free metal show at The Pinch in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC this Saturday night. There’s some great bands playing including some proggy shred from Cavern, chilling black metal from Myopic, epic sludge from At The Graves and only the finest in true American pork metal from SwampHög. The venue has some great beer on tap and a full menu too. And yeah the show is free but if you enjoy the bands be sure to donate a few bucks or buy some merch, trust me, they’re worth it. Get all the details on this show at the Facebook event page here.

Free Metallica Through The Never Movie Passes

Metallica Through The Never

Metallica: Through The Never is coming to theaters everywhere on September 27th in IMAX 3D (October 4th for regular theaters) but readers of DCHM will be able to go to the advance screening, for free, on Wedneday, September 18th. The showing is at 7:30pm at the Regal Majestic Stadium theater in Silver Spring, Maryland. The movie is rated R so don’t bring the kiddies.

To get your free passes you’ll need to sign up for a free GoFobo account with a valid email address here. Don’t worry, you can turn off their “updates” if you want when you sign up. Once you’ve signed up they’ll send you a confirmation email. Once you confirm your email address go to this link here and enter the promo code: GFBS314

You’ll be sent through a few prompts and then you can print out your tickets! Supply is first come first served, as is the seating. If you’d like more info on the movie you can check out its website here or IMDB page here or simply watch the trailer below. And if you hadn’t noticed yet, DCHM is also giving away a pair of tickets to see Amon Amarth, Enslaved and Skeletonwitch at the Fillmore Silver Spring on 1/31 before they go on sale. Details on that are posted here.

New DCHM T-Shirt Design Revealed

Some of you may have seen me out and about wearing the new prototype for the next DCHeavyMetal.com t-shirt design featuring a parody of the classic Black Sabbath Vol. 4 album cover with Richard Nixon taking Ozzy’s place. From Sleep to Darkest Hour it seems like almost everyone has parodied this design so why not DCHM? I came up with the idea myself but I think we can all agree that RJ Mahoney did a great job executing the artwork and I think it’s another design that screams heavy metal and DC at the same time.

I’m ready to get these out to you guys so starting right now until Monday, Sept 16th we’re going to do a presale for these killer shirts. And you may have heard of this show I’m putting on at the Fillmore on Sept 26th, the DCHM 4th Anniversary Party (details here). If you buy a ticket to the show from DCHM and a shirt with it we’ll have a reduced price for you and the shirt will be available for pick up at the show.

All shirts will be black and the men’s shirts will be Gildan (a common band shirt brand). Women’s will be either Bella or District Threads. They’re all printed by MiNDJACKET Designs who printed my previous shirts. Now, here’s the pricing…

  • Men’s S-XL and women’s (girly cut) S-XL will be $15 each, shipped.
  • If you buy a ticket to the DCHM 4th Annivesary Party from us at the same time, the total will be $22. That’s $5 off! This option is only available for shirt pick up at the Fillmore the night of the show (the ticket will be mailed to you). If you’d like to purchase a shirt and multiple tickets, just add $12 per additional ticket.
  • Add an extra $1 for men’s XXL. Contact me if you need a size larger than that and we’ll work something out. This fee is for both the shipped option or the DCHM 4th Anniversary pick up option.
  • Add $1.50 per shirt if you are paying via Paypal using a credit/debit card (you do not have to pay the extra $1.50 if you paying with Paypal directly from a bank account). This fee is for both the shipped option or the DCHM 4th Anniversary pick up option.
  • If you’d like to purchase a ticket and not a shirt you can do that for $12 shipped (you must order the ticket from me by Sept 22nd to guarantee shipping on time).

To pay with Paypal go here and send money to:

DCHeavyMetal@Gmail.com

You don’t have to have a Paypal account to use it to pay. Be sure to include a note in the Message section with whatever address you want the item(s) shipped to and what size you want. If for some reason you don’t send the note properly, just email me from the same email address you made your payment from with the size and shipping info. If you don’t send me the right amount I’m just going to refund your purchase and you’ll have to try again.

I should have a few of the shirts in the new design at the show, but they will be more expensive than I’m selling them for here, will be sold for cash only and will be limited to the quantity at the show. I will also be at the Pinch on Thursday, Sept 12th with tickets for sale. The excellent Corsair is playing there that night and it’s a free show too so stop by if you can. Details are listed here.

I hope you all like this design as much as I do. I’m trying hard to keep costs as low as possible. If you have any questions about any of this feel free to send me an email at DCHeavyMetal@Gmail.com

Four Year Anniversary

This September DCHeavyMetal.com turns 4 years old and I’m really trying to make it special with all kinds of great things, online and offline, to celebrate. There’s going to be more posts on the site this month, including a few album reviews which are in the works as well as a good old fashioned concert review or two, something I haven’t posted too recently. I’m also working on an app for Android users which will let people pull up the concert calendar on their phones very easily as well as some other features like an interactive map that will use your GPS location data to tell you what concert venues, record stores and other businesses in the area that are metal friendly are near you. This should make traveling to these places much easier if you’ve never been there before. I should also be selling not one but TWO new t-shirt designs this month that I hope you all like as much as I do. I can’t wait to reveal them! Now some details about some of the other things DCHM will be doing to celebrate our 4th anniversary…

To get things started, right now we’re giving away a pair of tickets (before they even go on sale) to see Slayer, Gojira and 4Arm at the Fillmore Silver Spring on 11/19. To enter you just need to send me the title of your favorite Slayer song either on Twitter (send it to @MetalChris) or you can leave a comment on the Facebook post here. The winner will be chosen at 5pm EST on Thursday, Sept 5th so don’t wait!

Metal Night IV at Port City Brewery

This Sunday, September 8th, you’ll find me at Port City Brewery in Alexandria as I co-host Metal Night IV there with their metal head brewer Will! The event is free and there won’t be any bands playing but we’ll be playing metal on the speakers all night from a playlist that you guys send in songs for. You can send song requests (limit 2 per person) to Will via Twitter (@PCBCBrewMetal) or via email at Will@PortCityBrewing.com. Since the brewery is releasing their Oktoberfest beer this metal night is having an Oktoberfest theme, meaning think of your favorite metal songs with a German theme or by bands actually from Germany (Blind Guardian, Kreator, Necrophagist, Sodom, etc…) You can send in non-German songs too, and local bands are always welcome on the list. There will be nine beers on tap for Metal Night IV including rare releases such as Deracho, Maniacal (named after the Cannibal Corpse song with that title) and my personal favorite, the smoked porter named Two. In addition to all that, we’ll have lots of prizes to give away, including tickets to upcoming area metal shows like Pelican/Coliseum at DC9, another pair of tickets to Slayer, and tix to several shows coming to Empire. More details and info can be found on the Facebook event page here.

DCHeavyMetal.com 4th Anniversary Party

And you may have heard by now that there will be a big DCHeavyMetal.com anniversary show at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Thursday, September 26th! I’ve got some of my favorite local bands, as well as the excellent sci-fi themed thrashers Vektor, playing this show! And these aren’t just any locals on the bill: the beer soaked heavy riffs of Borracho will be sure to please any Sabbath fans (isn’t that all of us?) and the guitar wizardy of Midnight Eye is going to sound great at the Fillmore! The opening act is Asthma Castle, a stoner metal band from Baltimore featuring Adam Jarvis (of Misery Index and Pig Destroyer) on drums. There will be more surprises to be announced about this show as well, so join the Facebook event page (here) and I’ll keep you up to date! I hope a lot of you can come out to this one, if there’s a good turn out I might be able to do more of these, plus it will be cool seeing these bands on such a big stage! You can get tickets for $12 here.

Last but not least a big thank you goes out to everyone who helps make this site, and the area’s metal scene, what it is. Checking out local bands, suggesting new tunes to people, going to concerts big and small all around the area, forming bands, setting up shows and just spreading the metal word any way you know how, it’s all of you who make this area’s metal scene awesome. I wouldn’t be doing this still after 4 years, advertisement free mind you, if this area’s metal scene sucked. I may keep this website alive but it’s all of you metal heads in this area that keep the scene alive here in the DMV and give me something to keep writing about. I hope to have many more reviews, improvements, fun events and of course ticket give aways for many more years to come. Keep it heavy everyone and remember: support the scene you’re a part of!