Being part of the Metal Blade label’s 25th anniversary tour means something more than just shilling for the boss for Massachusetts headbangers the Red Chord.
Frontman Guy Kozowyk, in fact, remembers buying Metal Blade albums from catalog offers when he was a teenager.
“I ended up picking up weird Metal Blade titles,” he says. “You knew who GWAR was, but you’d end up with Mercyful Fate, Cannibal Corpse, all these crazy bands and titles. Metal Blade was a big part of Metal 101 for me.”
Being part of the label, notes Kozowyk, has afforded the Red Chord an opportunity to tour with heroes such as GWAR and Cannibal Corpse. The anniversary tour, however, has brought the band a whole new perspective on what it means to be part of the venerable label.
“In some ways, it’s like doing another tour,” Kozowyk, 27, explains, “but in other ways it’s pretty amazing there’s this much history and the label’s been around longer than some of the guys in the band have been alive.
“It’s weird when you see generations in the audience — and on the stage. I mean, Cannibal Corpse has been around so long, and the rest of the bands are kind of following in their footsteps. The Red Chord has been around eight years now, the Black Dahlia Murder’s been around six ... We really feel like part of something here.”
The Metal Blade Records 25th Anniversary Tour, featuring Cannibal Corpse, the Red Chord, Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore and Aeon, play Saturday (Sept. 29) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 days of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www. majesticdetroit. com.
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