North Jersey Notes – Dead City Crown


  I love it when I can say, “This band scares me!” Well, this band scares me! Sonically, they are incredibly crunchy, riffy, and powerful. It’s when singer or growler Carl Conquest comes in, when the fear starts to set it. I’m obviously talking about the band Dead City Crown. The minute that I started listening to “Primordial”, “Borderline Insanity” and “We Could Be Gods,” I started to feel dirty. Death metal like this is a guilty pleasure, and Dead City Crown delivers like a punch in the teeth.

  According to their bio, Dead City Crown is a melodic death metal band who was formed in April 2014 by guitarist Fabio Sisco, singer Carl Conquest and bassist Erick Hugo. They set out into the music scene with one mission in mind: to create heavy and melodic music influenced by various Scandinavian metal bands. Yup, that’s what every Viking metal band should strive for! Shortly after the band’s formation, Dead City Crown released their debut four-song EP Centuries, which was well received among metal fans and quickly earned the band radio airplay. Despite being only a three piece without a drummer, Dead City Crown was invited to play the first annual NJ Metalfest, pulling off a flawless show while using a drum track live. After this performance, the DCC guys knew it was time to complete the lineup and find a second guitarist and drummer. In October 2015, drummer Jorge Hernandez was recruited. The chemistry was undeniable from the first rehearsals together which inspired Fabio to begin composing new music. In June 2016, Erick decided to step down from his bass duties and was permanently replaced by Anthony Ponce. Since then, Dead City Crown has regularly played shows throughout NJ and NYC building their fan base and quickly gained some underground popularity. Recently they have gained artist sponsorships from Spector basses, DR strings, spectraflex cables, and many more. Soon the final lineup was completed when guitarist Brad Harmon joined the band.

  This past May, Dead City Crown released their latest EP, Apex of Fury, by way of iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music, and they’re confirmed for an East Coast tour in August to promote the EP. Dead City Crown’s diligence to their hard work ethic drives them to achieve their goals and build their brand on a worldwide basis. That’s what they say at least. Catch them live this weekend at Dingbatz in Clifton with A Pale Horse Named Death. See below for details. For more info on Dead City Crown, visit



   The boys from Kore Rozzik will be hosting their eighth annual KoreFest: Operation Strong Island this Saturday night (7/7) at the Revolution Rock Bar and Music Hall in Amityville, NY. This will be the first time Kore Rozzik will be hosting the annual event in Long Island, and featured performers include my brothers in Brand of Julez, The GodBombs, Burn Your Bridges, and Crisis King. Kore Rozzik has also been added to a couple of dates on the Otep tour. On July 19, they will be at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC and on July 20, they will hit Reverb in Reading, Penn. Don’t forget to check out Kore Rozzik’s latest single “Bitter Rat” on Spotify. For more on Kore Rozzik, visit

  My bros from Corevalay will be playing with Tantric towards the end of July up at The Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ on July 22. I’m noticing that the gang from Corevalay are starting to hang their hats in Stanhope! Good for them! If you haven’t seen these guys live yet, you are truly missing out! Also performing are Armed for Flight, The Beautiful Distortion, and my buds from PAULUS HooK. For more info on Corevalay’s show with Tantric, visit

  And finally, my brothers from War For The Crown have a great show this Saturday night (7/7) with A Pale Horse Named Death featuring Sal Abruscato from Life of Agony at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ. The band also features my buds, Eddie Heedles on guitar and Sekond Skyn drummer Tommy Spano. Also performing will be Dead City Crown, Soul Unhinged, and Haxon. This weekend is packed with some great shows, so take a look at the calendar below and get out there and support the local music scene! For more on War For The Crown, visit WarForThe

  That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey, and you want some exposure, send your press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140, Little Falls, NJ  07424, or you can email me at, where you can also let me know where you’re performing next!


  Just remember…We’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!

  Tim Louie is the Author of S**t Happens.


NJN Concert Calendar:

7/5—Um and the Superfriends/Ready Now/Flourish/Late Nights—The Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ
7/6—The King/The Maker/The Flower—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/7—Revel 9—89 North, Patchogue, NY
7/7—Jersey Campfire Productions Presents Orbynot/Paulus Hook/Uncrated/My Cruel Summer—Sticks and Stones, Hawthorne, NJ
7/7—A Pale Horse Named Death/Dead City Crown/War For The Crown/Soul Unhinged/Haxon—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/7—Stone Flower—Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, NJ
7/7—Kore Rozzik/Brand of Julez/The GodBombs/Burn Your Bridges/Crisis King —Revolution Rock Bar and Music Hall, Amityville, NY
7/9—Exmortus/The Absence/Hatchet/Black Fast/Deadtide/Vision Serpent—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/11—The Zoo Peculiar/Subverse—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/11—Dead End/Soapbox Army/The Specs—Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, NJ
7/13—Lane Six Presents: Richie Ranno All Starz “Performing the music of Starz”—Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, NJ
7/13—Argyle Goolsby and the Roving Midnight/A Gathering of None/Darrow Chemical Company/The Cryptkeeper Five/Devil In The Belfry/Paul Mauled/Jess-O-Lantern—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/16—I Set My Friends On Fire/Annisokay/The Funeral Portrait/Your Persona/Alive In Fiction/Across The White Water Tower—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/19—Kore Rozzik/Otep—The Gramercy Theatre, NYC
7/20—Sponge/Johnny Zostant Music/Incognito Theory/Mikell’s Plot/The Jumping Juvies/Mike Daly and The Planets—The Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ
7/20—Kore Rozzik/Otep—Reverb, Reading, PA
7/21—Angel Vivaldi/Hyvmine/Divinix/Etherius/DJINN—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/22—Tantric/Corevalay/Armed for Flight/The Beautiful Distortion/PAULUS HooK—Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ
7/22—Cryptodira/Sawce/Deeply Woven/Gyre—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ
7/27—The Dirty Stayouts—Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck, NJ
7/27—Halfway to Halloween Full Moon Party! – Fang Fang/The Walk Arounds/Canamara/Call of Sirens/Broken Angels—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ