Dead Heat: California Crossover Hardcore Crew Joins the Metal Blade Records Roster

Photo: Luis Hernandez

Congrats going out to Dead Heat on starting the next chapter of their career.

The Oxnard, California crossover hardcore unit just announced that they've inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. I've been covering the band from their demo days, and I included them on my annual 12 Newer Hardcore Bands to Check Out list in 2017.

Clearly, I wasn't alone in my assessment of the group. "Dead Heat fucking slays; it’s an honor to welcome them to the Metal Blade family," says Ryan Williams, the A&R agent who signed them to the legendary label.

“To be part of a label that has put out some of our favorite records and has had some of our favorite artists is without words an absolute honor," Dead Heat vocalist Chris Ramos commented about the new union.

To date, Dead Heat have released a split with Mindforce, two full-length LPs, and several EPs including Endless Torment last year:

The last time I Dead Heat live was earlier this year on the Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze Tour alongside Municipal Waste, Ghoul, and Necrot. It looks like they'll be road dogs for the rest of 2024. The band will play a one-off show supporting Bodycount later this month before joining DRAIN, Terror, Angel Du$t, and End It for a short run of shows in June. After that, they'll head to Europe in July.

No word yet on when we can expect the first release through the new Dead Heat/Metal Blade partnership, but with the weight of the label's distribution and marketing arms behind them, the Cali outfit should be in great shape.

Dead Heat tour dates:
5/22/2024 House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA w/ Bodycount, Vio-Lence, Damnage
6/03/2024 Portal – Louisville, KY w/ Drain, Terror, Angel Dust, End It
6/04/2024 Brooklyn Bowl – Nashville, TN w/ Drain, Terror, Angel Dust, End It
6/06/2024 Rev Room – Little Rock, AR w/ Drain, Terror, Angel Dust, End It
6/07/2024 The Factory – Dallas, TX w/ Drain, Terror, Angel Dust, End It
6/08/2024 Empire Control Room – Austin, TX w/ Drain, Terror, Angel Dust, End It
6/22/2024 Superbowl Of Hardcore – Rennes, FR
6/23/2024 L'Esspace – Paris, FR
6/24/2024 Dynamo – Zurich, CH
6/25/2024 Juha West – Stuttgart, DE
6/26/2024 Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE
6/27/2024 AJZ – Erfurt, DE
6/28/2024 Cafe Pawlow – Dresden, DE
6/29/2024 Abyss Festival – Fribourg, CH
7/01/2024 Gangeviertel – Hamburg, DE
7/02/2024 Cinetol – Amsterdam, NL
7/03/2024 R25 Kulturschlachthof – Dusseldorf, DE
7/04/2024 Forum – Bielefeld, DE
7/05/2024 Pitfest – Emmen, NL
7/06/2024 Ieperfest – Ieper, BE
7/07/2024 New Cross Inn – London, GB
7/08/2024 Cluny 2 – Newcastle, GB
7/09/2024 TBA – Glasgow, GB
7/10/2024 Muthers Studio – Birmingham, GB

Tagged: dead heat