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April 29 show by metal band Earthen Grave features Rachel Barton Pine

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Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307

Feb. 17, 2011—North Central College invites fans of heavy metal music to enjoy the band Earthen Grave featuring classically trained violinist Rachel Barton Pine April 29.

Influenced by metal legends such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Slayer, Earthen Grave is a six-piece, Chicago-based force of nature that thunders with dark intensity, playing with tremendous skill and versatility.

Earthen Grave’s performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $35, $30 and $25; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The band has been gaining steam on the local and national scenes since its emergence in late 2008. Each member brings a unique flavor and musical pedigree to the group, and collectively the band pushes the boundaries of metal music.

Guitarist Jason Muxlow says, “We’re bringing the strands of the music together—and with Rachel using the violin as a core component of a metal band, we’re taking the genre on a new journey.”

Known throughout the classical world as a violin virtuoso, Barton Pine takes the art to a whole new level when she showcases her skill on the Viper—a six-string, fretted electric violin.

The band released its collection of songs “Dismal Times” in 2009, featuring three originals and two covers. hails Earthen Grave “astounding” and “pure, head-banging bliss,” and says “they have all the songwriting capabilities to make one of the best albums ever.”

The band’s high-profile appearances include its performance at the Great Performers of Illinois festival in Chicago’s Millennium Park—during which Barton Pine was presented with the 2010 Great Performer of Illinois award—NBC’s “Today Show” and WGN-TV’s nationally televised “Midday News.” Visit to learn more about the band.

The day after the Earthen Grave performance, Barton Pine returns to North Central College to give a solo, classical music performance. The violinist performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $40 or $35; call the North Central Box Office at 630-637-SHOW or visit

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).