The Skinny: Dead By Wednesday’s fourth release, Death of the Rockstar, is a powerhouse 5-song EP. It’s in one sense the death of one long chapter of the band’s history due to the loss of long-time guitarist Ross Ragusa (who is still playing on this CD), but is also the rebirth of a hardworking, independent metal band that has morphed into a “real” unstoppable international act with the addition of touring guitarist Joey Concepcion.

Along with band veterans Christian Lawrence (drums), Mike Modeste (bass), and Joe Morbidelli (vocals), these guys are a tight unit live and in the studio, a band that can be put up on the same stages with any of the top metal contenders “of the now.” The Death of the Rockstar is also a metaphor for the dying music industry of today. This is not in regards to the art or creation of music by our fellow musicians, but rather the negative impact that the corporate politics involved has had on the current scene.