It’s not every day that a metal band is featured on NBC’s The Today Show, especially an unsigned one, but that happened last week. To be fair, doom metal Earthen Grave didn’t get their own feature, but a profile of the band’s violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, featured about 20 seconds of the band playing live. The Chicago band features former Trouble bassist Ron Holzner and WKTA/Chicago metal DJ and friend of Metal Insider Scott Davidson.
A child prodigy, Pine began playing violin when she was three, and regularly plays with the Chicago Symphony and has a solo career in addition to Earthen Grave. 14 years ago when she was 20, she was run over by a train and lost a leg. While it took her several years to recover, she’s obviously bounced back stronger than before. If you’re in the Chicago area, the band will be playing at the Double Door on Wednesday October 7. If you’re not, check Earthen Grave out on their MySpace page.