TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR Announced As 2014 CMJ Convention Showcase Contest Winners

Torrential Downpour

Skateboard Marketing Ltd. and ReverbNation are pleased to announce that New Jersey’s own TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR have been selected as this year’s winner to their 2014 CMJ Convention Showcase, taking place at The Studio At Webster Hall NYC on October 23rd! The contest to select an opener for the annual event has become a tradition for Skateboard Marketing and ReverbNation. It’s an ideal opportunity for an artist to been seen by the industry, as well as fans.


“I’m pleased that we’ve found someone who we really think has the chops,” states Munsey Ricci, president of Skateboard Marketing. “Both myself and Lou Plaia of ReverbNation agreed on it.”


New Jersey’s TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR, who boast a history that spans across nearly two decades, the is anything but typical. Described by some as “Space Metal”, TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR’s music is a unique blend of technical and progressive metal infused with post rock tendencies. Through a battery of harsh and hauntingly beautiful soundscapes, a voice and language blooms as an entity unto itself that lives through the musicians it harnesses. The muscle that pumps the lifeblood is structured by the imagery and will of the men that serve it.


Also scheduled to perform are eOne Entertainment’s BLACK CROWN INITIATE who have been hailed as one of 2014’s breakout artists. Immediately following will be IKILLYA, THY WILL BE DONE and BYZANTINE. Clearly, this showcase is the place to be if you are attending this year’s 2014 CMJ Convention.


Every year Skateboard Marketing Ltd. holds their yearly anniversary party – and this year marks the company’s 23rd anniversary. The party always starts with a one-hour private VIP open bar, sponsored by Budweiser. The first hour will be “guest list only” for music industry and family. Doors for CMJ Convention badge holders and ticket holders will be immediately following at 6:00 PM.


Past convention showcases were held at Don Hills & The Bowery Poetry Club. Some of the artists that have showcased include: Fear Factory, Warrior Soul, Brand New Sin, Beyond The Embrace, Between The Buried And Me, Misery, Sinai Beach and Texas Hippie Coalition.


Mark The Date:  Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The Studio At Webster Hall

125 East 11th Street

New York, NY


Private VIP Event – 5:00 to 6:00 PM


Doors for Ticket Holders and CMJ Convention Badges – 6:00 PM



Set Times:


Torrential Downpour – 6:30 to 7:00

Black Crown Initiate – 7:10 to 8:00

Ikillya – 8:15 to 8:50

Thy Will Be Done – 9:00 to 9:50

Byzantine – 10:00 to 10:50

Curfew – 11:00 PM



About Skateboard Marketing Ltd.

Skateboard Marketing Ltd. is one of the leading companies for independent metal radio promotion. For the past 23 years since they formed in 1991, Skateboard Marketing Ltd. has been in the forefront handling artists as Motorhead, Soilwork, Testament, Judas Priest, Black Label Society, Black Sabbath and many others. Skateboard Marketing operates within North America and has its offices in New York. The concept is to get radio airplay in any place that has metal programming. They still believe in artist development.


About ReverbNation:

ReverbNation provides over 3.62 million music industry professionals artists, managers, labels, venues, festivals/events with powerful, easy-to-use technology to promote and prosper online. Our wide array of distribution and promotional solutions provide the hands on tools and actionable insights that allow musicians and industry professionals to reach their goals in an increasingly complex music world. We operate worldwide with customers on every continent. In fact, over 30 million visitors come to every month. And of course we Love Music!


About eOne Entertainment:

eOne Music, formerly KOCH Records, is a division of Entertainment One (LSE:ETO), a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. Built over 20 years, eOne’s music division continues to build on its integrated platform encompassing all aspects of the business including record labels, music publishing, distribution, sales and digital content services.eOne’s Rock/Metal Division was formed in 2007, helmed by industry veteran Scott Givens.Within a few short years, the division has aggressively sought to sign bands, and has had incredible growth, making eOne a top player in the Hard Rock/Metal field. In 2012, eOne has entered into an exclusive worldwide partnership with acclaimed Good Fight Music and founder/President Carl Severson. The eOne roster has grown to include outstanding acts in the genre, including Black Label Society, Pop Evil, Overkill , Chickenfoot, Ace Frehley and High on Fire, and through the Good Fight deal, The Contortionist, The Chariot, ‘68, Within The Ruins and more.


About Good Fight Entertainment:

Good Fight Music is at the forefront of today’s most invigorating, electric, broadminded and significant heavy music in the worlds of metalcore, screamo, deathcore, hardcore and related subgenres burning up social media, music magazines and indie store walls. The diverse offerings from emerging talent like Conditions, Fit For An Autopsy, The Contortionist, This Or The Apocalypse and Within The Ruins sit alongside classic albums from In Flames, Funeral For A Friend, The Chariot and Madball in the Good Fight catalog.


About The End Records:

The End Records is a multifaceted independent record label based in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. The label collaborates with groundbreaking artists in multiple genres, such as The Dandy Warhols, Nina Persson, Better Than Ezra, Rich Robinson, Neil Davidge, Dead Letter Circus, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, The Mission, HIM, American Sharks and many more.The End also distributes releases from 7Hz, Crash Collide Records, Evilive Records, Imagen Records, Music For Nations, Small Stone Records, Svart Records, The Middle Ground, Unruly Sounds, Warner Music UK, Universal Scandinavia and Wanz0matic Records.


About Byzantine:
-Released 3 albums on Prosthetic Records before disbanding in 2008
-Returned in 2013 with a successfully crowd-funded, critically acclaimed, self-released new album
-In the studio working on their new album now
-Have toured with the biggest bands in metal and on Ozz-fest

“2013 album of the year, hands down. One of the greatest comeback albums you could ever listen to. Incredible musicianship, diverse vocals, technical solos, killer breakneck thrash riffs, pounding drums,  and beautiful progressive-minded melodies throughout” –

“The perfect example of such beautiful chaos” – metal underground

“Groove, unforgettable riffs, soaring melodies, and plenty of twists and turns” – metalsucks

“Thrashsterpiece…stunningly well-crafted songs” – pure grain audio

“This is engaging, high quality metal that strikes a finely honed balance between technicality, melody and groove” – the metal forge

“A fierce and propulsive piece of modern metal that grabs on from the first minute and doesn’t let up” – blabbermouth


About Thy Will Be Done:
-Released 2 albums and an EP via Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed’s Stillborn Records
-Hand picked by Metallica to play Orion Fest
-Have toured with Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Devildriver and many more
-Working on new album now

“as complete as a psalm and yet as evocative as any proverb” – About Heavy Metal

“an engaging listen…leaves us wanting more” – Revolver


-Released sophomore album Vae Victis on Megaforce Records April 29th
-Just completed a US and Canada tour with Battlecross and Crimson Shadows
-Full page features in Metal Hammer and Kerrang!
-Airplay on over 43 US stations and still in heavy rotation at SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal
-Licensed by Revolver, Sonic (food chain), Adrenaline Junkies (TV show) and many more

“IKILLYA might possibly be the best metal band to have emerged from the gutters of New York City since Anthrax” –

“Vae Vicits is Latin for “woe to the conquered (ones)”, and based on the pure energy this album radiates, IKILLYA won’t be among the fallen.” – Decibel Magazine

“New York’s own kings of thrashy, groove-laden, no bullshit heavy fuckin’ metal” –

“New York’s finest purveyors of true metal” –



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London Photographer and News Editor for Planet Mosh.
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