Long Island’s DEAD ON took a major risk and decided to self-finance the recording of what would become their debut album, Dead On.  Enlisting top producer, Roger Probert (Fates Warning, Loudness) the band record their album independently hoping to land a deal.  They landed a deal quickly and at the behest of their new label, mixing engineer and industry heavyweight, Max Norman was brought in to finish the album.

Nine tracks of immaculate, sometimes macabre, American heavy metal. Inspired by classic acts like Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate the band also infused influences of that thrash/speed metal dominated era to develop a style that was all their own.  Not necessarily aggressive enough to be called thrash, but much heavier than the classic styles of heavy metal – this was DEAD ON.

The album has been out of print for years, but now with the release of this limited Dead On (Deluxe Edition) not only do fans get the classic album and three music videos, but also their All Four You EP, unreleased cover of “Turning Japanese” plus ultra rare demo tape, “The Limit.”

FEBRUARY 24th, 2014 (R.I.P. – Michael Raptis)

We at Divebomb Records are saddened to report that DEAD ON vocalist, Michael Raptis, passed away on February 12th.  We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and band mates in this difficult time.

The band wanted to share this statement with all the fans of DEAD ON and fellow metal brethren throughout the world.

Michael Kenneth Raptis

January 1969 to February 2014

The passing of Mike Raptis has deeply saddened us all. Mike was always a live wire, and souls that burn that brightly usually do not remain in this plane for too long. Even though Dead On had disbanded years ago, and several members have not had much contact with one another over that time, we will always be band mates, eternally locked in time and place. There is a brotherhood that is borne from those moments in time that is timeless. We wish Mike’s family peace during their most difficult time now, and in the days to come. RIP the Reaper…you will be missed.