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October 20, 2014

Converge @ Decibel's 100 Issues Celebration in 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)

Decibel Magazine have announced the fourth edition of their reliably awesome annual North American tour. Decibel 2015 is slated to feature Swedish melodic death metallers At the Gates, East Coast hardcore champions Converge, U.K. supergroup Vallenfyre, and one more opener TBA in December. The North American jaunt is set to begin in late-March, and will tag Chicago for a show at House of Blues on April 6. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (10/24) at 10AM CST. VIP Ticket Bundles are on sale now via Decibel.

All Decibel 2015 dates and a few videos lie after the jump...

Continue reading "2015 Decibel Tour (At the Gates, Converge & Vallenfyre) coming to the House of Blues"

October 2, 2014

Goatwhore (more by Caroline Harrison)

Before opening some dates for Samhain, who just helped make Riot Fest unholy, 'blackened sludge slingers' Goatwhore will play some dates with Wolvhammer including Cobra Lounge on 10/26. Kastasyde and Mexican Werewolf are also on the bill. All dates and a new documentary you can watch about New Orleans metal bands (like Goatwhore), at BrooklynVegan.

Videos from Samhain's set at Riot Fest below...

Continue reading "Goatwhore & Wolvhammer playing Cobra Lounge on tour (before Goatwhore opens for Samhain who played Riot Fest)"

August 18, 2014

"Our Chicago show on the next tour just got way sweeter..." - KEN mode

KEN mode in NYC in February (more by Di Lynn Ring)

As discussed, Winnipeg's pummeling KEN mode are slated to tag Chicago on their fall North American tour for a show at Reggie's on September 8. That gig is now part of Reggie's 7th anniversary party -- it'll take place in the Rock Club, and The Atlas Moth, Burdened, Brothers Starrace, and Fleeting Suns have been added as support. Mr. Blotto, Handler, Sammy Llanas, and The Whateverly Brothers will play the Music Joint. Advance tickets ($7) will get you in both rooms, you'll receive a free anniversary t-shirt, and there will be a free buffet from 5-7PM. Party.

An updated list of KEN mode dates lie after the jump...

Continue reading "KEN mode @ Reggie's is now part of the venue's 7th anniversary party (The Atlas Moth added ++ more)"

August 14, 2014

Pallbearer in NYC in 2013 (more by greg Cristman)

Doom maestros Pallbearer are currently streaming their hotly anticipated sophomore effort, Foundations of Burden, over at Pitchfork Advance. The album will officially be unleashed upon the world on August 19, and the band will be embarking on a world tour shortly after the record drops. They'll tag Champaign-Urbana, IL on October 19 at High Dive with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Full tour schedule is available at BrooklynVegan. Stream a track from the band's excellent last record below...

Continue reading "Pallbearer streaming new LP, playing the High Dive in Champaign on tour w/ Tombs & Vattnet Viskar"

July 29, 2014

KEN mode in NYC in February (more by Di Lynn Ring)

Post-hardcore rippers KEN mode have announced a fall North American tour surrounding their appearance at Raleigh, NC's Hopscotch Music Festival. They'll hit the road at the tail end of August, and will tag Chicago for a show at Reggie's on September 8. Ticketing information is forthcoming, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. The trio have also shared a new video for Entrench's "The Promises of God," which you can check out at the bottom of this post.

Full tour schedule and more at BrooklynVegan. Check out the new video below...

Continue reading "KEN mode share new video, playing Reggie's on fall tour"

July 14, 2014


Doom-tinged psych rockers Blackfinger, featuring the original Trouble singer Eric Wagner, just announced a summer US tour. That run includes a show at Cobra Lounge on August 9 with DeepSpacePilots. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.

Full tour schedule and more at BrooklynVegan. Check out a few Blackfinger songs below...

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German thrashers Ketzer are heading to the US for the first time with their newly announced tour. The band plays Chicago August 8 at Livewire Lounge. Tickets for that show aren't on sale yet, but should be soon via the Livewire website.

Full tour schedule and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream a track below...

Continue reading "Germany's Ketzer hitting Chicago on first-ever US tour"

July 10, 2014

Suffocation at Saint Vitus, 2012 (More by Suren Karapetyan)

New York death metal rippers Suffocation are heading out on the Carnival of Death tour this fall with Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia and Internal Bleeding. The show stops in Chicago October 7 at Reggie's. Tickets for that show aren't on sale yet but will be soon at the Reggie's website.

Full tour schedule and more at BrooklynVegan. Watch a live Suffocation video below...

Continue reading " Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia & Internal Bleeding playing Reggie's on 'Carnival of Death' tour"

July 2, 2014

Whores @ Union Pool in 2012 (more by Markus Shaffer)

Atlanta noise rockers Whores have announced that they'll be embarking on an August North American tour with support from American Sharks. That run includes a show at Cobra Lounge on August 13. Ticketing information for the Chicago show is forthcoming, but check Ticketfly for updates.

All Whores // American Sharks dates and song streams from each lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Whores and American Sharks playing Cobra Lounge on August tour"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Boris in New York in 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)

Summer in Chicago can be long and exhausting. If, by August, you feel like you can't take any more suburban kids in neon crop tops crowding into your favorite parks, don't worry, there's still antidotal heavy music to be consumed in dark rooms. We already told you about the stacked June and July rosters of heaviness, so now here's the situation for the dog days of August.

It ain't in Chicago, but the Summer Slaughter Tour will hit Mojoes in Joliet on August 2 with heavy hitters like Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Origin and more (tickets. So there's that.

On August 5, as we've mentioned, Texas hell-raisers Power Trip and Mammoth Grinder will stop in at Beat Kitchen for a strong dose of old-school thrash. Tickets for that monster are still on sale here.

Next on the docket is a killer show at Bottom Lounge on August 10. Japanese noise-doom chameleons Boris are on tour and will bring their unmissable live show to bear on Chicago with support from local prog-doomers The Atlas Moth and Salt Lake City doom outfit SubRosa. This one is gonna be awesome, and tickets can be found here.

On August 15 at Township, Vienna hardcore punk act Ruidosa Inmunduncia will play a set with Impalers, an Austin band with members of Hatred Surge and Mammoth Grinder, locals Pillage who share members with Los Crudos, Sick/Tired and MK-Ultra, and punk-pop Chicagoites Canadian Rifle (tickets).

The following night, on August 16, Louisville stalwart punks Coliseum, recently signed to Deathwish, will play at Beat Kitchen with support from Meat Wave and Chord. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Canadian punks Propagandhi are on tour with RVIVR and War On Women, and they'll stop in at Concord Music Hall. Tickets for that show are still on sale.

Closing off August on a ridiculously high note, and as we've already noted, stoner giants Sleep will be playing back to back shows with Corrections House at Thalia Hall on August 28 and 29. Tickets for the first night are sold out, but you can still snag them for the 29th here.

And as a bonus, it may not be August, but close enough for jazz, Skeletonwitch, Ghoul and Black Anvil will play a stacked show at Double Door on September 5 as part of their tour (before they hit the road with Amon Amarth). Tickets for that are on sale here.

That about does it for the summer. See you at Reggies.

Check our our Invisible Oranges-approved Chicago metal show calendar for more, all year round.