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December 15, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

The Sword / Royal Thunder
The Sword
Royal Thunder

Retro riffin' bands The Sword and Royal Thunder are on tour now, and played Chicago over the weekend at Thalia Hall (12/12). We've got a set of pictures from that show. More below...

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October 8, 2015

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

He Whose Ox is Gored

Seattle prog-doom crew He Whose Ox is Gored are streaming their new album The Camel, The Lion, The Child over at Invisible Oranges. The record is a very satisfying blend of early-Mastodon style riffing with a strong emphasis on melody and songcraft (IO's Joseph Schaefer compared them to early Alice in Chains, which is weirdly spot on). Throw in some psychedelia courtesy of the ever-present keyboards and can hit a bunch of disparate pleasure-centers. You can stream it below.

HWOIG are heading out on tour later this month. They will come through Chicago for a show at Reggies on October 24, where they'll be joined by Starless and Bubbles Erotica. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Be sure to check our IO-sponsored show calendar for more Chicago-area metal shows.

All upcoming dates for He Whose Ox is Gored, along with a stream of The Camel, the Lion, The Child, below...

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January 29, 2015

Liturgy -- The Ark Work LP

Liturgy will be hitting the road once again in support of their upcoming album The Ark Work, their first full release since 2011's Aesthetica. As they have in the past, Chicago label Thrill Jockey will be handling the release, which is slated for March 24th; keep your eyes peeled for an impending limited edition LP preorder. The band will also be making a quick stop in Chicago at Subterranean on April 10. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (1/30) at 10AM CST. Listen to their new industrial-tinged single "Quetzalcoatl" below. Their full tour routing can be found over at BV, as can tracklisting for The Ark Work.

A stream of "Quetzalcoatl" lies after the jump...

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December 17, 2014

Electric Wizard at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Electric Wizard

British doom heroes Electric Wizard released their eighth album, Time To Die, earlier in the year, and have since announced a tour bringing them back to the US in 2015 with support from Satan's Satyrs. They haven't gone on a full US tour since 2002, and haven't played here at all since MDF 2012, but they'll play Chicago on April 7 at Metro. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday (12/19) at noon.

Full tour schedule and more at BrooklynVegan. Stream the title track from Time to Die below...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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