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December 17, 2013
Russian Circles @ Ultra Lounge, August 2013 (more by Marfa Capodanno)
Russian Circles welcomed their cinematic new album, Memorial, earlier this year via Sargent House and did some touring in support of it. That stint included an intimate hometown show at the now defunct Ultra Lounge, and they've just announced an extensive 2014 U.S. tour. Road warriors KEN mode will serve as direct support throughout, with Inter Arma on most dates and Helms Alee on others. Look for the run to culminate with a performance at Metro on March 16 with KEN mode and Helms Alee. Ticketing information for the Chicago show is forthcoming.
All Russian Circles dates and a couple of song streams from Memorial lie after the jump...
December 6, 2013
Carcass @ NYC's Gramercy Theatre in September (more by Greg Cristman)
Carcass, the Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem are joining forces for the 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour. The third annual jaunt will kick off in March, and is slated to reach the House of Blues on April 5. VIP ticket bundles----ticket, t-shirt, 18x24 poster, "skip the line" pass, and Nuclear Blast digital sampler----are available now. General admission tickets for the Chicago show go on sale on Wednesday, December 11 at 10AM CST.
Death metal pioneers Carcass made their triumphant return this year with Surgical Steel, their first album since 1996's Swansong. Gorguts welcomed their great Colored Sands LP, which serves as the band's first in seven-years. Baltimore's super young Noisem also impressed with their death-thrash debut Agony Defined. They recently wrapped a tour with the Black Dahlia Murder, who will serve as direct support for Carcass.
All Decibel tour dates and a tour poster lie after the jump...
November 22, 2013
Chicago black/death metal band Immortal Bird (members of Thrawsunblat and others) are releasing their debut EP, Akrasia, on December 3 via Closed Casket Recordings. Here's what we had to say about it:
I suspect that most coverage of this band will play up the Thrawsunblat connection, but the two have little in common. Immortal Bird ditch the pretty pastoralism in favor of an inward-looking cosmpolitan ugliness that sometimes evokes a less-patient version of early Castevet. Opener "Spitting Teeth" delivers their melange at its best. Its ingredients: blurry, dissonant black metal fluttering; lots of nervy arpeggios; occasional stop-start trickery; dirty riffs played cleanly. Kurt Ballou's HM2-free mix ironically spotlights guitarist Evan Berry's performance more than Amitay's, but it's not such a bad thing -- his versatile playing carries the band's charge.The band will be playing a release show for their EP in their hometown on December 7 at Cobra Lounge with Crusader and Gnarhval. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Stream "Spitting Teeth" from the upcoming EP, below...
October 7, 2013
Blake Judd's mugshot
Nachtmystium leader Blake Judd was arrested this past Saturday (10/5) on charges of theft, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Department Of Corrections. The charges (720 ILCS 5/16-1) boil down to theft by unauthorized control of property not exceeding $500. The Illinois General Assembly describes this as being a Class A misdemeanor. Blake's bail is set at $25,000 with a court date set for this Friday (10/11).
Nachtmystium have shows scheduled for October and November, including an appearance at CMJ and a hometown show at Metro on November 30 with support from Weekend Nachos, Krieg, Harms Way, and Wilt (tickets). It's unclear if Blake will be able to appear at any of these dates.
Nachtmystium's current tour schedule can be found below...
September 30, 2013
Eyehategod at Saint Vitus, November 2012 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Sludge metal greats Eyehategod have announced that they'll be playing a pair of Chicago shows at Cobra Lounge on November 2 & 3. Support for the 2nd is TBA, but the 3rd will feature Black Tusk, Inter Arma, and Bloodyminded. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Wednesday (10/2) at 11AM CST.
Due to the untimely passing of drummer Joey LaCaze last month, it's unclear who will be behind the kit at Cobra Lounge. The Melvins' Dale Crover will be filling in for them at a show in late-October, so he's a likely candidate for the Chicago gigs.
All known Eyehategod dates are listed below...
September 25, 2013
Absu (more by Caroline Harrison)
Texas black metal powerhouse Absu head out on tour across North America in November, hitting Chicago's Cobra Lounge on 11/10 along the way...
The ten-city tour will see the band perform a complete set with music spanning throughout their twenty-two year recording career. This excursion is a follow-up mini-tour by the Texas-based mythological occult metal trio since the release of Abzu - the second of a planned trilogy of recordings.The Chicago show is with Wolvhammer, Terminate, and Pale Horseman, and tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below...
Vocalist/drummer Proscriptor shares, "Since the release of our latest recording, Abzu, the response has been extremely vehement and now is the perfect moment to continue spreading the album's essence throughout unchartered regions the band did not perform in earlier this year. We purposely waited until the timing was ideal to embark on this additional journey, as we shall continue contaminating the communities with our craft of Mythological Occult Metal."
Proscriptor also adds, "We have begun the composition/arrangement process for the next album, suitably titled Apsu, which is the Sumerian-Akkadian spelling of the band moniker. We shall wait until the new album is released before we present any of the new material in a live atmosphere."
September 24, 2013
Deicide @ NYC's Gramercy Theater in 2012 (more by Johnathan McPhail)
So far this year, we've been blessed with Chicago shows from death metal legends like Suffocation, Carcass, and many more. The Windy City onslaught will continue this fall with separate appearances from Deicide, Obituary, and Morbid Angel.
Deicide will hit the road next week with Broken Hope, Disgorge, and Necronomicon in support of their forthcoming LP, In the Minds of Evil, which is due out on November 26 via Century Media. It'll be their first album to feature guitarist Kevin Quirion, who joined the band in 2011. You can catch the four groups at Cobra Lounge on October 11. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now.
Morbid Angel will be touring throughout the U.S. in November in celebration of the 20th anniversary of 1993's Covenant. You can catch them at the House of Blues on November 17. Advance tickets for their HoB performance are still available.
All Deicide // Obituary // Morbid Angel dates are listed below...
September 16, 2013
Skeletonwitch at MHOW in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Swedish Viking metal purveyors Amon Amarth are slated to embark on a winter U.S. tour with heavy-handed support from both Enslaved and Skeletonwitch. That stacked caravan will tag Chicago for a performance at the House of Blues on February 7. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale to the general public this Friday (9/20) at 10AM CST. A Citi Cardmember presale begins Tuesday (9/17) at 10AM and Live Nation/Ticketmaster presales begin on Wednesday at 10AM.
All dates and an Invisible Oranges-debuted Skeletonwitch studio update clip lie below...
September 9, 2013
High on Fire at Bowery Ballroom, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Listen, DO NOT miss this tour. Stoner metal vets. High on Fire and Norwegian riff lords Kvelertak have explanded their fall North American tour. That tour now includes a performance at Metro on November 22 with additional support from Doomriders. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Saturday (9/14) at noon CST.
An updated list of HoF // Kvelertak dates lie after the jump...
September 3, 2013
by Fred Pessaro
Slayer in Europe, August 2013
It's bizarre to think about Slayer without both Jeff Hanneman (RIP) and Dave Lombardo. Regardless, the legendary band are soldiering on, and have announced a fall U.S. tour. French outfit Gojira will act as main support and 4Arm will also be along for the ride on some dates. Look for all three acts to tag the Aragon Ballroom on November 15. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Saturday (9/7) at 10AM CST. Stay tuned for presale information.
All additional dates are listed below alongside some recent Slayer live footage. Let's hope that the band can reconcile with Lombardo in the near future... Slayer fans everywhere want it.