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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

June 27, 2014

Helmet in NYC in 2012 (more by Chris LaPutt)

After Helmet get off tour with Filter and Local H, they'll be stopping in Chicago to play a show at Reggies on August 16 before they set out for a European tour. Support for the show has yet to be announced, but they'll be playing their classic album Betty in its entirety. This is a rare opportunity to catch the band in so intimate a setting, and should be an exciting break from the House Of Blues-heavy shows they'll be playing on tour. Tickets for this thing are on sale now.

Local H also play 2 Chicago shows after their tour with Helmet.

Below you can see their complete list of Helmet's European tour dates. You can see the dates for the Filter/Local H tour here.

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June 25, 2014


UK-based psychedelic doom crew Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats will be embarking on their first-ever North American tour in September/October. They did recently visit for an appearance at Maryland Deathfest, but didn't have a chance to travel around. Their fall run features support from Danava, and includes a show at Subterranean on September 30. Tickets for their Chicago debut go on sale this Friday (6/27) at 10AM CST.

Uncle Acid and co. welcomed their proto-metal-leaning third album, Mind Control, in May of 2013 via Metal Blade. They quickly followed the brain-melting effort with a single featuring the LP cut "Mind Crawler" backed by a Charles Manson cover. You can take a listen to 7"s A-side at the bottom of this post.

All Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats dates and a stream of "Mind Crawler" lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats playing Subterranean on first-ever North American tour (dates, song stream)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

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Richmond, VA's finest weed-themed classic death metal outfit Cannabis Corpse returns this week with a new, Gorguts-referencing full-length, From Wisdom to Baked, and they'll be heading out on a quick midwest tour in support of the new release. The "Land Phil" Hall-fronted band (he of Municipal Waste and Iron Reagan fame), will be stopping in Chicago to play Cobra Lounge on July 30th, where they'l be joining an already awesome bill that features Brooklyn's Mortals and Chicago's Immortal Bird. Tickets for that show are still on sale here. The group will also stop at Denver Black Skies Festival where they'll play alongside Brutal Truth, Nails and more.

Check out our recent rundown for more heavy shows happening in Chicago in July.

Full list of Cannibal Corpse dates, are below, and you can check out the new album stream at BrooklynVegan.

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June 24, 2014

You're not letting us in?!? (more by Fred Pessaro)
Black Cobra

As mentioned earlier, tonight's Black Cobra show at Reggies was cancelled. Here's why:

San Francisco's strenuous metal/doom duo, BLACK COBRA, has unfortunately been denied access into the United States' northern neighboring country.

While amidst their North American tour -- which was nearly entirely comprised of Canadian dates, with BLACK COBRA co-headlining alongside Anciients, with opening support from Black Wizard -- the band was denied entry into the country for virtually no reason. Having invested thousands of dollars into merch for the tour, they decided to tough it out and try again at a different access point, where again they were denied, with no explanation, and after thorough inspections of their vehicle and gear. This forced the band to return to California instead of performing in more than twenty cities across Canada.

BLACK COBRA today issued the following collective statement to their fans on the debacle: "As many of you already know, we were denied entry at the border of Canada. Because of the financial strain this has put on us, we were forced to cancel the remaining tour dates in the US as well. In the meantime, we will continue working on our forthcoming record and are looking into booking another tour in the US. We apologize to our fans and thank you for your continued support."

New US BLACK COBRA tour actions will be confirmed immediately and announced in the coming days; no Canadian dates will be scheduled. Stay tuned for further transmissions.
" nearly entirely comprised of Canadian dates", but Chicago was in there too. Bummer! Stay tuned for updates.

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Weedeater at Ultra Lounge (more by Jimmy Farabi)

Last week we hit you with a preview of some of the heavy stuff you can expect to see in Chicago in the rest of June, which at this point still includes bands like Dead Kennedys, Cokegoat, All out War, Septicflesh, and more (but note: Black Cobra was postponed). Now here's a similar look at the non-temperature-related ways in which Chicago residents will be brutalized in July.

Beat Kitchen will hold back-to-back Finnish metal showcases on July 5 and 6. The first of these will feature Finnish black metal throwbacks Behexen, with support from gasmask-toting locals Kommandant. Night two will see another Finnish black metal band, Sargeist, with an even more loaded (and notably doomy) supporting cast featuring Detroit doom metal outfit Acid Witch and Jex Thoth, along with black metallers Empyreus. The two finnish bands are on tour together and both shows ought to be worth catching (tickets are here and here).

As we've mentioned, local legends Shellac will play two shows at Lincoln Hall on July 6 and 7. Tickets to see Steve Albini and company are sold out for the second night, but you can still get them for the show on the 6th here.

If you're interested in hearing songs about both weed and doughnuts (and seeing one of the best live bands around), July 9, Reggies will play host to Louisiana stoner legends Weedeater with Vukari and Dirt Church (tickets).

That same evening, Signature Riff and Metal Threat will be presenting a showcase at Cobra Lounge, featuring miserable local doom beasts Lord Mantis closing out their July tour by supporting the French band Hell Militia. Other bands on the bill include Undergang, Trepanation and Astraes Pestis. Tickets are on sale now.

The San Francisco analogue avengers in Slough Feg will bring their throwback tendencies to Reggies on July 12, where they'll headline a stacked lineup at the 8th annual Alehorn of Power (doesn't get much more brütal than that, folks). Valkyrie (featuring Pete Adams of Baroness), Gypsyhawk, Bible of the Devil, and more will be featured. Don't miss out on this one (tickets).

As has been discussed, Thou and The Body will play two collaborative shows on July 17 with support from Hell and Ash Borer. The first of these shows will be at Club Rectum, tickets for which are at the door. The late show is at Empty Bottle, and tickets for that can still be found here.

The following night (July 18), you'll have the choice of uplift or obliteration. Blackened screamo/shoegaze dreamers Deafheaven will play an official Pitchfork aftershow with Perfect Pussy at Bottom Lounge. Meanwhile, a little further south, Reggies will play host to a local death metal show with Cardiac Arrest, Dr. Shrinker, Disinter, Sons of Famine and Deathcult. Tickets are here and here, respectively.

On July 25, Cobra Lounge will host another particularly brutal show, with Denver death metal outfit Primitive Man joining Brooklyn blackened thrash heavyweights Mutilation Rites and Copenhagen black metal outfit Hexis. Hexer and Lychgate fill out the lineup, tickets for which can be found here.

Closing out the brutal month will be a show of fitting brutality, pairing two of the brightest young things on the underground metal circuit. Brooklyn crust monsters Mortals will play a set at Cobra Lounge with Immortal Bird, Rae Amitay's (Thrawsunblat) new and awesome black/death/grind project. The final ticket link is here.

That about does it for next month. Keep your eyes peeled for an August preview, as well as for the heavy bands making appearances at West Fest and Pitchfork.

Check our Chicago metal show calendar for listings all year round.