Prong’s New Video – Divide and Conquer

New video from PRONG

Posted on SPV’s Youtube site. 

Prong’s new album Zero Days drops 7/28

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Open Air Lineup REVEALED

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The lineup for the second Open Air 2017 has been announced.

Heavy hitters such as Kiss, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Godsmack, Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb of God and Slayer will headline. What I find interesting is Slayer is closing second stage. 

*blinks*

Slayer CLOSING second stage? 

Well, that could be interesting since I believe they should be on first, right? 

Korn is returning for their second stint as is Meshuggah who will also be one of the second stage’s headliners. Dillinger Escape Plan, Falling in Reverse, Avatar, Metal Church, as well as Body count are other names on the bill that definitely draw a lot of attention. 

Let’s hope the second Open Air, can be as good as the first!

Upcoming Shows in Chicago

JUNE

6.2 RATT, DIAMOND REXX
Concord Music Hall, Chicago

6.2 MR. BIG
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

6.2 ZAKK SABBATH, BEASTMAKER
Bottom Lounge, Chicago

6.3 MORBID ANGEL, SUFFOCATION, REVOCATION, WITHERED
Metro, Chicago

6.4 PALLBEARER, BOSS HOG & many more
Do Division Fest, Chicago

6.8 TOOL
Allstate Arena, Rosemont IL

6.9 CRYPTOPSY, RIVERS OF NIHIL, VISCERAL GORGE, SEEKER, GLOOM
Wire Music, Berwyn IL

6.9 DEFTONES, RISE AGAINST, THRICE
Huntington Bank Pavillion, Chicago

6.11 SALIVA
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

6.14 VADER, INTERNAL BLEEDING, SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER, VOICES OF RUIN, MICAWBER

6.15  IRON MAIDEN, GHOST
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park IL

6.17 ENUFF ZNUFF, CHRONIC EDGE
H.O.M.E. Bar, Arlington Heights IL

6.18 METALLICA, AVENGED SEVENFOLD & VOLBEAT
Soldier Field, Chicago

6.22 OTEP
Wire Music, Berwyn IL

6.24 DEF LEPPARD, POISON, TESLA
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park IL

6.24 FATES WARNING, INFINITE SPECTRUM
The Forge, Joliet

6.27 RAMMSTEIN, 3TEETH
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park IL

JULY

7.6 KING’S X, STEEPWATER BAND, DISTRICT 97
Reggies, Chicago

7.6 L.A. GUNS, BUDDERSIDE
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

7.13 WEDNESDAY 13, ONCE HUMAN, GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE, SINISTER FATE, WILL OF MAN, THE ILLOGICAL
Wire Music, Berwyn IL

7.14-7.16 CHICAGO OPEN AIR: OZZY, KISS, SLAYER, ROB ZOMBIE, BEHEMOTH, AMON AMARTH, KORN…
Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL

7.19 THEORY OF A DEADMAN
The Forge, Joliet

7.19 3TEETH, PROJECT .44, GRAINSHIFTER
Reggies, Chicago

7.21 FASTER PUSSYCAT, CHRONIC EDGE, REDLINE MESSIAH, JOHNNY ZOSTANT
The Forge, Joliet

7.22 WARPED TOUR: MUNICIPAL WASTE, ALESTORM, ACACIA STRAIN, CANDIRIA, HATEBREED, AFTER THE BURIAL, CARNIFEX, EMMURE, GWAR, VALIENT THORR +++
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park IL

7.23 GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION MINDCRIME, TIL DEATH DO US PART, STEADFAST
The Forge, Joliet

7.25 THE MELVINS
The Empty Bottle, Chicago

7.27-7.30 CHICAGO DOMINATION FEST #4
Wire Music, Berwyn IL

7.27 NEUROSIS, AMENRA, BRUCE LAMONT & SANFORD PARKER DJ SET
The Empty Bottle, Chicago

7.28 NEUROSIS, CONVERGE, AMENRA
Thalia Hall, Chicago

7.29 HIRAX, DESTRUCTOR, RHYTHM OF FEAR, SACRED LEATHER, WRATH, MALAS
Reggies Rock Club, Chicago

 

 

Upcoming Shows Coming to Chicago

APRIL

4.1 BLACK STONE CHERRY, CALEB JOHNSON, THROUGH FIRE
Apollo Theatre, Belvidere

4.2 BURY YOUR DEAD, COUNTERWEIGHT, ENDMEMBER
Beat Kitchen, Chicago

4.7 KREATOR, OBITUARY, MIDNIGHT, HORRENDOUS
House Of Blues, Chicago

4.8 ANVIL, NIGHT DEMON, GRAVESHADOW, SCARS OF ARMAGEDDON, COMFORT SCARCITY
Reggies, Chicago

4.9 PERIPHERY, THE CONTORTIONIST, NORMA JEAN, INFINITY SHRED
House Of Blues, Chicago

4.9 NOVEMBERS DOOM guest DJ a listening event for HAMARTIA @ EXIT Metal Sundays
EXIT, Chicago

4.15 KATATONIA, CASPIAN, UNCURED, NOVEMBERS DOOM
Metro, Chicago

4.16 JOHN 5 & THE CREATURES, HERO JR., THE RADIOMEN
Reggies, Chicago

4.16 MACABRE, BRAIN TENTACLES, WILD JESUS & THE DEVIL’S LETTUCE
The Empty Bottle, Chicago

4.28 HAMMERFALL, DELAIN
Concord Music Hall, Chicago

 

 

MAY

5.1 SABATON, LEAVES EYES, BATTLE BEAST
Concord Music Hall, Chicago

5.2 TESTAMENT, SEPULTURA, PRONG
Concord Music Hall, Chicago

5.5 ANIMALS AS LEADERS, VEIL OF MAYA, ALLUVIAL
Durty Nellies, Palatine IL

5.5 QUEENSRYCHE
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

5.9 OPETH, GOJIRA, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
Vic, Chicago

5.10 BREAKING BENJAMIN
House of Blues, Chicago

5.10 TRAPT, SMILE EMPTY SOUL, TOY CALLED GOD
BaseCamp Pub & Eatery, Lisle

5.11 EVERY TIME I DIE, WAGE WAR, ’68
The House Cafe, DeKalb

5.13 MASTODON, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, RUSSIAN CIRCLES
Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

5.15 FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES
Cobra Lounge, Chicago

5.18 IN FLAMES, KATAKLYSM, WHITE KNUCKLE RIOT
The Forge, Joliet

5.21 HED PE, MOTOGRATER, BEYOND THRESHOLD
Apollo Theatre, Belvidere

5.21 YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

5.24 FOZZY, KYNG, SONS OF TEXAS
The Forge, Joliet

5.26 EVERGREY, SEVEN KINGDOMS, NEED, ASCENDIA
Reggies, Chicago

5.28 DESTRUCTION, JUNGLE ROT, WARBRINGER, DEMONS WITHIN
Reggies, Chicago

 

Upcoming Shows to Chi-Town

January was quiet, but February on is kicking ass! Check out the heavy shows coming your way over the next couple of months!

FEBRUARY

2.14 DEVILDRIVER, DEATH ANGEL, WINDS OF PLAGUE, THE AGONIST, AZREAL
Portage Theater, Chicago

2.14 LORDI, RIVAL, WRATH, SPARE CHANGE show moved to Reggies
Reggies, Chicago

2.17 OVERKILL, NILE
Concord Music Hall, Chicago

2.18 2017 Hardcore Horror Fest w/ SINISTER FATE & more
Underground Lounge, Chicago

2.18 PAIN OF SALVATION, OCEANS OF SLUMBER, PAPER HERO
Reggies, Chicago

2.23 MAX & IGGOR CAVALERA: RETURN TO ROOTS, IMMOLATION, FULL OF HELL
Portage Theater, Chicago

2.23 DARKEST HOUR, RINGWORM, ROTTEN SOUND, RIVERS OF NIHIL
Reggies, Chicago

2.24 AFTER THE BURIAL, EMMURE, FIT FOR A KING, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, INVENT, ANIMATE
Bottom Lounge, Chicago

MARCH

3.3 ULI JON ROTH, MANO, BRIMSTONE COVEN, SCHOOL OF ROCK
Reggies, Chicago

3.3 STEPHEN PEARCY of RATT
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

3.4 WHITECHAPEL, CATTLE DECAPITATION, GOATWHORE, ALLEGAEON
House of Blues, Chicago

3.4 DOKKEN, WARRANT, FIREHOUSE
Genesee Theatre, Waukegan

3.15 DOPE, COMBICHRIST, SEPTEMBER MOURNING, DAVEY SUICIDE
H.O.M.E. Bar, Arlington Heights IL

3.18 ENUFF Z’NUFF, TATTOOED MILLIONAIRES, CHEAP TRIBUTE
Penny Road Pub, Barrington IL

3.22 DESPISED ICON, CARNIFEX, FALLUJAH, RINGS OF SATURN, LORNA SHORE
Double Door, Chicago

3.25 UFO, SAXON, JARED JAMES NICHOLS
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

3.26 AMORPHIS, SWALLOW THE SUN, EARTHEN, VARAHA
Reggies, Chicago

3.26 BON JOVI
United Center, Chicago

3.31 WINGER
Joe’s Live, Rosemont

3.31 ANTHRAX
Arcada Theatre, Saint Charles IL

25 Years of Pigface 11/25/2016

 

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Industrial music.

When you hear that genre many acts come to mind. KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, Ministry, and of course, Pigface. Pigface was basically everyone in industrial/metal music. If you look up all its members, many familiar faces pop up for their band roster. They were a Wax Trax staple, releasing 18 albums and now after almost a quarter of a century, they’re still a household name for industrial music. The reunion started with an art show here in Chicago that ended up being a hit. So much so, that leader Martin Atkins decided to do a show and donate the proceeds to a music charity. Thus, Pigface 25 performance was born.

They brought in the whole gang as it were and fucking it up as only they know how!  

Being an industrial fan myself, I couldn’t wait to see this show. I’d never caught Pigface live, but I knew many of their songs. And so is the case with many industrial fans. We know the music, but might not know the band behind some of the classic ditties unless they were big like KMFDM, Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails just to name a few. Pigface is one of those bands that might remain a mystery to many, but it doesn’t take away any of the appreciation you have for the band.

During this almost four plus hour show that went into the wee hours of the morning, we caught many familiar faces playing their hits from the golden years of industrial. It might’ve been the biggest collection of bands I’ve seen on a stage at once with a headcount of well over 40+ musicians trading instruments and sharing mics. It looked like the kind of party we’d all want to be a part of. It was a spectacle. The crowd was attentive, singing and bouncing throughout the set, albeit on Black Friday, which seemed quite appropriate.

There were guest appearances from Gravity Kills frontman Jeff Scheel, and others as well as performances from Frankie of Thrill Kill Kult and En Esch, formerly of KMFDM who ironically played “Godlike”, a KMFDM classic. All in all, Pigface had one awesome show which is rumored to be their last. They went out with a bang and we were there to witness it firsthand.

Fuck it up Pigface!