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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!

This Metalhead loves her Duran Duran

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Let me preface this by saying I’m a big fan of Duran Duran. Ever since I was nine, the eighties version of the fab five ruled my cassette tape recorder as well as my bedroom walls. I recall when Sing Blue Silver came out in 1985 and my mother, who begrudgingly agreed to watch it with me, claimed that Andy Taylor looked high because his eyes were glassy. I argued and cried that they were good guys and that they’d NEVER do any drugs. In my eyes, alcohol was okay because I’d seen my parents drink it after a hard days’ work, but no way could they be into drugs.

NO NO NO.

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Are Metal Festivals Making a Comeback?

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Since the days of Ozzfest, metal festivals in some parts of the US are a rarity. We can’t really count Lollapalooza or Riot Fest since it encompasses every genre. There is still Maryland Death Fest, but that’s on the east coast. In fact, I’ve noticed many of the fests either happen on the East or West coasts, leaving fans here in the Midwest with very little. For years I’ve wondered why, because the local metal community would definitely support a show completely dedicated to heavy music. Could it be the money it takes to produce such a show, the issues it presents like security, the venue, and what it would take to get enough heavy hitters on the bill to make such a festival a draw for loyal metal fans? All these are valid points, but I believe given more thought, a major fest would be successful here. Thankfully someone had the forethought to give it a try and create Open Air. Continue reading Are Metal Festivals Making a Comeback?

Oi! It’s Riot Fest eh!

It is a pleasure to have guests grace our pages but no truer words were ever uttered than having Samm Waatsen (ex-punk rocker/pre-law) write a quick synopsis of this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago. His flare for storytelling is epic! His “as if you were there” delivery is humorous yet heartfelt. Please, enjoy! 

Last year, on a grim November morning, I jumped in my wife’s car, popped in an unofficial Deathside discography, and hauled royal keister down to a West Loop rehearsal space called “the Garage.” My mission? To buy pre-sale vip tickets to Riot Fest… which would occur 10 months later.

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Heavy Metal? On Life Support

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After commenting on the article featuring Gene Simmons about rock being dead, I had to think about the genre we’ve been covering since 2003.

Metal. Now, over the years we’ve evolved as people. All 3 of us live our own lives, we’ve done different things, and taken different paths to sustain ourselves. E still does photography, Karma is still editing, and I’m still editing and writing articles as well as fiction, however, metal is no longer the main focus. Why you ask? Well, because my friends, metal is clearly on life support.

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Gene Simmons Claims Rock is Dead – My Take? Not Really

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Recently, Gene Simmons from the iconic rock band KISS had these thoughts about the state of rock and roll. ROCK IS DEAD. You can read the full article he did with his own son in this link.

In this interview, he stated that file sharing is one of the main reasons rock isn’t popular anymore. He also states there aren’t many acts or performers who stand the test of time because of greedy men in white suits making and shaping bands along with teenagers who think they are entitled to get their music for free. Gene has a point however I don’t think rock is entirely gone.

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Rihanna Rocks or Does She?

Should this matter to metal fans if she rocks Judas, Krokus, and Motley and doesn’t listen to their music? I actually saw this conversation unfold virally in a Facebook group I’m no longer in. I couldn’t take the hypocrisy, but that’s a story for another day.

Let’s move on.

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