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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

 

 

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Forged in Fire Tour – Hellyeah In Flames

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With Christmas just around the corner, it seemed apropos that we’d get to see Swedish metallers In Flames along with HellYeah as support. What better way to let out some aggression around the blasted holidays than catching two of the loudest bands on the planet? I say that with love of course.

The venue was packed to the rafters for this event and both bands brought their “A” game. HellYeah was supporting their newest release, Undeniable. The band was in top form, with lead singer Chad Gray rousing the crowd with his antics, highlighted by bassist Kyle Sanders spitting fake blood in his singer’s face! Chad had inspirational messages for his followers between each song; where he remarked how heavy metal saved him and urged that we’re all in this together. I suppose his words were in response to the election three weeks ago. Nevertheless, the crowd appreciated his sentiments and appeared to be into the set from beginning to end.

In Flames was up next and the headliners made sure they kept the energy going. In support of their latest disc, Battlers, my third favorite Swedes entertained the masses with their signature Gothenberg Sound. We also learned bassist Peter Iwers was leaving the band to pursue other interests. Lead singer Anders Friden made the announcement and many in the crowd, including me were shocked. Of course, we’re well aware of his brewery and restaurant he has back home which seems to have taken off, meaning he needs to drop one of his passions. Beer or Metal?  For a metalhead, seems like a pretty tough choice to me. Still, Peter is a staple in the band and he will be missed.

Despite that bit of bad news, the band put on a good set as always, leaving the capacity crowd happy they came out to give Peter a proper send off.

We at FourteenG wish Peter Iwers the best and look forward to a new incarnation of In Flames for 2017 and onward!

 

Setlist

Bullet Ride

Where the Dead Ships Dwell

Leeches

The End

Alias

Only for the Weak

Play Video

Cloud Connected

The Truth

Through Oblivion

The Quiet Place

Paralyzed

Deliver Us

Take This Life

Psychic Warfare tour Clutch/Zakk Sabbath 10/25/16

Psychic, more like psychedelic. When putting a veteran band like Clutch along with guitar virtuoso, Zakk Wylde, who on this tour was playing Ozzy Osbourne, you get some funky rhythms, classic riffs, and a whole lot of second hand smoke. And no, I’m not talking cigarettes.

Needless to say, the name of the tour was appropriate considering their style as well as the promotion of their latest album. Listening to Zakk and his Sabbath along with Clutch might’ve put you on some spiritual trip. I love old Black Sabbath and Zakk’s awesome guitar playing made up for the fact he was trying way too damn hard to sound like Ozzy. Paying homage is cool. Every form of impersonation is flattery, but I don’t have to hear the second coming of the great Oz himself. There can only be one of him, and that’s plenty, thank you very much.

On the other hand, Clutch was just, well Clutch. Although I’m not one of their biggest fans and really, you shouldn’t care that I am, they have always put on a good show. Some of the highlights were “Animal Farm”, “Immortal”, “The House that Peter Built”, as well as a new song called “Sucker for a Witch” from their latest album. You don’t have to be a big Clutch fan to appreciate the musicianship of the band because they are just that talented and once again, they entertained the masses in Chicago.

 

Nervosa/Suspended Reggie’s CHICAGO 8/19/2016

 

Nervosa/Suspended Reggies August 19th 2016

For some odd reason, stupid people want to reverse women’s rights. The outcry from some politicians, namely right wingers is fucking gross. Taking away a woman’s right to abort, to use condoms, even vote. I mean, really? What century are we living in?

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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?

Prong – Bada Brew May 23rd 2016

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The cries from old… ahem more mature metalheads like myself might suggest metal or hard rock music is dead. The influx of newer metal acts, save Ghost, just doesn’t excite me all that much and my wish is that musicians start returning to the sound of old. Yep, I’m definitely showing my age, but that’s okay. The bands I listened to coming out of high school and college had more promise and in my opinion, still kick more ass than any of these so called newer generation acts do. And hey, I’ve got bands like Prong to back up my claim.

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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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