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Heavy Metal in Chicago

Mutoid Man, a metalcore three-piece from Brooklyn, NY, are hailed as a supergroup of sorts, featuring members of both Cave In and Converge. Their 2017 album “War Moans” was voted one of the 20 best metal albums of that year by Rolling Stone. They will be performing at the Beat Kitchen on Monday, 14 May, supported by Atlanta-based prog metal trio Lazer/Wulf and The Armed, an innovative hardcore band from Detroit.

The following Monday – 21 May, the Beat Kitchen plays host to Backtrack, a hardcore four-piece hailing from Long Island, NY. Currently, on their “Bad to my world” US tour, Backtrack will be supported by an all-star list of hardcore powerhouses – from fellow Long Island natives Regulate and Hangman LIHC, San Diego’s Mizery, Indiana’s Lethal Contact and Italian metal outfit, Tears of Blood.

June of Doom in Chicago

In June, Subterranean tags in as the venue of choice for metal concerts in Chicago. On 6 June, they host Celeste, a globally in-demand and unique Sludge/Post-hardcore outfit from France. They’re known for playing concerts in total darkness with red headlights and strobes providing the only illumination. They will be supported by Infernal Coil from Boise, ID, and Chicago’s own hardcore trios Moral Void and Stay Asleep.

8 June sees the Sub-T Lounge host Louisville, KY’s own Young Widows, described as “dark rock auteurs”, in celebration of their forthcoming anthology album, “DECAYED: Ten Years of Cities, Wounds, Lightness and Pain”. They will be supported by veterans of Chicago’s post-hardcore scene, Sweet Cobra and a solo set from Emma Ruth Rundle (of Red Sparrowes and Marriages).

Chicago natives Cokegoat take over downstairs on 12 June, with support from fellow locals, cosmic stoner-rockers Marmora, ambient doom quartet Ikaray and Seattle doom specialists, Un.

Elsewhere, Quenchers plays host on 13 June to Den, a Chicago noise rock outfit whose music is described as “Nuclear winter jams for seedy space dives”. They are supported by Minnesota psychedelic experimentalists Maeth; and Chicago natives Snort and Barren Heir.

Festivals of Fury

Later that month, the Toastamania IX festival comes to Sub-T, with one hell of a packed line-up for metal concertgoers. With a name inspired by Wrestlemania, Toastamania is the yearly wrestling-themed thrash metal festival, founded by Chicago’s thrash metal mainstays, Texas Toast Chainsaw Massacre, who will be pulling double-duties on the night by both performing and hosting. Thrash metal veterans Leeway NYC will headline with other featured bands such as old-school thrash purveyors, Lichking; New Jersey’s Condition Critical and many more.

July sees Rage Fest come to the legendary House of Blues on the 25th. Atlanta GA’s metalcore veterans, Attila will headline, with support from Cali deathcore merchants Suicide Silence, Volumes – a 5-piece prog metalcore band from LA, and Stay Sick Recording artists Spite