Founded in 1999 by Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth), the legendary Demons & Wizards is currently making their way through the U.S. on their first and only U.S. tour. Concord Music Hall in Chicago was packed with fans, many of whom have waited 20 years to see Demons & Wizards perform live. Their setlist showcased some of their best work from their two studio albums, as well as a few Iced Earth and Blind Guardian covers, making for a magical concert experience.
Los Angeles based metal band Lizzy Borden came through Chicago and entertained fans with a truly theatrical performance, featuring both a classic heavy metal sound and a visual aspect of several amazing costume changes. Throughout the set fans were able to see a wide range of songs spanning from their first album “Love You to Pieces” in 1985 to their newest release in 2018, ” My Midnight Things.” This is the band’s first tour since 2014, and fans were certainly excited to see them once again.
Renowned Faroese metal band Týr is making their way through North American following the release of their latest album, “Hel.” Fans in Chicago were able to see a spectacular performance by the whole band, with some truly enthralling vocal harmonies between frontman Heri Joensen and bassist Gunnar Thomsen. Their setlist featured songs from some of the band’s more recent albums, ending with fan favorite “Hold the Heathern Hammer High”.
Now in its 13th year as a tour, The Summer Slaughter Tour at The Forge in Joliet featured Cattle Decapitation triple co-headlining alongside Carnifex and The Faceless. Cattle Decapitation never fails to bring fans a ruthless, crushing performance, and this show was no exception. Fans were able to hear old favorites as well as new tracks from their highly anticipated album due in November, “Death Atlas.” “One Day Closer to the End of the World” and “Time’s Cruel Curtain” were two previews of what’s to come.
With the release of their latest album “Rituals of Power” in March, Misery Index are currently on a North American tour alongside Nails. Their show at the Metro in Chicago showcased their unique punk/grindcore influenced death metal sound, with a setlist that included new hits such as “New Salem” and “Hammering the Nails,” as well as classics like “The Carrion Call” and “Traitors”.