YOB brought their powerful doom metal sound to Thalia Hall in Chicago as part of their current North American tour. Their six songs, hour and fifteen minute set was full of low frequency riffs, crushing vocals, and waves of sonic intensity. Fans enjoyed seeing Levy Seynaeve (bassist of opening band Amenra) perform “Grasping Air” alongside YOB. Their set flowed seamlessly for an exciting, compelling performance.
Created by mastermind Kevin Starrs, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats quickly started to gain interest within the British underground music scene but the latest immersive album “Wasteland”, released last year via Rise Above Records, truly impressed a much wider audience. Now the band’s intriguing psychedelic proto-metal & doom style has conquered fans worldwide as proved by the successful ‘Peace Across The Wasteland’ tour in North America. At the sold out show at Metro in Chicago Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats delivered a memorable hypnotizing performance on a dark stage illuminated almost exclusively by the trippy projections in the background playing songs from all the albums including “I See Through You”, “Shockwave City”, “Blood Runner” and “No Return” from “Wasteland”.
The release of the album “Peace” last year represented a great return for Swedish rockers Graveyard and the ‘Peace Across The Wasteland’ tour co-headlining with Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats has been another successful experience packing venues all over North America. It wasn’t surprising to see that Graveyard show at the Metro in Chicago was sold out as their intense music style continues to garner new acolytes in North America. While there is certainly a renaissance of vintage rock and stoner style, Graveyard’s sound always stands out for the hypnotic psychedelic grooves and the gorgeous understated melodies. For the setlist Graveyard chose many songs from the latest full length “Peace” including “Walk On”, “The Fox” and “It Ain’t Over Yet” which definitely sounded even more enthralling during this vibrant live performance and it was also nice to hear several songs from the older acclaimed album “Hisingen Blues” such as the title track, “Uncomfortably Numb” and “The Siren”.
Heavy rockers Lucifer finally embarked on a headlining tour in North America to support the latest spellbinding release “Lucifer II”. The American fans certainly showed their utmost love for Lucifer’s music packing Reggies in Chicago on a Thursday night. The band’s chemistry was immediately evident and Johanna Sadonis proved to be a charismatic vocalist confidently singing through the hazy atmospheres of “Dreamer” or the retro grooves of “California Son” and the new unreleased song “Ghosts” was another lovely surprise.
Finish icons Children Of Bodom just released the long awaited album “Hexed”, available via Nuclear Blast, and the fans have a chance to hear live the new songs “Under Grass And Clover”, “This Road” and “Platitudes And Barren Words” as the band is currently touring in North America. During the energetic performance at House of Blues in Chicago Children Of Bodom started with the classic track “Are You Dead Yet?” which instantly triggered massive mosh pit and crowd surfing that basically went on for the entire concert.
The release of “Constellation Of The Black Light” marked a successful year for Finnish winter metal band Wolfheart and to celebrate the album they return to North America for the second time. Check out the live action from Wolfheart show at House Of Blues in Chicago!
This is a great year for Finnish band Swallow The Sun as the latest full length “When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light”, available via Century Media, has garnered a lot of attention and positive feedback. Now you have the chance to hear some of these new intense songs live since the band is currently on a massive North American tour with Wolfheart and Children Of Bodom. Swallow The Sun performed a captivating emotional show at House Of Blues in Chicago focusing on their signature sonic blend of gloom, beauty & despair and since the setlist might have been too short we really hope to see them again soon!