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Heilung Absolutely Packed Chicago’s Riviera Theater Last Night (Live Review + Photos)

The band's tour seems to be going extremely well; last night's show in Chicago sold out, and the performance was top-notch, but over-cramped venue conditions led to some grumpy fans.

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Home of the Heavy: Five Chicago Bands Propelling the Windy City’s Dark Sails

Here's a special select handful of the many Chicago metal bands charging forth into the national scene; from blackened grindy goodness to post-metal transcendence, The Windy City achieves it all.

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Sleep
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Sleep Christens the Dawn of Legal Weed in Illinois (Live Review + Photos, Chicago)

New Year's Eve in Chicago couldn't have been better (or hazier): legendary stoner doomers Sleep danked up Chicago's Thalia Hall on New Year's Eve, complete with a hotboxing astronaut at midnight.

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Cattle Decapitation. Photo credit: Andrew Rothmund
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Cattle Decapitation, Atheist, Vitriol, Gigan, and Immortal Bird @ Metro in Chicago (Live Review + Photos)

We caught one of the year's strongest lineups in Chicago where each band delivered full-force badassery in their own respective styles -- photos and set reviews inside.

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Bell Witch Dooms Chicago’s Thalia Hall; Then, Mono Blesses It (Live Review)

We caught the Mono tour on its stop in Chicago featuring none other than doom duo Bell Witch; photos and live report inside.

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Den Conjure an “Iron Desert,” the Perfect Otherworldly Landscape

We unveil Chicago-based trio Den's second full-length "Iron Desert," a work culminating nearly a decade's worth of heady and noisy doom for your soul.

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“Athame” in Hand, Tides Cult Summons the Hardcore of Night

Check out the furious new song from underground Chicago blackened hardcore outfit Tides Cult -- their debut release "Your Memory Has Tarnished This Beautiful Place" releases this Halloween (the most fitting day of the year).

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As Summer Dies, Vukari’s “Abrasive Hallucinations” Come Alive

We unveil the solid-as-fuck opening track from Chicago-based black metal quartet Vukari's upcoming third full-length "Aevum" -- perfect tunes for another long dive into winter's endless chasm.

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Warforged Electrifies All of Death Metal on “I: Voice” (Video Interview)

We sat with the Chicago quintet in a suburban basement to dive deep into "I: Voice," their showstopping debut full-length which comes accompanied with an entire hour-plus, self-produced album video.

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Pelican Announces New Album and Shares “Midnight and Mescaline” Single

Pelican's first album in six years will be called "Nighttime Stories" and drops this June via Southern Lord -- check out the delightfully heavy lead single ”Midnight and Mescaline” now.

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