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This week we attended Metal Mergence V at Reggies Rock Club, a
well known spot in the south loop which hosted this night of
“Network Napalm” as they like to call it. Numerous metal promoters,
artists, graphic designers and labels not only attend this event
yearly to promote their services but also to have a drink,
network with others and of course to listen to some awesome metal
music. We arrived a little later after the first set just in time
to catch First Jason, a two piece band dubbed “monster metal”
with tales and lyrics about the hockey masked serial killer Jason
Voorhees. Ari Lehman, who is the band’s front-man opened with
the most awe-inspiring sound check showing off his shredding skills
on his 3 octave midi controller playing licks reminiscent of 80’s
speed metal. Did we mention his customized midi controller?
Click his name to see some cool photos.

Ari Lehman was this years Metal Mergence show host and he
also portrayed Jason Voorhees as a child on the first Friday the
13th movie and has recently toured Europe with his act First Jason.

While the next band was setting up, we grabbed a few beers, passed
out some flyers and awaited the next act, Impale, a metal band
that hails from the south side of Chicago.

While I do not recall what song Impale opened with, I do recall
being amazed not only by their on-stage theatrics, jumping around
and head banging, but performing said theatrics while playing some
of the most cleverly crafted metal riffs that I have ever heard. While
the guitars engaged each other in a fight of “call and response” a mosh pit immediately broke out in the front row. As a spectator in the middle center of the crowd, I could hear every detail of both guitars, the bass and the mic’ed drums. Truly an inspiring work from both the band for their unique blend of guitar tones and bass tones, and the engineer behind the mixing board who ensures that the crowd gets a pleasing experience of the sounds going on said stage.

We had to leave a little bit early since we had prior arrangements that night, however, another band we got to see perform was the progressive/metal four piece Beneath the Stares. While experiencing their set, I recall thinking to myself: “These guys really know their music theory.”  Whether the band went took music composition in college or not, one thing was for sure; they stood apart from the rest of the bands as being one of the most dexterous and versatile band of the night. Fronted by female vocalist Lisa LoGrasso, this band blends many genres in one neat package while having catchy hooks and melodies.

Be sure not to miss the next Metal Mergence!
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Review: Agalloch in Chicago

One thing we’ve said we’d do this year was give you guys some interesting blogs, which I don’t believe we’ve done enough of. So today I’ll start by sharing my thoughts on a concert I attended late last night at Reggies Rock Club. The headlining band was Agalloch. You can learn their history by clicking on the link for their wiki or you can go to their myspace to listen to some tunes! I recommend both!

Agalloch in 2005

Agalloch in 2005


It was a sell out crowd at Reggies Rock Club by the time I had arrived. Luckily, I had purchased my tickets online for fearing of missing the show. I missed them the last time they rode through Chicago and I wasn’t willing to miss it again.
Anyway, we managed to catch Locrian’s final song, which absolutely blew me away! The smell of the candles they had decorating stage filled the room with a powerful fragrance that added even more intimate feel to the energy being concentrated. By the time the ringing from the pounding drum fills faded away, I realized I had I made a big mistake by not arriving earlier! The band had instantly won me over and I will reach out to them about playing a show for us.

Next up was Worm Ouroboros. Once again I was blown away by this trio. The soothing sounds of the ambient guitar work flowed smoothly as the bass lines took me on a very dark and captivating road. If your not following them already, do yourself the favor.

Several minutes after 11:00 P.M the stage was finally set for Agalloch. They had a really cool backdrop with their logo on it. All members
took the stage as the first track of their latest album “Marrow of the Spirit” played through the P.A. Suddenly they blasted “Into the Painted Grey” and the crowd loved it, including myself. There appeared to be several issues with the sound, but after a few minutes of the crew scrambling to get it together Agalloch sounded better than ever. Agalloch played all the hits and more. I’ve never in all my years of going to concerts ever seen such an inspiring show. Apparently Agalloch guitarist has been popping strings in the 2 shows before the Chicago event, and last night they kept the tradition going! Guitarist Don Anderson pulled apart a string hanging from his guitar and tossed into the crowd. The band left the stage and I think it threw people off into thinking the show was over, but it was not. The band returned and delivered a few more of their always epic songs. By the time the show was over, it was very clear that the crowd wanted more. I only wish they would have responded to the chants of “One More Song” and delivered ‘Not Unlike The Waves”. Nonetheless, it was an amazing show with amazing line up.

I hope you enjoyed the review because I intend to do more in the future! If your not already following these bands, please do!
Special thanks to MPshows for putting together the event!

-Jorge

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