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September 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Angra at The Forge, September 20, 2018


Rebel Show


  • Professor Emeritus
  • Legacy Black
  • Guardsman

@The Forge (Joliet)
September 20
Doors = 6:30 pm
Show = 7:30 pm
All Ages
Tickets = $25-$75 ($28 at the door)


Angra was formed in 1991, picking up where Viper had left off playing neo-classical progressive metal. Singer Andre Matos left Viper after the Theatre of Fate album due to creative differences. Andre soon hooked up with guitarist Kiko Loureiro to form Angra; they were joined by bassist Luis Mariutti, guitarist Rafael Bittencourt, and drummer Marco Antunes. After a demo entitled Reaching Horizons, Antunes was replaced on drums by Ricardo Confessori. This completed the lineup for their first full-length album, Angels Cry, which met with critical and commercial success in Brazil and Europe. It was mostly a hard progressive metal set, slowing down only for a remake of Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights.” Two years later, in 1995, Angra recorded their second album, entitled Holy Land. While maintaining the same core sound as Angels Cry, Angra showed subtle Brazilian influences much more on Holy Land in the rhythms and backing vocals. Two EPs, Holy Live and Freedom Call, appeared between 1996 and 1997. The next album, Fireworks, released in 1998, is a more straight forward hard rock album. The classical influences from Angels Cry and the Brazilian influences from Holy Land are both gone, being replaced by straight forward metal. In 2001 longtime vocalist Andre Matos left the group and was replaced by Edu Falaschi. The resulting album, the prog/neo-classical metal Rebirth, was a return to form for the group. They followed that record’s success with Temple of Shadows in 2005. (Source)

Professor Emeritus

Home Town = Chicago, IL


Legacy Black

Image may contain: 4 people, people standing and indoorHome Town = Chicago, IL
Powerful, captivating, melancholy, adventurous. Legacy Black offers a dark, unique blend of rock and metal that draws influence from several other genres. The perfect balance of raw emotion, meaningful lyrics and strong instrumentation is ever-present in our music. We encourage anyone who is a fan of music to check out the live performances and recordings of Legacy Black that will be coming your way very soon. (Source)


Img 4777 edit 5The roots of Guardsman can be traced back to a dusty basement in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where brothers Steve and Rob Harwood spent their middle- and high-school years honing their chops by jamming out on everything from Megadeth to the Gin Blossoms and Rush to Johnny Cash. After years of informal collaboration under the name “Acta Vira,” the brothers recorded a five-song EP in 2015 before breaking away from the comfort of hometown Grand Rapids and regrouping in Chicago under their new name, Guardsman.

Arriving in a new city with nothing but their instruments and a self-produced EP, the duo set to work on the formidable task of breaking into the Windy City’s thriving metal community. “We didn’t have much success at first,” laughs Steve, “We couldn’t find a full band to play with so we’d just go to open mics and play acoustic stuff. Next thing we knew we were booking our first gigs in Chicago as an acoustic folk duo playing Irish bars.”

After a number of unsuccessful auditions, the pair eventually teamed up with guitarist Leo Garcia and officially released their five-song demo as The Awakening EP in September 2016. With the addition of bassist Carlos Valencia shortly after, Guardsman was finally ready to bring The Awakening EP to the stage with a handful of shows in late 2016, quickly establishing a reputation for tight, energetic live shows and receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans.

The Awakening EP is available as a free/name-your-price download on Guardsman’s official Bandcamp page. The band is currently playing shows throughout the Chicago area in support of The Awakening EP, and has already begun work on material for a full-length follow-up. (Source)


The Forge
22 W. Cass St.
Joliet, IL 60432 United States
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(815) 280-5246