November 9 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm$25
- Black Anvil
@ The Forge (Joliet, IL)
Tickets = $25-$50
Mayhem are a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo long regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem’s career has been highly controversial, primarily due to their violent stage performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin (“Dead”) and 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth (“Euronymous”) by former member Varg Vikernes (“Count Grishnackh”), also of Burzum.
The group released a demo and an EP that were highly influential, and amassed a loyal following through sporadic and notorious live performances, attracting further attention through their ties to the string of Norwegian church burnings and the prominent incidents of violence surrounding them. They disbanded after Aarseth’s murder, shortly before the release of their debut album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, regarded as a classic of the black metal genre. Surviving former members Jan Axel Blomberg (“Hellhammer”), Jørn Stubberud (“Necrobutcher”) and Sven Erik Kristiansen (“Maniac”) reformed two years later with Rune Eriksen (“Blasphemer”) replacing Aarseth. Attila Csihar since replaced Kristiansen.
The band’s music strongly influenced the black metal genre and was instrumental in moving the wider metal scene away from the prevailing trend for speed metal. Their post-Aarseth material is characterised by increased experimentation. Mayhem’s most recent album, Ordo Ad Chao, received the Spellemannprisen award for Best Metal Album in 2007.
Immolation is a name long synonymous with the extreme music scene, delivering some of the most unique and creatively dark death metal the underground has witnessed over the past 28 years. 2017 will mark 29 years for Immolation and in February “Atonement” will prove that this is one band that does not look back, continuing to push the limits and remaining a vibrant force for the future of a genre they helped define.
Since the release of their debut album “Dawn of Possession” (Roadrunner) in 1991, Immolation has been paving their way down an ever evolving path of uncompromising musical devastation! Never a band to rely on their previous efforts, Immolation has continued album after album to refine and hone their most identifiable style and sound, creating some of the darkest and most adventurous death metal the scene has ever heard. With such classic albums as “Here In After”, “Failures for Gods”, and “Close To A World Below” (Metal Blade), as well as their more recent critically acclaimed releases, “Unholy Cult”, “Harnessing Ruin”, “Hope and Horror”(ep) and “Shadows In The Light” (Listenable/Century Media), the band has developed into one of the premier extreme acts of our time.
2010 saw the next step in Immolation’s evolution with its Nuclear Blast debut, “Majesty and Decay”. With the release of “Majesty and Decay” Immolation not only surpassed their previous releases musically, but had started a new chapter in their career with the added mix/mastering talents of Zack Ohren (Castle Ultimate Studios). Together with long-time producer Paul Orofino (Millbrook Sound Studios), the combination proved to be the key to some of the most powerful sounding Immolation material to date! Not only had Immolation taken their abilities so much further, with some of the most disheartening musical landscapes the band has ever created, but the sound and production was taken to new levels as well, unleashing all the unrelenting force the band truly offers! With their most solid production recorded at that time, accented by the remarkably stunning artwork of then newly recruited Par Olofsson, “Majesty and Decay” became an instant classic!
Not too long after, 2011 saw the release of Immolation’s second ever ep entitled “Providence” (Scion A/V). This five song ep of all new original tracks was released by Scion A/V (Toyota) as an online free download, available for fans worldwide. Free cds and vinyl were only available during the band’s U.S tour for this ep, making it an even more sought after release! Overall “Providence” proved again that the combination of Orofino & Ohren, with Par Olofsson once again at the artistic helm, was a team to keep! Production and artwork were once again some of the bands best. “Providence” was not just an ep, it proved to be a five song mammoth that found itself on some of the top release lists for that year! With Immolation creating an interesting collection of avant-garde, yet extremely catchy songs ”Providence” set the tone for where the band was heading, and a taste of what to expect from their next full length LP.
With 2013’s “Kingdom of Conspiracy”, the band took things to another level of intensity. With this, the band’s second full length record for Nuclear Blast, it was clear that Immolation had found themselves at their most refined and strongest point to date. “Kingdom of Conspiracy” was without a doubt their most complete, menacing, and grimmest culmination of musical madness the band had ever released! While conceptually taking a dim and bitter look at the realities of our world today, adding an Orwellian twist to its not so distant future, all our fears are soon realized in this soundtrack that mirrors our world more than we choose to accept. And with speeds and intensity beyond anything the band had recorded before, “Kingdom of Conspiracy” became an instant classic to both their fans and piers.
February 2017 will see the release of the bands 10th full length release and their third release on Nuclear Blast Records. “Atonement” is truly a defining moment for Immolation, having some of the most mournful orchestrations the band have dared to delve into, redefining themselves once again and coming out holding the torch high! An unrelenting collection of catchy, intense and darkly imaginative tracks, each song on “Atonement” is a testament to the pure style and creativity that makes Immolation who they are! Each song on this record is unique and different from the next, with each one incorporating so many of the classic Immolation elements that put this band in a league of their own when it comes to extreme metal. This is an album takes the listener on a musical journey that touches on all the extremes; the slow and heavy, the fast and savage and the dark and haunting. “Atonement” is hands down the band’s best produced release in their 28 year history. Recorded once again at Millbrook Sound Studios with producer Paul Orofino, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Castle Ultimate Studios), and once again featuring the amazing cover artwork of Par Olofsson along with additional artwork by the very talented Zbigniew Bielak, “Atonement” will have extreme music fans foaming at the mouth! With pinpoint accuracy and violent melodic prowess, and the dark lyrical content touching on the dark realities of humanity and the world we have created, the epic feel and dominating power delivered by “Atonement” is sure to please fans of death/black metal and all extreme music!
“Atonement” goes beyond all expectations and will leave its listeners crumbled on the ground in a pile of ash,…thanking Immolation for every minute it took them to get there!
Ross Dolan – bass/vocals
Robert Vigna – guitar
Steve Shalaty – Drums
Alex Bouks – guitar
Formed in 2007 in New York City, Black Metal troupe BLACK ANVIL released their debut album Time Insults the Mind on Monumentum/Reflections Records in September 2009, and later that year signed to renowned independent label Relapse Records. After a re-release of their acclaimed 2009 debut, BLACK ANVIL unleashed their first proper full-length Triumvirate in September 2010. Recorded with engineer ‘General’ George Fullan (The Rolling Stones, Dream Theater) at Mark ‘The Animal’ Mendoza’s (Twisted Sister) Diamond Drop Studio on Long Island, NY, Triumvirate received critical acclaim and was hailed as an “all-around monster metal album”. Pitchfork even stated, “Black Anvil’s an amazing live band… and their songwriting’s as strong as their stage presence.”
Triumvirate was followed in 2014 by Hail Death, a 70-minute journey of intensity that further established BLACK ANVIL as a modern Black Metal powerhouse and was praised by publications including Noisey, Pitchfork, Stereogum, MetalSucks, and many more. Constantly bringing their live ritual to the masses, BLACK ANVIL have participated in numerous high profile tours with Black Metal legends such as Mayhem, Watain, Inquisition, Urfaust and Marduk plus dates with Aura Noir, Nachtmystium, Immortal, Eyehategod, Cannibal Corpse and many others. Additionally, the band has appeared at various festivals including the Scion Rock Fest, Beyond The Gates in Bergen, Norway and the renowned Roadburn Festival in The Netherlands.
Now, BLACK ANVIL return with As Was, the staggering 50-minute follow-up to 2014’s Hail Death. Atmospheric and melodic without relenting on any of the ferocity BLACK ANVIL have always been known for, As Was seamlessly weaves through eight monumental passages of extreme metal art. More diverse, complex, and thought-provoking than anything they’ve done before, As Was is a stellar representation of modern Black Metal, and of BLACK ANVIL’s continuous progression and songcraft. Featuring cover art by Metastazis (Behemoth, Watain, Morbid Angel) and recorded at Menegroth by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Panopticon) with mixing and mastering done by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Tribulation, Funeral Mist, Watain).
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