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March 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm$20 – $25
Righteous Vendetta, w/:
- Lacey Sturm
Specializing in a muscular, tech-heavy blend of metalcore and melodic hard rock that’s drawn comparisons to bands like Between the Buried and Me, As I Lay Dying, For Today, and Killswitch Engage, Cody, Wyoming-based Christian metal quintet Righteous Vendetta formed in 2008 around the talents of vocalist Ryan Hayes, drummer Isaiah Perez, bass player Matt Neddermeyer, and guitarists Justin Olmstead and Carl Heiman. The group toured extensively and issued a pair of well-received, hard-hitting albums (The Dawning  and Lawless ) through Red Cord Records. By 2013’s more hook-oriented The Fire Inside, the lineup had shifted to a unit built around Hayes, Olmstead, and Heiman, plus drummer Zack Goggins and bassist Riley Haynie. Fourth album Cursed followed in 2017 on Century Media. (source)
Post-grunge outfit RED first got their start in Pennsylvania playing contemporary Christian covers to area youth groups. They soon grew tired of pop songs, however, and began crafting their own hard-edged rock tunes that often confronted personal issues from their lives. According to lead singer Mike Barnes, the name RED was chosen as a symbol “for the blood of Christ and what it represents: passion, pain, but ultimately, redemption.” Comprising Barnes, Jasen Rauch (guitar), Hayden Lamb (drummer), and identical twins Anthony Armstrong (guitar/vocals) and Randy Armstrong (bass/piano/vocals), the group cited influences from bands like Chevelle, Linkin Park, and Muse.
End of Silence Spearheaded by the single “Breathe into Me,” RED’s first nationally distributed album, End of Silence, was released in June 2006 on Essential Records. Always wanting to directly connect with fans through their energetic live show, the band spent the summer touring nationwide, including dates at multiple festivals. A van crash put injured drummer Hayden Lamb on the sidelines for their 2007 headlining tour, but RED soldiered on — gaining mass appeal with their rapidly growing CCM fanbase. Later in 2007, the band took home the Rock Recorded Song of the Year award at the 38th annual GMA Dove Awards. Innocence & Instinct appeared in 2009, followed by Release the Panic early in 2013. A remix version of the latter LP, Release the Panic: Recalibrated, preceded the arrival of the group’s fifth studio long-player, 2015’s Of Beauty and Rage, which was promoted with a graphic novel telling the story behind the album. September 2017 saw the band drop a pair of singles, “Still Alive” and “Losing Control,” in anticipation of the release of the full-length Gone, which arrived later that October. (Source)
Lacey Sturm (nee Mosley) rose to fame in the early aughts with the hard rock band Flyleaf. Her distinctive voice and shiver-inducing screams helped propel Flyleaf to multi-platinum success with hard rock hits “I’m So Sick” and “I’m Sorry.” With the band, she released three albums and an EP before amicably parting ways in 2012 to focus on family and faith. As a solo artist, she contributed a number of songs to wide-ranging beneficiaries, from the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack (2012’s “Heavy Prey”) to a compilation inspired by Christian evangelist Billy Graham (2013’s “The Reason” and “Mercy Tree”). In 2014, she released her first book, a memoir titled The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living (Baker Books) about her spiritual journey and Christian faith. The forward was written by Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch, himself a vocal evangelical Christian, who, along with Sturm, is part of the Whosoevers, a youth-focused positivity movement that also counts P.O.D.’s Sonny Sandoval as a member. A year after her book debuted, Sturm returned to her hard rock roots, recording her debut LP, Life Screams, with husband/guitarist Josh Sturm, Skillet’s Korey Cooper, and ex-Evanescence member David Hodges. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sturm’s solo support was rounded out by Tom Gascon on drums and Ben Hull on bass. First single “Impossible” combined her unmistakable voice — a howling member of the Karen O, Brody Dalle, and Amy Lee pantheon — with chugging blasts of guitar that will be familiar to her Flyleaf fan base. Life Screams was released in February 2016. (Source)
- March 4, 2018
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
- $20 – $25
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- Chicago concerts, Chicago concerts in 2018, Chicago shows, Chicago Shows in 2018, Concerts, concerts in 2018, Heavy Metal, Lacey Sturm, metal, Red, Righteous Vendetta, The Castle Theater, the castle theatre