Showing posts with label Bloodiest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bloodiest. Show all posts

Friday, June 15, 2012

Bruce Lamont-Clark Kent of The Metal World (Upcoming Gigs)

 LZ2 at HOB Chicago January 2012

Chicago's own Bruce Lamont is Fearless Frontman by night, and Mild Mannered Mixologist....also by night.   

By day you're likely to find him at a Sox game.

Check out his metal magic with Yakuza, Bloodiest, A Corporate Death, Solo and even Led Zeppelin 2.

His costume (or lack thereof) was so complete with his transformation to Robert Plant, that I didn't even recognize him when I shot their set at Do Division last year!   

It wasn't till some music industry friends clued me in that I went back and checked out the shots and realized it was true!  


Check out our original photo filled coverage from LZ2's sold out January gig at House of Blues Chicago by clicking right here.

He's got a superman worthy summer schedule too.   Catch him live: 

Led Zeppelin 2--Tomorrow-Saturday, 6/16/12
South Side Chi-Town in Merrionette Park
Buy tickets:
Only $5!!

Led Zeppelin 2 tore it up for sold out shows from Chicago to Texas earlier this year, and now they're coming back for more! 
Timeout New York: "Led Zeppelin 2 is far and away the best Zep band around."
Dallas Observer: "...the closest thing to seeing the real Led Zeppelin."
Atlanta's Backstage Beat: ": “...such authentic raw flair, the entire crowd bought it, no questions lingering… It was nasty… hard to believe how balls out fantastic they are."

Visit for more info!

    • Bloodiest at Lincoln Hall--Saturday, June 23, 2012 9pm

  • Yes, the rumors are true -- this will be be Del Rey's last* real headlining show before going on an extended hiatus.

  • After spending the better part of 15 years as one of Chicago's most formidable space-art-math-post-whatever-rock outfits, the band will be taking a break of unknown duration.

  • So come on out and bask in the cosmic soundscapes and epic odysseys that Del Rey has made its trademark while you still can. We'll also be previewing some material from a yet-to-be-released new recording that's currently in the works.

  • We're very honored to be sharing this momentous occasion with Bloodiest (metal-meets-psychedelia-via-early-AmRep) and Ken Camden (spaced-out guitar explorations).

  • (* The band reserves the right to get back together whenever it damn well pleases, thank you very much.)


We're still editing, but we will have loads of live video and stills from the last Bloodiest Empty Bottle show up in the near future.   Live, they lead the listeners on a haunting, eerie and intense journey.   Their sound is primal, heavy, meditative and entirely compelling.   This music resonates on the molecular level.   Go.  


As fun and excellent as LZ2 is, Yakuza is the real deal!   They're honestly
one of my favorite local bands, and I see and review and shoot a LOT of bands.  What they are doing is unique and addictive.   I can't remember who turned me on to their stuff back in the day.  I was saying how much I adore sax with a heavier edge and how there should be a setting on Pandora to search out new/similar bands for punk/metal with sax, when my friend said, you've gotta check out Yakuza, then.   I caught them at a rare metal show at The Hideout where Bruce was doing the hair band/head bang thing and got his hair wrapped around and stuck on the strands of Christmas lights.   He stoically finished the song, then got a little help from his friends to get free.   I was hooked.   Since then we've seen & shot stills at their shows numerous times all over town--most recently at Reggie's.   Their music is amazing, and doubly so live.

I was telling this friend that I only half jokingly told my young kids they should grow up and make mama proud by learning the sax and forming a punk/metal band.   My grandfather played and so did my little sister.   So far, the 9 year old's rocking the guitar and my 11 year old son's learning drums.   

Weirdly enough, though, I recently did a video interview with the drummer, Alexei from Prong, who said he played sax, too.   And the same scenario happened in our video interview with the band,  The Royal Baths.   Their drummer also plays sax.  His parents flew in for their Empty Bottle Show and outed him.....much to the surprise of his bandmates, who only knew him as a drummer.  Not that I ever ask that as an interview just came up in conversation.  

So stoked we have Yakuza to break the sound barrier and pave the way for more avant-garde metal!

Help Locally--Yakuza Doc Kickstarter Campaign needs a serious kick in the ass!!   Pony up--this will be one for the archives and you can say YOU made it happen.   Click here for full kickstarter details.   Going till 6/23.   

local filmmaker Justin Baron has been working off and on for almost a decade on a documentary about local metal group Yakuza, whose integration of jazzlike elements—front man Bruce Lamont plays a variety of saxophones—has made them a tough sell for mainstream metal audiences. The archetypal "band's band," they seem to have made fans out of half the metal musicians in the world, but without earning widespread popularity.
"I just feel called to do this," Baron explains, "and whatever that means for me, I have to incur the cost of that life decision to make this happen, you know?" He's currently putting the finishing touches on the doc, entitled Be That as It May: Yakuza's Seismic Consequence; it combines footage of the group in the studio recording 2010's Of Seismic Consequence (Profound Lore), live clips, and interviews with high-profile Yakuza fans, among them Greg Kot, Jim DeRogatis, modern-jazz heavyweight Ken Vandermark, and members of Mastodon, Celtic Frost, Neurosis, Municipal Waste, and more. 
A couple weeks ago Baron launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,500, hoping to pay for the editing, postproduction, manufacturing, and distribution of the film. The campaign runs till Sat 6/23, and incentives range from a thank-you e-mail from Baron (for a $5 donation) to one of Lamont's saxes (for $3,500). Baron says all the work he's put into the movie so far has been worth it, just for the experiences he's had in the burgeoning Chicago metal scene. "There's something going on right now, and Yakuza is definitely a big part of that," he says. "I just sort of felt like Charles Peterson from the 90s Sub Pop grunge era." 

ChiIL Live Shows past coverage:

Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza) & Winters in Osaka at Empty Bottle-Show Photos/Metal 

Macabre-*Yakuza-Novembers Doom-*A Corporate Death (show photos/metal) 

*also Bruce Lamont

Friday, April 20, 2012

4/20 Means Metal in Chi-Town Tonight at Cobra Lounge & Empty Bottle

 photo credit:   Freeman Promotions

Prong-live at Cobra Lounge TONIGHT.   ChiIL Live Shows will be there...will YOU?   We'll be shooting stills and have a full review up shortly.

Prong Premiere New Song on Noisecreep 

New Album Carved Into Stone In Stores April 24th on Long Branch Records

Check out the exclusive premiere of "Ammunition" courtesy of Noisecreep HERE.

PRONG are currently on tour with Crowbar and Witchburn, in support of their forthcoming release Carved Into Stone which is set for an April 24th release date on Long Branch Records, a division of SPV.

The song "Eternal Heat" is streaming courtesy of Metal Insider.

PRONG has completed work on their Long Branch Records debut with producer Steve Evetts.  PRONG (whose lineup includes bassist Tony Campos and drummer Alexei Rodriguez) has taken a major step forward in their constantly evolving brand of sonic schematics.

Carved into Stone is quintessentially PRONG. It stretches into the band's earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on New York's Lower East Side to the present as a staple of today's post-metal and rock scenes.

PRONG recently unveiled the tracklisting and the album art for Carved Into Stone. The artwork was created by Vance Kelly (Down, The Sword)

Carved Into Stone Tracklisting
1) Eternal Heat
2) Keep on Living in Pain
3) Ammunition
4) Revenge ... Best Served Cold
5) State of Rebellion
6) Put Myself to Sleep
7) List of Grievances
8) Carved Into Stone
9) Subtract
10) Path of Least Resistance
11) Reinvestigate

With Crowbar and Witchburn:

4/20: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
4/21: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's

4/22: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In 
4/23: Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music Hall
4/24: Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
4/27: Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch*
4/28: Temecula, CA @ The Vault*
4/30: Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones*

*PRONG headlines

Noisecreep says:
On April 24, Prong will release Carved Into Stone, the post-metal pioneering band's eighth studio album. Produced by Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die), founding vocalist/guitarist Tommy Victor commented about the album, "It was hardest I've ever worked in the studio on any record I've ever been involved with."

"I always believed there were many dimensions to Prong," says Victor. "Every record we've been associated with different scenes - hardcore, metal, industrial - even dance! I think this record brings all of that together and sounds very modern at the same time."

In this Noisecreep exclusive, we're proud to bring you the exclusive premiere of "Ammunition," a track off of Carved Into Stone. The song is a lean and mean slab of riffy metal that will have you air-guitaring at your desk within seconds!

*Check out ChiIL Live Shows pit photos of Dillinger Escape Plan from their show on 11/11/11 opening for Mastodon at The Vic right here.  

For more info visit:

Cobra Lounge is sold out for tonight

If you missed out, head over to Empty Bottle instead (or after).  Bloodiest goes on at midnight and ChiIL Live Shows will be shooting there as well!

Click here for all the Bloodiest details
Fri Apr 20 2012 10:00 PM
$8 (advance), $10

Get a free mp3 download from Bloodiest! After your purchase you’ll get a link to download "Fallen". Enjoy!

Featuring members of 90 DAY MEN, ATOMBOMBPOCKETKNIFE, STERLING, and YAKUZA – BLOODIEST continuously blow our minds and our eardrums with the menacing and malevolent classical and drone inspired metal found on their debut Descent, an album whose LP release we are celebrating to night.  

Trebuchet Magazine says a listen to the LP will leave you “almost comatose. After returning to a normal state of mind a few minutes after the album has finished, uncurling from the fetal position on the floor you’ll find yourself in if you have truly been listening, the only thing that will come to mind is simply, ‘What the fuck was that?””  

That can only mean fantastic things when churned out on the Empty Bottle stage.  To gear you up for the auditory beating, we are excited to welcome back PLANETSEXPLODER celebrating a release of their own – an EP they’ll have available at the show that lives up to their reputation for being so loud they were asked to relocate out of their old practice space so as not to upset the neighbors.  WINTERS IN OSAKA return to open here tonight -  having gone past their punk influenced noise roots, the outfit is now creating quieter, spookier ambient/drone music and has added members of HARPOON and BONGRIPPER to the fold.   

If you’re looking to have your mind shattered this 4.20, this is where you need to be.

With special guest: Lagunitas Brewing Company! Celebrating 4.20 with a Tap Takeover of these flavor-packed Draft Offerings:

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin Sumpin
Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
Lagunitas Dog Town Pale Ale
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale
Lagunitas India Pale Ale
Lagunitas Maximus Ale
Lagunitas Pilsner
Lagunitas Waldo

*Lagunitas IPA is seriously my fav beer, though I could be talked into A Little Sumpin Sumpin, too.   

Monday, April 9, 2012

Play Locally-April Highlights: Theatre Openings, Music and #Giveaways

It's an eventful, event filled April in Chi-Town. 

Scroll All The Way Down For A Month Full of Adult & Family Friendly Highlights Below Including 21+ punk & metal shows, Ticket Give Aways, original video interviews, live kids' show footage, Beat Kitchen Concerts for Kids, Bloodiest vinyl release, C2E2, CIMMfest 2012, Human Nature The Motown Show, 20 FREE copies of Just Kids book by Patti Smith, Prong, recommended bands at Cobra
Lounge & Empty Bottle, Reggies, Schubas, & Sub-T, Theatre openings, CD releases, and more:


Sunday 4/15   Beat Kitchen's Concerts for Kids features The Boogers (Ramones style punk for the punk kin) at noon.   ChiIL Mama's stoked to sponsor the series aimed at birth through 10 year olds with parents.   Infants are free.   Everyone else is just $6!   Win 4 free tickets right here, to see The Boogers.   We pick new winners weekly and have 4 free tickets to all kids' shows at Beat Kitchen and many other venues throughout Chicago.   Then check out ChiIL Mama's YouTube Channel for loads of live Boogers show footage and our exclusive video interview with the band.

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