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Black Metal Act Immortal Plows Through Chicago

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It's only fitting, in an ironic way, that Immortal finally arrived in Chicago during a winter when my city was buried under two feet of snow. It's one of those coincidences that I'd have a much easier time appreciating if I wasn't trapped in my own home for four days a mere three weeks before the show. Despite taking almost a decade to return to the Windy City, Immortal was still worth the wait.

Unfortunately I missed all but the last two songs of Absu's set since the CTA thought it was a great idea to name two stops Ashland on the Green Line and I'd personally like to meet whoever was responsible for that decision, so that I can challenge that person to a bloody duel to the death suspended over a pit of lava with spiked clubs. I ended up taking the train in the exact opposite direction towards the second Ashland since jumping on the train saying that it was heading to the Ashland stop seemed like a great idea at the time. That whole ordeal managed to take up over an hour of my life since I ended up at the exact opposite end of Chicago that I wanted to be at. Thank you very much CTA. You really know how to create wonderful, memorable experiences.

Having never listened to Absu before and only being able to hear two songs, I still liked what the band played, which sounded like old-school eighties first wave black metal. It's a shame that I couldn't see more of them since Proscriptor was once the drummer of Melechesh, which was a big part of the reason why I was looking forward to seeing Absu in the first place.

On the bright side, I at least got to see Immortal's entire set and the act was worth it. Most of the songs played were from the band's two most recent albums, although there were some old favorites played like "Withstand the Fall of Time" and "Grim and Frotbitten Kingdoms." The latter sounded completely different live due to the lower guitar tunings used and the lack of distortion present on the studio version. This was a welcome break from all the band's other material sounding as close as possible to the band's albums.

After hearing the band mostly play newer material for an hour and a half, it was also refreshing to hear Immortal end the set with the classics "Blashyrkh" and "The Sun No Longer Rises." Of course it was still a given that some tracks for the older fans would be played seeing as how long it took for Immortal to return to do a proper American tour, just as much as it was certain that the band would be almost sold out of the highly memetic T-shirts that are bound to appear in future photoshops across all manner of image boards.

As far as I'm concerned, Immortal destroyed and hopefully it won't be another eight years before the band returns to my grim and frostbitten Windy City.

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Matt is a freelance writer living in Chicago, Illinois and a metalhead since 1999.

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1. Moloch writes:

I knew some fanboy would overblow this show, having no real defense against his infatuation for thrashing men, but here's the truth about metal in Chicago. I was at this show. It was overbooked, and you could barely move in there. The Bottom Lounge and Immortal's mangament should both be slapped repeatedly for this, especially considering tickets were $35 USD. Next was the piss poor sound and playing. Solos were a joke, and hearing might be a thing of the past for Abbath, being that the guitar was very out of tune. Lastly, I'd like to bash the Chicago crowd. An unending sea of fat morons trying to capture video and audio on their damn smartphones. (I was able to break two iPhones with great pleasure.) No slamming as usual, but a couple of lummox's did mangae to shove each other in short 30 second bursts throughout the show. Add to this the desperate need for these morons to constantly throw their hands up with the ever gay horns of metal, and the poser persona was complete. This show was nothing compared to the tour they did with Satyricon. That was truly a spectacle and the sound killed. Overall this show was a failure, but I digress, as it is always good to see an elite Norweigian band here. I guess more than anything I would like semi-retarded slouches like this "writer" to fight their urge to share with the world their juvenile, uneducated, and uninitiated blathering. I hate all of you. You are not the elite, you are not metal. You are the trash, and take refuge with the enemy. DIE

# Mar 4, 2011 @ 3:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. MetalFan420 writes:

Damn i wish Immortal came anywhere near me so i could attend a show. Moloch has some mommy issues it seems but i agree that everyone holding up their phone to take pictures pisses me off thats why i leave my iphone in the car/home. over crowding sux but what the hell is wrong with throwing horns to Immortal?

# Mar 4, 2011 @ 4:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. R Tenney writes:

Damn Moloch; tell us how you really feel. Holy sh**! The use of the word lummox was especially choice ! I know how you feel about all the douches with their smartphones and cameras trying to capture the moment. Annoying as f***. Everyone needs visual documentation nowadays. Oh well judging by your experience I'm glad I wasn't there!

# Mar 4, 2011 @ 4:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. The writer writes:

Dasher you suck balls!

# Mar 5, 2011 @ 1:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. RTB writes:

Late in the game here but i missed this tour for some reason...
The only legit opinions here that i value as far as the "staff" are the boss (DB),OZ,and X firuath..
But its just one opinion, and post1s another, although i did find that one a bit more entertaining

# Mar 5, 2011 @ 1:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Diamond Oz writes:

Thanks for the compliment RTB. I think perhaps people should cut Dasher some slack here though. While I would have liked to have read much more about the show and the venue etc. instead of trains and snow, he has still written an article in a way he saw fit. Furthermore, I think it's much harder to write a review of a live show and call it down the middle, because most of the shows we review are ones which we wanted to see and paid for with our own money, so we'd like to think we got a good show and therefore it can be difficult to write a review and not come across as a fan boy, or at least over hyping it.

# Mar 5, 2011 @ 2:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Dasher10 writes:

Moloch, I'm not above ripping on bands and musicians that I like. Did you ever read my review for Soulfly's Omen? It was the biggest turd of 2009 and I called it as such. I didn't get the sense that Immortal half-assed anything and that's what I usually take exception with.

And breaking people's iPHones simply isn't cool. Grow up.

# Mar 5, 2011 @ 6:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. KORNDOGG writes:

Post 1 is a joke! Let me guess, you were the only true metal fan there? Am I correct? Get over yourself you retard sh**bag! Break my smart phone and Id a broke your nose. Dont go to a concert if your going to do nothing but b**** about it, enjoy the experience because thats why you pay for it. Every concert is too packed, was this your first show in chicago? The bottom lounge is a dump, what did you expect?

# Mar 5, 2011 @ 6:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Chains writes:

Whoever put the first post...... wow you're really pathetic.

# Mar 5, 2011 @ 6:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. R Tenney writes:

Thinking Moloch fella is the atypical 30 something who lives in his moms basement. Underemployed;coddled ;and overprotected. Can't get along with others! Shoulda stayed at home @ listened to the sh** on headphones. The actual writing of the review wasn't bad it just didn't lend anything to the live aspect of the band. And who would write a review on a band they didn't like? Never seen Immortal. After reading the review @ comments from Moloch I'm thinking I don't really need to

# Mar 6, 2011 @ 10:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. hellrat writes:

i think the author and Modoch are in kahoots....the hole thing just sound way too fishy...

and i will have to agree with RT...though Cynic shows glimpses of promise here and there....still a bit young perhaps

\m/ IMMORTAL \m/

# Mar 6, 2011 @ 7:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. spiral_architect writes:

immortal's new dvd "the seventh date of blashyrkh" is a wicked visual document of a band that puts the evil in black metal. matt may be a fanboy, but moloch is simply a jerk. stay metal, my friends!

# Mar 10, 2011 @ 6:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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