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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