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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Chicago Metal Scene

While Chicago has a reputation as a punk and hip hop town, there's still an active metal scene within the Windy City with some great gems that haven’t gotten nearly enough exposure. Even though Chicago may not have the same metal cred that Boston and Seattle have today, there is still a rawness and experimentation to Chicago metal fused into the scene's bloodstream. Less accessible than Gothenburg and nowhere near as technical as Montreal but certainly not lacking in creativity, the Chcago metal scene's mix of grittiness and experimentation has produced everything from Hewhocorrupts to Ministry to Nachtmystium and that same aesthetic is still alive in 2011 in any number of as yet undiscovered bands.

Now, as part of the Unearthing the Metal Underground series, Metal Underground.com presents three underground Chicago bands that deserve way more exposure and attention than they currently receive.

Blood of the Tyrant

Sounding like the bastard child of Black Sabbath and Mastodon, Blood of the Tyrant is an excellent example of progressive doom metal. While still only having one release to its name, released in 2008, Blood of the Tyrant is still one of Chicago's best unsigned bands, known for epic song lengths, impressive guitar solos and surprisingly energetic take on doom metal.


A newcomer to the Chicago scene, Strongman's death/groove sound, Strongman has the potential to really ignite Chicago's underground scene. With heavy chugging riffs that drive the music forward and enough midsong changes to keep the audience on its feet for a long time. Despite not having much material released as of yet, Strongman is going to be a band to watch.

Deus Absconditus

Avant Garde death metal with a stage show that includes nudity not only from the band but from the audience as well, and fronted by an English professor to boot, Deus Absconditus is one of Chicago's strangest metal bands and proud to be so. Releasing the “Demogorgon” EP in 2009, Deus Absconditus has been going strong ever since. Check out some of their music on the official Deus Absonditus Myspace page.

Keep an eye out next week for the next in metalunderground.com's Unearthing The Metal Undergound series for an in depth look at the red and anarchist black metal scene.

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

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