Chicago’s own ANATOMY OF HABIT will be closing tonight’s show, shoving even more harsh noise down your tinnitus-ridden earholes. Formed in Chicago in 2008, AoH is composed of some of the city's finest musicians: MARK SOLOTROFF (Bloodyminded) on vocals, SKYLER ROWE (RASH, MUTE DUO) on drums, THEO KATSAOUNIS (Joan of Arc) on percussion, KENNY RASMUSSEN (ex-Radar Eyes) on bass, and WILL LINDSAY (Indian) on guitar. Their 2014 Relapse debut, Ciphers + Axioms, is an intensely terrifying, tranced-out post-metal noise-rock masterpiece. Fronted by noise icon Solotoroff's baritone vocal poetics, ANATOMY OF HABIT trudges through two twenty-plus minute epics of tensely monolithic walls of guitar and percussion, staking their claim amongst SWANS and NEUROSIS as being one of the most unique and truly gifted post-metal heavy bands of our time.
It's been over two years since Chicago post-metal staples DEL REY last graced our stage -- we thought they'd broken up, but here they are again. With two drummers, three guitarists and no vocals, DEL REY break through the rafters and fly through the skies of Chicago on brooding yet ethereal clouds of distortion.
MATT JENCIK is an ambient-drone artist who also currently plays guitar in the band IMPLODES.