Scorched Tundra VIII, Oxbow, Behold! The Monolith, RLYR [Pelican / Locrian / Bloodiest]

Sun Sep 3 2017

9:00 PM

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1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Ages 21+

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Over the 30 years of OXBOW's operations, no one has come comfortably close to classifying the Bay Area group. This could arguably be the result of their ongoing evolution, but accurately describing any particular phase of the groups’ seven-album career is no easier than describing the broader metamorphic arc of their creative path. This is especially true with their seventh album The Thin Black Duke, where OXBOW's elusive brand of harmonic unrest has absorbed the ornate and ostentatious palate of Baroque pop into its sound, pushing their polarized dynamics into a scope that spans between sublime an completely unnerving.

As throughout its history, OXBOW grapples with channeling man’s most primal urges through a framework of meticulous, culture and cerebral instrumentation, but the unadulterated electric roar and percussive barbarism of their past wasn’t as wholly satisfactory as it had been. Other flavors were deemed necessary, both to slake unnamed thirsts and to suitably fit The Thin Black Duke’s lyrical themes, while also exploring the further reaches of Oxbow’s studied approach to tension and release, structure and dissonance, melody and abstraction.

Led by multi-instrumentalist Dan Adams (bass), guitarist Niko Wenner and vocalist, lyricist, and author Eugene S. Robinson, OXBOW is known for its extremely intense and at times confrontational live performances. The bands headline appearance at Scorched Tundra VIII marks the bands first appearance in Chicago in almost ten years.

BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH was formed in 2007 by guitarist Matt Price and bassist/vocalist Kevin McDade. As a trio – inspired by death, doom, and thrash metal - the Los Angeles based group released an EP and self-titled debut followed by the Billy Anderson produced sophomore full length Defender, Redeemist. Following the sudden passing of McDade and regrouping period, BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH returned as a four piece, self-releasing Architects of the Void to domestic and international acclaim. The band toured Europe with CHRCH and BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH 2016, including an appearance at the legendary Roadburn Festival. BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH continued its destruction in the American West - performing at Psycho Vegas – and capping the year off by showcasing the latest addition to its ranks, vocalist Ekaterina Gorbacheva, at Southwest Terror V. Scorched Tundra VIII marks the first BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH's first Chicago appearance.

RLYR is a Chicago-based instrumental trio founded in 2013. Featuring Trevor Shelley de Brauw (PELICAN), Colin DeKuiper (BLOODIEST, ex-RUSSIAN CIRCLES), and STEVEN HESS (Locrian) the band released its debut album Delayer in June 2016 via Magic Bullet Records. Known for its energetic live performances, RLYR has quickly made a name for itself across the Midwest and East Coast, touring with CLOAKROOM and YOUNG WIDOWS, while locally supporting COLISEUM, DEAFHEAVEN, MUTOID MAN and more. Following the band's Do Division performance in early June, they've begun recording new material to be released by The Flenser.

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Scorched Tundra VIII featuring Oxbow / Behold! The Monolith / RLYR [Pelican / Locrian / Bloodiest]

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  • Scorched Tundra VIII

    Scorched Tundra VIII

    Metal

    Scorched Tundra was created in 2011 as another platform for me to promote – while giving the metal community easier access to – bands that I consider to be making interesting and innovative metal music. Each year’s lineup is dynamic, with exclusive performances, at an affordable price. Scorched Tundra is diametrically opposed to other festivals because the objective is not to highlight a specific scene or book the usual suspects who play every metal festival. I approach the curation of this festival much like hanging paintings in a gallery: certain aspects of each painting are enhanced or muted depending on the order in which the paintings are hung. Each year I do my best to place all of the bands playing Scorched Tundra in a slot that will enhance their strengths, instead of placing them based in order of how much they are paid or what their stature may dictate. The showcase is therefore a meticulously curated experience that draws audiences and bands from all over the world to Gothenburg and Chicago.

    Scorched Tundra is NOT the work of a large organization, agency, or corporation. It is one man’s vision turned into reality. Join me.

    -Alexi Front
    June 14, 2017

  • Oxbow

    Oxbow

    Alternative Rock

    Over the 30 years of Oxbow’s operations, no one has come comfortably close to classifying the Bay Area group. This could arguably be the result of Oxbow’s ongoing evolution, but accurately describing any particular phase of the groups’ seven-album career is no easier than describing the broader metamorphic arc of their creative path. This is especially true with their seventh album Thin Black Duke, where Oxbow’s elusive brand of harmonic unrest has absorbed the ornate and ostentatious palate of baroque pop into their sound, pushing their polarized dynamics into a scope that spans between sublime and completely unnerving. This is new musical territory for all parties involved.

    As throughout their history, Oxbow grapples with channeling man’s most primal urges through a framework of meticulous, cultured, and cerebral instrumentation. But the unadulterated electric roar and percussive barbarism of their past work wasn’t as wholly satisfactory as it had been in the past. Other flavors were deemed necessary and called into play, both to slake unnamed thirsts and to suitably fit the Thin Black Duke’s lyrical themes, but also to explore the further reaches of Oxbow’s studied approach to tension and release, structure and dissonance, and melody and abstraction.

    “Certainly we all became increasingly aware that none of us are getting younger,” says guitarist Niko Wenner. Recognizing one’s own mortality can render one’s art to the ranks of ephemera, but Oxbow lashed out at such notions. “For this record I wanted to go even further in the way we always make recordings, as music that hangs together over an entire album, 'large scale coherence' if you will,” Wenner says of his compositional strategy. “I was inspired by pieces like Bach's Goldberg Variations and the formal technique in classical music where a small idea, a kernel, is reiterated, morphed, expanded and truncated, to make a piece of music permeated with the potent perfume of that small element.”

    Consequently, the attentive ear will notice recurring musical phrases and motifs throughout Thin Black Duke. Noticing such details isn’t necessary to absorb and appreciate the album, but as Wenner suggests, “I think I'm not the only one that finds a visceral satisfaction when you can look into something you like deeper, and deeper, and find more and more there.”

  • Behold! The Monolith

    Behold! The Monolith

    Music

  • RLYR [Pelican / Locrian / Bloodiest]

    RLYR [Pelican / Locrian / Bloodiest]

    Pop

    An instrumental trio from Chicago with Trevor Shelley de Brauw, Steven Hess, Colin DeKuiper

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Scorched Tundra VIII featuring Oxbow / Behold! The Monolith / RLYR [Pelican / Locrian / Bloodiest]

Sun Sep 3 2017 9:00 PM

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Scorched Tundra VIII, Oxbow, Behold! The Monolith, RLYR [Pelican / Locrian / Bloodiest]
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Ages 21+

Over the 30 years of OXBOW's operations, no one has come comfortably close to classifying the Bay Area group. This could arguably be the result of their ongoing evolution, but accurately describing any particular phase of the groups’ seven-album career is no easier than describing the broader metamorphic arc of their creative path. This is especially true with their seventh album The Thin Black Duke, where OXBOW's elusive brand of harmonic unrest has absorbed the ornate and ostentatious palate of Baroque pop into its sound, pushing their polarized dynamics into a scope that spans between sublime an completely unnerving.

As throughout its history, OXBOW grapples with channeling man’s most primal urges through a framework of meticulous, culture and cerebral instrumentation, but the unadulterated electric roar and percussive barbarism of their past wasn’t as wholly satisfactory as it had been. Other flavors were deemed necessary, both to slake unnamed thirsts and to suitably fit The Thin Black Duke’s lyrical themes, while also exploring the further reaches of Oxbow’s studied approach to tension and release, structure and dissonance, melody and abstraction.

Led by multi-instrumentalist Dan Adams (bass), guitarist Niko Wenner and vocalist, lyricist, and author Eugene S. Robinson, OXBOW is known for its extremely intense and at times confrontational live performances. The bands headline appearance at Scorched Tundra VIII marks the bands first appearance in Chicago in almost ten years.

BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH was formed in 2007 by guitarist Matt Price and bassist/vocalist Kevin McDade. As a trio – inspired by death, doom, and thrash metal - the Los Angeles based group released an EP and self-titled debut followed by the Billy Anderson produced sophomore full length Defender, Redeemist. Following the sudden passing of McDade and regrouping period, BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH returned as a four piece, self-releasing Architects of the Void to domestic and international acclaim. The band toured Europe with CHRCH and BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH 2016, including an appearance at the legendary Roadburn Festival. BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH continued its destruction in the American West - performing at Psycho Vegas – and capping the year off by showcasing the latest addition to its ranks, vocalist Ekaterina Gorbacheva, at Southwest Terror V. Scorched Tundra VIII marks the first BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH's first Chicago appearance.

RLYR is a Chicago-based instrumental trio founded in 2013. Featuring Trevor Shelley de Brauw (PELICAN), Colin DeKuiper (BLOODIEST, ex-RUSSIAN CIRCLES), and STEVEN HESS (Locrian) the band released its debut album Delayer in June 2016 via Magic Bullet Records. Known for its energetic live performances, RLYR has quickly made a name for itself across the Midwest and East Coast, touring with CLOAKROOM and YOUNG WIDOWS, while locally supporting COLISEUM, DEAFHEAVEN, MUTOID MAN and more. Following the band's Do Division performance in early June, they've begun recording new material to be released by The Flenser.