Author: Jenafur Schlangen

Chicago Open Air Festival 2016 – A Recap

Chicago Open Air Festival 2016 was by far more than just your average live concert festival, it was an entire event that literally catered to the metal music lifestyle.  Catering to metal and industrial music lovers, this event clocked in more than 75,000 fans in attendance during its three-day stint at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, just southwest of Chicago.  But, just as producers of Chicago Open Air Festival(Danny Wimmer Presents) had envisioned, the “festival” was much more of an experience for fans, rather than simply taking a seat and watching a few bands rock a stage or two. ...

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The Hong Kong Sleepover – What You See is What You Regret (2015)

The Hong Kong Sleepover – What You See is What You Regret (2015) DVD review by Jenafur Schlangen This heavy-hitting four-piece group is a self-described “Miller Highlife fueled heavy metal band,” and they are fast becoming a recognizable name in the music industry, all while having already gained an impressive fan base with zero label support…as of yet. Coming together in 2007, in Macomb, Illinois, these mid-western good ‘ol boys, have successfully released and sold two full length albums and a five-track EP. Their latest release is their first DVD option entitled, “What You See is What You Regret”...

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Chevelle: Nutcracker 2014

Expo Gardens – Peoria, IL, USA – December 19, 2014 Story by Jenafur Schlangen Let’s face it, there are just some live music experiences that will have been well worth the wait while others are simply a complete and utter fail. You know exactly what I’m talking about: It’s that band you just heard on the radio for the first time and loved, the one who you have been raving about to all of your friends, the one you convince those same friends to buy concert tix for a show that is miles away, and yes…the one that, in the end, thoroughly sucks ass live. Yes, that one. Well, you can rest assured knowing that Chevelle is NOT that band. One thing I admire about Chevelle is the level of longevity and consistency they have displayed within their career span and there is no sense of them stopping anytime soon.  Truly, this 3-piece powerhouse has been shoving millions of their albums in the faces of their fans for the past 12 years and on at a steady pace at that.  Yet, although they tend to tour all over the world, they seem to rarely make an appearance in their hometown area of Chicago.  In terms of their sound, their style is simply gut rattling, chalk full of drums and bass, accompanied by vocals that are a mix of innocence...

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Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare

Odeum Expo Center – Villa Park, Il, USA – September 26, 2014 Review by Jenafur Schlangen ‘Tis the season for ghosts and ghouls and that is exactly what I encountered while attending opening night of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare, on September 26th at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois. The spectacle runs until November 2nd, and is everything you would expect from a nightmarish Rob Zombie produced event. However, don’t expect a live performance from the man himself, as he only performed on opening night to kick off the festivities…but, I’ll go into that more below. Being the type of person who does not frequent the haunted house scene, I had spent the entire day researching videos or testimonials that would provide me with some sort of insight as to what was awaiting me. I needed a leg up as I was truly afraid. Once I arrived at the Odeum Expo Center, I first saw the line of people waiting to get in…a normal sight for an event such as this. But, it was the flames and sparks that were shooting outward from that line that got my heart racing. As I walked up to the awaiting crowd, there were several performers, all scantily clad, standing atop demolished cars and rusty old oil barrels, throwing flames or pressing spark grinders onto their groins. It was awesome....

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