The evil, true-to-form metal trio from California tops the bill of the Mother’s Day Massacre concert in the Windy City.

It does not matter if it is a Sunday evening, Mother’s Day, and everyone has work in the morning. If sweet, shadowy metal music comes through Chicago, then fans will certainly congregate.

Kicking off the three-band lineup of the Mother’s Day Massacre show at the lounge of Reggie’s Rock Club came Salt Lake City’s mighty Visigoth. This power / heavy metal group made every patron rise and cheer. With only one LP in their catalogue to date on the Metal Blade Records label, the band’s widespread appeal and underground virality shined on through the screaming crowd. Even with just one album, the band had devoted fans at the show who knew the lyrics to every tune.

Next up to bat came Detroit’s, Against the Grain. They tout their style of, “Motor City Speed-Rock.” Words could not sum up their style more succinctly. The four-piece comes armed with a leadman who strums out bass chords on his Rickenbacker in a method similar to that of the great Lemmy Kilmister. The band maintains stonerific grooves and then revs up the throttle into rock n’ roll blasts of fury. They are the soundtrack to your next speeding ticket.

Finally, came Ventura, California’s Night Demon. Cool, blue lights and smoke filled the room as the trio took to the stage. Their banner hung behind the drummer, depicting a demonic figure with glowing, piercing, red eyes. The band shredded the night away with an extensive set that included tracks such as, “Screams in the Night,” and “Full Speed Ahead.”

In the end, the Sunday night show was a well-rounded dose of the true heavy metal that Chicagoans crave.

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