When: Sat., Dec. 22, 8 p.m. 2012
Local death-metal stalwarts Macabre have been wading through the scene's bloody trenches since 1985, and for more than a decade they've hosted a holiday show for people who dislike treacle and prefer a more . . . coppery taste to their holiday feasts. They can be counted on to play a long, intense set tonight, filled with their gruesome killing jokes, and fans who don't already know most of the words ought to be able to pick them up quickly—the songs have an infectious sing-along quality, despite (or because of) their morbid subject matter. Macabre are returning from a European tour, and they've just released a beautifully nasty new six-song EP, Slaughter Thy Poser, with triple gatefold artwork by Chicago's Eva Flora—you can't go wrong with tunes called "Ed Gein" and "Dr. Holmes (He Stripped Their Bones)." Macabre's 15th annual Holiday of Horror is also a reunion show for another long-running Chicago band, Avernus, founded in '92 but barely active for most of the aughts (and broken up for the past few years). They'll be highlighting material from their many underrated demos, most notably 1994's Sadness. —Monica Kendrick Avernus, Stone Magnum, and Jar'd Loose open.