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Three Beats: Deiphago play their first U.S. show at a Chicago metal fest

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Filipino black-metal band Deiphago
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METAL | Kim Kelly

What's sure to be one of the most blasphemous and blackened Chicago metal events of 2012 comes to Cafe Lura (3184 N. Milwaukee) on Sat 3/3. The Cathedral of the Black Goat fest brings eight national and international extreme-metal bands to the venue's small stage. The biggest draw is the first-ever North American performance by Filipino black-metal band Deiphago. Formed in 1989 and revered for their incredibly primitive wall-of-noise approach to black/death metal, Deiphago have put out two full-lengths (most recently 2009's Filipino Antichrist), several demos, and splits with the likes of Abigail and Necroholocaust. The band's latest is a split seven-inch of Discharge and Exploited covers with Ontario's Nuclearhammer, who also play at the Cathedral of the Black Goat. Vaz, drummer for Florida war-metal tyrants Black Witchery, will back founding Deiphago members Sidapa (guitar) and Voltaire 666 (vocals, bass) in a truly unholy alliance.

Further down the bill, established acts such as Black Witchery and Ohio black/death horde Manticore will be joined by newer bands, including Los Angeles cult Ritual Combat and crushing Nashville doom outfit Loss, whose 2011 album Despond (Profound Lore) earned rave reviews and more than a few spots on year-end best-of lists. Local bestial black-metal commandos Black Devotion kick off the evening, and the band's bassist and vocalist, Myrmydon Antichristus, is pulling double duty as the fest's mastermind. "Since the show is being played at Cafe Lura (the perfect underground atmosphere for an event of this magnitude) and the club is kind of small, I suggest that locals get there as early as possible if they expect to get in at all," Myrmydon says. "This exclusive Deiphago show on American soil will be drawing crowds of die-hard underground black-metal fans from all over the country. It is not known if Deiphago will be playing another live show in the U.S., and if they do it will not be for a while."

The fest is 21+, and tickets are available at Cafe Lura for $20—no presales. Doors are at 5 PM, and you'd be wise to heed Myrmydon's warning—don't be late for this upheaval of satanic might. The entire bill, headliner first, is Deiphago, Black Witchery, Nyogthaeblisz, Ritual Combat, Manticore, Loss, Nuclearhammer, and Black Devotion.

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