When: Sat., May 26, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Despite mountains of evidence to the contrary, it is in fact possible to pay tribute to the immortals of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead) without sounding like your dad's buddies laboring through a gig at Gus's Rib Shack in Palatine. On its self-released debut EP, Snow and Gold, Chicago four-piece Wizardcastle—whose very name conjures up images of spiked portcullises, demon familiars, and intrepid dragon slayers—constructs imposing turrets of dueling-guitar metal. At their most lightning-strike epic, Pat Cook and Jason Jones's Flying V licks and megareverbed vocals borrow from Dickinson and Danzig. The EP's best song, "10,000 Sword Salute," is a head-banging gallop that could soundtrack a medieval battle full of morning-star flails upside skulls and battle axes embedded in torsos—and the video for "Cobra Death" features several severed pig heads and blood splattering all over the place. Mission accomplished, guys. —Kevin Warwick Bible of the Devil headlines; Wizardcastle and Winterhawk open.
Price: $7 suggested donation