Carcass, Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis, Psycroptic | Pearl Room | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Carcass, Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis, Psycroptic All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sun., March 15, 4 p.m. 2009

There is no metal band more quintessentially metal than Carcass. During their original run in the late 80s and early 90s they helped establish the template for grindcore, add vital elements like the blastbeat to metal’s vocabulary, and set new standards for blood-and-guts shock imagery. (They were also, despite their image, one of the first metal bands to explicitly espouse vegetarianism.) Carcass disbanded in 1996 without ever pandering to a crossover audience or over-­merchandising themselves, so that unlike Metallica and Slayer their reputation isn’t tarnished—though they signed with Columbia late in their career, they butted heads with the label and released the record it paid for on Earache instead. Carcass are still so well respected that when they reunited in 2008 barely anyone cried “sellout,” even though founding drummer Ken Owen wasn’t aboard. (He suffered a brain hemorrhage in 1999 and still can’t play the songs—though he did appear onstage with the band for a brief drum solo at several festivals last year.) Listening to a Carcass record is like being trampled by one of those war elephants from The Lord of the Rings—you’re being crushed, sure, but in such a spectacular way that it’s actually pretty cool. Reports are the live show is still sublimely overwhelming too. The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Samael, Arsis, and Psycroptic open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $30

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