Macabre, Maggot Twat, Johnny Vomit, These Are They, Muzzler, Idiom, Earthen, Primitive Evolution Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Dec. 26, 8 p.m. 2009

Spam and Pizzer Manwhat (aka brothers Pete and Dan Manzella, both formerly of Hurtlocker) are the sentient members of this Chicago trash-thrash outfit, handling all the playing, programming, and vocals. "Drummer" Dick Pancakes is literally a dummy, propped up onstage and used as an all-purpose punch line and abuse receptacle—you can see a fair amount of such foolishness on Maggot Twat's 2005 DVD The Morons That Ruined Heavy Metal. Other stunts they've pulled include launching chicken feet into the crowd, sawing instruments in half, and diving into trash cans full of broken glass. Even just listening to their ridiculously catchy gross-out metal is hazardous—I'm going to have "Raped By an Ape" (from the band's most recent album, 2006's 8-Bit Apocalypse) stuck in my head for weeks. Equally addictive are the lo-fi and sometimes hilariously filthy Flash games they host at their Web site. Maggot Twat's set here, sadly their last, is part of the annual Holiday of Horror mini festival anchored by local "murder metal" veterans Macabre, which provides an essential community service by venting the tensions associated with the Official Merriest Time of the Year (and ironically might work to lower the murder rate). Idiom, an oddball local prog-metal combo with a lead xylophonist, play next door at Reggie's Music Joint; they'll perform Macabre's 1987 EP Grim Reality, which was finally reissued on CD this year after decades out of print. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $15, $13 in advance, 17+

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