• Rik Garrett
  • Locrian: Steven Hess, Terence Hannum, and Andre Foisy

In recent years Chicago has established itself as one of the most important cities in the world of heavy metal—it’s only midwestern modesty that keeps me from flat-out saying it’s number one—and the seemingly endless procession of bands coloring outside the genre’s often strict stylistic lines is making a considerable impact on musicians around the globe. Longstanding metal label Relapse Records has been scooping up many of the better acts around town, including Bloodiest, Indian, and the best-named band in metal, Weekend Nachos.