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Swedish progressive metal band Opeth cross languages and styles on In Cauda Venenum

Beloved and influential Swedish progressive metal band Opeth play Chicago for the first time in nearly three years in support of a new album, last fall’s In Cauda Venenum (“Poison in the Tail”), released in English and Swedish versions. The band, established in 1989, have traditionally recorded only in English, so it’s fascinating to hear […]

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Heilung perform Viking hippie nerd rituals

The band Heilung (German for “healing”) are sometimes described as experimental folk; they themselves call their sound “amplified history.” Either way, they are thundering Viking hippie nerds. Band founder Kai Uwe Faust is a German tattoo artist who specializes in Old Norse imagery, and who has cultivated a throat-singing vocal style similar to that of […]