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Plus: Chrome Waves roll in, Vic’s Drum Shop invents a holiday, and Lovely Little Girls end a three-year hiatus with a new lineup

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METAL | Philip Montoro

New bands aren't usually news, but the lineup of a Chicago trio called Chrome Waves makes it an exception: vocalist Stavros Giannopoulos of the Atlas Moth, guitarist Jeff Wilson of Wolvhammer, and drummer and bassist Bob Fouts, formerly of the Gates of Slumber and now with Apostle of Solitude. (Both Fouts and Wilson also used to play in Nachtmystium.) The band recently finished a self-titled EP, which they plan to release early in 2012, and two weeks ago they posted one of its four songs, "Height of the Rifles," to Soundcloud. "If you're a fan of maybe Assassins-era Nachtmystium mixed with, I don't know, maybe Deftones minus the nu-metal parts with brutal vocals, you will dig it," Fouts told online magazine Forbidden. "It's pretty trippy with lots of atmosphere. It still has a bit of a black-metal feel but also more groove, and not as much blast."

Fouts and Wilson became good friends touring with Nachtmystium in 2009; over the course of a year and a half, they recorded instrumental tracks in Fouts's home studio on breaks from the road. They'd written the songs with Giannopoulos in mind, and in summer 2010 he started working on his vocals. "We're planning on doing a full-length as soon as time allows it, hopefully sometime next year," Giannopoulos says. "We have a label interested but nothing set in stone quite yet." Given that Fouts plays both bass and drums in the studio, Chrome Waves can't gig without doing some recruiting. "It's definitely something we've all talked about," says Giannopoulos. "We'll probably just find some live players to round out the lineup."

On Sun 12/18 from noon to 4 PM, Vic's Drum Shop (345 N. Loomis) is throwing a free Holiday Metal Bash, and A-list metal drummers will be thick on the ground. According to the shop's PR, "Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Jason Bittner (Shadows Fall), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) will all be hanging out for the afternoon signing autographs and mingling with customers." The event also promises performances and prizes, and Bittner is offering private lessons on Sat 12/17; you can reserve a session through Vic's.

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