Early Man, Evile, Bonded by Blood, Woe of Tyrants, Lord, Vicious Attack | Reggies’ Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Early Man, Evile, Bonded by Blood, Woe of Tyrants, Lord, Vicious Attack All Ages Early Warnings (Music) The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., Oct. 17, 7 p.m. 2010
Price: $15, $13 in advance
On the recent Death Potion (The End), engineered by Jack Endino, this LA-based band mixes dirty Sabbath grooves and unabashed tributes to thrash-tacular 80s metal like early Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth (right down to the sneering Dave Mustaine-style vocals and hokey lyrics). Aside from the occasional snazzy guitar solo or Bruce Dickinson-inspired high note, the album is blunt and straightforward—guitarist-vocalist Mike Conte and company chuck bricks of melodic metal riffage at your head faster than you can dodge 'em. Straight-up speed is Early Man's bread and butter, and songs like the battering, relentless "Someone Else's Nightmare" make me want to cheerfully smash anything in arm's reach. Conte parted ways with longtime drummer Adam Bennati just five days before this tour, and bassist Tim Rampage took that as his cue to leave. But Conte, second guitarist Pete Macy, and two last-minute substitutes—bassist Ryan Chamberlain and drummer Jabari Parker—have managed to work up an abbreviated six-to-eight-song set. Evile, Bonded by Blood, Woe of Tyrants, Lord, and Vicious Attack open. —Kevin Warwick

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