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Trouble, Dizmal Daze, Mount Salem, I Decline 

When: Sun., Feb. 16, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $15, $12 in advance
This legendary Chicago doom-metal band has had four or five bands’ worth of people pass through its lineup since its formation in 1979, but despite Trouble’s checkered past, these guys can still be awe-inspiring on the occasions when do get their shit together. This is their first hometown date in support of their latest comeback album, last year’s The Distortion Field (FRW), which is heavy in a classic, straightforward way—original guitarists Bruce Franklin and Rick Wartell have their Judas Priest-like double-ax attack down pat by this point, and they know how to write meaty, bloody doom-boogie riffs that show it off to best advantage. New vocalist Kyle Thomas (stepping in for the second time) may lack the distinctive sound of original front man Eric Wagner, but he brings something this band absolutely needs: Dio-esque grittiness and power. This is shaping up to be a good year for Trouble fans—the Skull (which includes Wagner, longtime Trouble bassist Ron Holzer, and original drummer Jeff Olson) is making plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved 1984 album Psalm 9. —Monica Kendrick Dizmal Daze, Mount Salem, and I Decline open.

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