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Bruce Lamont, Nachtmystium, The Atlas Moth, Indian, Pelican, & more in A.V. Club’s ‘An oral history of Chicago’s metal scene’

Bruce Lamont with Bloodiest @ IL Centennial Monument (more by Grant MacAllister)

The A.V. Club Chicago completed a massive, four part analysis of Chicago’s metal scene yesterday (11/3), dubbed simply An oral history of Chicago’s metal scene. Featured throughout, is commentary from only the most important figures in the movement.

A short list of these gentlemen is below..

Scott Carroll and Mike Perun of Cianide
Bruce Lamont of Yakuza and Bloodiest
Blake Judd of Nachtmystium
Stavros Giannopoulos of The Atlas Moth
Chris Connelly of Ministry
Will Lindsay of Indian
Sanford Parker producer/engineer


The A.V. Club’s timeline runs from the early ’80s all the way up to present day. The most standout exchange of the article, is between Will Lindsey (Indian) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest).

WL: Bruce Lamont has at least made guest appearances on everybody’s record here. And there’s the connection that Sanford [Parker] has really developed with his studio. So many of us all go record there. People from everywhere record with him. Indian recorded with him. Nachtmystium recorded with him. Bloodiest recorded with him. And there’s all his own projects–Circle Of Animals, High Confessions, and whatnot.

BL: Yeah, there’s a lot of that going on. This is a very incestuous musical town, and a few of us are just outright whores. I’ll freely admit that. I think that’s healthy, as well, because you get a fresh perspective on creating with those people, and you might be able to bring that back to another project, and kind of look at it from a different angle or go about it differently than you would have if you just stay with the same people all the time. That’s always been my thought behind it. That’s why I’ve played in a number of bands in all the years I’ve been … collaborating, and all that stuff. We’re all friends, man. We just like to jam with each other. We just love music.

Check out the early years (Part 1), location, location, location (Part 2), the ’90s (Part 3), and a scene resurgent (Part 4) over at the A.V. Club Chicago.

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