Everything You Need Know About Scorched Tundra X

The landmark tenth edition of Scorched Tundra takes place on Labor Day Weekend at The Empty Bottle.  Ten total performances over three days, a curated art show, and a beer release party among the attractions.  Don’t have tickets? Order them HERE.


This lineup is challenging and devastating on many levels; each of these artists forge their own space at the convergence of dark, heavy and progressive music.  Closing out Friday and Saturday evenings are Swedish doom trio and Scorched Tundra veterans Monolord and Sumac (featuring members of ISIS, Russian Circles and Baptists) performing material from its highly anticipated third album Love In Shadow (Thrill Jockey Records).  Lair of the Minotaur will perform its only show of 2018 (and its first in five years) while the avant-garde and eclectic Yakuza will make a special appearance on the back of their performance at Psycho Vegas.  Two duos will take the stage this weekend; Denver-based In The Company of Serpents will showcase its unique brand of sonic catharsis on Saturday while Telekinetic Yeti will fuzz-out Friday.  Saturday will begin with the highly-charged New York four-piece feminist avant/grindcore Couch Slut, following a searing performance at Migration Fest in July.  Further entertainment will be provided by DJ Gregg Elzinga of Metal Vinyl Weekend on Friday and Heather Gabel of Hide on Saturday.  The art concept, poster and t-shirt design for this years edition were once again created by longtime collaborator, three-time performer, and personal friend of the festival Axel Widén.


It’s been a longterm ambition to integrate art into the fabric of this festival in an impactful manner – to enable the concert-goer to absorb the aesthetics and ambiance of the music in more senses than audible. For the landmark tenth edition, The Empty Bottle will host a pre-party art show and beer release taking place on Thursday 8/30. A dozen local artists, carefully curated by festival organizer Alexi D. Front & Empty Bottle/Bite cafe art curator Ashleigh Dye, will showcase specially commissioned work spanning multiple mediums inspired by the festival’s lineup.  Artists showcasing include: Bryn Gleason, Emily Litten, Max Morris, Samantha Sandborn, Morgan Sims, Natalie Walser and Courtney Williams.  Thursday’s Art Show will also feature musical performances by deranged Chicago noise-rock band Lilac, the heavy duo of Bloodiest‘s Bruce Lamont and Eric Chaleff, and DJPTSD, the droning solo work of ONO’s Travis.


The Opening Evening will also act as the launch party for the three Scorched Tundra beers brewed in collaboration with Pipeworks Brewing Company, Spiteful Brewing Company, and Corridor Brewery & Provisions.  


The official Scorched Tundra X  beer, an American Pale Ale featuring Simcoe, Amarillo and Galaxy hops, was produced with Pipeworks, and seeks impress the same flavor profiles as Scorched Tundra IX  (w/ Beerbliotek and All In Brewing in Gothenburg) and Scorched Tundra VIII  beers (w/ Pipeworks) while using different ingredients.  This is the only collaboration celebrating the tenth edition that has been packaged (16oz cans) with wider distribution.  The beer is currently available on draft at all Chicagoland Kuma’s Corner locations and will also be available on draft at the festival as well.  In keeping with tradition, one keg was flown overseas and served at the highly acclaimed Brewskival in Helsingborg, Sweden on August 25th. 


Spiteful Brewing Company have been friends of the festival for years.  Their festival collaboration – which happens to be their six hundred and sixty sixth batch of beer – is a Kölsch, brewed with heirloom and floor malted continental grain varietals and noble hops.  Batch #666 will be available only at Spiteful’s Taproom and at the festival (while supplies last).


Corridor Brewing and Provisions, and its affiliate DryHop Brewers have become known for their hazy, contemporary-style India Pale Ales.  Following these lines, Ghostland Wanderer is a double dry-hopped IPA with Citra, Mosaic, Grungeist and Belma.  This beer will be available only at Corridor and at Scorched Tundra X (while supplies last).


Kuma’s Corner in the West Loop is already featuring the Scorched Tundra burger; however, beginning on 8/30 all Chicagoland Kuma’s Corner locations will serve the burger through the weekend.  Show your confirmation e-mail or physical Scorched Tundra X ticket at any Chicagoland Kuma’s Corner location during the fest and receive 15% off your individual tab.


The second ever Sound Not Stature event took place on Monday 8/20 at Three Floyds Brewery in Munster Indiana.  For the occasion – which featured Gregg Elzinga and Alexi D. Front playing records – a variation of Dark Lord (Spaceforce!) was tapped and a special Tundra-inspired sausage was featured.  It was a special evening, and a delightful continuation of a tradition started last year!


It’s going to be a hell of a weekend.  Still on the fence? Listen to all the bands in this convenient Spotify Playlist (or click on the band names above). Check out what Chicago Reader has to say about the fest. Tickets are moving extremely fast, so act now by buying HERE.