Scorched Tundra XI – Everything You Need To Know

Scorched Tundra XI – which will feature
Eyehategod, Black Cobra, Cloud Rat, Aseethe,
Varaha, Luggage and Hitter
on 8/30 & 8/31 at The Empty Bottle – is coming up this weekend.

If you haven’t picked up tickets for the eleventh edition yet, be sure to do so HERE.


Musically this years lineup showcases the strength and diversity of Chicago and the midwests’ heavy music scene, along with unique performances from Eyehategod (headliners of ST IX in Göteborg) and Black Cobra (first performance in Chicago in three years).  Attendees have tons of new music to look forward to: Michigan’s finest in grindcore Cloud Rat will be releasing a new album Pollinator on 9/13 (listen to the lead single “Webspinner”).  Varaha‘s Prosthetic Records debut A Passage For Lost Years was met with critical acclaim upon release in April and Aseethe‘s sophomore effort Throes also made a splash in the doom/sludge in May when released via Thrill Jockey.  Chicago’s own Luggage (read more about them from Noisey) and scuzz-metal supergroup Hitter have taken the underground by storm recently (featuring members of Meat Wave, Lil Tits, Foul Tips and Lifestyles).  Scorched Tundra’s eleventh edition firmly shows the philosophy of never having a foot planted in any specific subgenre of metal or heavy music – rather seeking to build new audiences by showcasing the unique sound of each artist.


This years poster and artistic direction was a collaborative effort between longtime Scorched Tundra contributor and Zombiekrig vocalist Axel Widén and Chicago-based printmaker and visual artist Bryn Gleason.  Read more about their collaborative work and process HERE.


It wouldn’t really be a Scorched Tundra edition without food and beverage collaborations.

On the food side we’ve teamed up with Kuma’s Corner restaurants to offer Scorched Tundra, Eyehategod and Aseethe burgers of month (and badass Macs of the Month).Dine in at any Chicagoland restaurant on Friday or Saturday, show them your ST XI ticket, and get 15% off your individual tab.

Check out which burgers are available where HERE.  At Bite Cafe (located next door to The Empty Bottle) There will be two killer food specials on offer during the festival:

The Back Cobra: Charred Thuringian Sausage with pimento cheese, roasted garlic, aioli, and slaw, New England roll ($9)

EYELOVECOD: black cod croquettes, horseradish cream, pickled mustard seed and dill ($6.66).

On the beverage side we’ve teamed up with Redemption Whiskey to create a unique draft cocktail for the weekend.

Smoked Tundra – featuring Redemption Rye, Applewood and Orange Smoked Simple Syrup and Birch Bark Bitters (available for $8 during the festival).

Circle Pit – an American Pale Ale made by Buckledown Brewing in collaboration with Kuma’s Corner that was premiered at the Monolord show earlier this year – will also be available on draft.

And yes, there will be a shot and beer specials.


There will be tons of merch from all bands, Scorched Tundra, as well as limited edition screen printed work from Bryn Gleason.  Be sure to bring cash because, as always, The Empty Bottle is cash only.