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CHON, The Fall Of Troy, Hail The Sun

  • Majestic 115 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

San Diego's CHON is a progressive metal band known for its compositional focus on major-key melodies and driving, progressive rhythms. Many of their songs do not feature vocals and rely on harmonies from their guitarists, and their recent work has found the band's work becoming more layered with effects and textures. Their 2017 album Homey even swerves into hip-hop production on tracks like “Berry Streets,” featuring GoYama and “Nayhoo,” featuring Masego and Lophiile. The blend of these featured artists, different effects, and non-metal influences alongside chaotic and jazzy metal makes listening to CHON’s new release akin to riding a roller-coaster in space. Supporting CHON here is The Fall Of Troy, whose return from their 2010 breakup sparked excitement in the post-hardcore and math-rock scene. The Fall Of Troy self-released their 2016 album, OK, whose chaotic song structures, time-signature changes, and complex riffs find the reunited band back in a strong groove. Hail The Sun opens this night of energy and chaos with their grand display of melodic post-hardcore. —John McCracken