Metal Haven, the all-things-rock record shop at 2003 W. Montrose, is going out of business after ten years of providing Chicago's metal heads with heavy essentials. While it is sad to see an independent record store go, it would be a crime not to take advantage of the massive "Armageddon Sale" that started last week and will continue until everything is gone.
Even though it is easily accessible via the Brown Line and the Damen bus, this stretch of Montrose had a hard time in 2009. Many retails spaces remain availabe, and the construction to repair the vast water damage last year (which closed most of the street for months) may have contributed to the demise of Metal Haven and other shops in the area. Whether a new development on the northeast corner of the Damen/Montrose intersection may bring some much-needed vitality to the corner remains to be seen.
As stated on their promotional flyer, the Armageddon Sale is progressive, meaning the longer it goes on, the deeper the discounts. Metal Haven stocks vinyl as well as CDs and DVDs, so there's something for everyone, so to speak. Of course, if you want your pick of the choicest cuts, you'd better head over as soon as possible.
One of the most valuable resources for home recording artists is professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered music. Hearing how the pros do it is a great way to learn, and the more musical variety one samples, the better one's ears will be.
For those marginally interested in metal music, this is a chance to pick up a few albums at low prices. For the metal enthusiast, this is the mother lode.
Metal Haven, you will be missed.