Metal

Vow of Volition Make the Final Round of the Battle for Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour was the first festival for many of us back in the day. As young'ns, it's likely we didn't necessarily think about all that went into figuring out the bands to book and play the whole shebang. Part of that process, at least locally, seems to be through a series "battle of the bands" style competitions specifically for landing a spot on the fest. Quite a few Portland bands have been furiously playing against one another for said spot, and djent/prog metal act Vow of Volition are one of the acts that made it to the finals.

Warped Tour was always the type of festival that included much in the realm of pop punk, punk punk, emo and metal, so Vow of Volition's advancement to the final round is no surprise. Their incredibly technical, at times jazzy metal stands out in Portland's pretty linear popular music scene, and is much worthy of the attention its getting.

Those that want to support Vow of Volition in driving home the permanent spot can go to the Battle for Warped Tour finals Saturday at the Hawthorne Theatre.

Snow Burial "Sever The Bloodlines"

Post Metal Trio Snow Burial has released the first single, “Sever The Bloodlines”, from their forthcoming album Ostrava. This is the band first new album since 2016’s, Victory In Ruin.

You can help Snow Burial celebrate the release of their album on September 21st at Cobra Lounge with These Beasts, EINF, and Sons of Ra. They will also be a part of Forever Deaf Fest at Beat Kitchen on December 6th & 7th.

Photo by: Aaron Ehinger

From Those Ashes

Death Metal band From Those Ashes have released their second EP, “Dawn Ascending”. Below is the lyric video for the album’s lead single “Catatonic Death Grip”.

This is the work of Aaron Pokoj (Vocals/Guitar), Cameron Banks (Bass), Jose "Mop" Valles (Lead Guitar), and Omar "Pockets" Diaz (Drums).

You can catch From Those Ashes at The Village Spirit Pub in Round Lake Beach on September 21st with Tenebrism, Devangelist, and Her Worst Nightmare.

Meth. "Mother of Red Light"

Six-Piece Black Metal group Meth. are preparing to release their latest album, Mother of Red Light, on August 23rd via Prosthetic Records. The band has released two singles, "Child of God" and "Her Womb Lays Still", that can be streamed below.

This is band’s debut for Prosthetic and first release since 2018’s self-released EP “I Love You”.

 

You can catch Meth. on August 23rd with Closet Witch and Payasa at Beat Kitchen.

Citris shares new single, plays Rubulad on 9/18

Explosive drop-D grunge-metal guitars and thundering drums introduce the new Citris single “Hell Is a Place on Earth” (streaming below). Written and performed by Angelina Torreano (guitar/vocals) and recorded/mixed and mastered by Chris Krasnow (who also contributes drums/bass and guitar) the track is a heavy rumination on personal failings against larger global issues. “Too selfish to die, too right to be happy, too weak to be leaned on. Leave it to me to destroy everything that is good,” the singer laments.  The title line, repeated in the chorus, benefits from harmonized vocal layering, adding a big-studio sheen to that hook, followed by the lyrics “give me your love, then take it away.” A pivotal statement arrives one minute in, when the instruments drop out for the solo vocals declaration “I don't look back in anger.” While that progression cycles through again (with alternate lyrical content), a sophisticated, angular, prog-metal break emerges around the 3rd minute and takes the track to its conclusion. This initial release comes ahead of the upcoming full-length album “Delusions of Glamour.” Having just completed a west coast tour, the band has a number of local shows in the works including 9/18 at Rubulad. - Dave Cromwell

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