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.

   

Beneath The Hollow "Spellbound"

Experimental Metal Group Beneath The Hollow is preparing to release their latest EP, "Indoctrination", on April 10th. The album's lead single is called "Spellbound" and is accompanied by the TapeDeckTV created visuals below.

This is the work of Jewell Yocum (Vocals), Jesse DeGroot (Guitar), Dan Pacheco (Bass), and Matt DeGroot (Drums).

   

Errant "A Vacillant Breath"

Errant is the solo project Rae Amitay of Immortal Bird and Thrawsunblat and she is preparing to release her self-titled debut EP on April 3rd. The EP's lead single is called "A Vacillant Breath" and perfectly demonstrates how Amitay can effortlessly shift from soft gentle vocals to a roaring growl in seconds.

   

Sludge abounds on Spacer's noise-friendly "Red Wolf"

The saturated image of a fleeing canine adorns the cover of Red Wolf, a recent release by New York experimental rock trio Spacer, a fitting image given the effort’s skittish, sometimes wandering internal monologue and its fight-or-flight inducing guitar work. Through sludgey drop tunings with a slight psych influence, Spacer impress on listeners a sense of indefinable external danger, or at the very least a mild malaise, over the course of six tracks, replete with an impressionistic approach to lyricism and distorted, heavy shredding. Visceral and anxiety-inducing, it’s evocative of Boris’ Akuma No Uta, the type of record for those seeking an experimental, noisy release from the city’s current quietude. Stream it below.

   

The Ableist "Sucked Back Into The Sun"

Hardcore Rock group The Ableist has released a new single called "Sucked Back Into The Sun". The track features Alice Kraynak, formerly of Thee Casual Hex, on vocals and violin, and the group has vowed to donate all proceeds to Chicago's Rogers Park Food Not Bombs to aid in the coronavirus response effort.

The Ableist is Stephan Piven (Guitar), Barry Cabrera (Guitar), Johnny Chacon (Drums), Jairus Paulus (Bass), and Paul Scanty (Lead vocals).