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.

   

Drowns "We Will Not Survive This"

Noise Rock trio Drowns has released their debut EP, "We Will Not Survive This", via Weed Cabinet Records. As the title suggests, this EP is exploring the darker side of the times we find ourselves in with elements of angry, fear, and horror.

This is the work of Angel Onofre of Without Light (Guitar), Eric Sanchez of Without Light (Drums), and Eric Carley of Dead Sun Rising (Bass/Vocals).

   

Crowning "Survival​/​Sickness"

Post Hardcore group Crowning has released their latest album, Survival/Sickness, via Zegema Beach Records. This is the band's first full-length album since their 2017 debut album Funeral Designs.

This is a concept album following the journey of a cosmic outsider who comes to earth and poses the album's main question, is survival the sickness?

   

Rosaries "Anomie"

Doom Metal band Rosaries have released their sophomore EP "Anomie". The group formed three years ago and is fronted by the talented Amanda Flores. On this three song EP they delve deep into the darkness and even met the Devil himself. Flores' vocals are powerful and haunting guiding your along this frightening journey.

   

Varaha "Irreparable (#SaveOurStages)"

Atmospheric metal band Varaha has released an incredible video for the song "Irreparable" from their 2019 album A Passage For Lost Years. The video was filmed at many of venues around the city that have been empty for months and may stay empty for much longer.

The video was released to bring awareness to the #SaveOurStages effort by the National Independent Venue Association.