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.

   

Anatomy Of Habit "Black Openings"

Anatomy Of Habit are preparing to release their fourth album, Black Openings, on February 24th. You can currently hear the album's nearly ten minute closing track below.

This is the Doom Metal of Alex Latus (guitar), Isidro Reyes (metal percussion), Skyler Rowe (drums, vibraphone), Mark Solotroff (vocals, analog synth), and Sam Wagster (bass, lap steel, piano, keyboard).

You can help the group celebrate the release of their album February 11th at Cobra Lounge with Kill Scenes and Twice Dark.

   

Aftermath "Transform & Disrupt"

Metal Vets Aftermath has released the second single, "Transform & Disrupt", from their forthcoming album, No Time to Waste, which is due out on March 17th.

This is the work of Kyriakos "Charlie" Tsiolis (Vocals), Steve Sacco (Guitar), Ray Schmidt (Drums), and George Lagis (Bass).

   

Bones “Death Sentence”

Bones have released the lead single, “Death Sentence”, from their forthcoming forth studio album, Vomit, which is due out on October 28th via Disorder Recordings.

This is the sleezy black metal trio of Joe Warlord (Usurper), guitarist Carcass Chris (ex-Usurper), and bassist/lead vocalist Jon Necromancer (Contrition, High Spirits, ex-Usurper).

You can catch Bones at Reggie's on October 29th with Autopsy, Cardiac Arrest, Molder and Comedian Dave Hill.

   

Dead to Fall "Cerro de la Muerte"

Thrash Metal group Dead to Fall have released a new single called "Cerro de la Muerte". This is the band's second single, and first since 2020's "No One Is Coming to Help", since the release of their 2008 album Are You Serious?

Dead to Fall is Jonathan Hunt (vocals), Bryan Lear (guitar), Justin Jakimiak (bass), Antone Jones (guitar), and Timothy Java (drums).