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.

   

New BANDIT Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Warsaw, the latest album from grindcore trio BANDIT, was recently released via Cricket Cemetery. Brutal instrumentation tears ahead as raw, rapid-fire lyricism cuts to the core.The songs diffuse the pressure in cathartic bursts. The album eventually closes with the blunt force of grief and the calming beauty of a Polish folk song.

   

Zøume brings industrial-metal to the Knit on 12.21

Industrial rock seems to be experiencing a timid reinassaince in NYC - and that's better than nothing, considering how much of a niche genre it is. Brooklyn quartet Zoume is blending the genre's clangy electronic sounds and apocalyptic atmospheres with post-hardcore, metalcore, and even hip hop influences, forging an imaginative hybrid bound to become the soundtrack of anybody's favorite nightmares. Those interested in a radical break from Christmas music should not miss their show at The Knitting Factory on December 21st.

   

New Track: "Eternal Leviathan" - High Reeper

Higher Reeper, the sophomore album from High Reeper, is scheduled for release on March 22 via Heavy Psych Sounds. Its menacing lead single, “Eternal Leviathan,” trudges and rumbles with a looming feel of heavy consequences. The impending destruction of society by a greater force is on the horizon. What remains in its aftermath will be revealed on the band's forthcoming record. (Photo by Marco Mosti)

   

Wounds "An Undead Awakening"

Wounds have released the first single, “An Undead Awakening”, from their forthcoming EP. This is the Progressive Death Metal of Rick Mora, Franco Caballero, Nate Burgard, and Neilus McHangusmengus, and the speed and aggression they play with is truly impressive.