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 Track: "Hate Speech" - APE!

Feedback and rapid percussion set the stage on APE!’s single “Hate Speech”. It's the first offering from the band's forthcoming album Snotty Brat Rock. A degree of downhill aggression/menace pushes the message, as the duality of the declaration dismisses the importance of the subject (individual), while conversely acknowledging the impact of spoken words runs full steam ahead. It's confrontational yet catchy in an abbreviated grunge-metal punch.

   

Lord Snow

DIY Screamo trio Lord Snow has released a split cassette single with Le·Mat from Monterrey, Mexico. The trio of Steph Maldonado, Niko Zagalaras, and Erik Anderson formed in Chicago in 2011, but now, lead singer and bass player, Steph is the only one still based here. In a recent post on Tumblr Niko said the band is hoping to release a new LP, but this distance makes the process difficult.

The band has two tracks on this release, "el espíritu de la colmena” or The Spirit of the Hive and "moloko vellocet”. One song is in Spanish and one is not, but both songs are sonically explosive. You can truly feeling passion of Steph as she screams “Take your hands off my past/You can not redefine my story” in Spanish.

Lord Snow is currently touring Mexico with Le·Mat in support of the new split single.

   

Black Metal

Time: 
21:00
Band name: 
Abazagorath
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/Abazagorath666/
Venue name: 
Brooklyn Bazaar
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Psychedelic Metal

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Sun Voyager
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/sunvoyagerband
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