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.

   

Mine Collapse “Empty Void”

Hardcore trio Mine Collapse has released the first single and closing track, "Empty Void", from their forthcoming debut album, Delusions, which is due out via Nefarious Industries on June 24th.

This is the work of Aaron Roemig (Vocals, Bass), Justin Dickert (Guitars, Synth), and Mike Rataj (Drums).

The album was recording pre-pandemic in January of 2020 at Bricktop Recording and is finally seeing light of day a now six years after the release of their self-titled debut EP.

   

Indign "Exile"

Thrash metal group Indign recently released their sophomore album, Retribution, via GreatApe Records. Now they have released a video for the album's latest single "Exile".

This is the work of Constantin Iliescu (Vocals), Manny Canchola (Vocals, Guitar), Mike Pantano (Guitar), Sean Langworthy (Bass), and Jason Equi (Drums).

You can catch Indign at The WC Social Club in West Chicago on May 27th and at Northern Illinois Metal Fest on June 17th.

   

Fer de Lance "Ad Bestias"

Atmospheric Metal group Fer de Lance recently released the lead single, "Ad Bestias" from their forthcoming debut full-length album The Hyperborean which is due out on April 22nd via Cruz Del Sur Music.

This is the work of MP (Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars), Rüsty (Bass, Vocals), Scud (Drums, Percussion, Vocals), Mandy Martillo (Acoustic Guitars, Vocals), and J. Geist (Electric Guitars).

   

Cokegoat “Dogs”

Sludge Metal group Cokegoat has released an inventive cover of the Pink Floyd classic "Dogs". This is the first of a two-part visualizer series for their new single which will be released on April 8th.

You can catch Cokegoat on April 20th at Livewire with Cloud Cruiser and The Waterfall King.