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.

   

Novembers Doom "Nephilim Grove"

Legendary Doom Metal group Novembers Doom are celebrating their 30th anniversary by releasing a new album called Nephilim Grove on November 1st.

You can currently stream the album’s title and its opening track, “Petrichor”, below.

Novembers Doom is hosting a listening party at Metal Monkey Brewing in Romeoville on October 25th.

   

Blacklist Regulars Fall Tour

Hark Rockers Blacklist Regulars recently announced a Fall tour in support of their 2019 debut album, Through the Blast. The band will be hitting the road with Powerman 5000 for the next month and then continuing out with (HED) p.e. and Adema.

You can catch Blacklist Regulars at Brauer House in Lombard in November 7th with Powerman 5000.

   

War Gods of the Deep "Life Coach"

Metal band War Gods of the Deep recently released their debut full-length album, Action Space Battle, via Astro Dragon Records. The album’s first single is called “Life Coach” and is accompanied by a fun puppet-filled video below.

   

Sacred Monster

Metal band Sacred Monster has released a live album called The Monster Lives. The album was recorded across two shows at Live Wire and Cobra Lounge earlier this year, and features tracks from their 2019 album, Worship the Weird.

The album was released back in March but the band announced last week that it was being released on gold vinyl via the Italian label Ordo MCM.

Sacred Monster is Robert Nubel (Guitar), Ted Nubel (Drums), Adam Anderson (Vocals), and Bill Moreno (Bass Guitar).