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.

   

Varaha "Irreparable (#SaveOurStages)"

Atmospheric metal band Varaha has released an incredible video for the song "Irreparable" from their 2019 album A Passage For Lost Years. The video was filmed at many of venues around the city that have been empty for months and may stay empty for much longer.

The video was released to bring awareness to the #SaveOurStages effort by the National Independent Venue Association.

   

FEARSORE "Wetworks"

FEARSORE has released a brief trailer for their forthcoming album Wetworks which will be released on October 30th via Dead Sage. This is primarily the work of Wiley Wells who founded the Industrial band over twenty years ago.

On this album Wells is joined by John E. Bomher Jr. (Theyrgy, Yakuza), Jim Bresnahan (Cianide, Contagion) on "Dissent 2020" and Joe Starita on "Incubation."

Wetworks Track Listing:
I. Incubation
II. Dissent 2020
III. Alpha Omega (CD-only bonus track)
IV. Music To Travel Where One Would Not Like To Go

   

Snow Burial "Painting the Streets With Our Blood"

Post-Metal trio Snow Burial has recently released a new "Painting the Streets With Our Blood". This single is complete with seven remixes from folks like Dallas Thomas (Pelican), Mark Solotroff (Anatomy of Habit/BLOODYMINDED), and more.

This is the work of Ben Bowman, Brandon Seef, and Andrew Thiermann, and this is the first new music from Snow Burial since their 2019 sophomore album, Ostrava.

   

Beyond Deth "Accept Your Fate"

Black Metal trio Beyond Deth has released their sophomore album, Accept Your Fate, via Vargheist Records. This is the work Jon Corston (Vocals, Rhythm guitar, bass), John Bravo III (Rhythm/Lead Guitar), and Rob Halloran (Drums).