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.

   

Crusadist 'The Unholy Grail'

Thrash Metal band Crusadist dropped a wild lyric video for the title track from their forthcoming album The Unholy Grail.

This is the work of Shaun Albro (Vocalist/Lyricist), Aaron Nobles (Guitarist), Luke Sever (Guitarist), Kevin Ariel (Bass), and Jason Rak (Drums).

You can catch Crusadist at The Forge in Joliet on November 13th with Nile, Terrorizer, Blood of the Wolf, and Central Disorder.

   

Willzyx demolishes in new record "The Raw Congenital Complex," plays Koto 11.13

Creepy and satisfying is the noise rock of Manchester, New Hampshire's Willzyx. For metal aficionados, the group's latest effort, The Raw Congenital Complex, is jam-packed with tracks that ooze with rage and demolish melodic structures. Take the furiously-paced track "Cauterized Eye" as a prime example of the band's tendency for bursts of distorted vocals, synthesized strains of doom, and eerie overtures. Other songs like "Cast Off" drift into more serene territories, and with patience and a hypnotizing guitar riff bubble into thick, steely-cold compositions. The band is a year-long Halloween special that is too damn creepy and good to pass up. The band's next gig is booked at Koto in Salem, Massachusetts, on November 13th. Listen to the mechanic bassline that leads "Calloused and Cynical" streaming below and drown in the math-rock madness. - Rene Cobar, Photo by Selena Barker

   

Ikaray “No Borders”

Post Metal band Ikaray recently released a new single called “No Borders”. This is the lead single from their forthcoming album and the first new music we have had from them since 2016.

You can catch Ikaray at Burlington Bar on October 29th with Ekki and Staghorn.

   

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.