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.

   

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).

   

Midnight Dice "Hypnotized"

Midnight Dice have released their latest album, Hypnotized. The blistering five song collection is set to see physical release via Underground Power Records/Hoove Child Records this Fall but is currently on spotify and bandcamp.

This is the work of Patrick "Rusty" Glockle, Mandy Martillo, Steve "Lethal" Beaudette, and Jose Salazar.

   

Without Light "All The Kings Must Burn"

Doom Metal group Without Light recently released a new EP called "All The Kings Must Burn" via Weed Cabinet Records.

This is the quartets follow-up to their 2019 debut album, The Dead Gospels.