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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.

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Meth. "Mother of Red Light"

Six-Piece Black Metal group Meth. are preparing to release their latest album, Mother of Red Light, on August 23rd via Prosthetic Records. The band has released two singles, "Child of God" and "Her Womb Lays Still", that can be streamed below.

This is band’s debut for Prosthetic and first release since 2018’s self-released EP “I Love You”.

 

You can catch Meth. on August 23rd with Closet Witch and Payasa at Beat Kitchen.

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Citris shares new single, plays Rubulad on 9/18

Explosive drop-D grunge-metal guitars and thundering drums introduce the new Citris single “Hell Is a Place on Earth” (streaming below). Written and performed by Angelina Torreano (guitar/vocals) and recorded/mixed and mastered by Chris Krasnow (who also contributes drums/bass and guitar) the track is a heavy rumination on personal failings against larger global issues. “Too selfish to die, too right to be happy, too weak to be leaned on. Leave it to me to destroy everything that is good,” the singer laments.  The title line, repeated in the chorus, benefits from harmonized vocal layering, adding a big-studio sheen to that hook, followed by the lyrics “give me your love, then take it away.” A pivotal statement arrives one minute in, when the instruments drop out for the solo vocals declaration “I don't look back in anger.” While that progression cycles through again (with alternate lyrical content), a sophisticated, angular, prog-metal break emerges around the 3rd minute and takes the track to its conclusion. This initial release comes ahead of the upcoming full-length album “Delusions of Glamour.” Having just completed a west coast tour, the band has a number of local shows in the works including 9/18 at Rubulad. - Dave Cromwell

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Tanzen "Bottle Kids"

Prog Metal band Tanzen has released a new single called “Bottle Kids”. We love how Teddy effortlessly shifts from a guttural growl to a soaring, clear, clean vocal.

This is the work of Armin Maksumic (Guitar), Demostanis Diakoumakos (Bass), Teddy TanZen (Vocals), and Macklin Suhre (Drums).

You can catch Tanzen at Beat Kitchen on August 10th with Danville, Fools’ Brew, and Contra. (Final Show!).

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Head - Power Trio's Rippin' Classic Rock Single "Shudder"

Hard rock trio Head have released their latest single “Shudder”. This classic rock track has a heavy blues influence in the opening riff. This track was produced by Ian Blurton at ProGold studios and has excellent sonic quality. The drums are crisp, the bass rumbles and the guitar shreds. It’s definitely a driving tune that would sound particularly good during these sweaty summer days. Head has been teasing a big announcement is on the horizon so follow their socials and don't miss out on the next hot rock n' roll show from Head. – Kris Gies

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