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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.





Her Worst Nightmare

Her Worst Nightmare recently released a new album called "The Ominous". This is the Death Metal of Jason Caruana (Drums), Moises Sepulveda (Guitar), and Carlos Bahena (Vocals).

You can catch Her Worst Nightmare on Febraury 15th at Underground Lounge with Advorsa, Dream Alazia, Without Light, and Sinister Fate.

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Strange Conversations debut prog-rock album "Blase' Faire"

Towards the end of 2019 a quite-the-noisy record was released: Blase' Faire, the prog-rock album by Salem, New Hampshire group Strange Conversations touched down with its killer beats and swirling synth embellishments. The grandiose guitar solos that throwback to ‘80s hair glory found in tracks like “Stranglehold (Like Yesterday)” are thrilling and perfectly placed. From thunderous instrumental breakdowns to more serene-pensive tracks like “Better Late Than Never,” the band showcases its versatility and instrumental prowess. The new record has an old-school feel to it but a very modern edge sharpened by a solid production. Listen to the sick guitar riff that slithers between the atmospheric instrumentals of “Spirals” from the new album below. - Rene Cobar





Tombstone Eyes

I don’t think it was a coincidence that the Stoner Metal group Tombstone Eyes released their debut album, Land In The Sky, on January 1st via the local label Akashic Records Unlimited. The sixteen minute track “Solar Barge” is the perfect track to zone out to and let your mind expand.

This is the work of Brownstone, John Brown, Mustafa Daka, and Jason Sipe.

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Farseer

Instrumental Metal group Farseer has released their self-titled debut album. This is the work Brendan McCarthy (Guitar), Ted Ballantine (Guitar), George Burrows (Bass), and Kyle Curtis (Drums).

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