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.

   

Bones “Death Sentence”

Bones have released the lead single, “Death Sentence”, from their forthcoming forth studio album, Vomit, which is due out on October 28th via Disorder Recordings.

This is the sleezy black metal trio of Joe Warlord (Usurper), guitarist Carcass Chris (ex-Usurper), and bassist/lead vocalist Jon Necromancer (Contrition, High Spirits, ex-Usurper).

You can catch Bones at Reggie's on October 29th with Autopsy, Cardiac Arrest, Molder and Comedian Dave Hill.

   

Dead to Fall "Cerro de la Muerte"

Thrash Metal group Dead to Fall have released a new single called "Cerro de la Muerte". This is the band's second single, and first since 2020's "No One Is Coming to Help", since the release of their 2008 album Are You Serious?

Dead to Fall is Jonathan Hunt (vocals), Bryan Lear (guitar), Justin Jakimiak (bass), Antone Jones (guitar), and Timothy Java (drums).

   

Unto the Earth "Awake the Elders"

Doom Metal band Unto the Earth have released the lead single, "Awake the Elders", from the forthcoming debut album, The Dawning, which is due out this October.

This is the work of Mike Yoshida, Simeon Papacostas, Jed Jacobs, and Brant Maze.

You can catch Unto the Earth at Reggie's on September 2nd with Book of Wyrms.

   

Warforged "Sheridan Road"

Black Metal group Warforged recently released the second single, "Sheridan Road", from their forthcoming sophomore album, The Grove | Sundial, which is due out via The Artisan Era on September 9th.

The album's lead single, "Bliss Joined to the Bane", was released back in May and was accompanied by the video below.