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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.

New Cloth EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Amid Independence Day celebrations earlier this month, the Cloth released their new EP Going to Vomit. Shrouded in the brutal darkness of unforgiving grunge-noise-metal tones, a despairing/tormented voice echoes personal pain. Raw, emotive-laced energy rises to the surface in grim potency that one just can’t shake.


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New God Root EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The quintet of God Root released its second EP Salt And Rot, which is available via local imprint Horror Pain Gore Death. Shrouded in the shadows of sludge, a steady quaking heaviness permeates. Those dire sonic consequences are pushed to the brink, building towards a doom-driven conclusion. The band is slated to appear at The Irish Pol on Saturday, August 19 with Mob Terror. (Photo by Raechel Anne)


Homebrew: fierce rock from Santa Cruz

Homebrew, the rag-tag five-piece metal/rock outfit from Santa Cruz, CA is anything but your typical band. Borrowing from the framework of bands like Metric and Evanesence, Homebrew is fronted by the fierce personalities of Alison Maupin and lead guitarist Matt Kotila. Bassist Nel Barrow joined the rest of the group in 2015, most of whom have been playing heavy music together since 2010. - Joshua D. Huver 


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