Fri. 08.14.15: DARSOMBRA // CRYPTIC OVERCAST // MANIC ABRAXAS

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@ Geno’s Rock Club,
625 Congress St., Portland, Maine.
$6. 21+. 10PM.

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Photos by Don Marietta


Photo by Michel Anderson
Photo by Michel Anderson

DARSOMBRA (Maryland)
Transcendental audio/visual rock duo Darsombra have packed and prepared their shuttle for launch, readying themselves for journey to inner space. Brian Daniloski (a veteran of metal bands Meatjack and Trephine), pilots, navigates, and controls the sound of Darsombra, alternating between searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, mammoth vocal swells, and soundscapes. He takes one part metal, one part psychedelic rock, one part experimental, and dashes of prog, glam, and krautrock, to soundtrack the voyage. Filmmaker Ann Everton joins him on vocals, synthesizer, and percussion, as well as stewarding us along the way by projecting her kinetic, psychotropic videos specifically composed to the music, engulfing the audience within the trip.


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CRYPTIC OVERCAST (Maine)
“Local stalwarts Cryptic Overcast have carved out a niche for themselves as an almost-instrumental band with a sound as informed by heavy metal as it is by psychedelic and progressive rock. Like Portland drone-meisters Ocean and this gig’s headliners Rosetta, they eschew fretboard pyrotechnics for a dense, layered sound. Their multi-part songs play with dynamic tension, transitioning from thick distortion to clean tones, from a “Dazed and Confused”-type syrupy haze to a bloody Slayer-like rain. At times they bring to mind Chicago’s Pelican, or even Tool’s more recent albums, but their sound is definitely their own.” – Dan Clark, The Portland Phoenix (show review)


Photo by Ben McCanna
Photo by Ben McCanna

MANIC ABRAXAS (Maine)
“Manic Abraxas’s sound is a heavy stylized lo-fi take on all things Sludge/Doom/Stoner Metal. As the band play a sound that’s high on Fuzz, Reverberation and distorted riffs… [they are] a band with style and substance as this is an album that may take a few listens to fully appreciate. When the band decides to go all out crazy with hazy psychedelic rhythms, the sound of the album takes a more reflective mood. Manic Abraxas deserve credit for including as many different sounds as they possibly can. If you dig Electric Wizard, Sleep and Sabbath then these psychedelic riffsters are worth checking out.” – The Sludgelord, review of the Manic Abraxas s/t album

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