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Photos by Bob Ulrich
*Our apologies – due to low lighting issues, none of the photos of KYOTY were usable for documentation.
TODAY IS THE DAY (Maine)
Led by visionary frontman Steve Austin, Today Is The Day reigns as one of the most unique and influential bands of the past two decades. The band’s violent and anthemic style, which blends metal, noise, psychedelia, and rock, has won worldwide acclaim ever since the debut album, Supernova, first hit in the early 90s. Nine studio albums have been released on such labels as Amphetamine Reptile and Relapse — including modern-day classics like Willpower, Temple of the Morning Star, and In the Eyes of God — and the band’s changing lineup has included such musicians as Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher, who would later go on to form Mastodon. Today Is The Day has toured the world with Motorhead, Helmet, The Melvins, Morbid Angel, Converge, Napalm Death, Neurosis, Eyehategod, Unsane, Coalesce, and many more. Steve Austin has also made a name as a producer, helping create seminal albums for Lamb Of God, Converge, Deadguy, and more.
KYOTY (New Hampshire)
“There’s no mistaking KYOTY’s kinetic riffs and sprawling post-metal sound. The sheer force of their booming industrial oscillations is enough to pulverize eardrums, while their atmospheric shoegazing captivates the mind. In 2009, Nick Filth, Nathaniel Parker Raymond, and Robert Brown began a musical exploration that reached a new level this month with the release of“Geomancy I,” the first album in a three-part series. A year and a half in the making, it reveals a powerfully accurate representation of the band’s intense live shows.” – Andrew Wallace, The Sound
“It’s hard to think about an atmospheric sludge metal band as being calming, but it is because of the way that KYOTY paces their album and keeps a very deliberate tempo throughout songs (and when they change tempo it has a purpose!). When they add flourishes to the standard sludge or post-metal template, it is often in such a way to make a song smoother and easier to digest than to be abrasive. It’s a nice change from the norm.” – Decoymusic.com
MOUTH WASHINGTON (Maine)
“Since their inception in 2011, Mouth Washington have always been one of Portland’s scrappiest bands. Brothers Max and Zach Hansen, founding members of the band, are instantly likeable and totally unpredictable dudes with a penchant for mischief, the stuff punk rock dreams are made of. The revolving door cast of characters they’ve enlisted to be their sidemen, too, have always seemed like a lovable gang of freaks. Their stage shows are wild, possessing a gleefully reckless sense of aggression that sometimes threatened to overshadow the songs themselves in the outfit’s early days. And, if ever there was a problem in the Mouth Washington institution, it was that the boys’ reputation for rowdiness may have occasionally preceded them. Don’t Mean, Mouth Washington’s latest, is a genuine kick in the face, in the good way. It’s a sharply realized set of tunes that focuses on songwriting first and foremost, and proves the band to be more than just a brilliantly manic bundle of energy.” – Jakob Battick, The Portland Phoenix
CLAN OF DYAD (Maine)
Standing in for EASTERN SPELL [who have canceled due to a minor injury in the band] is CLAN OF DYAD. A duo comprised of Sylvia member Ken “Candy” Carlson and Eastern Spell drummer Eric Rancourt. This is the project’s first live performance. Prepare for an assault on your senses!