Sat. 12.19.15: SYLVIA // MANIC ABRAXAS // ALL NIGHT // STONE CROWN

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165 BRACKETT ST. BENEFIT
@ Geno’s Rock Club,
625 Congress St., Portland, Maine.
$6 adv. / $8 door. 21+. 9PM.
*Proceeds from this show go to the tenants of 165 Brackett Street, who have lost everything [including their dog] to a fire there on Saturday 11/14.

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Photos by Michael R. Batchelder


Sylvia
Photo by Ben McCanna

SYLVIA (Maine)
“Sure, it may be Latin for “forest of trees,” but Sylvia more readily conjures some wiseacre aunt, not a burly group of veteran musicians trying to carve new notches in well-trod forms of heavy metal. On their 30-minute debut album, Sylvia act as a bridge between the cultures of riff-driven, mid-tempo heaviness that any pub-goer would crush a few to, and the more recent, thought-provoking strains of doom and black metal that have permeated US circles. This tension is constant over the self-titled album’s eight songs, pitting metal’s established elements — protracted riff-y buildups, moshy ripostes, and galloping bridges — against its newer, more dynamic ideas.” – Nicholas Schroeder, The Portland Phoenix


Manic Abraxas
Photo by Don Marietta

MANIC ABRAXAS (Maine) *CD RELEASE*
“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


All Night
Photo by Michael R. Batchelder

ALL NIGHT (Maine)
Although a new outfit to the Portland music scene, All Night is comprised of members who are veterans to heavy & dynamic rock/metal in Maine. Featuring Eric Brackett on guitar (formerly the drummer for Ocean), Sean Hadley on bass (of Conifer) and Michael Hutchins on drums (guitarist of Adamo and Lynx). Harnessing a monolithic/minimalist approach, All Night’s sound projects like a beacon of light through stillness, blackness.


Brendan-James-Hayters

STONE CROWN (Maine)
Brendan James Hayter [of the acclaimed US black metal band Obsidian Tongue] will perform as his solo doom manifestation for this show: Stone Crown. Prepare yourself for sounds of grandeur, solemnity and majesty as this incarnation of Hayter’s expression is unleashed upon Portland for the first time.

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