Sat. 08.27.16: SYLVIA // HEPATAGUA // SHABTI // LABYRINTH AND THE DESERT // EXCLAVE

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@ Geno’s Rock Club,
625 Congress St., Portland, Maine.
$8. 21+. 8:30PM.
Artwork by Shawn Brewer.

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Photos by Michael R. Batchelder & J.Morse


Sylvia
Photo by Michael R. Batchelder

SYLVIA (Maine)
“My first exposure to the dual-guitar Portland four-piece was their 2013 self-titled debut full-length (review here), produced by Steve Austin of Today is the Day, and so I knew somewhat to expect as they took the stage, though they still managed to work in a few surprises in their riff-led blend of thrash, grind, periodic heavy breakdowns and headfirst dives into crunch that brought to mind earliest, heaviest Mastodon without actually losing itself in pseudo-progressive winding. They owed as much to Napalm Death as to any kind of sludge, but seemed to play out that grinding influence on a bed of thickened, sometimes-lurching tonality that made their material as much about groove as about speed. I’d forgotten their connection through guitarist/vocalist Candy and bassist Reuben Little to defunct slow-crawling doomers Ocean, but afterwards that context continued to make sense in line with what guitarist Sean Libby and drummer Michael brought to the proceedings. After one of their songs, someone in the crowd shouted, “Play that riff again!” which was an impulse I could understand. They didn’t, but the next riff turned out to be killer as well, so it all worked out.” – The Obelisk


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HEPATAGUA (Massachusetts)
“Hepatagua was once described as a two headed giant fighting another giant with the limbs of a third giant. It came to life in 2013, when BFF’s Nate Linehan (of AxCx/Fistula fame) and Aaron Gray (owner of Grayskull Booking) came to realize that they loved The Melvins, Nirvana, High on Fire, Failure, and formed a two piece dedicated to the riff and the exploration of playing whatever genre they feel like as long as it’s heavy as fvck. They’ve shared stages with the likes of Weedeater, King Parrot, Jucifer, Lo-Pan, and more and their debut EP, Worms, is just a taste of their upcoming LP titled “The Lost Art of Dropping Dead.” – The Obelisk


Shabti
Photo by Tom Couture

SHABTI (Maine)
“Overflowing with riffs that have structural difficulty (without any Racer X-style solos), Paracusia remains an album of songs, not Berklee-trained boredom. The mid-range sound of the guitars snarl in and out of pure death metal, thrash, and black metal atonality, but flow from one section to another in a manner that always makes sense and keeps you attuned to the composition beneath the performances.” – Worm Gear review of “Paracusia” CD (self-released)


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LABYRINTH AND THE DESERT (Washington)
Established in 2001 by A. McGinnis (ex-janmichaelvincentcarcrash). Committed to conducive seeing through sound via rhythm and visa versa, drawing parallels between visual and audio, micro/macro. Tales.


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EXCLAVE (Maine)
First show from Portland’s newest doom/thrash influenced project, featuring members of Swarmlord, Cryptic Overcast and Apollyon. A reason to show up early to welcome this highly-anticipated band to Maine’s metal landscape!

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