Sat. 10.08.16: GADGET // VERMIN WOMB // SYLVIA // GUILT

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@ Geno’s Rock Club,
625 Congress St., Portland, Maine.
$10. 21+. 9PM.
Flyer by Sean Mahoney.

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Photos by Joey Oey


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Photo by Grind-Ove Wiksten

GADGET (Sweden)
Though the band has generally flown under the radar in the general metal consciousness, Gavle, Sweden’s GADGET has roots that trace back to 1997. The band have always included influences from every other extreme genre that they’ve been fond of, like doom, sludge, hardcore punk, death metal, black metal and more, never letting genre boundaries stand in the way of their path of destruction.

At the time of the band’s formation, GADGET existed as the grinding alter-ego of a metalcore band whose members, including GADGET founder William Blackmon, simply switched instruments. Rikard Olsson and William teamed up in the winter of 99/00, and wrote the first GADGET demo as a duo. The band then joined forces with Emil Englund to record a second demo, which was strong enough to grab the attention of Relapse Records, who signed the band for the release of their debut full-length Remote (2004), now featuring Fredrik Nygren. Remote was extensively well-received, as was its 2006 follow-up The Funeral March. After touring Europe twice and performing at dozens of festivals worldwide, including at Maryland Deathfest and Auditory Assault in the US, GADGET have proven themselves to be a relentless grindcore force live as well as on record.

A blistering high-speed assault of relentless grind, GADGET’s newest album The Great Destroyer is a cohesive exercise in extremity that blends hints of doom, sludge and death metal with unadulterated, old-school grindcore. The result is an album that is as memorable and infectious as it is pummeling and explosive. With The Great Destroyer, GADGET have released their most accomplished material to date!


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VERMIN WOMB (Colorado)
“While their name is probably unfamiliar to most, Denver’s VERMIN WOMB is the new project from Ethan Lee Mc Carthy (guitar/vocals in Primitive Man and formerly of Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire, Death Of Self…). Their debut EP “Permanence” fills the hole left by CTTOAFF’s apocalyptic take on grind/death and sludge (same line-up, different drummer) in a darker, more metallic way, and still topped by some of the most terrifying vocals and brutal guitar tones around.”


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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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Photo by Reid Haithcock

GUILT (New Hampshire)
“Guilt is a dark and brooding hardcore outfit from New Hampshire. These brutes construct devastating  sounds that combine grind and blackened metallic hardcore influences that result in sheer distorted chaos. Guilt slays your eardrums with massive riffs, blanketing bass noise, blisteringly fast drums and vicious vocal howls. This absolutely shreds!” – cutnpasteyoface.blogspot.com 

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