Sat. 11.19.16: FERAL // LORD ALMIGHTY // SYLVIA

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[ :Facebook event: ]
@ EMPIRE, 575 Congress St., Portland, ME.
$8 [adv. tix here]
9:30PM / 18+/drink with ID.

[ :show documentation: ]
Photos by Don Marietta


Feral
Photo by Tom Couture

FERAL (Maine)
“Journeys of transformation across the living earth, within and beyond. Being transfixed by eternity and death, becoming death (as when your life flashes before your eyes in a moment of extreme danger, disaster or illness and you connect with something more eternal than meat and emotions). It’s about those who succeed in transforming and surviving and those who fail and break in the same process, a herd of human animals trampling each other, changing, dying and escaping in the quest for some kind of frontier where ‘freedom’ has consequence, weight, and is more than just choices at the salad bar, but is instead the living and dying of all your friends and enemies and the rewriting of history in your own image.” – G.S. of Feral, interview by Robex Lundgren


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LORD ALMIGHTY (Massachusetts)
“Boston black metal band Lord Almighty released their debut full length ‘Paths’ in November of 2015, their second release overall after a self-titled EP in 2013.  Chances are that this one may have slipped under your radar when it first came out, but it’s worth circling back around for to spend some time with.  At its core ‘Paths’ offers up a mix of blistering black metal and black/thrash, but there are hints of progressive instrumentation and straight up rock ‘n roll style solos that give the material an identity of its own in this crowded space.  It’s a strong statement from a band that’s already developed their sound considerably while leaving themselves room to expand outwards in whichever direction they please.” – tometal.com



Sylvia
Photo by Joey Whoop.

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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