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@ SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St.,
Portland, Maine. All ages.
8:00 PM. $8.
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Photos by Michael R. Batchelder.
“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
ABOMINATION IN CONFLICT WITH MECHANICAL DEATH (Virginia)
Richmond, Virginia power violence/noisecore outfit A.I.C.M.D. make a stop in Portland, while recording with noise-rock mastermind & Today Is The Day frontman Steve Austin in Orland, Maine. AICMD are co-led by Today Is The Day drummer Douglas Andrae.
KINTAAN (Rhode Island)
“Mind-expanding, drum & bass tectonic shifts washed in nightmarish effects. Kintaan are a trio from Providence, RI, who drive an earthen, rhythmic push directly into the mangled, electronic ambiance of a Lucio Fulci gore flick. You will feel the dead weight of deep space crush your chest as the massive swells of distorto riffs, complex beats, synth hell-washes and hallucinatory, vocal interjections provide you, the listener, with your very own sensory deprivation tank for outer limit pilgrimage. If you’ve ever wondered what music made in a black hole would sound like; Kintaan’s audio debauchery will provide an answer…of some kind.” – Jay Snyder
BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN (Maine)
Portland hardcore/thrash band, Born Under A Bad Sign, return to the stage armed with fresh and smoldering new material. They play SPACE Gallery as part of a weekend campaign performing throughout Maine & New Hampshire.
STERILE GARDEN & NYCTERENT (Maine)
Jacob DeRaadt of Sterile Garden & J.Morse of Nycterent will be performing transitional sets of sound collage/manipulations and dark ambient/noise between bands throughout the evening.