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@ EMPIRE,
575 Congress St., Portland, ME.
$8 [adv. tix here]
9:30PM / 21+.

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Photos by Joey Oey


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Photo by Joey Oey

APOLLYON (Maine)
Sent from the deepest depths of the swirling void, Apollyon was conjured to annihilate and conquer. Upon the gathering of four death obsessed, sleaze ridden, hellhounds, a ripping metal death campaign was set into motion. Nocturnal sluts and beer drinking hellraisers everywhere will soon know to heed the call of the coffin and take the oath of allegiance to this unholy horde, or be crushed under cloven hooves. Apollyon’s blasphemous declarations of war upon false metal can be heard on their newly released EP, entitled “MIDNIGHT.”


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Photo by Don Marietta

OPENING BELL (New York)
Opening Bell are a three-piece from NYC, whose members have collectively performed and recorded in countless underground bands over the years. They have accumulated too many touring miles to count throughout too many parts of the world to remember. This project has them exploring new realms of challenging sound while maintaining footing in the worlds of heavy, meditative and electronic musics.


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Photo by Tom Couture

NORTHERN CURSE (New Hampshire)
“We view this band as a raw and simple Black Metal band. No frills but a little hint of melody here and there. But obviously we all play in Hardcore bands. So I’m sure that sort of framework is worked in there. My brother and I grew up listening to Thrash and Death Metal so you might hear some of that shining through as well: Morbid Angel, Unleashed, Disincarnate, on the Death side of things and Sepultura, Slayer, Sarcofogo and probably Metallica on the Thrash side, and whatever else we’ve picked up along the way.” – Matt Serven of Northern Curse, interviewed by Decibel Magazine’s Demo:listen


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Photo by Hillarie Jason

NYCTERENT (Maine)
Portland’s ambient noise/empath-feedback unit from J.Morse (Last Mercy Emissions/ex-Erroraeon). Now featuring the texture, subtlety and aggression of guitarist J.Berube from the defunct Maine doom band, Mugwort. A split recording with Opening Bell is due out on Bsoton label, Divergent Series, very soon.

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@ Geno’s Rock Club,
625 Congress St., Portland, Maine.
9pm. 21+. $10.

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Photos by Joey Oey


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PILGRIM (Rhode Island)
“Let’s be real – Pilgrim is hands down one of the best doom bands in existence right now. The band’s two albums, 2012’s Misery Wizard and 2014’s II: Void Worship, are flat out amazing… While we’ve been informed there won’t be a new album until 2018, there has been a lineup change! The band has welcomed back bassist Eric “Count Elric the Soothsayer” Dittrich to the band, who performed on Misery Wizard!” – Metalinjection.net


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HEAVY TEMPLE (Pennsylvania)
“Heavy Temple have stood proud as Philadelphia’s strongest doom export for years now. Their earthy vibes and ethereal compositions are all grounded in a far older tradition and remind us of the burning power this music has always had. I’ve always thought there is something very human about Heavy Temple, they are a group who understand the sheer potency of the genre but infuse it with so much else that you’re not listening to ‘just another doom band.’

In a crowded genre Heavy Temple have always placed an emphasis on frequent touring, DIY ethics and contributing to their local music scene. Heavy Temple are the sort of bad that most local bands aspire to be, exciting, unique and pushing for a future that could be far beyond what many of us might dream possible. If you’re trying to find the next big thing in doom, a band who seem to fuse Subrosa, Windhand, and Pentagram would probably be the ticket, and that’s exactly what Heavy Temple are.” – Metalinjection.net


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Photo by Hillarie Jason

HESSIAN (Maine)
With a reformed lineup (featuring members of Holy Filth), Hessian return to Geno’s with their signature style of classic heavy metal mixed with occult rock. Expect a slightly more aggressive edge to this new manifestation, think an injection of Motorhead to their already formidable repertoire! A new record is currently in composition…


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Photo by Michael R. Batchelder

MANIC ABRAXAS (Maine)
“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

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@ 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St.,
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
All ages (21+ drink w/ID).
8:00 PM. $8 adv./$10.

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Photos by Hillarie Jason can be found here.


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Photos by Hillarie Jason

MORNE (Massachusetts)
Profound Lore Records band, Morne, will headline an evening of thunderous and dark music at 3S Artspace on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Formed in 2005, Morne is a heavy, atmospheric band based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their style blends doom metal and classic British crust punk but stretches beyond those boundaries, combining a bleak lyrical style with driving riffs.

Three studio albums have been released to date. Their first, Untold Wait, was produced on Feral Ward Records in 2009. In 2011, they signed with Profound Lore Records and released Asylum that same year, followed by Shadows, in 2013. Currently, they are working on their fourth full length album.

The band has toured the US, Canada and Europe, where they have been part of large festivals such as Roadburn and Hellfest. Morne’s appearances in the Northeast tend to manifest no more than a couple of shows each year, which only enhances the unique nature of their upcoming performance.


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Photo by Hillarie Jason

GRUE (Massachusetts/New Hampshire)
“Grue is a Boston black metal band… a raging storm-front of black metal fury through which a memorable melody weaves its way, the storm eventually spending itself in a subdued passage before ramping up again through hard-rocking chords and rhythms to a final attacking rush.” – No Clean Singing on Grue’s Casualty of the Psychic Wars


Northern Curse
Photo by Tom Couture

NORTHERN CURSE (New Hampshire)
“We view this band as a raw and simple Black Metal band. No frills but a little hint of melody here and there. But obviously we all play in Hardcore bands. So I’m sure that sort of framework is worked in there. My brother and I grew up listening to Thrash and Death Metal so you might hear some of that shining through as well: Morbid Angel, Unleashed, Disincarnate, on the Death side of things and Sepultura, Slayer, Sarcofogo and probably Metallica on the Thrash side, and whatever else we’ve picked up along the way.” – Matt Serven of Northern Curse, interviewed by Decibel Magazine’s Demo:listen


Nycterent
Photo by Michael R. Batchelder

NYCTERENT (Maine)
Portland’s ambient noise/empath-feedback unit from J.Morse (Last Mercy Emissions/ex-Erroraeon). Now featuring the texture, subtlety and aggression of guitarist J.Berube from the defunct Maine doom band, Mugwort.

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@ Geno’s Rock Club,
625 Congress St., Portland, Maine.
9pm. 21+. $8.

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Photos by Michael R. Batchelder
*We apologize for the absence of coverage for Lousy.


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GOZU (Maine)
GOZU heave the rock, yet embody the soul on their past releases. Fronted by Marc Gaffney on vocals and guitar, Doug Sherman on guitar, Joe Grotto on bass, and Mike Hubbard on drums, the band’s sound is tailor-made for blasting out the car speakers via international radio airwaves. Having already been aired on national television (USA) via MTV (‘Road Rules’, ‘Dudesons’, ‘Real World’), NBC, and NASCAR, Gozu aims to take their critical and commercial success to new heights on their upcoming debut for Blacklight Media / Metal Blade Records, with worldwide touring to follow. Previously, the group shared the stage with the likes of St. Vitus, Pallbearer, Lo Pan, Storm of Light, Helmet, Elder, Mos Generator, and Fu Manchu in the States, as well as Yob, Church of Misery and Kvelertak in Europe at Roadburn (Netherlands) and DesertFest Berlin (Germany). 2017 will surely see Gozu back on the road again, and at the forefront of the heavy rock and metal world.


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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 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) and Michael Hutchins on drums (guitarist of Adamo and Lynx). Given the strength and vision of their roots, All Night promises not to disappoint.


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LOUSY (Maine)
First show of this anticipated new band – featuring members of Purse, Leash/Cadaverette and Say John Earl. Let the chaos ensue…

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@ SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St.,
Portland, Maine. All ages.
8:00 PM. $8 adv./$10.
Please *donate* to Immortal Bird,
due to loss of their van, merch & all of their gear.

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Photos by Joey Oey


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RUIN (Maine)
Portland’s RUIN makes their SPACE debut, headlining an evening of heavy music with their unique blend of thrash-influenced metal. RUIN have been forging their craft since 2005, having released three full lengths and shared the stage with Strapping Young Lad, Stuck Mojo, Goatwhore, and Fear Factory. Their newest and self-released album, Rite of Passage, only further exemplifies the band’s precision, articulate expression and discipline, in their pursuit of no-holds-barred American thrash metal.


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WITHERED (Georgia)
Atlanta’s Withered have been traversing the depths of extreme metal since 2003. Their fourth album, Grief Relic was released by Season-of-Mist in May 2016, and features newcomers to the band: Ethan McCarthy (Primitive Man) and Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts), alongside the stalwart Mike Thompson and Beau Brandon.


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IMMORTAL BIRD (Illinois)
Chicago’s Immortal Bird combine dissonance & black metal aesthetics into an ecstatic fury entirely of their own. Fronted by vocalist/lyricist Rae Amitay, their debut full length was co-released by Broken Limbs and Manatee Rampage.


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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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@ SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St.,
Portland, Maine. All ages.
8:00 PM. $10 adv./$12.

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Photos by Joey Oey


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Photo by Ben McCanna

THE BODY (Oregon)
“There’s heaviness. There’s brutality. Then there’s The Body.” It has been said by more than a few intrepid listeners that The Body is the most brutal band on the planet. With ravishing grimness and impenetrable walls of noise, the duo of Chip King and Lee Buford create music that goes beyond what is normally considered harsh and violent, advocating a doctrine of misanthropy to those brave enough to take the plunge. Since their recording career began in earnest in 2004, The Body has expanded the definition of what it means to be a metal band, incorporating elements of noise, avant-garde composition, and experimental electronic music into their crushing doom and searing black metal foundation.


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MUSLIN (Rhode Island)
Steven Vallot layers synth and sample textures to build shimmering sonic artifacts, at times cold and indifferent like the electricity that constructs them, they always return to a melancholy heart, one that is apt for the current historical moment in which we suffer.


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LINGUA IGNOTA (Rhode Island)
Kristin Hayter is an interdisciplinary artist, composer, and performer currently living in Rhode Island. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Digital Language Arts from Brown University. She will be pursuing a doctoral degree in the Fall of 2017.

A classically-trained vocalist, Kristin works with a variety of media and technology to create dense works harnessing the tech-mediated or acoustically extended voice, and is inspired by vernacular extreme forms such as black metal, power electronics, and harsh noise as well as sacred and liturgical music.

Her solo project LINGUA IGNOTA explores violence and gender in extreme music through a morally ambiguous, emotionally/physically intense performance practice that has been described as “crushing.”


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CUSE ME  (Maine)
Portland noise-mongers featuring members of Mouth Washington, An Anderson and Gimme Goldar. Hang on to your hats & don’t forget your earplugs…