A photographic account of heavy music in Portland, Maine
Blame gravity. That’s the only reasonable explanation for the sudden cluster of heavy shows about to overtake Portland. After an eerie spell of holiday-induced silence, the peninsula is about to erupt into bedlam. Over the next eight days, there are eight notable shows in our city. Most notable, of course, is High on Fire. We believe High on Fire is so heavy — so astronomically massive — that it warped the calendar like timespace, causing other shows to crowd around like comets falling toward some distant sun. Here’s a quick gander:
In short, it’s time to buy stock in B vitamins and Alka-Seltzer. (In the interest of brevity, we’re going to preview just this weekend’s shows, starting with HoF [and we’ll get to the other stuff as the week progresses]).
We buried the lede. The most important thing to know about the High on Fire show is this:
The band is playing new material.
In a recent interview, bassist Jeff Matz said the Oakland trio planned to bust out new songs during their 8-city mini-tour with Mountain of Wizard. For what it’s worth, the rumor mill has confirmed this. On message boards, fans say the band has been rolling out two to four new songs at each show.
At the end of the month, HoF will enter Kurt Ballou’s GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts, to record their seventh LP, a followup to 2012’s excellent De Vermis Mysteriis.
So, if you want to hear new songs from HoF before the rest of the world, throw down $18 ($15 advance) and witness a small part of history at Port City Music Hall. Doors at 7; show at 8.
Oh, and Portland’s Eastern Spell starts it off, so this is a no-lose proposition.
We buried the lede again.
Holy fucking shit, guys. Twisted Roots is getting back together for a benefit show tonight at Geno’s.
Twisted Roots, a New England mainstay from 1989 to 2009, is reuniting one night only to play their debut LP Turn to Stone in its entirety, plus tracks from their second LP Communication.
The show is a benefit for Mimi Feld — a fixture in Portland’s punk scene and “a friend of the band since the very beginning,” said Neil Collins, who served as bassist from 1991 to ’96, and is taking part in the reunion.
Feld has recently fallen on difficult financial times. The show is meant to lend a helping hand.
Collins said the reunion has been smooth.
“Rehearsals have been incredibly easy and fun,” he said. “We hardly have forgotten a note.”
8 p.m. Ten bucks.