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Concert Review: Battlefields, Irepress, Frontier, Vernal Pool @ the Triple Rock Social Club

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, March 12, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Battlefields live at the Triple Rock Social Club

It was Wednesday night, and the turnout was surprisingly good for the show at Triple Rock Social Club featuring a billing Battlefields, Irepress, Frontier, and Vernal Pool. For braving the cold, fans in attendance were treated to a perfectionist display of some visionary one-of-a-kind doom, post, and progressive metal from some bands that the music community is sure to be hearing much more of in the future. Though clearly young bands, both Battlefields and Irepress played like veterans of their craft during their brief appearances, with the former opting for a punishing, unpredictable brute force doom, gloom, and hardcore and the latter playing an impassioned, progressive and riff heavy style of post-rock. The enthusiasm was noticeably high (especially for a doom metal show) even throughout the open sets of slow, plodding doom by Vernal Pool and jagged, riff heavy post-metal from Frontier, as well, and I guarantee that every band playing earned themselves a few new fans that night. The Battlefields and Irepress tour is now headed down to SXSW, and I urge anyone in their path to go see it. For now check out the small set of photos from the Wednesday night show at Triple Rock (ps. unfortunately I could only get a few, as my camera battery died soon after Vernal Pool and I didn’t bring a spare – live and learn).

Battlefields live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Battlefields)

Irepress live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Irepress)

Frontier live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Frontier)

Vernal Pool live at the Triple Rock Social Club(Vernal Pool)

I’ve still got quite a few more photos after the jump.. Keep reading! Continue reading

Fargo’s Battlefields set release date for Translation Loss debut

Posted in Concert Dates, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by Ryan Buege

This is just a short update to bring you up-to-speed on one of my favorite mind-expanding metal bands from the area, the young Fargo-ND ethereal post metal/chaotic hardcore innovators in Battlefields. Their debut full-length on Translation Loss Records (Dysrhythmia, Intronaut, Total Fucking Destruction) is now scheduled to be released on March 31, 2009. Listening to some of the goodies from the album that they’ve got on their myspace gives me the impression that (even after several months of waiting with these snippets on repeat) I’m not quite ready for what I’m about to hear. Post-metal truly hasn’t sound this fresh, defiant, and unstoppable to my ears since it first became my drug of choice. It’s too bad the album won’t be available before they play at the Triple Rock Social Club on March 11th with rising psych/prog rockers Irepress, Minneapolis’s Frontier, and our friends in local doomgaze lords Vernal Pool, but that’s no reason to miss this show. With all of these bands supporting unbelievable new material, there’s no doubt in my mind that this will be one of the the most impressive “local” underground metal shows lined up for the remainder of the 2009 winter. Can’t miss!

To round out some great pre-coverage of this show, we’ll have an excellent interview online next week that we conducted with Vernal Pool at their stomping grounds in NE MPLS a few days ago about the show and their forthcoming debut full length album. Also, they’ll will be playing a verrrrry late set on Saturday at the 400 Bar for the Devil’s Work Shop 5 Year Anniversay Party, so metalheads  shouldn’t fail to stay around til bar time to be impressed before the Battlefields/Irepress tour sweeps through the city.

Sunday Metal Minute: Irepress, “Cyette Phiur”

Posted in Sunday Metalhead Minute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, February 2, 2009 by Ryan Buege

For these final minutes of your Sunday evening, I highly encourage you to light up, kick back, and enjoy this adventurous new track of polyrhythmic progressive/post metal from Boston, MA group Irepress. The group’s press sheet states that the band will “readily find appeal with fans of  Battles, Cynic and Explosions in the Sky alike”, and I’m inclined to agree with it. While much of the song vibes off of Meshuggah-esque abstract brutality and dissonant hardcore, “Cyette Phiur” is a shoegaze/post-rock epic at its heart. I never thought I would be able to say that I really enjoyed a song integrates both gang vocals AND a string section, but when it works (as it does here) I’ll be the first to admit it. It’s rare that a progressive metal band sounds so at home in such foreign territory, and they’ve got me interested to see what other ideas they’ve pulled together. So far it sounds genius..

Listen: “Cyette Phiur” (from Sol Eye Sea I, in stores 2/17)

Also worthy of note is that Irepress and Fargo, ND (..almost MPLS..) post-metal prodigies Battlefields will soon be heading out on a massive U.S. tour to support the release of their new albums including a 4 day stint in Austin, TX for SXSW. They’ll be in the metro on March 11th for a show with Dark Castle and Vernal Pool. Keep reading for all the tour dates… Continue reading