Port City Music Hall
Within The Ruins

Within The Ruins

Phinehas, Great American Ghost, Sentinels, Toxic Cross

Sun, August 5, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

This event is all ages

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. PCMH box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

Within The Ruins
Within The Ruins
Who says a band needs to disappear for years at a time between albums? Pantera dropped a classic album every other year from 1990 to 1996. The late Chuck Schuldiner unleashed seven classic Death albums in the span of just over ten years. So when a band hits the kind of creative stride, chemistry and metallic momentum WITHIN THE RUINS tapped into with last year’s breakthrough album they’d be fools to slow down now.

Within The Ruins wasted no time in crafting a new career-defining landmark, Phenomena. The band’s new album is the next step forward from Elite, further jettisoning all but the best components of the oft-maligned “deathcore” genre to reveal a band whose all out assault of heaviness won’t be confined by genre. The band shreds with the best of them of course, maintaining a place next to Between The Buried And Me and The Faceless, but the new album is even more about songs than scales.

Phenomena maintains an emphasis on showmanship with ever increasing diversity, smartly sidestepping predictable structures and contrived breakdowns. Within The Ruins are exploring the type of sonic textures and esoteric territory explored by Gojira. In some spots, a more nuanced vocal assault creeps in, with powerful might.

Album kickoff “Gods Amongst Men” boasts a clearly defined chorus, the first of its kind to truly emerge. Fans of the slower, sludgy groove of “Feeding Frenzy” are sure to dig “The Other.” The dissonant guitars and evocative synthesizers of “Calling Card” would seem out of place in their earlier work, but on Phenomena, it’s just part of the rich tapestry.

“When we released our last album, we felt like we had finally found what we were wanting to do since we started the band,” explains cofounder Joe Cocchi, who proved his guitar shredding prowess, alongside his fellow cofounder appropriately nicknamed “Drummer,” with early rumblings like Omen. All Music likened the eclectic shred of Creatures to Metallica’s landmark Master of Puppets, but played “twice as fast.”

Vocalist Tim Goergen sounds as savage as ever, with a renewed focus on memorability and catchiness to his phrasing. Bassist Andrew Tate is as fluid and tasteful as before, keeping pace with this bandmates while offering his own twists and turns along the way.

“We’ve been known for technical, faster metal. But it’s the type of stuff that’s tough for someone to listen to if they’re not into a very, very specific subgenre,” says Cocchi. “The challenge we gave ourselves with Phenomena was to come up with something even better in a shorter amount of time, to really take advantage of the momentum.”

Elite established Massachusetts’ finest as frontrunners in the world of extreme metal, putting the hardworking group on the Billboard 200 and doubling the first week sales of their previous record, Invade (2010). Within The Ruins were once voted onto Summer Slaughter. Now they return, three years later, victorious, joining a 2014 lineup topped by death metal legends Morbid Angel. This is all hot on the heels of a tour with Whitechapel and a triumphant New England Metal and Hardcore Festival homecoming.

Born and bred in the same heavy metal rich Northeast soil as New Wave Of American Heavy Metal progenitors Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Unearth and Shadows Fall and weaned on the dark sounds of classic death metal, the technical melodicism of Scandinavia and the precision staccato crunch of Meshuggah, Within The Ruins have busted their collective ass to carve out a unique identity for themselves from those ingredients and have succeeded like never before with this year’s Phenomena.

“There continue to be tons of new fans for us to make,” declares Cocchi. “There’s a ton of people who haven’t heard of us. One common thing to overcome in this genre is that people move on too quickly. We are still trying to progress and trying to bring something new to the table with every album. I believe that can always be done, even if it doesn’t always happen with every band. Hopefully people can see that with us.”

The fans wholeheartedly embraced Elite. Considering how much Phenomena takes Within The Ruins’ music to the next level, there’s no limit to how far this band can go.
Phinehas
Phinehas
Utter and complete reinvention isn’t the only way to destroy boundaries. Oftentimes, the most invigorating renewal in any particular community comes not from a generation’s desperate search for some sort of unrealized frontier, but from a reverence for the strength of its foundation. The steadfast metal fury of PHINEHAS is focused, deliberate, and unashamed. Across three albums and two EPs, the Southern California quartet has proven to be both herald of the genre’s future and keeper of its glorious past.

The New Wave Of American Metal defined by the likes of As I Lay Dying, Shadows Fall, Unearth, All That Remains, Bleeding Through, and likeminded bands on the Ozzfest 
stage and on the covers of heavy metal publications has found a new heir in PHINEHAS. Even as the NWOAM owed a sizeable debt to Europe’s At The Gates and In Flames and North America’s Integrity and Coalesce, PHINEHAS grab the torch from the generation just before them. The four men of mayhem find themselves increasingly celebrated by fans, critics, and contemporaries, due to their pulse-pounding brutality. 

Make no mistake: PHINEHAS is not a simple throwback. PHINEHAS is a distillation of everything that has made the genre great since bands first discovered the brilliant results  of combining heavy metal’s technical skill with hardcore punk’s impassioned fury. SEAN MCCULLOCH has poured his heart out through his throat with decisive power, honest reflections on faith and doubt, and down-to-earth charm since 2007. Drummer/backing vocalist LEE HUMERIAN has powered the band with momentous thunder since the following year. Bassist BRYCE KELLY and guitarist DANIEL GAILEY came later, forging a foursome in the spirit of the sledgehammer-like delivery of Pantera. 

The band’s modern interpretation of a now classic but criminally underrepresented sound achieves new creative heights with Till the End. The group’s third album is theirfirst for Artery Recordings, home to scene kingpins Attila and Chelsea Grin. The mid-2000s style stomp of “My Horses Are Many” (watched by over half a million people on 
YouTube) and “I Am the Lion” from thegodmachine (2011) melted seamlessly into the molten lava-like Southern metal groove of “Blood On My Knuckles” from The Last Word is Yours to Speak (2013). A hint of that Lamb Of God-type flavor persists on Till the End (particularly in “Coup de Grâce”), but PHINEHAS is now even more ambitious than ever. 

The searing sing/scream combo akin to their buddies in Haste The Day collides with a bigger-than-before shred-tastic technicality from Gailey, who brings his considerable chops as a former guitarist for Becoming The Archetype into the established PHINEHAS stew with stunning results. Matching the monster riffs and brutalizing drumming pound 
for pound in passion, McCulloch doesn’t mince words when attacking the polarizing hypocrisy of many American Evangelicals. “How can you love a God you cannot see / when you hate your fellow man standing in front of me?” he bellows in “Dead Choir,” one of the album’s most aggressive but melodic tracks. “You’re a liar and a fake,” he declares, before reminding fellow believers: “Without Grace we would all be dead.”

Elsewhere on the album, PHINEHAS mine the esoteric intelligence of Thrice, while maintaining a consistently heavy, catchy, and often wonderfully complex density. Standouts include “Tetelestai” (“It is Finished” in Greek) and crowd favorite “White Livered,” which features guest guitar work from Dominic Dickinson of Affiance. An acoustic intro gives way to guitar sweeps and brutal but hopeful vocals in “Till the End,” which closes the album with a repeated refrain of, “Live free or die / Till the end.” 

A commitment to personal, professional, and musical excellence; an urgent calling to share hope, faith, and unconditional love with the masses; a relentless hunger to
connect with diverse groups of people all around through their music and their message – these are the things driving PHINEHAS. Whether on tour with bands like For Today, Close To Home, War Of Ages, and Sleeping Giant; at events like New England Metal & Hardcore Festival and South By So What; or on a showcase with Beartooth, PHINEHAS will share their catharsis with the broken, the searching, and the hurting, Till the End.
Great American Ghost
Great American Ghost
Since their formation in 2012, Boston’s angriest band, Great American Ghost has been consistently defined as “a band with potential”. Their instrumentals; technical and unrelenting. Potential. Their lyrics; pointed and direct while deeply introspective. Potential. Their live performance; unpredictable, unapologetically angry and earnestly aggressive. Potential. The past 36 months these 5 New England natives have been working their fingers to the bone and screaming their voices horse proving their unwavering potential.

Enter the band’s newest undertaking: The dark, mid tempo, dive into themselves that is “Everyone Leaves.”

Potential met.
Toxic Cross
Toxic Cross
TOXIC CROSS is a 5-piece death/thrash metal band from Maine, featuring ex-members of Last Chance to Reason, Hallowed Butchery, and Terrible Old Man.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101