Polaris, Varials, Chamber, Shame Spiral
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
This event is all ages
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama brings us Gideon, an aggressive, melodic hardcore band with an already impressive repertoire. Well-placed gang vocals and a powerful front man set Gideon apart from many of their peers, while the band as a whole, whose members have been playing together only since 2008, come off sounding like seasoned pros. Their Facedown debut "Costs" (engineered by Brian Hood) will be released on March 1, 2011 and will be supported by non stop touring including Facedown Fest in Pomona, CA (April) and Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, IL (July).
Fresh off a sold out national tour supporting seminal down-under heavy heroes Parkway Drive and a show-stealing appearance at their second Unify Gathering, Polaris have entered 2018 with the Australian metalcore torch held high in their hands.
One of 2017's most anticipated heavy releases, Polaris' debut LP 'THE MORTAL COIL' stunned audiences and critics upon its release in November, hitting #6 on the ARIA Album Charts, scoring a Triple J Feature Album and taking out the fan-voted KillYourStereo.com Album of the Year - surpassing the already high expectations around the band set by 2016 EP 'THE GUILT & THE GRIEF' and its impressive touring cycle, which had seen Polaris gain a reputation as one of Australia's most invigorating live heavy acts.
April 2018 sees the band embarking on their biggest headline tour to date, with shows already selling out. The Mortal Coil Australian Tour will see Polaris showcasing their debut album across the country with support from Ohio USA's The Plot In You as well as local melodic hardcore talents Ambleside and Tapestry. Following this, the band will return to Europe in support of We Came As Romans, building off the word of mouth from their slot on the Impericon Never Say Die Tour in November '17.
With USA appearances in the works for later in the year and plenty more Australian and European touring on the horizon, 2018 looks to be the year that we see Polaris cement their place in the global scene among Australia's most elite heavy music exports.
The Philadelphia, PA quintet—Travis Tabron [vocals], Mitchell Rogers [guitar], James Hohenwarter [guitar], Sean Rauchut [drums], and Mike Foley [bass]—augment an airtight assault of metallic unpredictability and hardcore spirit with poetic punchlines and lyrical storytelling that wouldn’t be out of place on a Kendrick Lamar verse. Maybe it’s the water in Philadelphia, but the same gritty streets that inspired everyone from Rocky Balboa to Meek Mill powered these five musicians. The group’s debut Failure Control EP yielded a string of fan favorites such as “Deadweather” and “Stigmata,” which both cracked 100K Spotify streams. They released the Absolution split EP with Vicious Embrace in 2016 and earned acclaim from Alternative Press, Revolver, Punktastic, and more. Varials approach heavy music from a different angle altogether on their full-length debut, Pain Again [Fearless Records]. This mindset expands the possibilities of “heavy” throughout 11 brash, bruising, and brilliant anthems, with the band taking a collective step forward. They collated ideas for what became Pain Again before entering the studio with producer Josh Schroeder [King 810] during early 2017. Booked for six weeks, they tracked everything in under two with Travis often impressively writing lyrics in the booth and on the spot. Ultimately, Varials tell the story in their own way, and it’s bound to make a big impact.
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