A&C Recommends: Falls of Rauros, The Baltic Sea, AWAAS and Haru Bangs at SPACE

Posted on December 05, 2011 in Arts & Culture
By Kevin Steeves

SPACE Gallery

On Saturday, Dec.10, SPACE Gallery in Portland is bringing a surefire cure for your impending cabin fever, as Maine black metal kings Falls of Rauros will be joined by The Baltic Sea, AWAAS and Haru Bangs for one last blowout before the new year.

Last summer, Scarborough’s Falls of Rauros released one of the most impressive black metal albums in years with The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood. A sprawling epic, The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood completely re-imagines the dated and oft-dismissed genre, with folk-inspired acoustic interludes and an open embracement of melody over distracting, overbearing dissonance. The album achieved both local and national acclaim with some even claiming it as a sure contender for album of the year upon its release. In short, Saturday night’s show will be a perfect chance to catch one of the top bands in Maine right now, before they only get bigger.

Although they have yet to release any material aside from a dozen or so Youtube videos of live performances, the members and history of AWAAS are familiar to many in the Maine music world. Rising from the ashes of Portland mainstays Ocean and Conifer, AWAAS shares the same D.I.Y. philosophy and passion for excessive volume as their predecessors — but with a far more melodic sound. Although they’ve only been performing together live since October, the trio has gained a  passionate following for their entrancing fusion of math-rock and post-punk in basements and art spaces across the city including their live debut, which had them opening for Shinji Masuko of the nationally acclaimed experimental rock group Boredoms.

Also joining Falls of Rauros and AWAAS will be the Portland’s volume-obsessed garage rockers Haru Bangs and progressive art-rock five-piece The Baltic Sea, who are fresh off the release of their newest album Period Piece. Like most shows at SPACE Gallery located at 538 Congress St., it’s 18+ and starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 and available at the door the night of the show.