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Vinyl Variety: VITRIOL’s KYLE RASMUSSEN Lists Portland, OR’s Top Metal-Flavoured Record Stores

Death metallers Vitriol are just about to release their stunning debut album To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice via Century Media, and lead singer Kyle Rasmussen joins us for our Vinyl Variety series to run through his top record shops in Portland, Oregon.



When it comes to death metal music, presently there may be no band carrying more momentum than Vitriol. What has followed an independent self-release of their 2017 EP, Pain Will Define Their Death, is astounding; a whirl of activity, gigs, and hard hustling led to a deal with Century Media Records who now, on September 6th, will release the group’s debut full-length, To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice. Clearly, a remarkable achievement!

To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice (pre-order/save here) is a collection of tracks powered by the dual vocals provided by guitarist Kyle Rasmussen and bassist Adam Roethlisberger. Running about 45 minutes in length, this is an album of viciously intense metal delivered with passion and personality from two very talented singers, and rounded out by guitarist Mike Ashton and drummer Scott Walker. Now, with the upcoming release, Vitriol are taking their show on the road for an absolutely massive European tour, as part of a bill that will include Nile, Hate Eternal, and Omophagia; it kicks off next week and concludes in early October.

If that’s not enough, about six weeks later, another monumental accomplishment will come in the form of a month-long North American tour opening for Cattle Decapitation which is set to wrap up just before Christmas. With all the mania surrounding Vitriol, it’s a good time to learn a little more about this Portland four-piece so we zeroed in on some of their favourite hometown record stores. As part of our Vinyl Variety series, Kyle Rasmussen provides a look at some of his must-visit, metal-flavoured vinyl establishments.

Just released last week, Vitriol is in fine form in their latest music video for “I Drown Nightly:”

01. 2nd Avenue Records
Address: 400 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Phone: +1 (503) 222-3783


2nd Avenue Records in Portland was the closest thing to a heavy metal home base I had in terms of record stores growing up. We’ve had others in town come and go but there has yet to be another as consistent, honest, and passionately ran. 2nd Ave favors a broader focus on counter-culture over the narrower selection you usually find in stores that offer as strong of a selection in extreme metal; punk, hardcore, rap, hip-hop, and all subgenres of heavy metal are found in small, highly curated batches of what some endearingly refer to as “the good shit.”

02. Blackwater Records
Address: 223 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212
Phone: +1 (503) 281-6234

Blackwater Records is another one of your true-blue punk/metal hole-in-the-wall record stores of the highest order. You won’t be surprised by their offerings in studded leather accessories, woven patches, punk/metal literature, retro formatted zines, fliers littering the walls, a filthy couch. It’s paradise! Blackwater deals exclusively in the underground so you won’t have a very good time if you’re seeking the latest Metal Blade, Nuclear Blast, or Century Media (ha!) release, but if you’re on the hunt for something like Coffin Texts, Blackwater might be for you!

03. Devout Records (Permanently Closed)
Address: 636 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Phone: +1 (666) 555-DEAD

– I also want to take a moment to give a shout out to the ill-fated Devout Records, ran by Jef Whitehead (Wrest) of Leviathan and his wife, Stevie Floyd of Dark Castle. Devout earned its name by being a small temple to the most heinous and extreme. Vintage gauntlets, early Kreator VHS tapes, and hard to find black and death dripped from its walls and shelves. I don’t know the story, but I heard the owner of the building sold it, or something equally tragically uneventful.


Join the vinyl surfing as Kyle Rasmussen walks us through his Record Store selections:

Vinyl Variety: VITRIOL’s KYLE RASMUSSEN Lists Portland, OR’s Top Metal-Flavoured Record Stores

“A Vile Desolate Sands Tour” Tour Dates (w/Nile, Hate Eternal, Omophagia):

09/10 – Warszawa, Poland – Progresja
09/11 – Poznan, Poland – U Bazyla
09/12 – Krakow, Poland – Zetpete
09/13 – Budapest, Hungary – Durer Kert
09/14 – Vienna, Austria – Szene
09/15 – Brno, Czech Republic – Melodka
09/16 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
09/17 – Aarau, Switzerland – Kiff
09/18 – Mannheim, Germany – MS Connexion
09/19 – Milano, Italy – Slaughter Club
09/20 – Rome, Italy – Largo
09/21 – San Dona Di Piave, Italy – Revolver
09/23 – TBA, France
09/24 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Club Academy
09/25 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Slay
09/26 – London, United Kingdom – The Dome
09/27 – Mons, Belgium – Lotto Mons Expo Club
09/27 – Helmond, Netherlands – Cacaofabriek
09/29 – Essen, Germany – Turock
10/01- Bremen, Germany – Tivoli
10/02 – Amstelveen, Netherlands – P60
10/03 – Bad Oeynhausen, Germany – Alte Druckerei
10/04 – Lichtenfels, Germany – Way Of Darkness Festival
10/05 – Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser
10/06 – Wroclaw, Poland – Zaklete Rewiry

“The Parting of a Neck” may be the most metal-sounding song title ever. Check out the playthrough video released earlier this year:

Tour Dates (w/ Cattle Decapitation):


11/22 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room & Garage
11/23 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
11/24 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/25 – New Orleans, LA – Parish at House of Blues
11/26 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
11/27 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
11/29 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/30 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
12/01 – New York, NY – (Le) Poisson Rouge
12/02 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
12/03 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Fillmore
12/04 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
12/05 – Chicago, IL – Metro
12/06 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
12/07 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
12/08 – Grand Junction, CO – The Mesa Theater
12/10 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
12/11 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
12/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
12/13 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
12/14 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
12/15 – Berkley, CA – The UC Theatre
12/17 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
12/18 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
12/19 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
12/20 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
12/22 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick

To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice will be released on September 6th, 2019, via Century Media Records: