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New Visions Studio & Gallery (201 Vine St., Scranton) will have to batten down the hatches on Saturday, Jan. 26, when the venue will see the return of local metal act Without A Martyr. Along with heavy hitting acts such as Humanity Remains, The Luddites, Where Horizons Meet, and Afflictions, this show will mark Without A Martyr??s longest performance to date.


??We will be playing a whole night of original songs,? said frontman/lead guitar player Eric Ross. ??It will be the first time we??ll be able to do a full-blown set.?


The night is set to cumulate with a spectacle wherein bodies collide from opposing ends of the room in a metal tradition known as the ??wall of death.?


Ross performs alongside drummer Phil Luongo, bassist Mike Bieniecki, and guitarist Mike White, who share his passion for wild breakdowns and ferocious riffs.


??Our dream since we were little was to start a heavy metal band,? recalled Ross as he reflected on his memories with longtime friend Mike White. That dream is now realized, as Without a Martyr finally has a solid group of members with attitudes and sensibilities that work well together.


When they??re not on stage, the band has been busy polishing work for their upcoming EP entitled ??Mentally Enter Our World,? which has been in preparation for the better part of a year. The quintet has a collaborative writing process in which all four members play an equal role. The result is an album that will be available at another concert held at New Visions on Feb. 23.


Moreover, the band continues to seek out larger venues, such as a gig at Allentown??s Crocodile Rock Café. The show, which they have locked down for Feb. 14, will give Without A Martyr a shot at being signed to Sumerian Records.


The set at New Visions this Saturday will consist of a mixture of pummeling songs that the group have been developing for over a year. The self-described ??thrash core? band combines the all-out thrash flavor of the ??80s with the breakdowns and doom-laden grooves of today??s death metal genre. Members cite acts like Slipknot and Slayer as their heroes and are adamant about carrying that torch. According to Ross, the material is ??beautiful music for a disgusting world.?


Through their name is derived from the band??s feeling that nobody had hope for them, Without A Martyr has built a foundation for a promising musical future and a devout local following. If you??re craving some major volume or looking for a raw new act, pick up a new t-shirt at the merchandise table, rip a pair of jeans, and get ready for some fist-pumping heavy metal as the band tears through nine original songs.


??It??s all for you fans,? exclaimed Ross. ??We love each and every one of you, and we plan on coming out with more music for all of you!?


To check out the band online, visit facebook.com/withoutamartyrmusic and reverbnation.com/withoutamartyrmusic.



Without A Martyr, Afflictions, Where Horizons Meet, The Luddites, and Humanity Remains: Jan. 26, doors 7 p.m., show 7:30 p.m., New Visions Studio & Gallery (201 Vine St., Scranton). $7.



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