Basically, everyone agreed that metal is on the rise in Portland. Here's a bit of the A&E story that got cut for space that supports this notional as well:
Jason Leivian co-curated a currently running Oregon Historical Society exhibit called “Oregon Rocks! A History of Popular Music in Oregon.” Carson helped out, and when he commented on the lack of metal, Leivian says he told him, “It's actually happening now. If there's another retrospective 10 or 15 years later, they're definitely going to look at bands like Red Rang, Agalloch and Witch Mountain.”
Grimace for the history books this weekend.