Cave Moth, Fantasy Panther Live In Philadelphia (4/21/15)

Tuesday night, I was suffering from a pretty bad headache and just overall felt under the weather. Figuring the only cure was incredibly loud grindcore, I headed out to Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie on a whim, as I found out about the show about 4 hours before heading out. I got to Kung Fu Necktie and the place was pretty much empty, minus a handful of people, making it a pretty low-key grind show (oxymoron?) which was actually pretty rad. Fantasy Panther: Featuring ex-members of […]

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United Nations Live In Philly (8/3/14)

I’m posting this one way after the fact because for the past few weeks I’ve been in Spain and access to a computer for me has been limited.  But a few weeks ago I headed to Philly’s Boot and Saddle to catch Geoff Rickley’s (of Thursday) grindcore/screamo/hardcore band United Nations. The band was on tour supporting their newest album The Next Four Years, and played to a pretty packed crowd for a 21+ Sunday night show.  Maybe it was the smaller, more intimate setting of […]

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Anvil, Lords Of Mercy, Fantasy Panther Live In Philadelphia (4/1/14)

Last week, on a random Tuesday night I headed out to Philadelphia’s Barbary to catch local grind band Fantasy Panther open for what has been dubbed the real life Spinal Tap metal band Anvil.  I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t know much about Anvil going into the show as I’ve never seen The Story Of Anvil documentary that helped relaunch their popularity, and the only thing I knew about them is Propagandhi payed homage to them by titling one of their songs “March […]

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Fantasy Panther, Yautja Live In Philadelphia (2/8/14)

On Saturday night, I headed to a bike shop called Wolf Cycles out in West Philly for a local punk/grind show.  Upon entering, I immediately fell in love with the place.  Bare bones, upstairs show in a room no bigger than a living room, I got there right in the middle of ASD’s set, and missed Boroughs again (who I’ve been meaning to see, because their Demo which you can stream on their bandcamp is fucking sick.) ASD: I missed about half of their set […]

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Fantasy Panther, Ratkicker, Skin Graft (Live in Philadelphia 1/9/14)

This past Thursday I headed out to Philly’s small club The Barbary to catch a grindcore/powerviolence show.  The place had a decent amount of people in it for a random winter Thursday night, and while I unfortunately missed some of the openers (especially Boroughs, from what I’ve heard of them, they’re fucking sick), I was able to catch the final three. Skin Graft: Local Philly grind/powerviolence dudes, these guys reminded me a lot of a more midtempo and sludgy Spazz.  The band seemed to missing […]

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Pig Destroyer – Prowler In The Yard (For fans of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Wormrot, Rotten Sound)

I consider it a wasted opportunity: back in the mid 2000s (ten years ago fuuuuck) I lived down in Virginia for school, and would often head down to Richmond for some awesome punk shows.  I remember constantly seeing the name Pig Destroyer on fliers for upcoming shows, but never bothered to check them out.  If only I had a time machine so I can go back in time and slap the shit out of myself. I’ve been listening to Pig Destroyer a lot lately, particularly […]

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Fuck On The Beach – Endless Summer (For fans of Spazz, Pig Destroyer, Infest)

There has to be something in the water over Japan, because that island brings us some of the most brutal, hardcore, spastic music known to man.  Sometimes you just need that organized chaos to get you through the day, and Fuck On The Beach’s Endless Summer straight up hits that spot. Released back in 2001, Endless Summer contains 12 mile a minute songs (minus one incredibly sludgy one that takes up a good 6 minutes) that are actually longer and more developed than most fastcore […]

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Jucifer, Fantasy Panther, Callous Live in Philadelphia (7/13/13)

Some days you just need some more fucking grind in your life.  Last night I headed out to Philly’s intimate Kung Fu Necktie to catch Fantasy Panther who was opening for sludge legends metal Jucifer and playing with Philly’s own Callous (I completely missed HIRS who I’ve heard good things about.) Callous: Callous plays incredibly sludgy powerviolence, and while I’m not usually a huge fan of sludge metal, Callous switches it up enough from the slow droning notes to blast-beat riffs to keep my attention.  […]

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Ghostlimb – Infrastructure (For fans of Graf Orlock, Dangers, Tragedy)

There are your standard hardcore bands, and then there is fucking Ghostlimb.  A three piece with some of the members of Dangers/Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb is known for blending the most aggressive, thrashy, grindy hardcore and adding just a dash of melody for one hell of a ride. On their 3rd full length Infrastructure the band pulverises the listener, yet has enough subtle melodies to keep you interested without taking away from any of the aggression.  Gruff as shit brutal vocals, and surprisingly intelligent lyrics (or […]

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United Nations – Self Titled (For fans of Thursday, Glassjaw, Converge)

United Nations played a rare show in Philly earlier this week, and I missed it.  Oh well.  I can say I’ve been spinning their Self Titled pretty much nonstop since though. A brief history:  United Nations is surrounded by secrecy with most of the official members identities kept hidden due to contracts, etc.  Founded by Geoff of Thursday, other rumored members involved with the project are members of Glassjaw and Converge.  In addition, the band has had legal issues with the actual United Nations, and […]

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