Andrew W.K, An Albatross Live In Philly (10/11/17)

I have a confession to make: I’ve been unapologetically listening to Andrew W.K since I was in high school and yet somehow never managed to see him play live.  The closest I got was when he came around Philly to play I Get Wet in it’s entirety a few years back, but I opted to catch None More Black at the First Unitarian Church instead.  When I saw that the party god was going on tour with his full band once again, I made sure […]

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Die Choking, Eaten Alive, Mister Lizard, Bathe, Ratkicker Live In Philly (8/10/17)

A few weeks ago, I headed out to Philly’s intimate dive The Barbary to catch Ratkicker who was opening for Die Choking with a pretty stacked lineup.  It’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen these Philly punks, and since they were up first I made sure to get there nice and early. Ratkicker: It’s a pretty rare occurrence for Ratkicker to play a show, but I listen to their debut Fuck Off Thank You pretty damn regularly.  Playing aggressive nihilistic punk/hardcore with tinges of […]

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D.R.I, Ghoul, Phobia Live In Philadelphia (5/21/15)

This past Thursday I headed to Philly’s intimate Voltage Lounge to catch a stacked lineup with Phobia, Ghoul, and DRI all playing, who were on their way to Maryland Death Fest.  Due to traffic I got to the venue a bit late and missed the two openers, but got there right as Phobia was playing their opening chords.  I battled through the sea of denim vests and long hair to the front for Phobia. Phobia: I’ve been a fan of Phobia ever since I saw […]

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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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Protest The Hero Live At The Trocadero (12/15/13 Philly)

Last night, I headed to Philly’s Trocadero to catch Canadian prog-thrash-punk-I don’t know what the fuck to classify them as dudes Protest The Hero.  I had to pick between seeing them and Big D and The Kid’s Table which was happening across town, on account I just saw Big D last month, I opted to go with PTH.  I got to the Trocadero late, and was told at the door that there was “no moshing or crowd surfing tonight.”  Pffft… fat chance. I missed most […]

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Protest The Hero – Volition (For fans Propagandhi, Lamb Of God, Symphony X)

Protest The Hero continues to blow my mind.  Seeing these Ontario dudes progress from when I first got into them in 2003 from a melodic punk band to the genre hopping band they are today is pretty fucking awesome, and their latest Volition doesn’t disappoint.   On Volition, Protest The Hero continues to follow their progressive metal/thrash path while still wearing their punk influences on their plaid lumberjack-esque sleeves (that’s what Canadians wear, right?).  Fans of their previous Kezia and Fortress who found the screams […]

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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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Converge – When Forever Comes Crashing (For fans of Dillinger Escape Plan, Ghost Limb, Every Time I Die)

Metal-core for the most part has a bad reputation with both metalheads and hardcore fans.  In fact, back in college it was the one thing my metal friend and I could actually agree on regarding music, citing the fact that it’s usually not metal or hardcore enough and blending the shittiest parts of both to create one giant ball of mediocrity and disappointment.  Converge is different, and they proved that with their 3rd release of When Forever Comes Crashing. While my favorite and the one […]

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An Albatross – Eat Lightning Shit Thunder (For fans of Melt Banana, Dillinger Escape Plan, Horse The Band)

I like my hardcore like I like my sex: spontaneous, noisy, and no time for fucking cuddling.  An Albatross’s 2001 debut Eat Lightning Shit Thunder delivers exactly that, and then some. Playing some of the most sporadic music that the genre has to offer, these Wilkes-Barre (now Philadelphia) dudes are able to cram in more influences and styles within their 11 song, 10 minute album than most bands do in their entire discography.  On Eat Lightning Shit Thunder you’ll hear hardcore, circus music, and 8-bit […]

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Protest The Hero Live In Philly (4/22/12)

Last night I headed out to Philly’s Trocadero to catch punk turned progressive metal act Protest The Hero.  These guys always put on a good show, and I love watching how they’ve progressed from when I first heard their melodic punk sounds back when they released “A Calculated Use Of Sound” all the way to their face melting riffs of Scurrilous.  I walked in about halfway through Periphery’s set, and while I don’t really know too much about these Maryland dudes, they definitely had the […]

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