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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:

Phobia

I’ve been a fan of Phobia ever since I saw them open for Municipal Waste back in 2009, and have been a fan ever since.  These Orange Country dudes play grindcore leaning more towards the crust punk side of things, and Phobia ripped through a quick set playing a bunch off their latest Grindcore with a decent amount of Cruel (my favorite) and Means Of Existence thrown in as well.

The band played an incredibly tight set, and while most in the crowd didn’t really know or appreciate them much, a small yet dedicated group of us partied along.

I don’t remember much of what was played, but some highlights for me were: Facist Face Smash, So Full Of Hate, Let’s Get Pissed, and Rape, Theft And Murder.

Ghoul:

Ghoul

Holy shit, nothing could have prepared me for thrash metal band Ghoul’s set.  While my metalhead friend has been telling me to check them out for years now, this was the first time I was actually going to see them, and what a ridiculous and face melting set.

For those who don’t know, Ghoul, who keeps their real identities hidden play thrash metal with over the top theatrics including costumes, props, and plenty of fake blood.  Pretty much imagine Gwar if Gwar’s music sounded better…

Donning full executioner garb, it didn’t didn’t take the band long before drenching the crowd in fake blood through the use of skulls and infant dolls they disemboweled onstage and sprayed it’s blood on the crowd.  The pit was constant and rowdy, and the band had a cheesy yet incredibly entertaining costumed storyline that involved cops, mecha-warriors, giant robots, etc.  They kept things incredibly light hearted and fun, and never broke character.

I didn’t really even dance around much due to a sprained ankle, and by the end of Ghoul’s set, I was covered in fake blood and beer.  Easily stole the show, one of the most entertaining live bands I’ve ever seen.

DRI:

DRI

I’ve been listening to DRI since I used to skate to Dealing With It in high school, yet somehow I never got a chance to see them.  While a decent amount of people left after Ghoul, there were still plenty left for the long-running crossover thrash kings.  Often credited with starting the crossover thrash genre which mixed punk and thrash that bands such as Municipal Waste followed in the 80s (in fact, the genre is named after their album Crossover), it was rad to see them play in a smaller venue considering they were heading to MDF and NJ’s huge Starland Ballroom the next few days.

DRI took the stage, and immediately broke out into “Who Am I” which had the crowd sitting and dancing along.  These guys must love what they do, because they told the crowd that their setlist was around 40 songs long, and they weren’t kidding.  They played a few hour set, which is definitely a long time as far as punk bands go, but they slayed.

DRI played a bunch off most of their releases, even throwing in some new songs as well which is supposed to be coming out on EP later this year (the first time DRI has made new music in over 20 years).  The new songs they played were awesome, much more similar to their first album and more rooted in punk/hardcore than metal, so I’m definitely looking forward to hearing that.

It’s hard to remember what was played with a set that long, but some songs that come to mind:

Setlist (Not in order or complete):
Who Am I
Slumlord
Dead In A Ditch
Suit And Tie Guy
Argument Then War
I’m The Liar
How To Act
Commuter Man
Thrashard
As Seen On TV
Against Me
Probation
Wage Of Sin
Snap
I’d Rather Be Sleeping
Syringes In The Sandbox
Mad Man
Couch Slouch
Equal People
Yes Ma’am
The Explorer
Karma
Acid Rain
Dry Heaves
Nursing Home Blues
I Don’t Need Society

Encore:
All For Nothing
Manifest Destiny
Beneath The Wheel
Abduction
Violent Pacification
Five Year Plan

MP3:
DRI – Five Year Plan
Ghoul – We Came For The Dead
Phobia – Let’s Get Pissed

You Probably Don’t Need Society Either:
Municipal Waste – Hazardous Mutations
Phobia – Cruel

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

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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 their 2001 release of Prowler In The Yard.  The second studio album by the grindcore trio (at the time at least), Prowler In The Yard blends the perfect amount of grind/crust punk/thrash to keep an adrenaline junkie like myself on the hook.  With constant blast beats, driving dark riffs, and incredibly fucked up yet metaphorical lyrics… it’s like being thrown in the middle of the most fucked up horror movie imaginable.

Not for the faint of heart, and the lyrics are just beyond disturbing.  Pig Destroyer manages to corner the “shock value” while exploring the mental breakdown of a complete murderous sociopath which may make you feel like you need a shower (or therapy) as soon as you’re done listening.

MP3:
Pig Destroyer – Trojan Whore

More Music For You Speed Freaks:
Phobia – Cruel
Some Girls – The DNA Will Have It’s Say
Graf Orlock – Destination: Time Today

DS-13 – Thrash And Burn (For fans of Cut The Shit, Bones Brigade, LxExAxRxNx)

D.S.-13 Thrash And Burn

When you think of fast thrashy skate punk, I’m going to guess Sweden isn’t probably the first place that comes to mind, but after listening to DS-13 (short for Demon System 13) that might change.  These Umeå, Sweden punks certainly do their home country justice with their release of Thrash and Burn.

Thrash and Burn is a quick listen with 10 songs finishing in a mere 7 minutes, but with their scathing, adrenaline junkie fueled punk rock, anything more would probably result in an overdose.

With their English tongue in cheek lyrics, DS-13 provides a ripping commentary on everything from racists (“Shoot the racists!”) to all the tough guy hardcore bands signed to Victory Records (“Pathetic wankers/Think they’re hard/Macho insecurity/Got no place here”).

If you dig fast aggressive hardcore that’s all go no slow, you can’t go wrong with Thrash and Burn.  Fans of Bones Brigade and Cut The Shit will find refuge here.

MP3:
DS-13 – Straights And Drunks

More punk rock for your thrashin’ heart:
Cut The Shit – Marked For Life
Bones Brigade – Endless Bummer
LxExAxRxN – First Lesson

Buy:
Out Of Print.

The Exploited – Fuck The System (For fans of The Casualties, The Unseen, GBH)


The Exploited are one of the more well known punk bands from the 80s, with their debut “Punk’s Not Dead” released back in 1981 and influencing countless other bands.  However in 2003, these Scottish punks released a new album entitled Fuck The System completely departing from the more classic punk sound, and I’m going to warn you now: it’s not for the faint of heart.

Fuck The System is a heavy, thrash influenced, defiant, circle pit inspiring 13 songs.  Blending aggressive street punk with some thrash technicality, The Exploited manage to keep the music simple and to the point and with Wattie’s passionate/maniacal shouting, I really do believe that all this guy wants to do is riot. The songs manage to be catchy with their simple sing-along choruses and simple song structures.

Sure, you’re not going to find anything too fancy on Fuck The System (surprised?) but The Exploited managed to release one of the most aggressive punk albums to this day.  This is music to break stuff to.

MP3:
The Exploited – Chaos Is My Life

More Tunes For Your Circle Pitting Soul:
Scenester 101: How To Be A Modern Day Street Punk
Oxymoron – Westworld
The Unseen – Lower Class Crucifixion

Buy:
The Exploited

 

 

R.A.M.B.O – Wall Of Death The System (For fans of Crucial Unit, DS-13, Municipal Waste)


When you think Philly hardcore, the first bands that probably come to mind are Paint It Black or Kid Dynamite… and rightfully so, those guys are fucking awesome.  One Philly hardcore band that often gets overlooked though are thrashcore dudes R.A.M.B.O, and their first full length Wall Of Death The System is a 28 song blitz that lasts but a mere 34 minutes.

With song titles such as “Ian Mackaye Is My Savior, Not Jesus” and “Circle That ‘A’, Motherfucker”, R.A.M.B.O isn’t exactly the most subtle band in the world. Playing thrashy hardcore in the veins of DS-13 or Crucial Unit, R.A.M.B.O focused on anarchist, cyclist, and skate themes in their lyrics.

Known for their insane live shows, unfortunately they called it quits back in 2007.  If you dig fast paced punk rock with a touch of humor, check out one of Philly’s finest.

MP3:
R.A.M.B.O – Ian Mackaye Is My Savior, Not Jesus

Rock Out With Your Black Bloc Out:
Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast
Crucial Unit – These Colors Get The Runs
Municipal Waste – Waste Em All

Buy:
625 Thrash

Top 10 Of 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, non-gender identifying people:  the moment you’ve all been waiting for since the moment you were born.  I present to you the Battle Of The Midwestern Housewives top 10 releases of 2012!

Obviously I didn’t get a chance to check everything out that I wanted to (Classics of Love, Hot Water Music’s new album, etc) and I ALWAYS wind up leaving something off the list that should have made it (like Punch’s Nothing Lasts EP would definitely be my #1 of 2011… ah well). In addition, I was saddened that some of my favorite bands didn’t make the cut with their latest (Bouncing Souls, Ceremony), and as good as that new Kesha song is, I spared you all.

10. Morning Glory – Poets Were My Heroes

If we’re going to be totally honest, I wasn’t expecting too much from the latest Morning Glory release.  Sure, I like Ezra’s (Leftover Crack, Choking Victim) project enough, but I thought everything with crack rock steady has been said and done already.  Boy was I surprised to hear strings, pianos, and all sorts of instrumentation on this album.  Clean production, poppy melodies, and punk rock snarl make Poets Were My Heroes one incredibly surprising listen.

Morning Glory – Shelter From The Spoon

9. Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast

These Richmond crossover thrash kings have exploded over recent years, and I am happy to say that The Fatal Feast was a return to their aggressive, party fest sound that seemed to be missing from their lackluster Massive Aggressive.  Music to break stuff to.

Municipal Waste – Unholy Abductor

8. NOFX – Self Entitled (review coming still)

NOFX have been doing this punk thing for quite some time (30 years now) and they found the formula that works for them.  Some people say that they just release the same album over and over, but you know what?  I like that fucking album.  Sure, you won’t find anything too original here, but that’s what makes it so refreshing in a year that my favorite bands decided to try something new.

NOFX – She Didn’t Lose Her Baby

7. OFF! – OFF!

Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks) is 57 years old with diabetes, and still rocks harder than a strong majority of bands who’s just a fraction of his age. With 16 songs in 15 minutes and aggressive punk rock without any of the frills, you’d think that this was actually recorded in the 80s.

OFF – I Got News For You

6. Best Practices – The EP LP

I don’t know much about the band except for the fact that this release completely kills it. Just like your mom, Best Practices takes a bunch of ingredients, throws it in a blender, and makes a much more delicious smoothie than anyone else who even tries.  Noisy, garage, melodic punk rock that you need to hear.

Best Practices – Future Cougar

5. Ghostlimb – Confluence (review coming still)

Even though I listen to member’s other bands (Graf Orlock, Dangers), I just discovered Ghostlimb this year, and holy shit am I glad I did.  Playing the most melodic hardcore, borderline grindcore imaginable, Ghostlimb turns up the aggression a notch on Confluence to make everything else you listen to just seem so passive.  If you dig Tragedy at all, check this one out.

Ghostlimb – Southeast First

4. Hold Tight/Direct Hit Split


It seems like pop-punk and hardcore have always been closely related, and nothing seems to prove this more than two pop-punk bands joining forces to release one fuck of a release.  Both bands were pretty active in 2012, but I have to admit, this is easily my favorite of any of their releases of the year.  Quick to the point hardcore.

Hold Tight – Always

3. Static Radio NJ – We Are All Beasts

Static Radio NJ is one of those very few bands that I’ve been listening to since the start, and have seen evolve, and actually LIKE their new sound.  Starting off as a straight up hardcore band, Static Radio evolved to playing more Lifetime-esque melodies.  Unfortunately the band called it quits this year, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out their latest (and last).

Static Radio NJ – I Might Kill

2. Bomb The Music Industry – Vacation

When I first listened to BTMI’s Vacation, I hated it.  It was a complete departure from the ska-punk I know and love from the Brooklynites, but after a friend encouraged me to give it another chance, I completely fell in love.  They slowed it down a bit, and bust out some of the most heartfelt songs we’ve ever heard from them.

Bomb The Music Industry – Sick, Later

1. Propagandhi – Failed States

Propagandhi can do no wrong (well, except for Potemkin City Limits… I didn’t like that album).  The once skate punk now thrash champions return with some of the most aggressive, hard hitting music they’ve ever released… and it’s good… real good.

Propagandhi – Failed States

BONUS:

Just for the fuck of things, here’s a list of my favorite 5 shows I’ve been to in 2012:

5. Cock Sparrer, Street Dogs, Paint It Black @ Union Transfer
4. American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost) @ Webster Hall
3. Propagandhi, Comeback Kid, One Win Choice @ Union Transfer
2. Guttermouth, The Scandals, Tonight We Strike @ The Fire
1. Grey Area @ The Fire (1/28/12)

More End Of Year Lists:
Top 10 Of 2011
The Top 11 Albums of 2010
The 10 Best Albums of 2009
Best Of 2008
Best Of 2007

Propagandhi, Comeback Kid, One Win Choice Live (Philly 10/5/12 Union Transfer)

Propagandhi is a cruel mistress.  I have been listening to these Canadian punks since the year 2000 when Today’s Empire, Tomorrow’s Ashes came out, and they have easily been one of my favorite bands since.  However, in the span of those 12 years, I only had the opportunity to see them once, and that was a mere 3 years ago… so I essentially went 9 years without seeing my favorite band.  Fucking hurts dude.

When Propagandhi announced they were coming to Philly to support the release of their latest Failed States (which fucking rips and you need to check it out now) to say I was stoked would be a fucking understatement.  The fact that they were playing with Philly locals One Win Choice and Canadian hardcore band Comeback Kid was just icing on the cake.  I headed out to Philly’s Union Transfer on Friday to catch the trio.

One Win Choice

These guys, originally from the shores of my home state New Jersey have made quite a name for themselves over the years.  Unfortunately, One Win Choice are calling it quits pretty soon.  I rushed out to get to the Union Transfer early, but unfortunately traffic had different plans for me. I missed a decent amount of their set, but made it in time for a final few songs, including their most popular “Movements”.

If you dig hardcore similar to Strike Anywhere or A Wilhelm Scream, do yourself a favor and check out One Win Choice.  If you’re lucky enough to live in Philly or going to the fest, go catch one of their final shows.

Comeback Kid

The first and last time I saw Comeback Kid in 2005 or 2006 (I don’t fucking remember), the lead singer quit the band a few days before I saw them.  I was bummed out, but they still managed to put on a solid show.

Nearly 7 years later, here I was about to see them again, and I had no clue what to expect.  I haven’t really listened to them at all since Wake The Dead so I wouldn’t know their latest stuff.

Comeback Kid fucking killed it.  With a decently sized hardcore pit going, the band played a lot off of Broadcast (which I need to check out), and sprinkled a few off of my favorite Turn It Around and Wake The Dead for us older fucks in the crowd.  They even played my request “The Trouble I Love”.

Highlights:
All In A Year
The Trouble I Love
Talk Is Cheap
Wake The Dead

Propagandhi


Finally, these Winnipeg dudes came out and rocked the fuck out of the crowd in true Propagandhi fashion, gave up the stage to an organization devoted to protecting the seas, to which got many applause… one of the few bands out there who actually practice what they preach.  Soon afterwards, they immediately broke into “Dear Coaches Corner” and completely led an hour and a half long shredfest. A pit immediately opened up, and while a bit slow to start, raged and only got more intense as the night went on.  The crowd was shouting along every word to this skate-punk-turned-thrash band, and I was in a constant stage of losing my shit, so it’s all a bit of a blur.

I do remember how pumped everyone was, and how it was a much older crowd losing their shit (with a few young ins thrown in… glad kids are still listening to Propagandhi).  Unlike last tour I saw them, Todd was actually able to sing this time around, and so we heard a decent amount of Todd’s thrashier songs as well.

Propagandhi played the majority of Failed States, with a decent amount of songs from all of their previous full lengths thrown in for good measure (still able to go nuts to Nation States?  Fuck yeah.)  Also, they are one of the few punk bands out there with heaps of musical chops (probably due to their thrash influences), and they killed all of their songs playing them super tight and aggressive.

Easily one of my favorite bands (I will always have a special place in my heart and headphones for them and The Bouncing Souls), I hope they come around again soon, although I won’t be holding my breath.  And for the love of all that is unholy, let’s pray that Romney doesn’t get elected into office… not just for the sake of the our country, but also so Propagandhi will be back again soon.

Setlist (Not in order, but complete):

Dear Coach’s Corner
Fuck The Border
Note To Self
Failed States
Apparently I’m A PC Fascist
Things I Like
Dark Matters
Lotus Gate
Hardron Collision
Without Love
Devil’s Creek
Human(e) Meat
Rattan Cane
Status Update
Less Talk More Rock
A Speculative Fiction
Night Letters
Duplicate Keys Icaro
The Bangers Embrace
…And We Thought Nation States Were A Bad Idea
Potemkin City Limits
Stick The Fucking Flag Up Your Goddamn Ass, You Son Of A Bitch

MP3:
Propagandhi – Failed States
Comeback Kid – All In A Year
One Win Choice – Failure To Quit

More Talk, More Rock:
We Interviewed Todd The Rod of Propagandhi
Propagandhi – Where Quantity is Job #1
Propagandhi – Supporting Caste
Propagandhi – Less Talk More Rock
Propagandhi – How To Clean Everything
Comeback Kid – Turn It Around
One Win Choice – Conveyor

Buy:
Propagandhi

Propagandhi – Failed States (For Fans of SNFU, Good Riddance, Bigwig)

When it comes to Propagandhi, people are split into three distinct groups.  You have those who are fucking obsessed, those who only dig their early stuff (Less Talk More Rock, How To Clean Everything), and those who don’t like Propagandhi at all and their opinion is irrelevant.  I am in the obsessed category, and completely fucking loved their 2009 release of Supporting Caste and wasn’t sure if Failed States would hold up.  With 15 new songs (12 if you get the regular version, but the deluxe version is totally worth it with 2 extra thrash tracks and one out-take) Propagandhi returns with their thrashiest and hardest fucking hitting album yet.

Fans if earlier works hoping for a return to the old skate punk ways or just even a flirtation with the melodies (which they gave us with The Bangers Embrace on Supporting Caste) will be disappointed.  Personally, I fucking love the face-melting thrash songs that Propagandhi writes, and if you dig songs like Fuck The Border or This Is Your Life, then you’ll love at least 3/4th of this album.  Songs like “Ratten Cane”, “Status Update”, and “Failed States” just straight up shred.

In between the thrash, Propagandhi experiments a bit with the darker, brooding sound of Potemkin City Limits.  I wasn’t a huge fan of Potemkin (or as Jaded Punk Hulk would say, “Pokemon City Limits”), but I’m finding even these slower songs to be a bit of a grower for me.  The album slows down a bit with “Unscripted Moments” and “Lotus Gait”,  before closer “Duplicate Keys” (which is incredibly reminiscent of A Speculative Fiction, and easily one of my favorite songs on Failed States).  Closer that is, unless you have the Deluxe version…  which in that case, you are treated to “The Fucking Rich Fuck The Poor” which is THE HEAVIEST song Propagandhi has ever performed (which thanks to Seth in the comments pointed out was actually a Global Genocide cover… fuck yeah).

Easily one of my favorite albums of the year so far, it’s good to know that these Canadians still put out music that will rip off your testicles/ovaries and shove them down your throat.

MP3:
Propagandhi – Failed States

More:
We Interviewed Todd The Rod of Propagandhi
Propagandhi – Where Quantity is Job #1
Propagandhi – Supporting Caste
Propagandhi – Less Talk More Rock
How To Clean Everything

Buy:
Epitaph

Municipal Waste Live In Philly (6/25/12)

Last night I headed to Philly’s new(ish) Union Transfer to go see Richmond party fuck thrashers, Municipal Waste.  I wasn’t sure how seeing them at Union Transfer would be (a relatively large venue compared to most places they play), but the place made sure to make it seem as intimate as possible without barricades… oh and there is air conditioning there, so won’t argue that.

Municipal Waste:

I wound up showing up pretty late, missing everyone except for the Waste.  These guys are up there in my favorite bands, and unfortunately I consider it a missed opportunity that i didn’t really get into them until the end of when I lived in Virginia (I was near Richmond from 03-07, and didn’t really love the Waste until about 06ish).  Regardless, there is always strong reaction anytime they come to Philly, and last night was no exception.

The second they took the stage and broke into “Unleash The Bastards” they place erupted into a circle pit and stage dives (with boogie boards of course… I mean, this is a Waste show).  The band didn’t really let up the rest of the night, and had their set span all of their full lengths, with latest Fatal Feast, Art Of Partying, and Hazardous Mutations dominating the majority of time (with a few throwbacks to Waste Em All).

Apparently I wasn’t alone in thinking that the new album was a lot better than Massive Aggressive, because even the newer songs which often don’t get a strong reaction from fans got the place moving and thrashing about.

Always a good time, definitely go see Municipal Waste if they come around your hood.

Setlist (From what I remember and not in order)

Unleash The Bastards
You’re Cut Off
Mind Eraser
Beer Pressure
The Thrashin Of The Christ
Idiot Check
New Dead Masters
Toxic Revolution
Sweet Attack (I think they played this…)
Wrong Answer
Headbanger Face Rip
Repossession
Terror Shark
Sadistic Magician
Born To Party

Encore:
Pregame / Art Of Partying

MP3:
Municipal Waste – Unleash The Bastards

More Waste:

Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast
Municipal Waste – Scion EP
Municipal Waste – Waste Em All
Municipal Waste – Massive Aggressive
Municipal Waste – Tango And Thrash EP
Municipal Waste – Hazardous Mutations
Crucial Unit – These Colors Get The Runs

Buy:
Municipal Waste

Municipal Waste – Scion EP (For fans of Crucial Unit, DRI, ANS)

I just found out that the other night Andrew WK played “I Get Wet” here in Philly in it’s entirety, and I HAD NO FUCKING IDEA!!!  It’s a sad day for partying, indeed.  Good thing today, party crossover thrashers Municipal Waste released a teaser EP through Scion A/V (wait what?)

Yeah.  You read that right.  Richmond’s Municipal Waste put out a 2 song EP (although calling 2 songs an EP is a stretch) through Scion Audio Visual.  It features one song from their upcoming The Fatal Feast release and one original.  The songs themselves are classic Municipal Waste, with the first one Repossession featuring chuggy and thrashy wholesome family goodness (no seriously… it’s even radio edited… weird as fu… err… fudge).  The second one Garbage Stomp/Poser Disposer sounds like it could have come off of Waste Em’ All with their blast beat thrash.

Good little teaser that got me pretty excited for their latest, you can download the two songs for free over at Scion A/V.

MP3:
Municipal Waste – Garbage Stomp / Poser Disposer

If I Can’t Fuck Shit Up I Don’t Want To Live:
Crucial Unit – These Colors Get The Runs
Waste Em All
Massive Aggressive
Tango And Thrash EP
Hazardous Mutations

Buy:
Scion A/V