Phobia Live In Philadelphia (9/10/17)

Last night, after an incredibly long weekend in Atlantic City and running on minimal sleep, I headed out to my favorite Philly dive The Barbary for a late show to see influential grindcore band Phobia.  I got to the Barbary right towards the end of Coffin Dust’s set, who if you dig metal is definitely worth checking out.  I didn’t catch a lot of their set but I was pretty blown away by the little I did see, and I’m not even a really big […]

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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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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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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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Ghostlimb – Confluence (For fans of DANGERS, Graf Orlock, Ceremony)

As anyone who has seen my top 10 list of 2012 would know, I have recently discovered Ghostlimb and they have easily become one of my most listened to bands (and the only show I’ve been to so far in 2013). Their latest album Confluence placed 5th in my personal favorites released last year, and it’s one hell of a noisy, aggressive, album. Ghostlimb usually plays a style that I could best describe as melodic grind mixed with hardcore.  On previous releases, Ghostlimb blended shredding […]

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