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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Weekend Nachos Last Philly Show (5/22/16)

I never got to see Weekend Nachos before, always out of town or busy anytime the Illinois powerviolence band came around, (even missing them at one of my old favorite houses The Golden Tea House a few years back).  When I saw that they were playing Philly First Unitarian Church, I figured I had to go, and then learning it was their final Philadelphia show since this is their final tour it pretty much made it a must. I was driving back from a weekend […]

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Napalm Death, The Melvins, Melt Banana Live In Philly (4/13/16)

This past Wednesday, I headed to Philadelphia’s sold out Underground Arts in order to catch a stacked lineup of Melt Banana, The Melvins, and England’s Napalm Death.  Definitely a diverse lineup,tThe place was pretty packed out from the moment I arrived right as Melt Banana were setting up. Melt Banana Japanese experimental noise punk band Melt Banana have easily been on of my favorite bands for many years now.  I’ve had the pleasure of catching them as a full band plenty of times in the […]

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Graf Orlock – Crime Traveler (For fans of DANGERS, Ghostlimb, Pig Destroyer)

LA’s Graf Orlock are finally back with their latest album Crime Traveler, their first full-length in since 2009’s Destination Time Today.  Known for their heavy hardcore/grindcore mixed with clips and lyrics focused on various movies, Crime Traveler follows the same format, only this time focuses on a script that the band themselves wrote.  A concept album through and through, Graf Orlock writes: “The Crime Traveler film tells the story of a French-Canadian assassin who discovers a wormhole and travels back in time to kill American […]

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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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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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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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