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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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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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 – 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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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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