Ohio’s leading sons of metal, Skeletonwitch, stormed through The Barbary venue in Philadelphia with touring comrades Havok and Early Graves for an evening that saw the energy levels of this standing-room-only crowd start and stay in the red zone.
Hailing from the Bay Area, Early Graves are touring in support of their third full-length, Red Horse, which will hit streets via No Sleep Records October 30th. Red Horse continues the band’s patented blend of thrash-induced metal that fuses many elements of hardcore punk for a tasty barrage of enraged tunes. Forging ahead with new material and touring after the untimely death of original vocalist, Makh Daniels, who was killed in van accident while touring with The Funeral Pyre in Oregon in 2010. NPR debuted new track “Pure Hell” last month, where Daniels’ replacement and friend stated, “This is a song dedicated to Makh,” singer John Strachan tells NPR. “He always had that pure hell back patch. So I wrote this for him and the way he lived.” With a take-no-prisoners approach, the band hit the stage at The Barbary with a fury that set the evening in motion, pedal slammed to the floor.
Next up, Colorado’s purveyors of metallic thrash, Havok, hit the stage in whirlwind of meaty riffs, headbanging, and crowd-surfing goodness. Havok unleashed their Point Of No Return EP early this Summer via Candlelight Records to rave reviews from thrash critics and fans. This teaser of an EP was recorded by the band with final touches by James Murphy (Death, Testament) and contains two new songs plus two Havok-ized Sepultura and Slayer covers. Definitely a band to keep an eye on into 2013 with new material looming on the horizon.
Last and certainly not least, the mighty Skelotonwitch hit the stage, and as our Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri put it best, “They burnt the fucker down.” Skeletonwitch continue to support their latest critically acclaimed release on Prosthetic Records, Forever Abomination which earned them the cover of Decibel magazine as well as spots on several of the Top Albums of the Year lists for 2011. Through almost relentless touring over the past several years, Skeletonwitch have honed one of the most entertaining and engaging metal shows of any of their peers, always drawing a diversified fan-base that has packed Philly venues and played host to several memorable Blow The Scene photo galleries. We’re sure this won’t be the last.
We know you are here for the pictures, so without further ado..
All photos by Blow The Scene’s Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)