The metal and thrash Gods once again smiled on Philly as ABSU, Vektor, and Pissgrave tore The Millcreek Tavern venue a new one earlier this month.
Pissgrave started the night with their infectious blend of blackened thrash as this band just keeps getting better. Pissgrave welcomed a second guitarist since we last covered them, as well as, the new implementation of death boxes on the vocals. We approve. Both nice touches. Pissgrave is turning a lot heads and generating a solid buzz in the area and we must agree, it’s for good reason.
It was great to see the boys in Vektor back at the top of their game after a barrage of technical difficulties the band was forced to brave at KFN a few weeks ago. Always a crowd favorite and new to Philly by way of Arizona, these Earache Records recording artists and sci-fi-worshipping riff monsters are definitely a band to keep an eye on. We’ll be touching base with this quartet soon for an exclusive interview.
The first official full tour of the continent within the ongoing trilogy of albums — beginning with 2009’s Absu, continuing with 2011’s Abzu, and set to close out with the upcoming Apsu on Candlelight Records — the North American Connexus Conjuration was launched in Philly as ABSU took the stage next. The three-piece proceeded to decimate for two full hours featuring two full sets with hymns spanning their twenty-year recording career. These Texas black metal giants had no trouble displaying the poise one would expect from a band going two-decades strong.
Enjoy an exclusive set of photos by BTS’s Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)