Connecticut’s hardcore metal juggernauts, Hatebreed, ripped through Philadelphia’s Electric Factory on the third night of their nationwide 10 Years Of Perseverance Tour, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the band’s renowned 2002 Universal Music Group debut, Perseverance. Whitechapel and special guests All Shall Perish also brought the thunder for what proved to be an unrelenting showcase of pummeling hardcore and metal crossover bands. Local support was rounded out by opening act Give Them Rope.
Oakland, CA’s All Shall Perish is currently touring in support of This Is Where It Ends, the band’s fourth full-length record and follow-up to their 2008 release Awaken the Dreamers on Nuclear Blast Records. This Is Where It Ends was recorded and mixed once again at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren (Decrepit Birth, Suffocation). As pioneers of the deathcore genre, All Shall Perish remains fresh and exciting in a niche of metal that is often plagued by copy-cat acts and less-than-stellar wave-riders. The band punctuated its place in the metal world with a #50 debut on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart, their highest first week sales ever and their highest charting release to date. This recent performance at The Electric Factory found the band sharp and a definite standout on a bill with some of today’s leading live acts. All Shall Perish played a dense selection of tracks spanning from breakthrough album, The Price of Existence, all the way through its most recent works as the band continues to grow its already formidable fan base.
TN’s Whitechapel is currently touring in support of the band’s self-titled fourth album and latest for Metal Blade Records, which has been met with critical acclaim being heralded as “The band’s best album yet by a wide margin” by Alternative Press Magazine and “The band’s strongest work to date”, by MetalSucks. Whitechapel debuted at #47 on the Top 200 Chart. The album was engineered and mixed by Mark Lewis (Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver), who also handled production duties alongside the band. Whitechapel set forth a potent set that keep the pit gyrating and temperatures rising.
Although the supporting acts had an obvious pack of supporters, this was unmistakably Hatebreed’s show. Celebrating what is arguably one of the most punishing hardcore releases of the 2000s, and band’s last recording with late guitarist Lou “Boulder” Richards, Hatebreed ripped through the entire 16-track album and sprinkled in a few new tracks before concluding. Although Hatebreed’s sound and fan base has shifted across varied demographics of influences and music listeners, the band’s ability to incite some of the most frenzied crowd responses in the music world remains unchallenged.
Blow The Scene’s Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging) was on hand to deliver another rad set of photos for your viewing pleasure.
Give Them Rope
All Shall Perish