North Carolina’s bourbon-fueled road warriors, Weedeater, along with their Cape Fear brethren, Sourvein, brought some authentic Southern sludge for Philly’s filthiest. Local support was rounded out by Sunbuster and Skeleton Hands who brought a hearty following of fans and friends along for the ride at Philadelphia’s North Star venue.
Skeleton Hands set the night in motion with a solid offering of Southern flavored heavy rock riffs and great energy. Philly’s latest sludge metallers, Sunburster, kept the thermostat rising with a barrage of Sabbath-worship riffs drenched in heavily distorted low-end that found the band a perfect compliment to Weedeater and Sourvein. Sunburster is currently supporting a new self-titled cassette tape that can be streamed in its entirety below.
Sourvein hit the stage and brought their swampy, bass-drenched-sludge to the table for the delight of Philly fans as the band continues to support its 2011 Black Fangs full-length on Candlelight Records, which CVLTNation called “an essential purchase of 2011.” T-Roy Medlin’s unique vocal approach, immediately sets this band apart from the majority of their sludged out brethren, with songs that range from very riffy to snail-paced, bass-induced hazes.
Weedeater hit the stage last and brought the now full house to its knees with an unapologetic onslaught of crushing riffs, pummeling drums, and charismatic stage banter. The band continues to support its latest full-length, Jason…The Dragon. The album hit streets in the Spring of 2011 via Southern Lord Recordings. A now infamous press release summed up the band’s recent road journeys, “..Over a year of literally crippling injuries to all three of Weedeater’s members hitting the headlines, including infamous classics like “Dixie Dave blew off part of his foot with a shotgun,” or “Keko tore his meniscus this week,” and “Shep broke his goddamn pinkie on tour” or even “Dixie nearly died in his ninja-scuba assassin Halloween costume” and more.”
No worse for the wear, the band wasted no time melting faces and smoking the remnants with another show that will go down as one of the US’s best sludge experiences.
We know you are here for the photos, so without further ado..
All pictures by Blow The Scene Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)