Finnish grindcore champs, Rotten Sound recently leveled Philly’s Barbary venue with comrades in Hellshock, Kromosom, Nomade and Wake with Blow The Scene on hand to deliver a dense set of photos for your viewing pleasure.
Rotten Sound frontman Keijo Niinimaa spent the better part of 2012 as fill-in singer for the late Mieszko Talarczyk of Nasum during the band’s farewell tour before recording and releasing a new EP on Relapse Records, Species At War in January, which we featured in our New Music Now column. Rotten Sound have taken grindcore to the heights of all musical extremity with laser fast drumwork, precision riffs, and throat-shredding vocal approaches that are not for the faint at heart or casual music listener. Comments such as “Dude! I can’t even comprehend what’s going on right now,” seemed to be the prevailing mood as Rotten Sound fired off songs that spanned a now 20-year career.
Fresh off of Maryland Deathfest, Wake set the evening in motion with a poignant array of grindcore as this Calgary-based, DIY-rooted, ensemble made their trek up the East Coast. Nomade followed up with a refreshing blend of noisy hardcore punk that has made waves across their home neighborhoods in DC.
The night was set on fire when the Aussies in Kromosom (ex-Pisschrist) broke into a fiendish set that saw bodies flying in all possible trajectories. The band has current releases out on Southern Lord and Havoc that should not be missed. Portland crust punk heroes, Hellshock picked right up and turned rumble into ash as the enthusiastic Philly crowd kept up a pace of insanity that could only be admired. The sense of immediacy was amplified by the fact that this was one of only three East Coasts for this seminal crust outfit in 2013.
Words can only say so much, so we’ll let you get to digesting another radical set of band galleries by BTS’s Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)