Old-school thrash and hardcore reigned supreme as mainstays Suicidal Tendencies, Sick Of It All, DRI, and Waking the Dead stormed Philly’s Electric Factory venue with the Slam City Tour.
Hailing from Amsterdam, Waking the Dead set the evening in motion with their blend of thrashy hardcore and metal as the band continues to support a handful of releases on Dead Area Records. D.R.I. hit the stage next with their usual lewd humor and snarky cynicism that helped to pick up the energy of the evening. Still chock full of attitude now 30+ years active, the band fired off a wide cut of track selections that saw longtime fans mouthing every word. Despite the fact the band has not released a new studio album since 1995’s Full Speed Ahead, DRI has seen numerous tours and keeps up their road warrior status.
NYC’s legendary hardcore practitioners, Sick Of It All stormed the stage next and the crowd went absolutely bonkers. If you have seen this band in recent years, then you are already familiar with the dominating stage energy they emit while putting younger bands and even their peers to shame. Tonight was no different. Sick Of It All blasted through a tight set as they continue to support 2011’s Non-Stop, released through Century Media, featuring re-recorded classics with modern recording techniques and new drive.
Suicidal Tendencies picked up right where SOIA left off, storming the stage with a wave of momentum as they fired off a barrage of songs spanning their 25+ year career all the way through the band’s latest LP, 13, which hit streets earlier this year on the band’s Suicidal Records. 13 is Suicidal Tendencies‘ first original studio album since 2000’s Free Your Soul and Save My Mind. After decade of speculation, the band has delivered yet another solid offering in this latest chapter and 9th overall studio effort. There was no shortage a flipped-bills, mosh, and most notably, tons of smiling faces. It’s always refreshing to see a group of “aggressive” bands put in stellar performances without taking themselves too seriously.
Enjoy another stellar set of photos by Blow The Scene’s Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)
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