Philly’s knuckledraggers put in a day to remember as scene mainstays, All Else Failed, made a special appearance at The Broad Ministries with guests Dysphoria, Burnside, Rock Bottom, and Sawed Off. Organized by Philadelphia’s premiere hardcore booking collective Philly Hardcore Shows and patriarch Joe ‘Hardcore’ McKay, there was no shortage of energy on the stage or the floor despite Hurricane Sandy’s menacing presence.
Having formed in 1995, All Else Failed amassed a respectable amount of underground buzz surrounding studio works and subsequent touring with the likes of Ink and Dagger, Deadguy and Vision Of Disorder during the late 90’s and early 2000s. With a sound that has often blurred the lines between metal and hardcore, the band’s live shows have remained nothing short of explosive.
All Else Failed released their first new studio work since disbanding in 2007, by way of a an E.P. entitled Wouldn’t Wish This on Anyone via Philadelphia label War Torn Records in 2011. Exclaim! Magazine raved about the E.P. stating, ‘On the heels of a triumphant reunion performance at this year’s This Is Hardcore festival, Philadelphia, PA legends All Else Failed have released their first EP since disbanding in 2007. The five-song album, Wouldn’t Wish This On Anyone, is a torturous, emotive effort that demonstrates no dust has settled on this band’s ability to break listeners’ hearts, and bones..All Else Failed are a band that give everything and demand just as much. Prepare to be rocked to your foundations.” Needless to say, Philly’s hardcore wrecking crews went bonkers as these mainstays hit the stage, thundering out a plethora a tracks like tomorrow would never come.
Regional hardcore heavy hitters Dysphoria, Rock Bottom, and Sawed Off all laid down impassioned performances that was punctuated by the return of NJ hardcore band Burnside.
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All Pictures by Blow The Scene Staff Photographer, Anne Spina (Anne Spina Photography)