Wilkes Barre Hardcore heroes and Deathwish Inc recording artists, Cold World, tore through The Barbary in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood with a solid cast of supporting acts including Dead End Path, Expire, Suburban Scum, and Cross Check last Sunday. Blow The Scene photographer Anne Spina was there to capture the show in photos for your viewing pleasure.
Cold World are known for fusing pummeling riffs and meaty hardcore with elements of hip-hop without being a cheesy rap-core hybrid. This is very fine line to walk. While the band’s early releases received overwhelmingly positive reviews, the Cold World‘s 2008 full-length on Deathwish Inc, Dedicated To The Babies Who Came Feet First, reached new heights of popularity but also alienated some longtime fans. With a lot of tempo changes and transitions, this latter release saw the band test new waters. No matter your taste in hardcore, or whether or not you enjoy some hip-hop influences fused with brutal riffs, Cold World is a group of musicians that aim only to please themselves. The band tackles subjects based on real life experiences that are delivered in unapologetic fashion. This is one element of the band that resonates with scores of hardcore fans today. This devastating formula has inspired some insanely raucous crowd reactions over the years. Despite their recent lack of shows and buzz, Cold World has once again been building momentum fresh off of a European tour run in April with Sunday’s Barbary showcase being the third night of month long trek across the US. As expected, the crowd went nuts with heavy mosh, stage dives, pile-ons, with an energy we’ve come to expect from Philly’s hardcore scene.
Hardcore heavyweights Dead End Path, Suburban Scum, Expire and newcomers Cross Check rounded out this frenzied hardcore showcase by Joe Hardcore and his Philly Hardcore Shows booking group.
Without further ado..
All pictures by Anne Spina of Anne Spina Photography
Words by Joshua T. Cohen