Additional Bands: Cancer Bats , The Shrine , Indian Handcrafts
Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: Underground Arts
Come Monday night, things are about to get pretty effing loud north of Chinatown. Portland, Oregon’s Red Fang are fresh off the release of Whales and Leeches (Relapse), indulging in all the doomy, sludgy stoner-metal tropes you’d expect from an album cover collage of menacing animals, of both the forest and mythological varieties, that meld into a seven-eyed wolf crying blood tears. But Red Fang knows it’s (mostly) for laughs, so relax. The cover for Cancer Bats’ latest, in contrast, is pretty simple: band name, album title, boom. The Toronto hardcore band seems to have taken much more to their own metal influences on Dead Set On Living, giving them a firmer place on a very metal lineup. But the Bats still haven’t lost that sing-talk hardcore posturing; things just must’ve gotten way more riff-y up north.