As much we usually like to complain about everything, mired in ironic detachment and victim complexes (Hey, it’s still technically the Holiday season, right?), it’s hard to genuinely deny that Philadelphians are pretty much spoiled for choice when it comes to both great concert venues and the amazing tours that consistently come through them. Winter always presents a lull in the concert going experience but even as early as February this year there are shows coming up that have us really excited. Here are the ones on the horizon that we definitely aren’t missing.
Resurrected Swedish armada Entombed A.D. death n’ roll into Fishtown this weekend alongside a grinding, thrashing, stacked bill with Full of Hell, Turbid North and Phyrron.
Post hardcore foursome Code Orange are set to annihilate the entire heavy music landscape with their upcoming record “Forever” (out 1/13), one of the most hyped (and deservedly so) of the year. Welcome our new aggro overlords in style at the iconic First Unitarian Church, with none other than one of our very favorite bands, blackened industrial death dealing duo Youth Code.
2/16 – Mayhem at The TLA
Norwegian black metal pioneers Mayhem are back, this time performing their 1994 magnum opus “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” in full, and bringing fellow heavy hitters Black Anvil and Inquisition along “From The Dark Past”.
I can remember going to the Metal Blade 25th Anniversary tour, which was The Black Dahlia Murder opening for Cannibal Corpse, if I’m not mistaken. 10 years later the legendary label is still bringing the pain with deathcore’s finest in Whitechapel and another of my favorites, blackened thrash masterminds, the great and powerful Goatwhore.
3/13 – Deafheaven at The TLA
True story: We almost got trampled to death in the pit last time Deafheaven headlined in town, so enthusiastic was the audience to get as close as possible to black throated heartthrob George Clarke. I’m not judging, I touched his foot at one point and felt pretty nice about it. I like Deafheaven a lot. Texan post rockers This Will Destroy You and folky gothstress Emma Ruth Rundle open.
3/21 – Nails at Union Transfer
People like to talk a lot of shit on Nails. People also like to watch The Big Bang Theory. I don’t understand people. Go see Nails, they’re awesome, especially in a team up with thrash bastards Toxic Holocaust and Riot Nerd 2016 Best New Artist (a thing I just made up, but I really do feel that way) Gatecreeper.
The yearly Decibel Magazine Tour always brings the heavy, asskicking best together for a Spring throwdown and this year is no different. Metal gods Kreator and Obituary join forces with local boys made good Horrendous and enigmatic hellraisers Midnight. Yes, Midnight, the band so fucking weird and cool that they don’t even have a Facebook. Stop me on the street sometime and I’ll tell you how goddamned great Midnight is. Then an hour later I’ll still be talking and you’ll wish you hadn’t stopped me on the street. Midnight!
As if that wasn’t enough of a metal main event Decibel strikes back with their first ever 2 Day Metal & Beer fest! Doomsters Sleep and Khemmis, thrashers Municipal Waste, local black metal institution Krieg, and the one two punch of grind god Scott Hull’s Pig Destroyer and (another weird ass personal favorite) Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Plus more bands, more beer and more metal mayhem than any other major metropolitan area could reasonably contain!
See you in the pit!