[RECAP] Ultramantis Black at Kung Fu Necktie 10/20

“Empty every cage!”

In an effort to spread our greasy, lovecraftian tentacles to all forms of entertainment in our home base of Philadelphia, we decided to try our hand in putting together a show at Fishtown’s very own Kung Fu Necktie, enlisting the local heroes of noise metallers Dull Knives, tech death-sters Disgorgement, South Jersey deathcore giants Cognitive and irrepressible grindcore rabble rouser Ultramantis Black.

Friends of the site Dull Knives were out first and sounded great, their “noisy hardcore” cutting a deadly swath through the venue and setting the stage for the carnage to come.


Said carnage came courtesy of Disgorgement, with a tech death whirlwind of blastbeats, slap bass and the night’s most earth shattering and hell raising vocal prowess courtesy of local death metal legend (and all around cool motherfucker) Jon Hatred. For the love of Satan, check these guys out on Bandcamp. Keep a clean pair of underwear handy.

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On the cusp of deathcore superstardom (recently signed to Unique Leader Records) extremely tight and polished act Cognitive graced the extremely small stage at KFN with their deadly clockwork precision, presenting a set of old favorites and killer new tracks from their upcoming record “Deformity” .


Finally it was time for the main event! I’ve been a huge fan of Chikara superstar Ultramantis Black’s deafening brand of militant vegan crust punk / powerviolence ever since his Relapse debut dropped in 2014, but this was my first time seeing him and his band rip through their whiplash inducing grindcore live. I’m happy to say that my expectations were more than exceeded, Mantis and co. slashing through material from both the self-titled release and the new EP at a breakneck clip that the crowd absolutely devoured.

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Thanks again to all the bands that played and everyone who showed up for our first show!


Words and Photos by Kevin Hawkey

Kevin Hawkey is the co-founder, head writer and editor of Riot-Nerd. He enjoys Fighting Games, Metal, Marvel, Horror and all the weird shit in between. A lifelong Philadelphian just as comfortable in a circle pit at Underground Arts as he is drooling over the new Hot Toys figures at Brave New Worlds, Kevin’s idiosyncratic sensibility gives this site it’s unique dichotomy between “riot” and “nerd”.

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