On Saturday it was about 90 degrees outside when doors opened at 6pm at Underground Arts, so fans rushed down to the cool basement oasis. However this feeling wouldn’t last long; as the venue filled up and the first band, Madlife, took the stage the sweat and body heat in that cool basement created a cloud of nastiness. Madlife, from Los Angeles, was a great choice to start off this show. They have a modern metal, somewhat industrial sound that really meshed well with Coal Chamber and Fear Factory.
The venue continued to get warmer and steamier as St Ridley took to the stage. Many fans had seen them on Coal Chamber’s previous tour just a few months ago. It’s hard to say exactly what style of this band is- they look punk, but sound metal or hard rock. Lead singer Paul Ridley has this medieval looking wooden mic stand that he hardly uses, he generally seems to take the microphone off the stand and sneer at the crowd like the Joker from Batman. Genre/Style confusion aside Philadelphia loves this band. The fans knew the lyrics to the songs and rocked out to the whole set. Paul threw his tie into the crowd and said the person who brings it back to the merch table gets a free shirt. Fans dove for it like bridesmaids after a bouquet. The last song they played was called “Preacher”, which will be on their upcoming album which is due out early next year. St Ridley is definitely a unique up and coming band that’s worth checking out if you have the chance.
Underground Arts filled with more people, and you guessed it, it got hotter in there. Devil You Know is a perfect name for this band, you know them! They are a supergroup made up of Howard Jones (from Killswitch Engage), Francesco Artusato (from All Shall Perish), John Sankey (from Devolved, Devine Heresy and Fear Factory) and Ryan Wombacher (from Bleeding Through). So you know this is going to be good, but it was even better than expected. The guitar solos were intense and vocals and even the background vocals by Ryan Wombacher were on point. This band is truly talented. Keep an eye out for their new album out November 6, 2015. Then Devil You Know will be touring Europe with Five Finger Death Punch.
By the time Fear Factory was ready to begin the atmosphere in the venue was like soup, but people were so into the concert they didn’t seem to mind how hot it was. Fear Factory started back in 1989, but with a little time off and some line up changes here and there they have maintained an impressive and ever evolving industrial metal sound over the years. Sometimes more thrash sometimes more groove but always hard-hitting. Saturday night in Philadelphia was no different. They played awesome old songs like “Shock”, “Edgecrusher” and “Martyr”. They also played a couple songs from their brand new album Genexus including “Soul Hacker” and “Dielectric”.
There was a little bit of a wait between Fear Factory and Coal Chamber, who had a rather impressive lighting rig to set up, so of course it got even hotter and sweatier at Underground Arts. After taking several years off from recording and touring the band is on their second round of touring for their latest album Rivals which was released in June. They played lots of old songs including “Loco”, “Big Truck”, “Something Told Me” and the crowd favorite “Clock” for which everyone did the hand motion of the clock ticking along with Dez. Coal Chamber also played two songs from the new album Rivals, “I.O.U. Nothing” and “Another Nail in the Coffin”.