Last week, on a random Tuesday night I headed out to Philadelphia’s Barbary to catch local grind band Fantasy Panther open for what has been dubbed the real life Spinal Tap metal band Anvil. I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t know much about Anvil going into the show as I’ve never seen The Story Of Anvil documentary that helped relaunch their popularity, and the only thing I knew about them is Propagandhi payed homage to them by titling one of their songs “March Of The Crabs”. I was blown away.
Fantasy Panther (featuring ex members of An Albatross) have been really making a name for themselves as of late. After releasing their debut under 10 minute Self Titled LP, they’ve been named one of Philly’s top bands to check out. I’ve seen most (if not all) of their Philly shows previously, and I can definitely tell you that this is definitely the case.
The band took the stage and immediately broke out into what was easily the heaviest and most explosive set of the night. Playing grind/power violence similar to Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Swallowing Shit, Fantasy Panther has always had a strong stage presence with
singer death shrieker Eddie jumping, climbing, and hanging from rafters while guitarist Dan and drummer Stevie raged in the back. If you dig heavy as shit music and have my type of attention span (aka that of a goldfish on speed), check them out on their bandcamp page here.
Setlist (From What I remember)
Next up was New Jersey’s Lords Of Mercy, which admittedly, wasn’t really my style of music, but their good attitude was infectious. They had plenty of people in the crowd singing along every word to their metal influenced hard rock, these guys wore their influences on their sleeves, taking cues from bands such as Guns and Roses.
Anvil is probably the most important metal band that you’ve never heard of before. They’ve influenced countless of metal bands including Anthrax, Slayer, and Metallica, forming back in 1978. When it comes to metal I tend to the more punk side of it with more crossover thrash type bands (D.R.I, Municipal Waste, Suicidal Tendencies) but I have to say that Anvil completely blew me away.
These were dudes who have been playing shows for years, and you can tell as they played that they completely loved what they do. Nothing but huge smiles on stage, good vibes, and entertaining… this was a metal band that didn’t take themselves too seriously. At one point, the guitarist took a dildo out of his pocket and played a pretty rad guitar solo with it… which you really have to see to believe.
If you dig metal, definitely check Anvil out if they come around your parts (PHRASING!), and if you’re not really a fan, go see them anyway… they put on a hell of an entertaining live show.
March Of The Crabs
Badass Rock and Roll
This Is Thirteen
Hope In Hell
Eat Your Words
Metal On Metal