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Exclusive Photos: UK crust legends Doom in Philly

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Doom-band-022 British crust punk legends Doom recently lit up Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue with local heavy hitters Plague Dogs and Oakland, CA's Lecherous Gaze in tow. The UK crusties are supporting an 8th studio full length, Corrupt Fucking System, that hit streets via Black Cloud Records at the tail end of December in 2013. After the untimely loss of longtime vocalist Wayne Southworth to an epileptic seizure in 2005, Doom have pushed forward with Denis Boardman (ex-Blood Sucking Freaks) holding down that Doom house sound. Longtime fans and critics have hailed this latest effort with CVLT Nation stating, "In ...

Photos: Black Cobra, Lo-Pan, Sunburster in Philly

Monday, December 15th, 2014
Black-Cobra-band-025 Black Cobra, Lo-Pan and Sunburster recently lit up Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue with Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri on hand to deliver an exclusive set of photos for our viewing pleasure below the fold. Black Cobra is reportedly working on new material. The new tracks are being penned towards a new full-length album to be completed in the first several months of 2015 for release later in the year. More details will emerge in the coming months. Since 2001, the Black Cobra duo comprised of guitarist vocalist Jason Landrian (ex-Cavity) and drummer Rafa Martinez (ex-16, ex-Acid King) has unloaded a riveting and unique style of hardcore-induced doom metal. An introductory ...

Sick/Tired Interview

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
sick-tired-band-grindcore Enjoy a new interview with Chicago's sludge-drenched grinders, Sick/Tired and bassist Kirk Syrek as the band continues to support a new LP, Dissolution that hit streets on Halloween via A389 Recordings. Dissolution is streaming in its entirety below the interview and there are additional links for further investigation and purchase. Without further ado, lets hear from Kirk. Joshua BTS: I’d like to hone in on your newly released LP, Dissolution, that hit streets on Halloween via A389 Recordings. We love the record here at BTS. Raw, meaty grind and metal with dashes of powerviolence, and a Chicago-hardcore feel underlying, plus noise tracks by Merzbow and Marhaug- This ...

KEN Mode live in Philly w/ Bardus

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Ken-Mode-band-024 Winnipeg's KEN Mode ripped through Philly's North Star venue along with Philly's own heavy hitters, Bardus as BTS's Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver a fresh set of exclusive photos for your viewing pleasure below. This show came as KEN Mode announced plans to record their new album, titled Success, with renowned engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Neurosis, Helmet). Albini and the band convened on November 23rd at Winnipeg's Empire Recording to start the process. The album is slated to be mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. Success will feature art by ...

Sleep & Windhand at Philly’s Union Transfer

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Sleep-band-024 Stoner metal titans, Sleep recently lit up Philly's Union Transfer venue with psyche-doom rockers Windhand in tow. BTS's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to to capture the show in photos for our viewing pleasure. Prior to this stint of live dates- Sleep returned with their first official release in over a decade, premiering "The Clarity" on Adult Swim Singles in July. The ten-minute song can be streamed in full below the fold. In 2012 Southern Lord Recordings were bestowed the honor of releasing Sleep's legendary Dopesmoker album and fans’ and critics’ response was overwhelmingly positive. Dopesmoker stands as one of the ...

Photos: Earthless and The Shrine in Philly

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
The-Shrine-band-010 San Diego power rock band Earthless met up with California “Destroyers of Rock ‘N’ Roll” (and Tee Pee Records label mates) The Shrine for a string of August East Coast live dates in support of its critically-championed new album From the Ages. BTS's Dante Torrieri caught up with the tour at Philly's Underground Arts venue to capture the evening in photos for our viewing pleasure. The Shrine released their new LP Bless Off this past March via Tee Pee Records. Recorded at Eliminator Studios in Venice Beach, CA, Bless Off is the follow-up to the power trio’s debut album Primitive Blast which was hailed as ...

Ketzer & Bonzai at Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Ketzer-band-034 For the past decade, Germany's Ketzer have steadily made a name for themselves as one of the most promising blackened thrash bands in Europe. Ketzer recently set their sights on the US for a small club tour where Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri caught up with band at Philadelphia's Kung Fu Necktie venue with Philly rock n' rollers, Bonzai in tow. Ketzer is currently supporting modern-day-classic, Satan's Boundaries Unchained, and newest LP, Endzeit Metropolis. Metal.de gave this latest effort a 8/10 commenting, "Sophisticated but also snotty Black Thrash Metal of the brand AURA NOIR or DESTRÖYER 666, wrapped in a while timely and ...

Exclusive Photos: Summer Slaughter Tour in Philly 2014

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Dying-Fetus-band-0139 Philly's Trocadero Theater played host to the 2014 edition of the Summer Slaughter Tour featuring The Faceless, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Within Ruins, Origin, Fallujah, Decrepit Birth, and Bore Worm as BTS's Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the events in photos for our viewing pleasure. It's been a interesting month for co-headliners and Sumerian recording artists, The Faceless who suddenly parted ways with bassist Evan Brewer and drummer Alex Rüdinger at the tale end of October. As the two now pursue solo careers, the band stated, "The Faceless fully intend to play on ...

Photos: Whores, American Sharks, Pale Shelter at UA in Philly

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Whores-band-045 Atlanta, GA’s bastards of noise rock, Whores ripped through Philly's Underground Arts venue in support of their latest critically acclaimed release Clean with American Sharks and Pale Shelter rounding out the bill. Whores released their second album Clean in 2013 via Brutal Panda Records and it quickly sold out within a month. A second pressing of the hard-hitting noise rock behemoth is now available here. The album can be streamed in its entirety below. Additionally, Whores recently released a split 7" of The Cure covers with Portland, OR noise/sludge trio Rabbits via Brutal Panda ...

Castle, Lör, Heavy Temple; Exclusive Photos

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Castle-band-024 Heavy metal occultists Castle ripped through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue along with Philly's own Lör and Heavy Temple, who were celebrating a record release on this evening. Castle is continuing to support a latest effort for Prosthetic Records, Under Siege. Exclaim.ca hailed the record stating, "..A wonderfully strange classic heavy metal band. Their music expertly captures the energy of traditional heavy metal with just a hint of the smokiness of doom and spookiness of the occult metal revival — which is to say they favour catchy and compelling riff structures, richly fuzzy tones and well-placed broad strokes in their composition. ...

Sage Francis at Philly’s Union Transfer

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Sage-Francis-band-021 Spoken word poet and hip hop performance artist, Sage Francis rolled through Philly's Union Transfer venue earlier this year as The Providence, Rhode Island native and founder of Strange Famous Records wraps up an exciting 2014. Copper Gone, a fifth studio album by Francis has seen a predominantly good reception after a four year hiatus following 2010's Li(f)e full-length. Hiphopdx hailed the record with a favorable review stating, "With a blatant honesty, he lays them bare for listeners to visualize his suffering. It’s as if he’s drowning, doesn’t want to be saved, and wants ...

Exclusive Photos: Grim Reaper in Philly

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Grim-Reaper-band-058 NWOBHM mainstays, Grim Reaper along with Ghost Of War, Crypt Sermon, and Brain Candle ripped through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie for an eclectic mix of extreme talents bridging generations of music enthusiasts. Per usual, BTS's Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening's events in photos for our viewing pleasure. Grim Reaper, who originally formed in 1979, announced earlier this year that the band would record the first new material since 1987's Rock You To Hell (RCA). No official date has been set, but singer/frontman Steve Grimmett told Terrorizer.com that "We’ve written ten songs so far, the target is 15 and then we’ll record them ...

Hierophant Interview

Monday, November 17th, 2014
Hierophant_Peste_cover1 We are pleased to bring Blow The Scene readers a new interview with Italy's metallic dbeat purveyors Hierophant, as the band prepares to release a beastly new full-length, Peste, via Bride Nine Records on November 25th. Peste proves another advancement in the band's musical evolution following 2013’s Great Mother: Holy Monster LP, also released via Bridge 9. Blow The Scene had the pleasure of premiering new song, 'Paranoia' last week, showcasing the band's propensity for ground-shaking riffs whilst utilizing a poignant blend of metal and crust. Hierophant guitarists Lorenzo & Steve were kind enough to discuss the making of Peste and more for ...

Exclusive: Agalloch, Jex Thoth, Vektor: Philly’s Underground Arts

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Agalloch-band-062 Oregon's progressive black metal unit Agalloch, along with Jex Thoth, and Philly's own Vektor made a quick pass through the Underground Arts venue earlier this year as Agalloch supports their critically acclaimed new release The Serpent and The Sphere on Profound Lore Records. Exclaim.ca hailed the record, giving it a perfect 10/10 stating, "Impossibly vast, the record engages with the very nature and fabric of the universe, both from a scientific and a spiritual sense, and especially where these two concepts meet, burrowing deep into the moments where reason fades into magic." Dark, meticulously crafted, and atmospherically potent,The Serpent & The ...

Jello Biafra and the Gitmo School Of Medicine In Philly

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Jello-Biafra-&-the-Guantanamo-School-Of-Medicine-band-060 Political punk pioneer Jello Biafra and his latest amalgamation of musicians, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, shook the walls of Philly’s Union Transfer earlier this year along with Boston hardcore legends Negative Approach and Philly’s own Mischief Brew as BTS’s photo-man extraordinaire, Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the show in photos for our viewing pleasure. The Gitmo School of Medicine is Biafra’s first full-time band since the Dead Kennedys' disbandment in 1986. The punk icon has seen a prolific outpouring in recent years, releasing 3 LPs since 2009 as the ever-witty and sarcastic Biafra enters his 57th year of rabble-rousing the masses. The band’s latest, ...

Exclusive: Hierophant premiere new song ‘Paranoia’

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
hierophant-band-1 Italy's Hierophant prove a continued force to be reckoned with as the metallic d-beat crusaders gear up to drop latest full-length, Peste, via Bridge Nine Records on November 25th. This follow-up to 2013's acclaimed Great Mother: Holy Monster LP sees the band moving into still heavier and more uncompromising territory. Apart from the tasty delivery of pummeling d-beats, blasts, sludge-ridden grooves, and everything in-between, Hierophant display that they also have an ear for production. With a team of skilled audio-hands at the helm, including recording efforts by Alex Conti at MV Multimedia Studio, mixing by Taylor Young at The Pit Studio, and mastering by Alan Douches ...

Trap Them at Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Trap-Them-band-063 Trap Them treated fans to series of intimate performances surrounding this Summer's Deathwish Fest, as the band supports new full-length effort, Blissfucker. The follow-up to instant classic, Darker Handcraft (2011), this second effort via Prosthetic Records is the first to feature drummer Brad Fickeisen (ex The Red Chord) and bassist Galen Baudhuin whom were also present as Blow the Scene's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri caught them at the almost other-worldly, Brooklyn Night Bazaar. (Full picture gallery below the fold) Blissfucker is another dark venture into the minds of vocalist ...

Photos: Eyehategod, Ringworm, Enabler at Underground Arts

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
EyeHateGod-band-0102 Eyehategod, Ringworm, Enabler, Sadgiqacea, and Sunburster lit up Philly's Underground Arts venue as part of EHG's recent national tour. EyehateGod continues to tour in support of their chart-topping, self-titled studio offering and first full-length in nearly fifteen years. Released in May via Phil H Anselmo's Housecore Records, the record continues to reap praise and critical “fuck-yeahs” from fans and media globally. In an 8/10 score Pitchfork declares, “After fourteen years, they’ve come out swinging, armed with yet another of their often-renewed leases on life and still spoiling for a fight. That Eyehategod exists at all is a miracle in and of itself, but the fact that it ...

Photos: Red Fang, Big Business, more in Philly

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Red-Fang-band-055 Red Fang, Big Business, American Sharks and Brian Candle packed Philly's Trocadero Theatre for a worthy evening filled with solid rock and metal from front to back. Headliners Red Fang are currently supporting a new LP on Relapse Records, Whales and Leeches, that has seen the band broaden its reach with fans around the globe and a respectable #66 dent into The Billboard Top 200. Red Fang will keep up a near relentless travel schedule with a full US tour kicking off in December with Opeth and In Flames. Seattle's rock heavy weights, Big Business, who are also no ...

Photos: Extinction Of Mankind at Philly’s KFN

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Extinction-Of-Mankind-band-036 English crust punk champs Extinction of Mankind ripped into Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue with Autarch and Plague Dogs in tow. The show played out as was to be expected, a wave of mayhem complete with stage dives, brews flying, full mooning, bodies flailing, and punctuated by the exuberant lady who whipped down her knickers and urinated right into the crowd. Jams were that good. Enjoy an exclusive batch of photos, all SFW to be sure. All photos by BTS Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging) Plague Dogs Plague Dogs by Plague Dogs ...

Burden – Full WITHOVT Premiere

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
burden withovt album cover There is always a segment of active bands that crank out new material at light speed. From the early writing sessions to the studio recordings, the process is quick, often formulated, and very much on the surface for the listener. On the other side of the coin, there is another segment of bands that slows the process to a crawl, completely forgoing the clock and immersing themselves in music formulation like a mad scientist in a hidden basement lab. Tucked away for months and sometimes years crafting a dense sound with immeasurable amounts of layering, these artists leave works often studied by more than casual fans. ...