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Interview Spotlight: Booking Bands in NYC with Dyami Bryant

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
Dyami Bryant Blow The Scene is pleased to bring our readers around the world an exclusive interview with one of NYC's preeminent DIY promoters, Dyami Bryant, who plays an integral part in the organization of NYC's annual free music event, Punk Island Festival, that features over 50 bands across multiple stages. In addition to this gargantuan festival, Bryant steadily books scores of exciting shows at such NYC underground staples as ABC No Rio, The Acheron and more. In this interview Bryant takes us through his musical history and involvement with the NYC's underground metal, hardcore, and punk scenes, all the way up to this year's preparations for Punk Island 2014 and ...

Photos: HIM at Philly’s Union Transfer

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
HIM-band-040 Finnish rock titans HIM recently tore through Philly's Union Transfer venue along with Anathema as part of the band's extensive US and South American Spring Tour. HIM is currently supporting its eighth overall studio release, Tears On Tape, which is available in the US via Razor & Tie, DoubleCross Records in the UK, and Universal throughout the rest of Europe. Critics and fans have embraced the record with The Guardian stating "Tears on Tape harks back to the incisive crowd-pleasing of 2003's Love Metal, wherein every song boasted an irresistible, radio-friendly chorus, but the riffs still left ...

Photos: Unstitched, Dopestroke in Philly

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Dopestroke-band-043 Philly has a definite love for its punk brothers and sisters 300 miles across the state in Pittsburgh evidenced as the Steel City's Unstitched recently ripped through the Millcreek Tavern venue with local decimators in Dopestroke. The evening also saw Philly locals Vegan Legions and Neon Stains rounding out the bill. Unstitched bring forth a relentless slaying of brutal d-beat infested tracks reminiscent of the mighty Martyrdöd and Wolfbrigade across the Atlantic. The band is currently supporting a 2013 demo that can streamed below the fold. Fans of the genre will find a lot to love here with an unrelenting bludgeoning of crust. ...

Photos: Tombs, Sadgiqacea, Plague Dogs shred Philly

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Tombs-band-040 Brooklyn, New York' shredmasters, Tombs, recently lit up Philly's Millcreek Tavern venue along with local destructors Plague Dogs and Sadgiqacea with BTS's Dante Torrieri on hand to capture the evening in photos for your viewing pleasure. Tombs have just confirmed Savage Gold as the title of the band's third album on Relapse Records. The album is set for a June 10th release in North America with the artwork and track listing having been revealed just few days ago. The stunning artwork was created by renowned tattooist Thomas Hooper who has created the band's previous ...

Photos: Future/Primitive at The Pharmacy in South Philly

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Future Primitive-band-029 'Twas a frigid South Philly evening as neighborhood coffee shop/art gallery/venue, The Pharmacy played host to an electric gathering of talents including hometown heroes Future/Primitive along with Spent Flash, Drug Store, and Severed. With a sludge-laden blend of crust rock and watches set strictly on punk-rock-time, Severed set a late evening into motion with a solid performance that got heads in the game on the quick. Drug Store followed up and proceeded to supply the grunge rock selections before Future/Primitive just knocked it out of the park. The ruckus was official brought-en, as rowdy heads proceeded to decimate lights and cause looks of panic on distressed shop ...

Spotlight: Finland Punk Photo Exclusive

Friday, March 21st, 2014
[caption id="attachment_51194" align="alignnone" width="590"]Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland[/caption] Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri recently embarked on a trip to Finland where he captured a radical show and set of pictures of Finnish bands Forca Macabra, God Given Ass, Oheisvasara, and Käpykaarti, all available below the fold for your viewing pleasure. First question everyone has asked is- "Why Finland?" The answer- I lived in Finland from the end of 1998 through 2000 as an exchange student and this trip was my first back in 14 years. Had a very good time catching up with old friends and even got to catch a show. Ear candy was supplied by Forca ...

Photos: Keystone Hardcore Jam II DAY 2

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
sheer-terror-keystone-hardcore-jam-28 The second installment of the annual Keystone Hardcore Jam launched into day 2 with a bang at Reading’s Reverb venue with headliners and seminal NYC hardcore act Sheer Terror supported by a rowdy cast of heavy hitters including Menace, Sicker Than Most, Clenched Fist, Yesterday's Youth, Lifeless, Incendiary, Harm's Way, 100 Demons, and Wisdom In Chains who collectively proceeded to decimate the stage. Originally assembled during the mid-80s in NYC, the members of Sheer Terror continue to incite the masses into near-riot status with ease. Celebrating a vast catalog of releases on the now iconic, Blackout! Records, with a well-noted history of raucous shows at CBGBs alongside ...

Dying/Woodwork Split EP Premiere

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Dying band EP cover Enjoy an exclusive premiere and stream from Philly's unrelenting practitioners of abrasive, 90s-influenced hardcore, Dying. Blow The Scene proudly presents four new songs taken directly from the forthcoming split with France's Woodwork. Vinyl connoisseurs take note, the record is limited to 300 copies; 150 clear, 150 black, and 7 test presses are up for grabs as the pre-orders go on sale tomorrow, March 13, 2014 via Hydrogen Man Records and End Result Records in the US, it's also available from Dans Le Vide (France) and Pure Heart Records (Czech Republic). Each band crafted a separate piece of art for the project allowing for ...

Photos: Keystone Hardcore Jam II Day 1

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
comeback-kid-keystone-hardcore-29 The second installment of the annual Keystone Hardcore Jam launched into a blistering day 1 at Reading's Reverb venue with headliners Comeback Kid supported by a varied cast of talents hailing from all corners of the continent as Backtrack, Xibalba, Downpresser, Manipulate, and Time Bomb collectively put in one for the books. The Keystone Hardcore Jam II proved to be a perfect launch pad for Comeback Kid's latest and fifth overall full-length, Die Knowing, that officially hit streets via longtime label Victory Records just a few days following their heartfelt headlining performance. Now over decade strong, Die Knowing is pulling ...

Slapshot: Philly Photo Special

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
slap shot band It was another night of rowdy hardcore presented by Joe Hardcore as long-standing East Coast mainstays, Slapshot ripped through the Kung Fu Necktie venue with Vengeance, Hounds Of Hate, The Storm, and The Last Stand in tow. Hounds of Hate bring an angst ridden barrage of straightedge anthems straight from their home turf of Braddock, PA, as the band continues to support a number of DIY releases that can be found here. Vengeance made its live debut a memorable one as the current members of Philly mainstay bands Reign Supreme and Quiet Arcs begin to make waves with this newly formed quartet. And ...

Exclusive: Murder City Devils Photos; Philly’s Union Transfer

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Murder City Devils photo Murder City Devils brought their infectious blend of punk rock to Philly's Union Transfer for a tight, late Friday night, 2-band bill, rounded out with support from Cincinnati garage-pop band, Tweens. Making strategic appearances throughout the US since their reformation in 2006, Murder City Devils continue to support last year's Every Day I Rise/Ball Busters In The Peanut Gallery, 2-song 7" that created a buzz with BrooklynVegan commenting, "It's a real solid single, and sounds surprisingly fresh for a band who hadn't put out anything new for ten years." For those familiar with Murder City Devils, we're not preaching ...

No Time – Oi! Punk Photo Immersion

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
No TIme band Pittsburgh’s Oi! punks in the newly formed band, No Time, recently embarked on a three-day regional tour that ripped through Cleveland, Philly, and DC with Blow The Scene Staff Photographer, Tanner Douglass on hand to deliver a stellar photo immersion piece for your viewing pleasure. For those just tuning in, No Time was formed by ex-members from one of Pittsburgh’s most brutal extreme acts, Heartless, who took the underground world by storm in recent years with the Hell Is Other People LP on Southern Lord and 2013’s Certain Death EP on Alerta Antifascista Records (which made ...

Philly House Shows XIV: Like Rats

Monday, February 10th, 2014
Like Rats Philly House Shows XIV brings us back to West Philly's Golden Tea House for a gnarly bill featuring Chicago's Like Rats, and local crushers in Grower and Dying. Like Rats (featuring members of powerviolence enthusiasts Weekend Nachos) bring a mid-paced blend of Celtic Frost-style riffs and raw punk energy to the table that proved to be a perfect fit for this gathering of West Philly's finest. Like Rats continues to support their latest on A389 Recordings, a 9-song, self-titled, full length that ToxicBreed'sFunHouse described stating, "[Like Rats] manages to maintain it's raw nature while still ...

Photos: Less Than Jake & Anti-Flag play Philly’s Trocadero Theatre

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Less-Than-Jake-band-058 The feel-good, brass wielding rockers in Less Than Jake tore through Philly’s Trocadero Theater with Anti-Flag and Masked Intruder firmly in tow. The love runs deep for both Less Than Jake and Anti-Flag in Philadelphia, who both preceded to break into frenetic sets that immediately captivated the near-capacity audience. Twenty-two years deep in the music game, Less Than Jake are currently supporting their ninth studio album, See The Light, that was released in 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords. PopMatters commented on the album saying, “LTJ, while having a goofy streak, have always had a strong work ethic that’s been reflected in ...

The Sword, Serpent Throne, Sunburster Philly Photo Special

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
The Sword Philly was overflowing with doomy metal goodness as The Sword ripped through town with support from Serpent Throne and Sunburster at the Underground Arts venue. Blow The Scene’s Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture this raucous event in photos for your viewing pleasure below the fold. The Sword is currently supporting its fourth studio album, Apocryphon, that was released in the US via NY label, Razor & Tie at the end of 2012 with a European presence thanks to the German-based label, Napalm Records. The J. Robbins produced record has seen The Sword tour with the likes of Gypsyhawk, ...

Photos: Power Trip shred Kung Fu Necktie

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Power Trip Texas purveyors of thrashy hardcore, and Southern Lord recording artists, Power Trip ripped through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue along with Cross Check, Rock Bottom, Freedom, Heathen Reign, and Strength For A Reason for an evening of unrelenting hardcore provided by Philly Hardcore Shows booking group. Headliners included the PA hardcore staples in Strength For A Reason, who are currently supporting their latest LP, Through Cold Eyes which was released earlier in 2013 and has seen ...

Photos: Cruel Hand, Agitator, & More at Kung Fu Necktie

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Photos: Bane play Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Bane Massachusetts hardcore mainstay Bane lit up Philly's Kung Fu Necktie with regional talents Wrong Answer, Rude Awakening, and Time Bomb for an evening of rowdy hardcore hosted by the Philly Hardcore Shows booking group. It was just a few months ago we covered one of the most epic moments in recent hardcore history, the now infamous Bane Pizza Party during This Is Hardcore Fest 2013. It was shortly thereafter Bane announced they would be recording their fourth full-length album and first since 2005′s The Note. The forthcoming effort is entitled ...

Fantasy Panther Philly Record Release Show Photos

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Fantasy Panther It was an evening where grind and punk reigned supreme as Philly shredders Fantasy Panther hosted a raucous record release party at The Barbary venue along with regional talents Boroughs, Die Choking, Skin Graft, and Rat Kicker. Opening the show were Philly newcomers Boroughs who wasted not time setting up in front of the stage on the floor and proceeded to melt faces with a potent blent of crusty powerviolence that quickly set the tone for the evening. Unfortunately, we had no light to work with on the floor space in front of an already dimly lit stage, so we are forced to throw up a ...

TrenchRot Exclusive Song Premiere “Mad Dogs Of War”

Monday, January 20th, 2014
trenchrot - necronomic warfare Enjoy a world premiere from Philadelphia's own smashing death metal purveyors, TrenchRot as we stream "Mad Dogs Of War" below the fold taken directly from the band's forthcoming album, Necronomic Warfare, due out February 18th on Unspeakable Axe Records. There is so much awesomeness packed into this forthcoming 11-song basher that it's difficult to know where to start. Authenticity is one of the first adjectives that comes to mind, as vocal and musical attacks ripple with influences from such mainstays as Bolt Thrower and Asphyx. This is pure death metal that both old-school and new-school fans should find appealing. Arrangements are far from one-dimensional and quickly move ...

Exclusive Youth Forgotten premiere of “Eyes On The Prize”

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
ghosts-of-a-fallen-empire We at BlowTheScene.com are stoked to kick off 2014 with an exclusive song stream from one of Cleveland's fiercest rising talents, Youth Forgotten and brand new song "Eyes On The Prize," streamable below the fold. This explosive unit of scene veterans breaks off an infectious blend of hardcore-infused metal that is making waves as the release of the band's debut full-length, Ghost Of A Fallen Empire will hit streets officially February 1. Featuring current and ex members of such Cleveland mainstays as Integrity, Dead Even, Salt The Wound, Chimaira, and more, Youth Forgotten quickly establish a place as leaders of the pack with the ten unrelenting tracks featured on Ghosts Of A ...