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Photos: Young Widows, Helms Alee at Boot n’ Saddle

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Young-Widows-band-021 Young Widows and Helms Alee recently tag-teamed Philly's Boot & Saddle venue for an intimate showcase as both bands support current studio efforts. Louisville's post-hardcore trio Young Widows released their fourth studio effort, Easy Pain (Temporary Residence), in May which Pitchfork hailed saying, "As members of Breather Resist and Young Widows, bassist Nick Thieneman and singer and guitarist Patterson have played together for a dozen years. It’s surprising and inspiring that, even now, they’re still moving not just ahead but into their own space, too, a singular approach that feels definitively like Young Widows." ...

Fantasy Panther – Track Debut

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Fantasy Panther-band-026 Ok grind freaks, we have something special for you today! We are very excited to debut a new song from Philly's insane grinding trio, Fantasy Panther. Featuring ex-members of experimental band An Albatross, Fantasy Panther have steadily been making a name for themselves with unhinged live performances, blood-soaked video sets, and are gearing up for a Fall tour with fellow Philly grinders Die Choking, dates posted below. Enjoy the world premiere of "Walpurgis Night" below! Originally composed as three short but superbly blistering tracks, Fantasy Panther recently merged these musical offerings into one menacing track of blast fury based around the Dracula (1931 film). This diddy ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2014 – Day 4 Band Galleries

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
[caption id="attachment_55254" align="alignnone" width="590"]Downset - This Is Hardcore 2014 - Electric Factory Downset - This Is Hardcore 2014 - Electric Factory[/caption] Philadelphia’s epic convergence of hardcore music enthusiasts from around the world, the annual, This Is Hardcore Fest signed off on 2014 with a Day 4 to remember at Philly's iconic Electric Factory show grounds. BlowTheScene's resident hardcore expert, Anne Spina, was again on point capturing four days worth of performances for our viewing pleasure. Today we conclude Spina’s in-depth photo coverage below. Days 1-3 along with our onsite candid coverage featuring scores of vendors, activists, fans, and more.. can all be found ...

Photos: Mastodon, Gojira, Kvelertak Live at Electric Factory

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Mastodon-band-071 BTS's Summer Of Band Photos Series continues with metal juggernauts Mastodon, Gojira, and Kvelertak, as the trio decimated Philly's Electric Factory venue with unrelenting tidal waves of crushing riffs for an ecstatic packed house. Mastodon continues to support its sixth studio full-length, Once More 'Round the Sun, released earlier this year on Reprise Records. The release has taken the band to new heights, punctuated by last week's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live as the band showcased song, "The Motherload". For those that didn't get a chance to catch this last leg of live shows, you'll ...

OFF! In Philly: First Unitarian Church Photos

Friday, September 19th, 2014
OFF! BTS's Summer of Band Photos Series launches with punk rock super group, OFF! featuring Keith Morris (ex Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes, Rocket From The Crypt), Steven McDonald (Redd Cross), as the veterans stormed through Philly's legendary First Unitarian Church venue earlier in the Summer with Nasa Space Universe and Cerebral Ballzy. OFF! continues to support a new LP, Wasted Years which can be purchased at iTunes and OFF!'s official site. Stay tuned! We'll be posting scores upon scores of exclusive band photos captured through the summer of 2014 in the ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2014 – Day 3 Band Galleries

Monday, September 8th, 2014
[caption id="attachment_54692" align="alignnone" width="590"]Blacklisted - This Is Hardcore 2014 - Saturday Blacklisted - This Is Hardcore 2014 - Saturday[/caption] Day 3 of This Is Hardcore Fest was a Saturday marathon that proved not for the weary as the passionate and traveled hardcore maniacs again poured into Philly’s iconic Electric Factory venue grounds for the long haul. BlowTheScene‘s resident hardcore expert, Anne Spina, rose to the occasion, capturing four days worth of performances for our viewing pleasure. Today we debut Day 3 of Spina’s in-depth photo coverage with a slight twist. Spina took a quick break from the stage chaos- seeing BTS's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri rotate in and ...

††† (Crosses) Live at TLA Philly

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
††† Crosses band Earlier this summer we caught up with, ††† (Crosses) featuring Deftones singer Chino Moreno and Far bassist Shawn Lopez as the group played to a packed TLA Theater in South Philly. The newly formed ensemble released a debut full-length in November of 2013 combining two previously released EPs with new material that Sumerian Recordings wrapped in a stellar new double-LP format. Purely secular music with a fetish for Christian and witch house aesthetics, ††† (Crosses) represents some of the most engaging contributions any involved party has released in several years. Meandering between dark synth-laden pop and alternative rock this first full-length ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2014 – Day 2 Band Galleries

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
converge-this-is-hardcore-2014-friday-8 Day 2 of This Is Hardcore Fest again saw thousands of hardcore enthusiasts from around the world pour into Philly's iconic Electric Factory venue grounds as a second barrage of explosive performances was set into motion. BlowTheScene's resident hardcore expert, Anne Spina, was again primed for the occasion, capturing four days worth of performances for our viewing pleasure. Today we debut Day 2 of Spina's in-depth photo coverage below. Days 3-4 will be following closely behind in the coming days. If you missed any of our onsite candid coverage featuring scores of vendors, activists, fans, and more.. be sure to scope it ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2014 – Day 1 Band Galleries

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
xibalba-this-is-hardcore-2014-thursday-16 Philadelphia's gargantuan gathering of hardcore music enthusiasts, the annual, This Is Hardcore Fest stormed through the iconic Electric Factory show grounds in July with a plethora of sought-after acts and no shortage of insatiable fans. BlowTheScene's resident hardcore expert, Anne Spina, was again on duty capturing four days worth of performances for our viewing pleasure. Today we debut Spina's in-depth photo coverage below. Days 2-4 will be following closely behind in the coming days. If you missed any of our onsite candid coverage featuring scores of vendors, activists, fans, and more.. be sure to scope it HERE. This Is Hardcore ...

Exclusive Photos: Swans, Jenny Hval at Philly’s Union Transfer

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Swans band The near-legendary experimental rock outfit, Swans, recently lit up Philly's Union Transfer venue with support by Jenny Hval for a solid gathering of rapid fans. Celebrating the May 2014 release of its 13th studio album, the epic, triple-LP, To Be Kind- Swans continue a legacy of stellar receptions by critics and fans as the band's live presence continues to garner new followers and extend a worldwide influence. DrownedInSound.com, who gave the effort a perfect 10/10, commented "To say that Swans have had a successful comeback would be the mother of all understatements..The songs are organic creations which, much like ...

Exclusive Photos: Ulcerate, Inter Arma in Philly

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Ulcerate-band-024 Ulcerate and Inter Arma shredding our South Philly neighborhood venue, Boot & Saddle, had us amped for a solid night of destruction. No disappointment to be had, we arrived just as Gholas was wrapping up a killer set as Inter Arma was set to just destroy. Inter Arma is riding a strong wave of success from their Relapse debut Sky Burial and a slew of successful live actions. Despite having to cancel most of the current tour run with Bastard Sapling, Inter Arma recently recorded a new EP. The expansive, solitary track, "The Cavern," encompasses a sprawling forty minutes ...

High On Fire, Eyehategod, Magrudergrind, COC: Baltimore Photo Special

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
High on Fire - Matt Pike Twas a wild night in Baltimore's Otto Bar as High On Fire, Eyehategod, Corrosion Of Conformity, and Magrudergrind set the night ablaze. BlowTheScene.com's Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening's events in photos for your viewing pleasure. The trek from Philly coupled with Friday night traffic on 95 set us back about an hour causing us to miss Ilsa and Strong Intention- Luckily the A389 Records' shredders are both regulars on BTS, and we'll be catching up with them soon. DC/NY blast machine, Magrudergrind, ripped through a fiendish set of their patented fast and furious short tunes. This marked the debut of new ...

Fucking Invincible Exclusive Song Premiere

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Fucking Invincible band We are pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world a new exclusive song premiere of "The World Keeps Turning" from Providence, RI's Fucking Invincible as they prepare to drop a devastating debut LP, It'll Get Worse Before It Gets Better, on Atomic Action! Records in the US on July 15. European versions will be held down by Reflections Records. Comprised of current and former members of hardcore punk mainstays Dropdead, Daughters, Soul Control, and more, Fucking Invincible is one of the most promising aggressive ...

Photos: Cop Problem, Enabler, Occult 45, Outer Heaven in Philly

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Cop Problem Philly's own aggressive crust unit, Cop Problem recently celebrated a hometown record release with label-mates Enabler, and regional talents Outer Heaven, Occult 45, and Population Zero, presented by Joe Hardcore & Philly Hardcore Shows booking group. This Monday night show was moved last minute to The Black Box in Philly's Underground Arts venue and marked the closing dates of a Cop Problem / Enabler regional tour run to The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, with Enabler continuing down the East Coast afterwards. Cop Problem's latest EP, Buried Beneath White Noise, was released digitally at the ...

Decibel Tour 2014 in Philly: Carcass, Gorguts, More!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Carcass-band-079 The 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour recently blasted through Philly's Trocadero theater featuring Carcass, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder, Noisem, and Philly's own Die Choking who were celebrating the vinyl release of their debut EP on this select date. UK's grindcore legends Carcass are coming off of a huge 2013 that saw the group release its first studio full-length since 1996's Swansong entitled, Surgical Steel. This self-funded effort is the first new material the band has coined since reforming in 2007 and quite obviously caused a stir throughout the metal community. Any trepidation concerning the sound of the new songs was quickly put to rest as the critical ...

Photos: Metal Alliance Tour Philly – Behemoth, 1349, more

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Behemoth The Metal Alliance Tour 2014 descended upon Philly's TLA venue showcasing international juggernauts Behemoth and 1349 with support by Goatwhore and Inquisition as BlowTheScene was on hand to capture the events in photos for your viewing pleasure, featured below the fold. Polish metal legends in Behemoth are riding steady as momentum from band's current full-length, The Satanist, continues to draw acclaim from metal heads around the globe. Spin magazine recently named The Satanist as one of the top albums to hit streets in 2014 across all genres. Spin's Kim Kelly commenting, "The Satanist is the band's first new studio album ...

Photos: Scale The Summit, The Ocean, The Atlas Moth, more in Philly

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Scale-the-Summit-band-064 Instrumental progressive unit Scale The Summit recently launched their first tour of 2014, a co-headlining run with The Ocean featuring support by The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes. The tour included stops at South By Southwest and South By So What?! in the band's home state of Texas before winding its way through Philly's Voltage venue with special guests SADGIQACEA, where Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri joined the fray. Scale The Summit are supporting a new album, The Migration, which received much critical acclaim and managed to dent the Billboard-charts. In a 9/10 review, Blabbermouth commented, "More ...

Photos: Lo-Pan, Neon Warship, Skeleton Hands, Backwoods Payback

Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Lo-Pan-band-054 Lo-Pan, Neon Warship, Skeleton Hands, and Backwoods Payback lit fire to Philly's Metropolitan Room venue with BTS's Dante Torrieri on hand to capture the evening in photos for your viewing pleasure. Headliners and Ohio riff rock perpetrators Lo-Pan, entered Translator Audio in Brooklyn, New York in April having recorded a forthcoming new full-length for amplification station, Small Stone Recordings. Titled Colossus, the offering was mixed and mastered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, The Brought Low, Keelhaul) with art direction by Jason Alexander Byers (Black Black Black, Disengage). A Fall release is expected. Also supporting releases on Small Stone Recordings, the bill featured Dayton, OH stoner metal ...

Fight Amp, Whores, Rye Coalition: Photos KFN Philly

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Whores-band-002 Philly's Kung Fu Necktie played host to Whores, Fight Amp, and Rye Coalition recently as BTS's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening in photos featured below the fold. Atlanta, GA’s noise rockers, Whores are supporting their latest release Clean which hit streets in October 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. A new tour supporting stoner rock trio Floor, kicks off on May 31st in Birmingham, AL and runs through June 4th in Tampa, FL. Additionally, the group has been ...

Pelican: Interview & Tour Spotlight

Friday, May 16th, 2014
pelican band Renowned genre-bending instrumental outfit, Pelican are launching US tour actions today featuring stops alongside an eclectic mix of bands including Tombs and Nothing. Tour dates are featured below in full. But first- We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Pelican drummer, Larry Herweg for some insight into the making of the band’s latest LP, Forever Becoming, that was released last year via Southern Lord Recordings. Critics and fans hailed Forever Becoming as the effort comes more than four years following the band's previous full-length, 2009’s What We All Come To Need. The new full-length was crafted during a transitional period ...

Exclusive Photos: Dillinger Escape Plan & Trash Talk in Philly

Monday, May 5th, 2014
The Dillinger Escape Plan - live at Union Transfer Philadelphia It was a smoldering concoction of musical mayhem as The Dillinger Escape Plan recently took Philadelphia's Union Transfer venue by storm with cohorts Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining (Norway). Groundbreaking purveyors of jazz-influenced metal, The Dillinger Escape Plan, are currently supporting a new studio album, One Of Us Is The Killer, released in 2013 via Sumerian Recordings and the band's own label imprint, Party Smasher Inc. This fifth overall full-length saw the band's highest Billboard debut to date with a respectable #25. Abandoning previous recording methods, DEP chose to focus on and complete each ...

Exclusive Photos: Children of Bodom at Philly’s TLA

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Children-Of-Bodom-band-056 Finland’s Children Of Bodom, Concord, CA’s Death Angel, and the Faroese viking folk metallers, in Týr made a collective stop at Philly’s TLA theater for a packed house as all bands support current full-lengths. Kicking the night were the vikings of Týr, who are currently supporting their seventh studio album, Valkyrja, released in 2013 via Metal Blade Records. MetalInjection commented on the album stating, “The music is what matters first to those of us who became Týr fanatics after being whipped into a frenzy by “Hold the Heathen Hammer High.” While not phenomenally groundbreaking, Valkyrja stays true to the sound that fans expect. ..Týr ...

Holly Hunt & Hollow Leg Southern Sludge Tour Special: Philly Photo Exclusive

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Clamfight-band-035 Twas' a southern sludge tour special with Holly Hunt and Hollow Leg both making the trek up from deep down in gator country as they recently passed through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue. Holly Hunt started the night off with a barrage of brain-crunching riffs that made you weak in the knees. Simply put- They kicked ass, as they continue to support full-length, Year One and new 12" E.P. Prometheus both recorded by Torche's Jonathan Nuñez. The Obelisk commented on Prometheus saying, "Drummer Beatriz Monteavaro (Floor, Cavity) and guitarist Gavin Perry have demonstrated themselves as a loud and lumbering giant of the Miami music scene. The ...

Exclusive Live Photos: The Body

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
The-Body-band-033 Portland, Oregon doom duo, The Body hit Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue on a recent tour supporting the band's new and fourth overall LP, I Shall Die Here as local acts Bardus, Heathen Reign, and Hound rounded out the bill. Released via RVNG Intl. on April 1, I Shall Die Here is being hailed as a standout work for The Body with Allmusic commenting on the effort stating, "I Shall Die Here is an album that isn't so much challenging as terrifying, making for a listening experience (and it is most certainly an experience) that requires more nerve than patience. ...