Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Grindcore juggernauts Total Fucking Destruction and Fubar have linked up with Give Praise Records for a devastating new 7" that we are very excited to debut in full below the fold!
TFD is representing the East Coast US with a patented blend psychotic grindcore spearheaded by drummer Rich Hoak of grind royalty Brutal Truth. Hoak and company, who also include Dan O'hare (Brutal Truth), and Ryan Moll (Rumpelstiltskin Grinder) have crafted a brand of blasting all their own with releases that span the last decade. Pulling from chaotic elements of everything from jazz, metal, and thrash, TFD are unpredictable and unhinged. Combine this ferociousness ...
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Vitriolic UK hardcore outfit, Violent Reaction are gearing up to drop a new full-length, Marching On, via staple LA hardcore label, Revelation Records as we proudly serve up an exclusive full-album premiere before the street date of March 31st, just below the fold!
Straightedge-driven and Oi-influenced, Violent Reaction was spearheaded by Tom Pimlott in Liverpool as a one-man project in 2011. The band has remained prolific seeing a self-titled EP (Quality Control & 6131 Records), plus the Painkiller Records released 2013 debut LP, City Streets, in addition to the 2014 Dead-End EP, also through Painkiller. The Oi-influenced, straightedge, ...
Friday, March 6th, 2015
Mastodon, Gojira, and Kvelertak made it once more round the Philly area at the tail end of 2014 for a fresh round of metal assaults following the trifecta's area May performance. Once again our Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture and deliver another stunning set of photos for your viewing pleasure below the fold.
Norway's Kvelertak continue to support a new full-length on Indie Recordings entitled Meir, which has made waves across the metal landscape. Armed with three guitarists on top of the standard bass, drum, vocal foundation- Kvelertak offer a rowdy but proficient live output. The band has ...
Sunday, February 15th, 2015
Enjoy a fresh set of exclusive photos as UK grind legends Napalm Death recently stormed through Philly's Union Transfer venue as part of an ongoing North American tour with heavyweights Voivod, Iron Reagan, Exhumed and a slew of special guests that included Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate on this particular evening.
Openers Black Crown Initiate are supporting a debut full-length on eOne Music, The Wreckage Of Stars, which The Monolith describes saying "..The Pennsylvanian five-piece muster music reminiscent of bands like Opeth and Behemoth, with ...
Sunday, February 15th, 2015
Heavy hitters Pallbearer and Tombs recently took Philly's Underground Arts venue by siege with locals Vattnet Viskar rounding out the evening.
Decibel Magazine, who named Pallbearer's most recent LP for Profound Lore Records, Foundations Of Burden the #1 album of 2014, recently premiered and is currently streaming "Fear and Fury", a new song Pallbearer recorded between touring sprints in the Fall of 2014. "Fear and Fury" is available to Decibel Magazine subscribers as an extremely limited 7" vinyl flexi disc and through Decibel's site.
In addition, Pallbearer have announced a string of ...
Sunday, February 15th, 2015
The mighty Pentagram recently ripped through Philly's intimate Johnny Brenda's venue with Bang, Kings Destroy, and Radio Moscow in tow for what proved to be a bulletproof showcase.
Psychedelic blues worshippers, Radio Moscow continue to support new 7" EP, Magical Dirt and will be playing this year's Psycho California Fest on Friday, May 15th alongside such mainstays as Eyehategod, Cult of Luna, Old Man Gloom and more. Radio Moscow is gearing up to embark on a Winter European tour with Colour Haze kicking of February 27th at the Eightball venue in Thessaloniki, Greece before wrapping up on April 4th, at the ...
Sunday, February 15th, 2015
Kung Fu Necktie venue recently played host to a smashing bill featuring Philly locals Crack House and The Repellers alongside crusty Chicago wrecking crew, Krang and VA's mighty doom agents of shred, Occultist.
Crack House offer a fun blend of party thrash, Music-Chairs-Blog describes saying, "There is a definite air of Crack House doing what they want, when they want, as guttural growls, uncompromising riffs and devastating drum hits mug you through your sound system for the whole fifteen minute length. This EP is just sheer debauchery.."
The scene veterans with a taste for metal-infused punk- Repellers are gearing up to drop new split 10" record with ...
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
South Carolina hardcore act Discourse are gearing up to release a debut LP on Closed Casket Activities on January 27th entitled, Sanity Decays, before hitting the road in support in February. Blow The Scene has the pleasure of debuting smoldering new track, “Time Pries” below the fold in anticipation of this buzz-worthy effort.
Crafting a sound that is firmly rooted in 90s hardcore worship with a taste for modern brutality, Discourse dips into territories fans of Turmoil and Indecision should find more than worthy. Discourse has been fanning the embers of an underground buzz manifested through a series of compilation releases, demos, a 7" ...
Friday, January 16th, 2015
Enjoy a new exclusive interview with Michigan's metal-infused hardcore purveyors, Hollow Earth, as the band continues to support a new buzz-worthy LP, Silent Graves, on Panic Records with a dense tour schedule alongside some of genre's leading heavyweights. Vocalist Steve Muczynski brings us up to speed on the band's history, writing processes, studio sessions, gear picks, lyrical themes, top band picks, and so much more in this exclusive in-depth interview. Listening samples and links for further investigation included below. Without further ado, let's hear from Steve!
Joshua BTS: Greetings! Thank you for taking some time with Blow The Scene readers from around the world. Please introduce yourselves and your musical ...
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Lansdale, Pennsylvania’s DIY hardcore practitioners, CDC are debuting the first new song from the forthcoming End EP, with new track 'Degeneration' available for exclusive stream below the fold.
End will hit streets in the US officially February 17th via Get This Right Records partially owned and operated by CDC drummer, John Bowes. The band wrapped up recording efforts on these five new tracks with Vince Ratti (Title Fight, Circa Survive) at the recording helm at Skylight Studios before handing mastering duties to Will Yip (Lauryn Hill, Blacklisted, Paint It Black) at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA.
CDC have built a ...
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, and Black Anvil ripped through Philly's Underground Arts venue for a solid evening of eclectic metal as part of a month-long national tour. BTS Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver another stellar set of exclusive photos available below the fold.
Skeletonwitch are continuing a world tour in support of acclaimed new full-length, Serpents Unleashed recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios and released by Prosthetic Records in 2013. Skeletonwitch are slated to headline an extensive European tour with support from Goatwhore and Mortals this Spring. The Hell Has Arrived Over Europe tour kicks off ...
Monday, January 12th, 2015
Richmond VA's genre-bending metal unit, Inter Arma treated West Philly to an intimate performance at The Mitten House alongside Philly's own Decade (featuring Backslider's Logan Neubauer on guitar). This relatively new Philly ensemble brings an intriguing mix of electrical darkwave to the table with music streamable below the fold.
Inter Arma followed up their lauded Sky Burial LP with the epic 40-minute, one-song The Cavern EP in October of 2014 via longtime label Relapse Records. Recorded during breaks from a busy tour schedule alongside such mainstays as Baroness, Russian Circles and more, the effort has seen ...
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
NYC metal titans Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain joined Philly grindcore nuts Die Choking and Fantasy Panther for an evening shred-a-thon at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue hosted by Flash Mob Productions. BTS's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver a stellar set of exclusive photos available below the fold.
Relapse Records recording artists Pyrrhon were coupled with Profound Lore's Artificial Brain as the pair wrapped up a month-long North American tour. The evening also marked the commencement of a Fantasy Panther and Die Choking tour in addition to Die Choking's EP release show for a latest 5-song, 7-inch record, II.
The delightfully unhinged ...
Friday, January 2nd, 2015
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Blow The Scene's photo coverage is an integral part of our online magazine and for the third year in a row, we would like to solute our tireless photographers by featuring 150 of what we consider the best exclusive Blow The Scene photos of 2014. We published countless thousands of band photos in 2014, and these 150+ photos are just the tip of the iceberg. Feel free to investigate further! Links to the photographers' individual websites are included below. Simply mouse over the photos and thumbnails for the name of the performing act.
Without further ado ...
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Legendary English street punk outfit, G.B.H. recently plowed through Underground Arts in Philly with NYC's Reagan Youth and Philly's own Dopestroke supporting. Blow The Scene's photographer extraordinaire, Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver a fresh batch of exclusive photos view-able below the fold.
G.B.H. continues to support their 2010 LP, Perfume and Piss via Hellcat Records that was produced by longtime friend Lars Frederiksen of Rancid. The release has seem favorable reviews from fans and critics alike with Exclaim.ca commenting, "From political jabs on "Power Corrupts" to social commentary via "This Is Not The Real World" and punk ...
Monday, December 29th, 2014
UK's fuzz-soaked rockers Uncle Acid And The Beats ripped through Philly's Underground Arts venue along with Portland's Danava recently with Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri on hand to deliver an exclusive set of photos viewable below the fold.
Uncle Acid And The Beats released their third album Mind Control last year. The effort was recorded at the renowned Chapel Studios with engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) and released via Metal Blade Records/ Rise Above Records and seen favorable reviews from fans and critics alike.
In support of Mind Control, Uncle Acid And The Beats played North America for the first time this May ...
Sunday, December 21st, 2014
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 ...
Monday, December 15th, 2014
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 ...
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
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 ...
Monday, December 8th, 2014
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 ...
Saturday, November 29th, 2014
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 ...