Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Enjoy a new exclusive photo feature of thrash metal legends Slayer along with tour-mates Gojira and 4arm, straight from Camden, NJ’s Susquehanna Bank Center by Blow The Scene’s Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri.
Opening the festivities was Melbourne Australia's thrash metal foursome, 4arm who are currently on their self-proclaimed ‘dream come true’ tour. And who could blame them? Most of us who grew up listening to thrash would chop off a digit or limb for an opportunity to tour with these legends. 4arm held their own in murky waters, as opening for Slayer is notoriously a ‘sacrificial lamb’ spot for bands playing in front of one of the most ...
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Metal juggernauts Overkill and Kreator plowed through Philly's Trocadero Theatre for a special Halloween celebration with support from LA's Warbringer. Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver another extended photo set for your viewing pleasure featured below the fold.
Show openers- Los Angeles based thrash metal band Warbringer recently debuted a new music video for song "Black Sun, Black Moon" taken from the brand new album, IV: Empires Collapse, on Century Media. Singer John Kevill commented on this latest video offering, "We went out to the most desolate stretch of highway we could find out in the Mojave ...
Sunday, November 24th, 2013
SoCal's raw d-beat practitioners, Condition, recently lit up Pittsburgh's Dock 5 venue as the band continues to tour in support of two current 7" EPs, Bombed Out and Deteriorating, out now on Rust and Machine Records.
With an unrelenting assault of stripped down, angry d-beat attacks and amps cranked to full throttle, Condition plow forward with a sense of urgency fans of Mob 47 and Crude SS should find immediately appealing. Condition consists of a hodgepodge of West Coast veterans including members Raw Nerves, DNF, and Trash Talk. Another band to keep an eye ...
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
We are pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world an exclusive track premiere and photo gallery set of Sweden's rising fuzz rockers, Truckfighters.
Last Hurrah Records is gearing up to drop The Chairman Special Edition EP in anticipation of Truckfighter’s forthcoming new full-length, which is slated for release next year and includes the track "The Chairman," hence The Chairman Special Edition EP.
Desert rock fans and vinyl enthusiasts should find a lot to love here, as the EP features the title track plus three live tunes — "Desert Cruiser," "Monte Gargano," and "Traffic" — all recorded while on tour in Australia.
Enjoy an exclusive stream ...
Monday, November 18th, 2013
The Chariot added its own chapter the cycle of 2013 farewell and reunion tours with a recent 'final' performance at Philadelphia's Trocadero Theater along with friends Rebuker, To the Wind, Birds In Row, and Glass Cloud.
Earlier this Fall, The Chariot released the below video and following statement regarding the band's announcement of disbandment after a decade active in the music world:
Thank you. To everyone on this planet Earth that has ever supported us, helped us, watched us, hung out with us, given us a place to stay, given food, prayed over us, loaned us equipment, advised us, booked us, or given us a chance, no ...
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Swedish metal trifecta Watain, In Solitude, and Tribulation tore through Philadelphia's Underground Arts venue for a beer-soaked, evil whirlwind of eardrum crushing performances.
Watain have left a media buzz in the wake of the release of the band's fifth album, The Wild Hunt currently out via Century Media Records. Amid these new tracks teeming with Watain's classic black metal sound, The Wild Hunt also dabbles with clean vocals, Spanish guitars, and other musical experimentation, with the end result being "their most daring album yet" (Decibel Magazine). Check out the following links to preview The Wild Hunt, singles: "All ...
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
The only current touring band most longtime fans of early Black Flag would consider the real thing- FLAG ripped through Philly's Trocadero Theater on singer Keith Morris's 58th birthday. BTS is kicking off a weekend of photo galleries with this special occasion as Morris was joined by Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson, and Stephen Egerton for what proved to be a rare reunion show worth seeing in 2013. TSOL joined in the celebration complete with ample sing-alongs and mid-show birthday cupcakes for Morris who was clearly amused by the proceedings.
When asked in recent interview with ...
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
We are very pleased to offer the premiere and stream of new song, "Life as a Flashback" by the pioneers of "Bandana Thrash" and "Fastcore", Conquest For Death, whose forthcoming LP, Many Nations, One Underground hits streets November 5th via the now legendary Oakland-based DIY label, Tankcrimes.
Featuring members strewn across three continents and three far-separated regions of the US, Conquest For Death was originally spawned from ashes of seminal Bay Area thrashers, What Happens Next? in 2006. Two previous full-length releases, a plethora of splits and comps, combined with relentless touring have taken Conquest For ...
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
We are pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world a new interview with Baltimore's metallic d-beat practitioners, Old Lines as the band today releases a scathing new EP, If You See Something, Say Something on Reptilian Records. Old Lines is currently gearing up for slew of East Coast tour dates including stops with Weekend Nachos and the annual punk bash, The Fest in Gainesville. With a brutal concoction of politically conscience themes punctuated by sharp and poignant musical attacks, Old Lines is band to keep an eye on in 2013.
In this new in-depth ...
Monday, October 21st, 2013
Trivium, DevilDriver and After The Burial decimated Philly's TLA venue with a recent performance during the bands' 2013 trek across North America.
Trivium released its sixth album, Vengeance Falls earlier this month via Roadrunner Records and is currently celebrating rave reviews across the metal landscape. In a recent posting at the band's website, guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy talks about an incident that occurred on tour that inspired some of the lyrics on the new record, and the entire band (and producer David Draiman) discuss the change in Matt's vocals on the new album. Trivium will be back on ...
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
Philly House Shows pt XIII is brought to you as DC's kings of lighting-fast hardcore punk, Coke Bust recently tore through The Farm in West Philly with cohorts in Agent Attitude (Sweden), Protester, No Qualms, and Gash. This stacked bill was ripe with fresh talent that was busting at the seams with raw energy.
Coke Bust has been on a tear for the better part of 2013 with tours throughout the US and Europe as they continue to support a new LP, Confined, on Grave Mistake Records. This blistering 9-songer was recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations Studios and can be sampled and purchased ...
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Philly House Shows pt XII takes us to West Philly's Golden Tea House for a recent performance with Richmond's psychedelic metal unit Windhand, DC doom punks ILSA, and Philly's own powerviolence duo Backslider.
Windhand's Relapse Records debut LP Soma hit streets worldwide in September and has been noted for a dual guitar attack compared to such pioneers as Black Sabbath and Nirvana. Windhand play what has been described as a tinnitus inducing mix of eerie psychedelia and haunting ambient doom. Prior to this most recent effort, 2012 saw the release of Windhand's self-titled, debut LP via Forcefield Records and ...
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Ramming Speed recently tore through West Philly's Wolf Cycles with local rippers Weird Wolf and Castle Freak for what proved to be a trifecta of trashy punk goodness.
Fresh out of God City Studios with renowned producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them, Nails), Ramming Speed continue to brutalize audiences in support of their new LP for Prosthetic Records, entitled Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die. Ramming Speedtoday announced they will hit the road once again in November alongside Toxic Holocaust for 15 days on the club circuit. Definitely a ...
Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Vista Chino (fromerly known as Kyuss Lives!) recently made a stop at Philly's Underground Arts venue with Portland rock outfit Black Pussy and Philly's own Kingsnake, as part of the band's national 2013 tour.
For those just tuning in, Vista Chino was formed in 2010 by vocalist John Garcia, drummer Brant Bjork and bassist Nick Oliveri, all former members of influential rock band Kyuss. Belgium-born guitarist Bruno Fevery would round out the original line-up.
Prior to Vista Chino, Kyuss Lives! was formed as a touring act featuring the original Kyuss line-up excluding Josh Homme (QOTSA). A subsequent lawsuit filed by former Kyuss members Josh Homme and Scott Reeder would put an end to ...
Monday, October 7th, 2013
BTS's Senior Staff Photographer Dante Torrieri recently had the privilege of joining and photo-documenting local Philadelphia metal bands Sadgiqacea and Haethen on a week-long tour that was punctuated with a stop at The Indianapolis Metal Fest. Below is Dante's recount and photo essay of the events straight from the horse's mouth.
The adventure started with a Tetris-puzzle packing of two bands’ worth of gear into a trailer from a Southern Jersey practice space before heading to Boston. Night one of the tour took us to Roggies with a solid turnout and quality backing bands Brain Famine, The Binary Code, and Scaphism. Sadgiqacea and Haethen tore into two great ...
Friday, October 4th, 2013
If discordant, metal-infused grindcore is your jam, then this exclusive track premiere from Denver newcomers Of Feather And Bone will surely get your inner ear hairs percolating. This three-piece from the Mile High City has just wrapped up two new b-side tracks with longtime engineer/producer Andy Patterson (Gaza, Reproacher, Call Of The Void) and is ready to spew forth the hatred.
This track should serve as a tasty appetizer as the band prepares to release a new 7” on Mind Melt Entertainment in early 2014 as current gigs are lined up with Ghoul, Black Breath, Call of the Void, and Harm's Way.
12/14 @ The Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO - ...
Friday, October 4th, 2013
MADE Fest 2013 recently brought together a stellar group of DIY vendors specializing in food, art, crafts, kitsch, and more to Philly’s Rotunda venue for one of the raddest arts and crafts shows we’ve ever seen.
Explicitly not a flea market, with a mission statement that read, "A loosely juried DIY Fest focusing on giving an outlet to as many flavors of DIY as possible," this DIY event had more unique art, food, clothes, make-up, decorations, crafts, and DIY themes than we could cover in any reasonable write-up. From hand-made dolls, clothes, tiles, lights, blankets, scarves, vegan make-up, jewelry, and paintings, it was hard not ...
Monday, September 30th, 2013
Enjoy a new exclusive interview with Dillinger Escape Plan bassist Liam Wilson as these extreme music pioneers celebrate a fifth full-length effort, One Of Us Is The Killer, which debuted at #25 on the Billboard Top 200 in May to almost universal critical acclaim and is currently available via Sumerian Recordings and DEP's own label imprint Party Smasher. It's been almost two years since we last caught up with Wilson for an in-depth interview. And ff you missed the first, be sure to check it out here.
In this latest chapter, Wilson is kind enough to go in-depth on the band's ...
Sunday, September 29th, 2013
L.A. singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe recently brought her experimental, blackened-folk expressions to Philly's Union Transfer venue as part of a national US tour with True Widow.
Chelsea Wolfe is currently supporting a new release, Pain Is Beauty on Sargent House, which hit streets earlier in September. Her fourth full-length album has seen almost universal critical acclaim. A Pitchfork review described Pain as being, 'Emotionally exhausting in equally mad and enjoyable ways, lasting nearly an hour across 12 twilight tracks of aggressive crescendos, poised reprieves, and suspended drama.' Wolfe is preparing to hit the road in Europe with Russian Circles in couple of weeks, commencing October 12th ...
Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Enjoy a new exclusive interview with Brooklyn's Meek Is Murder, who just wrapped up their second full-length, Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters with producer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (High On Fire, Nails). The album is set for an October 22nd vinyl release on Threshold of Pain Records and a digital release via the band.
MIM has been making waves with potent concoction of mathy metal combined with more sub-genres of punk and rock than you can shake a stick at. Meek is Murder has seen comparisons to Botch and Converge, but offer a sound that often eludes simple definition. With an emotional blend ...
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
The third annual edition of Upstart Fest, "The Northeast's Biggest and Best Punk Rock Party," launched its 2013 edition at Philadelphia’s North Star venue boasting a roster that included Koffin Kats, Turbo AC's, Hudson Falcons, New Red Scare, Svetlanas (Russia), The Jukebox Romantics, Lost In Society, and Doomed To Obscurity. The nine-day trek saw a revolving line-up of bands make way through New England before wrapping up over the weekend in Maine.
Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging) was on hand to deliver an exclusive batch of photos for your viewing pleasure.