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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. ...

Photos: Finland’s Hooded Menace in Philly

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Hooded-Menace-band-028 BTS’s Summer Concert Series Photos continues with Finland’s Hooded Menace as the group slayed Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie venue with Haethen and Decap Attack! Hooded Menace continue to support their 2012 Relapse Records debut, Effigies Of Evil, which showcases the band's unrelenting old-school death metal and doom attacks in full glory. Hooded Menace are also featured on a recent split release with Loss entitled, A View From The Rope, which Iyezine.com hailed calling Hooded Menace the "..Greatest exponents of the genre at this time.." [translated] Philly's own black metal destroyers, Haethen and thrashing metal maniacs in Decap Attack rounded out what ...

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 ...