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Exclusive Truckfighters song debut & photo gallery

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Truckfighters-band-034 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 ...

The Chariot Farewell Philly Show

Monday, November 18th, 2013
The-Chariot-band-072 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 ...

Watain, In Solitude, Tribulation at Underground Arts

Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Watain-band-049 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 ...

FLAG & TSOL Philly Photo Review

Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Flag-band-21 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 ...

Song Premiere: Life as a Flashback by Conquest For Death

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
conquest for death - many nations, one underground LP 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 ...

Old Lines Interview

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
old-lines-if-you-see-something 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 ...

Trivium and DevilDriver Philly Photo Special

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Trivium-band-051 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 ...

Philly House Shows XIII – The Farm

Sunday, October 20th, 2013
NoQualms-Band-12 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 ...

Philly House Shows XII – Golden Tea House

Saturday, October 19th, 2013
ILSA band 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 ...

Ramming Speed Live Wolf Cycles Philly

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Ramming-Speed-band-040 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 Speed today announced they will hit the road once again in November alongside Toxic Holocaust for 15 days on the club circuit. Definitely a ...

Vista Chino Philly Photo Special

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Vista-Chino-band-071 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 ...

Sadgiqacea and Haethen Tour Immersion Photos

Monday, October 7th, 2013
Sadgiqacea-Tour-Day4 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 ...

Of Feather And Bone Premiere New Song Hunted

Friday, October 4th, 2013
of-feather-and-bone 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. Upcoming Shows: 12/14 @ The Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO - ...

MADE Fest Philly 2013 in Photos

Friday, October 4th, 2013
Philly-DIY-Fest-12 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 ...

Dillinger Escape Plan Interview with Liam Wilson

Monday, September 30th, 2013
dillinger-escape-plan-17 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 ...

Chelsea Wolfe & True Widow Photo Exclusive

Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Chelsea-Wolfe 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 ...

Meek Is Murder Interview

Thursday, September 26th, 2013
MIM portrait web 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 ...

Upstart Fest Philly

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Svetlanas 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. Svetlanas...

Dwarves and The Queers Philly Photo Special

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
the-Dwaves Longstanding punk rock bands The Queers and The Dwarves recently linked up for several North American tour dates. We had the pleasure of catching these seminal punk rockers as they ripped through Philly’s Barbary venue with local support by Bucket Flush and Atom Age. Combining shock-rock lyrics with every niche and sub-niche of hardcore punk known to man since the early 80s, The Dwarves still put on a show that can bring the roof down. The band returned to form with their 8th studio album, 2011’s The Dwarves Are Born Again and have been ripping up venues around the globe ever since. ...

Blink 182, Four Year Strong, New Beat Fund Bethlehem Feature

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
blink-182-band-2 On December 16, 1999 I went to my first concert to see Blink 182 at the Electric Factory. I remember sneaking in a disposable camera to take photos of my favorite band. Obviously, they turned out god awful, but I still have them and they bring back good memories. I figured that was the only time I would ever "photograph" Blink 182 live. Forward to September of 2013 where I find myself at the will-call window of Sands Event Center in Bethlehem picking up my photo pass. While I've since moved on as far as my musical tastes go, I felt very excited to finally get up close ...

Agnostic Front 30th Anniversary Delaware Photo Feature

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
agnostic-front-band-6 Hard to believe it was exactly 30 years ago New York City's Agnostic Front released their seminal hardcore punk debut United Blood on their own AF Records label. Followed up with 1984's Victim In Pain full-length, AG have played an integral part in NYC's contributions to East Coast hardcore punk and its ongoing evolution. And what better way to celebrate 30 years then a fresh batch of East Coast shows. BTS Photographer, and resident hardcore expert Anne Spina caught up with band as they made a tear through Mojo 13 in Wilmington, DE along with Boston heavyweights Death Before Dishonor and regional talents Rock Bottom, Sicker Than Most, Parallels, and Lifeless. Agnostic ...