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Summer Slaughter 2013 Philly Photo Feature

Monday, September 9th, 2013
Dillinger Escape Plan The 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World, ripped through the Philly's Trocadero venue last month with hometown heroes and headlining act The Dillinger Escape Plan with Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, and more in tow. Known for a cathartic live show riddled with a history of colorful stage injuries, DEP founding guitarist Ben Weinman broke his wrist just weeks before the July tour kick off. On the eve of an emergency surgery in attempt to save DEP's summer tour plans, Weinman told MetalSucks "Every night I hurt myself. The ...

Enabler Interview

Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Enabler - band live at The Barbary in Philadelphia July 2012 We recently caught up with Enabler's founding guitarist and front man Jeff Lohrber for a new interview as this Milwaukee-based band currently supports a fiery new EP., Shift Of Redemption, available now on Think Fast! Records. With a potent concoction of infectious metal, hardcore, and traces of d-beat punk, Enabler continues to decimate stages across the US, Europe, and Australia. We had had the pleasure of catching the band earlier in August with a featured performance at the gargantuan This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia. This current four-song 7”/digital release picks up directly where last year’s acclaimed All Hail The Void ...

Howl, Lord Dying Philly Photo Feature

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
HOWL-band-030 Relapse label-mates Howl and Lord Dying recently ripped through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue with Razormaze in tow for an evening of solid metal. Rhode Island's Howl are currently supporting of their Bloodlines full-length, recently discharged via Relapse Records. Delivering 40 inexorable minutes of lead-footed dirge, Bloodlines entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #50, the Billboard Hard Music Chart at #57 and Billboard’s Indie Music Chart at #173 upon its first week of release! Dubbed “deliciously vicious” by MetalSucks, “consistently compelling” by Blabbermouth and “the equivalent of being punched repeatedly in the gut with brass knuckles and then pushed down the mouth of an active volcano” by American Aftermath, the record continues ...

Grandfather Interview

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Grandfather Readers might remember Michael Kirsch from a few years ago. His band, the New York-based trio Grandfather, had just finished recorded with Steve Albini (production credits include: Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies) back in 2011. Grandfather had just completed their Kickstarter campaign to release their LP, Why I’d Try, while generating a lot of social media buzz. We conducted an interview with the band just following the release. We're very pleased to have the band back, albeit as a four piece, with new album In Human Form just hitting streets. Produced and mixed by Alex Newport (Mars Volta, Melvins, ATDI, The Locust) and mastered by ...

Melvins 30th Anniversary Show Philly Photos

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Melvins-band-026 The Melvins recently made a trek across the US celebrating their 30th anniversary as a driving force in the music world. Blow The Scene’s Dante Torrieri was on hand to cover the Philly stop at Underground Arts to deliver a fresh batch of exclusive photos. Melvins are currently gearing up to release Tres Cabrones, a 12-song full-length that finds Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover reuniting with original drummer Mike Dillard. This new effort will hit streets on Nov. 5 via Ipecac Recordings. “Tres Cabrones is as close as we’re willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up,” explained Osborne. “The best part is it’s all new ...

Self Defense Family Interview

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
Self Defense Family - Patrick We recently caught up Self Defense Family's charismatic wordsmith Patrick Kindlon for an exclusive interview as SDF's latest EP, The Corrections Officer In Me, is being released this week via the Family Drugs label. With an internet persona that often eclipses his music, Kindlon has become something of a American DIY icon with a Q&A styled band website, his own label imprint Harm Reduction Records with Jami Morgan of Code Orange Kids, not to mention his own comic book press, and a multitude of humorously scathing diatribes across some the interweb's most trafficked DIY music sites. In this exclusive interview, Kindlon goes ...

Primitive Man Pittsburgh Photo Review

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
primitive-man-band-12 Denver misanthropes Primitive Man recently lit up Pittsburgh’s Mr. Roboto Project venue courtesy of the Root Of Evil booking collective as the band celebrates their Relapse Records’ debut LP, Scorn, which officially hit streets last week. Recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt, etc.), Primitive Man’s Scorn is seven tracks of vitriolic blackened doom that has been making waves across the metal landscape. Formed in early 2012, Primitive Man features current and former members of Withered, Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire, Death of Self and Reproacher.The band is currently wrapping up a mammoth US tour that commenced in early ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 Day 4 Band Photos

Sunday, August 25th, 2013
suicide-file-this-is-hardcore-2013-sunday-19 This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 ushered in the closing ceremonies with a wallop as GWAR, Sick Of It All, Trapped Under Ice, Suicide File, Negative Approach, 100 Demons, Slapshot, No Redeeming Social Value, Code Orange Kids ,Strength For A Reason, Colin Of Arabia, Clenched Fist, Pride Kills, and Relentless brought the roof down at Philly's Electric Factory venue. We already brought you the crowd and candid photos from onsite, which you can peruse HERE. While BTS's Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen were bouncing all over the festival grounds and backstage areas shooting away, our hardcore photo expert Anne Spina was onstage gathering ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 Day 3 Band Photos

Saturday, August 24th, 2013
mindset-this-is-hardcore-2013-saturday-9 The East Coast's biggest hardcore party, This Is Hardcore Fest, hit a zenith of intensity on day 3 with appearances by hardcore juggernauts Judge, 7 Seconds, H2O, All Out War, Ringworm, Killing Time, Nails, Rival Mob, Defeater ,Wisdom In Chains, Mindset, Maximum Penalty,Turnstile, World War 4, Beware, Things We Say, and Caught In A Crowd at Philly's Electric Factory venue. We already brought you the crowd and candid photos from onsite, which you can peruse HERE. While BTS's Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen were bouncing all over the festival grounds and backstage areas shooting away, our hardcore photo expert Anne Spina was onstage ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 Band Photos Day 2

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
modern-life-is-war-this-is-hardcore-2013-friday-17 The East Coast's now legendary hardcore music festival, This Is Hardcore, ripped into day 2 with Modern Life Is War, Blacklisted, Panic, Tragedy, Ramallah, Bane, Rotting Out, Xibalba, Incendiary, Enabler, and Rock Bottom who just pummeled Philly's Electric Factory venue. We already brought you the crowd and candid photos from onsite, which you can peruse HERE. While BTS's Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen were bouncing all over the festival grounds and backstage areas shooting away, our hardcore photo expert Anne Spina was onstage gathering her yearly plethora of band shots. We broke off a few teasers from Anne's stash during the fest..but ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 Day 1 Band Photos

Monday, August 19th, 2013
kid-dynamite-2013-this-is-hardcore-fest-16 The 8th installment of the East Coast's premiere hardcore music festival, This Is Hardcore, kicked off 2013 with a bang as Kid Dynamite, Kill Your Idols, Black Train Jack, BoySetsFire, Cold World, Stick Together, Striking Distance, Suburban Scum, Praise, and Truth lit up Philly's Electric Factory venue. We already brought you the crowd and candid photos from onsite, which you can peruse HERE. While BTS's Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen were bouncing all over the festival grounds and backstage areas shooting away, our hardcore photo expert Anne Spina was onstage gathering her yearly plethora of band shots. We broke off a few teasers ...

The Will Yip Interview

Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Off The Board Comp by Will Yip In this new exclusive interview, renowned producer and engineer Will Yip gives Blow The Scene readers around the world the inside story behind his rise to prominence in the music world. Yip touches on his approaches to engineering and producing, working with artists that vary from Ms Lauryn Hill to Title Fight, recording with a sought-after Neve Console, his newly announced partnership with Studio 4 and Phil Nicolo, plus his forthcoming, one-of-a-kind compilation, Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation featuring a plethora of leading talents that have worked with this multi-talented producer. Without further ado, lets hear from Will! Joshua BTS: Greetings! ...

Old Wounds & Trenchfoot Interview

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
old-wounds-trenchfoot-split Enjoy a new exclusive split interview with Old Wounds drummer Brandon Gallagher and Trenchfoot vocalist Travis Sewalk as the two bands celebrate a forthcoming split release on Melotov Records and prepare for US and European Tours. NJ's Old Wounds have been making quite a go of it in 2013, having just released their debut LP, From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest on Glory Kid, followed by full US Tour with Full Of Hell- this wave has yet to break. Metallic hardcore with a definite nod to the 90s, Old Wounds are currently bringing their trademark sound to the West Coast with a fresh tour and ...

Tomahawk Philly Photo Review

Monday, August 5th, 2013
Tomahawk-band-007 Alt-rock super group Tomahawk, featuring Duane Denison, Mike Patton, John Stanier and Trevor Dunn, recently swung through Philly’s Union Transfer venue during the band’s first East Coast tour in over a decade. Tomahawk are currently supporting a new album, Oddfellows, which is the band's first release in over six years and has already become Tomahawk's highest charting debut, cracking the Billboard Top 100 and landing at #2 on Billboard's Hard Music chart. Tomahawk also recently unveiled the video for "Oddfellows," the title track from their recently released album, via Loudwire. The live clip, which features an assortment of animation and ...

Loma Prieta, Fucking Invincible, Full Of Hell Philly Photo Special

Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Loma-Prieta-band-039 For what was unquestionably the hottest show of the year thus far, CA's Loma Prieta ripped through Wolf Cycles in West Philly for a sweat soaked endurance test with Fucking Invisible, Full Of Hell, and Philly's own Dying. We made it in just as Dying was wrapping up, but you can read more on these Philly hardcore purveyors with our recent song premiere and photo coverage. Featuring members of Dropdead and Daughters, RI's Fucking Invisible wasted no time bludgeoning the audience with a barrage of raw hardcore punk. The boys have a blistering new E.P. out now on ...

Code Orange Kids and Full Of Hell Pittsburgh Photo Special

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Code Orange Kids - Roboto Project Pittsburgh Pittsburgh's explosive purveyors of manic hardcore, Code Orange Kids recently made their first hometown appearance in over a year at the Mr. Roboto Project venue (presented by The Root Of Evil Collective) with Maryland's Full Of Hell firmly in tow. Celebrating a blistering debut full-length on Deathwish Inc, Love Is Love // Return To Dust, Code Orange Kids just kicked off a fresh European tour with Circle Takes Square and Full Of Hell (Dates below the fold). The band also released a new song “VI (Worms ...

Jucifer, +Hirs+, Fantasy Panther, Callous Philly Photo Review

Monday, July 29th, 2013
Jucifer-band-052 Nomadic two-piece sludge outfit, Jucifer recently lit up Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie venue with a rock solid cast of local support by +HIRS+, Fantasy Panther, and Callous. +HIRS+ are one of our favorite Philly locals also consisting of just two members- Single vocalist and guitarist, complemented by a wall of amps, drum machine, and unhinged stage presence that just bludgeons the audience from front to back with some of the most brutal grind you’ll find East of the Mississippi. You’ll get a few seconds to come up for air as the occasional humorous sample precedes one rampaging tune into the next. +HIRS+ are currently supporting new spits with Water Torture and Bubonic ...

No Sir Interview

Friday, July 26th, 2013
NO SIR Future Looks Bright album cover Enjoy a new exclusive interview with No Sir vocalist Michael Bingham as he and his fellow purveyors of blistering hardcore punk prepare to release a debut album, The Future Is Bright, on Twelve Gauge Records. Fusing a hearty concoction of raw punk riffage reminiscent of CA mainstays Look Back And Laugh and Talk Is Poison with elements driving rock and no shortage of angst, No Sir have delivered one of the most exciting hardcore punk records in recent memory. In this in-depth, exclusive interview, Bingham takes us behind the scenes into No Sir's world of writing, recording, lyric crafting, politics, and influences. Bingham ...

Secret Art Space says farewell: Interview with Chris Reject

Friday, July 26th, 2013
slingshot-secret-art-space One of Eastern Pennsylvania's most respected underground DIY venues, The Secret Art Space of Bethlehem, PA, is celebrating its final weekend in existence with a marathon cast of performers tonight through Saturday evening. As this staple venue says farewell, we had the opportunity to catch up with one of the Secret Art Space's main organizers and operators, Chris Reject. Himself a patriarch of Eastern PA's DIY community, Reject gives his unique perspective on the SAS as not only a man behind the scenes, but as an active musician, screen printer, and record label owner. More information on the final Secret Art Space shows can be found ...

Mayhem Fest Camden Photo Epic Part II

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Amon Amarth We are pleased to present Blow The Scene's Mayhem Fest Camden Photo Epic Part II, featuring the remaining 150 photos from the arsenal of our Senior Staff Photographer Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging). These hand picked photos mark the second round of a massive 350 count, special photo series of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2013 from Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center. With Part I, we gave you a run down of events and standout performances. Today, we get right down to brass tacks with more exclusive photos of Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, ...

Mayhem Fest Camden Photo Epic Part I

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Rob-Zombie-Mayhem-Fest-2013-band-0365 Featuring a plethora of popular rock and metal outfits from around the World, the 6th annual installment of Mayhem Fest rolled through the Philadelphia area with a stop at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center last weekend. Leading this summer metal camp of sorts is none other than Rob Zombie with an eclectic pack of support, including Mastodon, Amon Amarth, and FFDP to round out the Mainstage performers on this nation-wide touring extravaganza. Rotating back and forth from the onset of the show, the Musician's Institute Stage and Jagermeister Stage saw performances by Machine Head, Children Of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy, Emmure, Born Of Osiris, Butcher Babies, Battlecross, ...

Philly House Shows XI – The Mitten House

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
war-emblem-band-4 Philly House Shows XI brings us to one of our favorite Philly show houses, The Mitten House for a rad hardcore punk billing. Located in West Philly’s 50th and Kingsessing Ave. neighborhood, this niche house is home to some punk rock veterans and has hosted some great shows over the last several years. A huge, well-managed basement with the support of like-minded housemates allows for band merch spreads in the living and dining rooms, all complemented by a sweet side garden area and back porch for cool-off in between sets- You really can’t ask for much more from a show house. Top this off off with mellow vibes and rad ...

Top 100 Photos of 2013 pt II

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Baroness-title= Our exclusive photo galleries have become an integral part of Blow The Scene over the years, due in no small part to the dedication of our tireless staff who cover hundreds of live shows each year. In 2012 we started a bi-annual Top Photos Feature that was a hit amongst our readers. So this year, we have decided to up the ante. We have broken the Top 100 Photos from the first half of 2013 into two 50 photo posts. The first can be viewed HERE, and the ramining 50 below the ...

Top 100 Photos of 2013 pt I

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Municipal Waste Our exclusive photo galleries have become an integral part of Blow The Scene over the years, due in no small part to the dedication of our tireless staff who cover hundreds of live shows each year. In 2012 we started a bi-annual Top Photos Feature that was a hit amongst our readers. So this year, we have decided to up the ante. We have broken the Top 100 Photos from the first half of 2013 into two 50 photo posts. The first can be viewed below the fold and the next will debut tomorrow. We'll then follow-up with another Top 100 ...