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Old Lines debut Split EP with social activist & author Will Potter

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
old lines to build a fire will potter Enjoy a brand new premiere from Baltimore's political d-beat mainstays, Old Lines, in the form of a new split effort with renowned social activist and author Will Potter (Green Is The New Red), aptly titled To Build A Fire. This forthcoming May 27th release is set to be the a first vinyl run via Life Advice Records, which is the new label imprint of Old Lines guitarist Mitch Roemer (formerly of Pulling Teeth). This unique pairing sees Old Lines offering two blazing and deliciously brutal d-beat songs which are accompanied by spoken-word companion tracks via Potter. The first track ...

Lesser Life – Bone Deep & Numbing premiere

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
BoneDeepandNumbingartLarge We at Blow The Scene are super stoked to offer an exclusive full-stream premiere by North Carolina's absolutely pummeling grind unit, Lesser Life and the forthcoming 5-song EP, Bone Deep & Numbing as the band gears up for a June 3rd release and subsequent tour dates that are all posted below the fold. With Bone Deep & Numbing, Lesser Life continue to hone a naturally dark and deliciously low-end-saturated presence that has been a signature sound for the group. Bone Deep & Numbing is what I picture Yautja and Dead In The Dirt might sound like meeting in a dark alley- Groovy, dirty, sludge riffs that trans-mutate into blistering grind with ...

Photos: Mastodon & Dillinger Escape Plan in Philly

Monday, May 9th, 2016
5/5/16, Electric Factory, Phliadelphia.  Blowthescene.com Metal titans Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan once again linked up for a round of live dates as Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri caught up with the tour at Philadelphia's Electric Factory this past Friday to deliver a stunning set of exclusive photos. Apart from a string of recent festival and tour date announcements, the long awaited and very limited picture disc of Mastodon's non-album track “White Walker” is available online and at local record stores. The artwork, designed by Welsh illustrator Richey Beckett, is a still from the Games of Thrones episode in which Mastodon appeared as murdered "wildlings" who are brought ...

This Is Hardcore Fest – 2016 Philly Preview

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
this is hardcore fest 2016 Philly's gargantuan hardcore music festival, This Is Hardcore Fest, will envelope the City Of Brotherly Love August 4th through August 7th with a massive line-up dropping jaws of OGs and newcomers to the hardcore scene alike. Now in its 11th installment, founder Joe 'Hardcore' McKay and his tireless Philly Hardcore Shows organizing teams have crafted a well-oiled machine, once again seeing scores of highly-sought after bands with a mix of great food vendors (both vegan and non-vegan), various animal welfare and humanitarian organizations, and thousands of hardcore enthusiasts from around the world ascending on the Electric Factory venue and show grounds following the opening (sold ...

Dronez / Nightfall – Käng Bang split Ep Debut Stream

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
nightfall dronez cover art It only make sense that The City Of Brothery Love which remains a stronghold for many factions of punk in the US would see two of Philadelphia's leading d-beat punk outfits, Nightfall and Dronez team up to unleash a ferocious new split EP entitled Käng Bang. Blow The Scene has the pleasure of debuting two cuts from this split below the fold for your listening pleasure. Side A of Käng Bang is presented by Philly's Nightfall who continue a decade-long legacy as a leading force in the regional punk scene unleashing their trademark d-beat punk attacks slathered in layers of gut-wrenching distortions. Enjoy Nightfall's opening ...

Bardus debut “Haze” off new Stella Porta full-length

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
BARDUS-2-web [photo by Eli Reeder] Philadelphia, PA's Bardus are one of the few underground bands that offers a dark and saturating heavy presence while maintaining an air of accessibility not off-putting to even the most ardent fans of abrasive metal while giving psychedelic metallers a lot to love. Bardus are a difficult band to categorize with a live show that sees walls of speaker cabinets primed to shake the listener to his or her core, with the experience falling somewhere between Sunn 0))) meeting Fight Amp at a Fugazi basement show after stepping into a time machine and everyone proceeded to get blazed out of their minds.. Hence the reason it's not uncommon ...

Interview: Justin Smith (Graf Orlock, Ghostlimb)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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Blow The Scene is excited to present a new interview with guitarist/vocalist Justin Smith of LA's Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb. Smith also heads underground label Vitriol Records while maintaining a position of Professor of History which lead LA Weekly to dub him "The Heavy Metal Professor" in its People 2013 issue. We touch base on all of Smith's current projects as well as the daily trials of balancing such a large and diverse plate of endeavors.

Known and loved for pilfering sounds and concepts from Hollywood action flicks like Aliens and Point Break, the grinding, thrashing, hardcore enigma Graf Orlock advances ...


Yob & Black Cobra Tour + New Photos

Saturday, February 6th, 2016
YOB-band-078 Critically-acclaimed metal band Black Cobra have released the new track "The Messenger". "The Messenger" is the third new track revealed from their forthcoming album 'Imperium Simulacra' and was featured as part of their live set on their recent tour with YOB. "The Messenger " is streaming now at The Obelisk. 'Imperium Simulacra' will be released worldwide on Feb. 26 and is available for pre-orders at Season Of Mist. Black Cobra have recently announced an extensive North American tour. The tour, sponsored by CVLT NATION, kicks off on Feb. 26 in Madison, WI, and sees the band touring alongside Bongzilla and LO-PAN with additional support ...

Unborn Suffer premiere Nihilist full-length

Friday, February 5th, 2016
unborn suffer Poland's Unborn Suffer dropped their latest full-length Nihilist throughout Europe via Selfmadegod Records on February 1 with a pending cd version gearing to hit streets in the USA via the Earsplit Distro on February 19th. Be the first to enjoy the exclusive stream of the entire 17-track record below! Nihilist, the band's fifth overall record, showcases a wide range of extreme influences and executions seeing grindcore blasts, blazing guitar work, complimented by guttural vocal attacks that often border on the depths of gore-grind. Fans of Internal Bleeding, Napalm Death, Mortician, and the mighty Regurgitated should find a lot to love here. Nihilist was recorded in late 2014 and early 2015 in local Post ...

Fight Amp announce shows + new photos

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Fight-Amp-promo2015-band-001 Philadelphia Noise-rock outfit Fight Amp have re-emerged with new show announcements as February will include a Brooklyn, NY performance with Brutal Panda Records label-mates, Whores. A hometown show in support of noise-rock supergroup UXO (featuring Chris Spencer of Unsane + Steve Austin of Today Is The Day) is also scheduled for later in the month. In March the group will head to Richmond, VA with Creepoid. With these tour dates also comes news that the band has already written nearly a full-length’s worth of new material. Fight Amp plans to begin the recording process later this year." Composed of Mike McGinnis (guitar, vocals), Jon DeHart (bass, vocals) and Dan Smith (drums), ...

Faith No More Music Videos & New Photos

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Faith No More-band-033 Faith No More’s first new album since 1997’s Album of the Year, Sol Invictus (Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings), arrived in May of 2015, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart and landing at similar spots worldwide (including #2 in Australia, #4 in Germany and #6 in the UK). The months surrounding release found the band headlining a number of festivals including Sonisphere, Download, Riot Fest, Bumbershoot and Rock in Rio. Returning to late night television for the first time since the mid ‘90s, Faith No More took the stage on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly. ...

Neurosis News & New Photos

Monday, February 1st, 2016
Neurosis-band-079 Having passed the three decade mark in December, Neurosis returned to Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Trash Talk) on December 27th to record their forthcoming brand new LP, their follow up to 2012's Honor Found In Decay. Neurosis is celebrating their thirty-year milestone with a series of performances where they will deliver a massive two-hour set list, invoking material spanning their entire recorded lineage, from 1987's Pain Of Mind through 2012's Honor Found In Decay, with varied set lists at each event. These sets will span the band's entire career, showcasing the comprehensive evolution, from their primitive beginnings into the seminal, epic outfit of ...

Top Lists 2015

Thursday, December 24th, 2015
2015-top-lists-v1 A look back at 2015 with a little help from our friends. Enjoy top lists from Blow The Scene staffers, and lists by artists, promoters, members of Fight Amp, Concussive, His Hero Is Gone, Backslider, Artificial Brain, Grin And Bear It, SICK/TIRED, Organ Dealer, Cloud Rat, Old Lines, and more! Joshua T. Cohen Editor-in-Chief at BlowTheScene.com, Drummer of Die Choking, Cop Problem 1. Cloud Rat - Qliphoth 2. Cult Leader - Lightless Walk 3. Fight Amp - Constantly Off 4. Napalm Death - Apex Predator 5. Soaked In Bleach - Documentary concerning the people and events surrounding Kurt Cobain's death. 6. Triac ​/​ ...

Backslider debut new song “Deep In The Glue”

Friday, December 11th, 2015
backslider-band-abc-no-rio Enjoy a fresh cut from Philadelphia's Backslider, as the recently updated and now three-piece outfit drop "Deep in the Glue," taken from the band's forthcoming LP, Motherfucker, hitting streets January 15th via Six Weeks Records. Having solidified a solid discography of scathing powerviolence as a two piece over the last several years, Backslider have recently enlisted the talents of bassist Jake Smith, making this the first Backslider LP to feature bass guitar and now three musicians. Vocalist and guitarist Logan Neubauer taps into classic hardcore punk territory on the fret board and subsequent vocal attacks before meandering into some sludgier cross-sections that sees a definite Southern drawl ...

This Is Hardcore 2015 Day 2 Full – American Nightmare, Nails, more

Saturday, December 5th, 2015
this-is-hardcore-2015-day2-american-nightmare-28 Day 2 of This Is Hardcore Fest 2015 at Philly’s Electric Factory venue featured an incredible billing with American Nightmare, Suicide File, Nails, Defeater, Cruel Hand, True Love, Build + Destroy, The Geeks, and Malice at the Palace hitting the stage. American Nightmare had quite a run in 2015 with a series of hand-picked reunion bills including TIH, Fun Fun Fun Fest and more punctuating a legacy as one of the most important and influential hardcore bands in recent history. Deathwish Inc. has issued a digital version of American Nightmare "Reunion Documentary" that is currently available now for only 5 bills. After you scope that, ...

Housecore Horror Fest III Day 2 Nails, Cripple Bastards, Dropdead, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Suffocation, more

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Suffocation-band-0171 Day 2 of Housecore Horror Film Fest was strong day for grind, punk, and death metal seeing some of the most extreme sounding bands of the fest lumped together for a whirlwind of intensity as Nails, Poison Idea, Italy's Cripple Bastards, were met by Dropdead, Crowbar, Negative Approach, Corrosion of Conformity, a rare performance by Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and topped off by none other than Long Island death metal legends, Suffocation. All of the bands on the bill have been active recently with Nails gearing up to record their Nuclear Blast Records debut and third overall full-length with engineer Kurt Ballou at his GodCity Studio starting on December 27th. The album titled, ...

Timebomb & Deacon – Full Split Debut

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
HARV0330_Timebomb-Deacon_CombinedCover-001 A forthcoming split release sees two emerging hardcore bands bridging oceans as Tokyo, Japan's Deacon have linked up with New Jersey's Timebomb for a new effort hitting streets soon via Harvcore Records. Blow The Scene has the pleasure of streaming this forthcoming split in its entirety below the fold. A limited deluxe vinyl edition featuring a metallic silver edition is now up for pre-order including custom art by artist Chad Lawson. Timebomb has been making waves across the Northeast US region supporting some of hardcore's biggest heavyweights including a standout performance at This Is Hardcore Fest 2015 alongside Cro-mags and Biohazard. Meanwhile Deacon ...

Housecore Horror Fest Day 1 Photos: King Diamond, Exodus, Superjoint, more

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
King Diamond-band-0138 In the World of metal music and horror movies it really doesn't get much more ridiculously awesome than San Antonio TX's annual Housecore Horror Film Festival hosted by Housecore Records. The World renowned festival just wrapped a third installment. This multi-day and multi-venue event saw an incredible first day line-up of bands that included sought-after acts Child Bite, Warbeast, EyeHateGod, Exodus, Superjoint, and the legendary King Diamond at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, TX. BTS's Dante Torrieri had the pleasure of flying down to the Lone Star State and covering the madness for our viewing pleasure featured below the fold. Danish heavy metal legend King Diamond ...

Spinebreaker debut new song ‘River Of Pain’

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Spinebreaker Ice Grave San Jose, California's Spinebreaker are gearing up to drop a brutal debut LP entitled Ice Grave via Creator-Destructor Records in January and we are stoked to premiere track "River Of Pain" to the World below the fold. Spinebreaker let loose a simultaneously crushing and explosive blend of European-inspired death metal that sees hints of d-beat, punk, and hardcore also rise to the surface. Walls of meaty distortion converge to form a sound that draws from such greats as Bolt Thrower, Entombed, and modern practitioners Black Breath. The production is solid and sharp, nodding to the classic death metal sounds of the 80s but employing enough new-school ...

Population Zero debut new song ‘Stockpile’

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Population Zero Fear Campaign One of our favorite street punk bands from Philadelphia, the mighty Population Zero are gearing up to release a new full length entitled, Fear Campaign, and we are very stoked to offer the World premiere of song "Stockpile" streaming below the fold. After years of refining an authentic street punk sound with numerous splits and EPs, and showcasing members that have done time in numerous and notorious Philly acts, Population Zero is ready to send shockwaves across the punk scene with its first proper full-length album. Fear Campaign was recorded at Permanent Hearing Damage in Philadelphia by Steve Roche (Off Minor, Trophy Wife, Dying), and mastered by ...

Pentagram, Satan’s Satyrs, Electric Citizen, Righteous Bloom At Underground Arts.

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Pentagram-band-086 A damn good night for rock music at Philly's Underground Arts venue was had as the legendary Pentagram rolled through with Satan's Satyrs, Electric Citizen, and Righteous Bloom. Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver a stellar set of photos below the fold for your viewing pleasure. Maryland's Righteous Bloom, formally known as Beelzefuzz played a solid set to kick off the evening. The band recently completed tracking for a debut album to be released by Church Within Records in 2016 with mixing currently being done by the renowned Richard Whittaker (The Clash, The Who). Electric Citizen killed it delivering a no frills set of high octane rock 'n' ...

Dropdead, Fucking Invincible, V-Sekt, Dying at Boot and Saddle

Sunday, October 4th, 2015
Drop-Dead-band-061 Philly's Boot & Saddle venue was recently treated to a blistering night of hardcore punk as Dropdead, Fucking Invincible, V-Sekt, and Dying lit up the stage. Rhode Island's political punk mainstays, Dropdead continue to uphold a legacy of unrelenting fastcore and scathing real-world lyric focuses having seen of number of split releases over the last few years on the Armageddon Label adding to an already dense discography. Dropdead was joined by their Providence brethren in Fucking Invincible for this run of dates. FI feature DD bassist George Radford on guitar as he is joined by members of Daughters and Soul Control, rounding out this explosive line-up. FI's latest ...

Falter debut new song & video “Captive”

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
falter-band Milwaukee is a city long entrenched in the crusty underbelly of the US's metal scene with decades of musical transgressions and strongholds that have seen many bands of varying niches rise and drift out to sea, each leaving a unique impact in its wake. Over the past several years a new breed of Milwaukee bands have been crafting dark, irritable, and infectious blends of low-end-heavy, crust-fueled-hardcore with burly Milwaukee metal. Falter has emerged as one of the recent leaders of this pack playing alongside Milwaukee mainstays such as the mighty No Brainer and a slew of nationally touring acts as they rip through the band's home turf. Branching out ...

Torche, Nothing, Wrong at Philly’s Underground Arts

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Torche-band-042 Torch, Nothing, and Wrong laid waste to Philly's Underground Arts venue with BTS's Dante Torrieri on hand to capture the devastation in photos laid out below. This evening's top billing and Miami's own Torche recently confirmed an additional round of dates for their previously announced month-long fall European headlining tour starting this November. Having toured in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Western Europe over the past year, this tour will see Torche bring their unique brand of doom metal and hard rock to Scandinavia and much of Eastern Europe. Torche recently released Restarter, the band’s debut for Relapse Records, and their best selling album ...