Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
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. ...
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
[caption id="attachment_55254" align="alignnone" width="590"] 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 ...
Monday, September 8th, 2014
[caption id="attachment_54692" align="alignnone" width="590"] 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 ...
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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 ...
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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.
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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
The 2014 Decibel Magazine Tour recently blasted through Philly's Trocadero theater featuring Carcass, Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder, Noisem, and Philly's own Die Choking who were celebrating the vinyl release of their debut EP on this select date.
UK's grindcore legends Carcass are coming off of a huge 2013 that saw the group release its first studio full-length since 1996's Swansong entitled, Surgical Steel. This self-funded effort is the first new material the band has coined since reforming in 2007 and quite obviously caused a stir throughout the metal community. Any trepidation concerning the sound of the new songs was quickly put to rest as the critical ...
Saturday, June 7th, 2014
The Metal Alliance Tour 2014 descended upon Philly's TLA venue showcasing international juggernauts Behemoth and 1349 with support by Goatwhore and Inquisition as BlowTheScene was on hand to capture the events in photos for your viewing pleasure, featured below the fold.
Polish metal legends in Behemoth are riding steady as momentum from band's current full-length, The Satanist, continues to draw acclaim from metal heads around the globe. Spin magazine recently named The Satanist as one of the top albums to hit streets in 2014 across all genres. Spin's Kim Kelly commenting, "The Satanist is the band's first new studio album ...
Monday, May 5th, 2014
It was a smoldering concoction of musical mayhem as The Dillinger Escape Plan recently took Philadelphia's Union Transfer venue by storm with cohorts Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining (Norway).
Groundbreaking purveyors of jazz-influenced metal, The Dillinger Escape Plan, are currently supporting a new studio album, One Of Us Is The Killer, released in 2013 via Sumerian Recordings and the band's own label imprint, Party Smasher Inc. This fifth overall full-length saw the band's highest Billboard debut to date with a respectable #25. Abandoning previous recording methods, DEP chose to focus on and complete each ...
Saturday, April 26th, 2014
The UK's mighty Godflesh ripped through Philadelphia's TLA venue as this duo, featuring founding members Justin Broderick (Jesu, ex-Napalm Death) and bassist G.C. Green, continues to tour in support of the expanded reissue of Hymms (2001) on The End Records, which was unleashed this January just in time for tour.
Having crashed the metal scene with the 1989 release of Streetcleaner via Earache Records, Godflesh have since left an indefinable impact on industrial metal through a series of releases on several labels including a stint on Columbia, before disbanding in 2002. Since re-uniting at Clisson, France's Hellfest ...
Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Brooklyn, New York' shredmasters, Tombs, recently lit up Philly's Millcreek Tavern venue along with local destructors Plague Dogs and Sadgiqacea with BTS's Dante Torrieri on hand to capture the evening in photos for your viewing pleasure.
Tombs have just confirmed Savage Gold as the title of the band's third album on Relapse Records. The album is set for a June 10th release in North America with the artwork and track listing having been revealed just few days ago. The stunning artwork was created by renowned tattooist Thomas Hooper who has created the band's previous ...
Sunday, March 30th, 2014
'Twas a frigid South Philly evening as neighborhood coffee shop/art gallery/venue, The Pharmacy played host to an electric gathering of talents including hometown heroes Future/Primitive along with Spent Flash, Drug Store, and Severed.
With a sludge-laden blend of crust rock and watches set strictly on punk-rock-time, Severed set a late evening into motion with a solid performance that got heads in the game on the quick. Drug Store followed up and proceeded to supply the grunge rock selections before Future/Primitive just knocked it out of the park. The ruckus was official brought-en, as rowdy heads proceeded to decimate lights and cause looks of panic on distressed shop ...
Friday, March 21st, 2014
[caption id="attachment_51194" align="alignnone" width="590"] Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland[/caption]
Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri recently embarked on a trip to Finland where he captured a radical show and set of pictures of Finnish bands Forca Macabra, God Given Ass, Oheisvasara, and Käpykaarti, all available below the fold for your viewing pleasure.
First question everyone has asked is- "Why Finland?"
The answer- I lived in Finland from the end of 1998 through 2000 as an exchange student and this trip was my first back in 14 years. Had a very good time catching up with old friends and even got to catch a show. Ear candy was supplied by Forca ...
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
The second installment of the annual Keystone Hardcore Jam launched into day 2 with a bang at Reading’s Reverb venue with headliners and seminal NYC hardcore act Sheer Terror supported by a rowdy cast of heavy hitters including Menace, Sicker Than Most, Clenched Fist, Yesterday's Youth, Lifeless, Incendiary, Harm's Way, 100 Demons, and Wisdom In Chains who collectively proceeded to decimate the stage.
Originally assembled during the mid-80s in NYC, the members of Sheer Terror continue to incite the masses into near-riot status with ease. Celebrating a vast catalog of releases on the now iconic, Blackout! Records, with a well-noted history of raucous shows at CBGBs alongside ...
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
The second installment of the annual Keystone Hardcore Jam launched into a blistering day 1 at Reading's Reverb venue with headliners Comeback Kid supported by a varied cast of talents hailing from all corners of the continent as Backtrack, Xibalba, Downpresser, Manipulate, and Time Bomb collectively put in one for the books.
The Keystone Hardcore Jam II proved to be a perfect launch pad for Comeback Kid's latest and fifth overall full-length, Die Knowing, that officially hit streets via longtime label Victory Records just a few days following their heartfelt headlining performance. Now over decade strong, Die Knowing is pulling ...
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Murder City Devils brought their infectious blend of punk rock to Philly's Union Transfer for a tight, late Friday night, 2-band bill, rounded out with support from Cincinnati garage-pop band, Tweens.
Making strategic appearances throughout the US since their reformation in 2006, Murder City Devils continue to support last year's Every Day I Rise/Ball Busters In The Peanut Gallery, 2-song 7" that created a buzz with BrooklynVegan commenting, "It's a real solid single, and sounds surprisingly fresh for a band who hadn't put out anything new for ten years."
For those familiar with Murder City Devils, we're not preaching ...
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Pittsburgh’s Oi! punks in the newly formed band, No Time, recently embarked on a three-day regional tour that ripped through Cleveland, Philly, and DC with Blow The Scene Staff Photographer, Tanner Douglass on hand to deliver a stellar photo immersion piece for your viewing pleasure.
For those just tuning in, No Time was formed by ex-members from one of Pittsburgh’s most brutal extreme acts, Heartless, who took the underground world by storm in recent years with the Hell Is Other People LP on Southern Lord and 2013’s Certain Death EP on Alerta Antifascista Records (which made ...
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Philly was overflowing with doomy metal goodness as The Sword ripped through town with support from Serpent Throne and Sunburster at the Underground Arts venue. Blow The Scene’s Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture this raucous event in photos for your viewing pleasure below the fold.
The Sword is currently supporting its fourth studio album, Apocryphon, that was released in the US via NY label, Razor & Tie at the end of 2012 with a European presence thanks to the German-based label, Napalm Records. The J. Robbins produced record has seen The Sword tour with the likes of Gypsyhawk, ...
Monday, January 20th, 2014
Enjoy a world premiere from Philadelphia's own smashing death metal purveyors, TrenchRot as we stream "Mad Dogs Of War" below the fold taken directly from the band's forthcoming album, Necronomic Warfare, due out February 18th on Unspeakable Axe Records.
There is so much awesomeness packed into this forthcoming 11-song basher that it's difficult to know where to start. Authenticity is one of the first adjectives that comes to mind, as vocal and musical attacks ripple with influences from such mainstays as Bolt Thrower and Asphyx. This is pure death metal that both old-school and new-school fans should find appealing. Arrangements are far from one-dimensional and quickly move ...
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
We at BlowTheScene.com are stoked to kick off 2014 with an exclusive song stream from one of Cleveland's fiercest rising talents, Youth Forgotten and brand new song "Eyes On The Prize," streamable below the fold. This explosive unit of scene veterans breaks off an infectious blend of hardcore-infused metal that is making waves as the release of the band's debut full-length, Ghost Of A Fallen Empire will hit streets officially February 1.
Featuring current and ex members of such Cleveland mainstays as Integrity, Dead Even, Salt The Wound, Chimaira, and more, Youth Forgotten quickly establish a place as leaders of the pack with the ten unrelenting tracks featured on Ghosts Of A ...
Thursday, December 26th, 2013
A look back at 2013 with a little help from our friends. Enjoy top lists from Blow The Scene staffers, and lists by artists, labels and members of Enabler, His Hero Is Gone, Heartless, Oathbreaker, Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Dropdead, Brutal Truth, Touche Amore and so many more!
Joshua T. Cohen Editor-in-Chief at BlowTheScene.com, Drummer of Cop Problem, Die Choking.
1. Nails - Abandon All Life
2. Baptists - Bushcraft
3. Heartless - Certain Death
4. Fucking Invincible - Downtown Is Dead
5. Old Lines - If You See Something, Say Something EP
6. Dead In the Dirt - The Blind Hole
7. Dillinger Escape Plan ...
Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Philly’s Underground Arts venue played host to the mighty Red Fang along with musical cohorts Cancer Bats, The Shrine, and Indian Handcrafts for an evening of walloping metal performances captured by BTS Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri.
Red Fang are having quite the run in 2013 with newest effort Whales and Leeches, released October 15th on Relapse Records, debuting at #66 on the Billboard Album Chart, marking the group’s highest sales week and first debut in the Top 200. Let's not forget a new music video debut at Rolling Stone with Portlandia star Fred Armisen, plus a scheduled appearance ...
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 ...
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 ...