Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
A look back at 2014 with a little help from our friends. Enjoy top lists from Blow The Scene staffers, and lists by artists, labels and members of Dillinger Escape Plan, His Hero Is Gone, Hivesmasher, Artificial Brain, Grin And Bear It, SICK/TIRED, Old Lines, Enabler, Strike Anywhere, Old Wounds and so many more!
Joshua T. Cohen Editor-in-Chief at BlowTheScene.com, Drummer of Die Choking, Cop Problem
1. Hierophant - Peste
2. Trap Them - Blissfucker
3. ††† - self-titled LP
4. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation
5. Dropdead / Brainoil split 7”
6. Yautja - Songs Of Descent
7. Sick/Tired - ...
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Enjoy a new interview with Chicago's sludge-drenched grinders, Sick/Tired and bassist Kirk Syrek as the band continues to support a new LP, Dissolution that hit streets on Halloween via A389 Recordings. Dissolution is streaming in its entirety below the interview and there are additional links for further investigation and purchase. Without further ado, lets hear from Kirk.
Joshua BTS: I’d like to hone in on your newly released LP, Dissolution, that hit streets on Halloween via A389 Recordings. We love the record here at BTS. Raw, meaty grind and metal with dashes of powerviolence, and a Chicago-hardcore feel underlying, plus noise tracks by Merzbow and Marhaug- This ...
Monday, November 17th, 2014
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 ...
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
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 ...
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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 ...
Sunday, October 12th, 2014
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 ...
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
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 ...
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.
This Is Hardcore ...
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 ...