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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Dead In The Dirt Interview

Monday, September 9th, 2013
Dead In The Dirt We are pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers from around the World an exclusive interview with guitarist/vocalist Blake Connally of scorching Atlanta 3-piece, Dead The In Dirt. This vegan straightedge band's debut LP on Southern Lord Recordings, The Blind Hole has brought down tidal waves of sonic annihilation on fans that will see the album rest comfortably with best best extreme efforts of 2013. In this new interview, Blake is kind enough to bring us up-to-speed to on the writing and recording process behind the new record, vegan hotspots on tour, staying socially active, new musical toys from the recording sessions, and so much more. Without ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Blow The Scene Fest 2013 in Photos

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Dropdead-BTSfest-band-0132 The first ever Blow The Scene Fest took place in Philadelphia on June 29th at the Broad Street Ministry, featuring performances by leading underground talents Dropdead, Iron Reagan, Dead In The Dirt, Masakari, Heartless, Backslider, Less Life, and Dying. Blow The Fest 2013 was dubbed "Artists For Animals" as this event along with its simultaneous art exhibit and benefit drive "Homeward Bound," all benefiting P.A.W.S. (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society). Apart from the stellar lineup of performers, Blow The Scene Fest 2013 also featured tabling exhibits by P.A.W.S., Wooden Shoe anarchist bookstore, BTS Photographer Dante ...

Centuries – Pessum Ire song premiere

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Centuries - band Florida purveyors of punk-infused, blackened hardcore, Centuries are gearing up to drop a blistering debut full-length, Taedium Vitae on Southern Lord Records this August. We at Blow The Scene are excited to offer readers around the world an exclusive premiere and stream of new song "Pessum Ire" below. With a knack for the tedious details of walloping tone, Centuries exude a brand of hardcore that fans of Oathbreaker and Full Of Hell will certainly appreciate. More than the sum of its parts, Centuries establishes a full-spectrum sound that escapes many bands. Dense layers of distorted melodies with an open d-beat bottom leave room ...

Dropdead Exclusive Song Premieres and Interview

Monday, June 24th, 2013
Dropdead Systematic Death Split Cover Enjoy a Dropdead world premiere of 2 never-before-heard tracks taken from the forthcoming Fighting For Life, DROPDEAD / SYSTEMATIC DEATH split EP as part of Dropdead's 20th Anniversary EP Series. Enjoy high quality streams of new songs 'Foundation' and 'The Final Chapter' below a new interview with guitarist Ben Barnett and singer/lyricist Bob Otis. This, as the band prepares to play a series of US shows including Blow The Scene Fest - PAWS benefit this Saturday in Philadelphia, PA with Iron Reagan, Dead In The Dirt, Masakari and many more! Without further ado, let's hear from Ben and Bob. Scroll to ...

Kylesa Interview with Laura Pleasants

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
kylesa 2013 We are very pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world an in-depth and exclusive interview with front-woman/ guitarist Laura Pleasants of Southern sludge-metal titans, Kylesa. With less than one week since Kylesa released Ultraviolet on Season Of Mist, it's sixth studio album to date, Pleasants is kind enough to to share insight into the writing and recording processes behind the new record. Pleasants gives a detailed look into her personal demoing phase all the way through studio tracking at The Jam Room with guitarist/engineer Philip Cope, she shares new equipment picks, long term goals for the band, and ...

Skeletonwitch Interview at GodCity Studios

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Skeletonwitch-band-049 Enjoy a new exclusive interview with Skeletonwitch bassist Evan Linger and guitarist Scott Hedrick direct from GodCity Studios as the band recently wrapped up recording sessions with renowned engineer and producer Kurt Ballou (Converge). Evan and Scott were kind enough to go in-depth on the writing and record processes behing their forthcoming LP for Prosthetic Records. Evan and Scott also touch on the band's touring philosophy, how these current recording sessions compare to prior releases, upcoming plans, and much more in this exclusive interview. Without further ado, let's hear from Scott and Evan. Joshua BTS: First and foremost, thank you very much for taking a few minutes with ...

Orange Goblin, ASG, KEN Mode Philly Photo Special

Monday, May 13th, 2013
Orange-Goblin-band-049 Orange Goblin, ASG, and KEN Mode recently tore through Philly’s North Star venue as part of Orange Goblin’s lengthy North American Tour. There was a little confusion at the door, so unfortunately we missed the first three bands and picked up as KEN Mode hit the stage with a burst of energy. Already a contender for our Top Lists of 2013, Canadian rock band KEN Mode are supporting their fifth studio album, Entrench, which hit streets in March via Season of Mist. SputnikMusic.com hailed this latest effort stating, "..the album as a whole makes for an unnerving, yet oddly rewarding experience which needs to ...