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Exclusive: Murder City Devils Photos; Philly’s Union Transfer

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Murder City Devils photo 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 ...

No Time – Oi! Punk Photo Immersion

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
No TIme band 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 ...

The Sword, Serpent Throne, Sunburster Philly Photo Special

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
The Sword 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, ...

TrenchRot Exclusive Song Premiere “Mad Dogs Of War”

Monday, January 20th, 2014
trenchrot - necronomic warfare 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 ...

Exclusive Youth Forgotten premiere of “Eyes On The Prize”

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
ghosts-of-a-fallen-empire 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 ...

Top Lists Of 2013

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
2013-top-lists-v2 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 ...

Red Fang, Cancer Bats, The Shrine, Indian Handcrafts Philly Photos

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Red-Fang-band-061 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 ...

Slayer, Gojira, 4arm New Jersey Photo Special

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Slayer-band-066 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 ...

Exclusive Truckfighters song debut & photo gallery

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Truckfighters-band-034 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 ...

The Chariot Farewell Philly Show

Monday, November 18th, 2013
The-Chariot-band-072 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 ...

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 ...