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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 ...

Suicidal Tendencies, Sick Of It All, DRI Philly Photo Special

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Suicidal-Tendencies-band-079 Old-school thrash and hardcore reigned supreme as mainstays Suicidal Tendencies, Sick Of It All, DRI, and Waking the Dead stormed Philly’s Electric Factory venue with the Slam City Tour. Hailing from Amsterdam, Waking the Dead set the evening in motion with their blend of thrashy hardcore and metal as the band continues to support a handful of releases on Dead Area Records. D.R.I. hit the stage next with their usual lewd humor and snarky cynicism that helped to pick up the energy of the evening. Still chock full of attitude now 30+ years active, the band fired off a wide cut of track selections that saw longtime fans mouthing every word. Despite ...

Metal Alliance Tour Philly Photo Special

Monday, May 6th, 2013
Anthrax The annual celebration of all things metal, The Metal Alliance Tour, hit Philly for the first time in its 3-year history with a sold out TLA crowd more than ready for Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall, and Holy Grail. We were bummed to have missed the openers, Holy Grail, who are supporting a ripping new effort on Prosthetic Records. If you’ve never checked out these Judas Priest riff-worshipers, Holy Grail just dropped a new music video for the title track, "Ride The Void," from their current LP. We got inside just in time for Shadows Fall who continue to support ...

The Joy Formidable Philly Photo Exclusive

Monday, April 29th, 2013
the-joy-formidable-8 The Joy Formidable brought their massive sound and incredibly energetic show to Union Transfer along with the bands Blood Red Shoes and You Won't, both of which are two-piece bands. The UK rock band's headlining tour is in support of their most recent critically acclaimed full-length titled Wolf's Law which was released this past January on Atlantic Records. It's a follow up to their incredibly dynamic debut-record "The Big Roar", which was released exactly two years prior. The night started off with the Cambridge, Massachusetts based low-fi/folk rock band You Won't. While only comprised of two members, their songs featured more instrumentation than most. Drummer, Raky Sastri, ...

World Inferno, Rasputina, Stolen Babies Philly Photo Special

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
World Inferno Friendship Society One of the most unique and compelling tours of the Spring season featuring The World Inferno Friendship Society, Rasputina, and Stolen Babies recently plowed through Philly’s Union Transfer for a packed house. Stolen Babies set the night in motion and proceeded to rally the crowd into an uproar, many fans came prepared with different trinkets to throw around including balloons, confetti, and poppers establishing an upbeat tone to start the evening. This multi-membered circus of dark-styled cabaret featuring ex-Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Gil Sharone, fired off a fierce set and won over a crowd widely unfamiliar with ...

Blow The Scene Fest: Artists For Animals Band Announcement

Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Blow The Scene Fest 2013 CONCERT EVENT FUNDRAISER JUST LAUNCHED WITH AWESOME REWARDS FOR DONARS TICKETS ON SALE AT R5PRODUCTIONS.COM We are very excited to announce our first Blow The Scene Fest: Artists For Animals- A concert and art show to benefit Philly's largest no-kill animal rescue P.A.W.S. featuring Dropdead, Iron Reagan, Dead In The Dirt, Masakari, Heartless, Backslider, and Less Life on June 29th, 2013 at the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia. Ticket pre-sales will be announced soon along with special fundraising efforts with awesome rewards from the participating artists and Blow The ...

Coliseum Interview

Monday, April 15th, 2013
Coliseum We are very pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers from around the world an exclusive interview with Ryan Patterson of renowned Louisville hardcore punk band, Coliseum. Having hit the ground running in 2003, Coliseum have set forth a prolific run of material across such mainstay labels as Deathwish Inc., Level Plane, Relapse, and most recently Temporary Residence, who will also be releasing the band's highly anticipated forthcoming LP, Sister Faith on April 30th. The band has etched a permanent place within the American punk rock collective that has seen tours span across the globe alongside such greats as Converge, Integrity, Rise Against, Trash Talk, and Russian Circles, to name but ...

Iron Lung, Dream Decay, Philly Photo Review

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Iron Lung Boom went the dynamite as Seattle powerviolence mainstays Iron Lung, tore through Philly's First Unitarian Church with Dream Decay, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Salvation, and Backslider in tow. Without a weak cog in this dense line-up of eclectic talents hosted by R5, Backslider broke the relative silence with a poignant 2-man assault, doing the East Coast pv section proud. Backslider is celebrating a great new studio effort, Consequences (stream below fold), that should not be missed by any fans of the genre. Philly locals and Youth Attack recording artists, Salvation followed up with an irate offering of properly pissed off hardcore that ...

Artist Spotlight Interview with Dylan Garrett Smith

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Two Lovers Dylan Garrett Smith We're very pleased to be digging back into the art scene with the onset of Artists For Animals: Blow The Scene Fest I and thus present our first in an ongoing series of artist spotlights, as we focus on an intriguing Philadelphia-based artist, Dylan Garret Smith. With a niche approach that sees this young artist craft his works in the nontraditional fashion of dark to light on mediums that include black cotton rag paper and ash, the Pratt graduate has been picking up momentum. Recent works have been completed for Metal Blade recording artists, Early Graves and The ...