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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 ...

Gojira, Devin Townsend, The Atlas Moth Philly Photo Review

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Gojira French metal juggernauts, Gojira steamrolled through Philly’s TLA with The Devin Townsend Project and The Atlas Moth for a standing room only crowd who was elated by the eclectic lineup. Chicago’s post metal sensation, The Atlas Moth are a live experience to been seen as much as heard with an accompanying light show that it is simply awesome. Brooding drums develop into epic triple-guitar attacks that plunge from thick and catchy into the bowels of dark and sludgy with accompanying electronics and black metal-styled vocals resting on top. The band is currently supporting 2009’s full-length debut on Candlelight, A Glorified Piece of Blue-Sky, and 2011’s An Ache ...

Dropkick Murphys Philly Photo Exclusive

Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Dropkick Murphys We could think of no better way to celebrate St. Patty's Day than with an exlcusive batch of Dropkick Murpheys photos from recent performance at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia with Bryan McPherson and Old Man Markley. With a sound and live experience that has become the definitive American Celtic punk sound, Quincy MA's Dropkick Murpheys are celebrating 8th studio album, Signed and Sealed in Blood, which hit streets in January via the band's own Born & Bred Records. Ultimate Guitar hailed the band for a, "..fusion of Celtic and punk is unmatched in the musical world today, mixing guitars, mandolins, bagpipes, accordions, ...

Every Time I Die Philly Photo Review Special

Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Every Time I Die - Keith Buckley There are few bands to have emerged during the late 90s/early 2000s under the metalcore umbrella that have withstood the test of time. And let's be honest, most never withstood any test of merit, but today we celebrate a standout performance by a rare band that has flourished over the past decade- Buffalo's favorite sons of progressive, hardcore-rock n' roll, Every Time I Die, who thundered through Philly's Union Transfer last week. The band's most recent full-length effort, Ex-Lives, hit streets in 2012 via Epitaph Records to rave reviews from critics and fans alike and debuted at a ...

Reign Supreme Interview

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Reign Supreme - Jay Pepito We recently caught up with Reign Supreme vocalist and founder Jay Pepito for an in depth, exclusive interview, as Philly's metallic hardcore mainstays prepare to release new E.P. Sky Burial, on Mediaskare Records March 19th. Sky Burial marks Reign Supreme’s first release since having parted ways with longtime record label Deathwish Inc., who released 2009's Testing The Limits of Infinite and previous RS works. In this exclusive interview, Pepito brings Blow The Scene readers up to speed on the forthcoming release and the new sonic direction of the band, the decision to leave Deathwish Inc., personal life, band picks, plans ...

Iron Reagan Exclusive Interview and Drop The Gun Song Stream

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Iron Reagan - Tony We are very excited to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world an exclusive interview with Richmond hardcore thrashers, Iron Reagan plus a new song stream of the opening track "Drop the Gun" from the band's forthcoming debut LP on A389 Recordings and Magic Bullet coming March 20th. The band, which features Tony Foresta (vocals) and Phil "LandPhil" Hall (guitar)of Municipal Waste and ex Darkest Hour members Paul Burnette (bass) and Ryan Parish (drums) has been ripping up venues on current US Tour with Vektor. We recently caught up with singer Tony ...

The Bronx Interview

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The Bronx band 2013 We recently caught up with the infectiously charismatic vocalist and front-man of The Bronx, Matt Caughthran, as the renowned punk rockers release a fourth full-length effort, IV, on ATO/White Drugs today! Apart from the three prior full-lengths that defined The Bronx as leaders of the punk rock pack, the band members took a few years to establish their Mariachi-alter egos with the underground sensation Mariachi El Bronx. With a fan base that transcends punk rock, alternative, garage, and even hardcore audiences, The Bronx have created a groundswell of buzz with ...

A389 Recordings Bash with Catharsis, Integrity, Full Of Hell and more

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Catharsis You have to tip your hat to the few DIY labels that have managed to not only survive, but flourish throughout the massive transition the record industry has undergone over the past decade. And by flourish, we’re not talking about getting rich. We’re talking about hard work and a true dedication to an art form that inspires with a consistent output of meaningful creativity. With iTunes and electronic media surpassing physical sales, and even such mainstays as Spin magazine pulling its hard copies from shelves, it is evident music fans are becoming more niche oriented and knowledgeable. There’s no more gamble when purchasing a record, chances are you’ve heard ...

Decibel Mag 100th Issue Bash Photo Review Special

Friday, January 25th, 2013
Converge - Decibel Mag 100th issue Show Last weekend the East Coast once again found itself the epicenter of extreme music with the A389 Records Bash featuring rare reunions by Left For Dead and Catharsis in Baltimore, Neurosis playing Philly and NYC, and of course the focus of this feature; Decibel Magazine’s 100th Issue Celebration Show at Philly’s Union Transfer with Converge, Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, Repulsion, Tombs, and Evoken. Blow The Scene was on hand for all of these momentous events, but we’ll start with this spectacular showcase. With major print magazines like Newsweek and Spin being ...

Full Of Hell Interview

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Full Of Hell Blow The Scene recently caught up with Full Of Hell guitarist Spencer Hazard for an in-depth interview just as the band prepares to play a series of highly sought shows this weekend with parent record label A389 Recordings hosting their Ninth Anniversary Bash. The annual event will see reunions by influential bands Catharsis and Left For Dead plus Despise You, Integrity, and more. Full Of Hell has made a splash over the last couple of years as a promising up-and-coming bands full of energy and aggression with the musical chops to match. Bridging influences that include grind, hardcore punk, ...

Comadre Interview with Jack Shirley

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Comadre We are very excited to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world an exclusive interview with guitarist Jack Shirley of the Bay Area’s high octane, emotional hardcore punk band, Comadre. For the better part of the last decade, Comadre has carved in irreplaceable niche within the ever expanding sub-genre of emotional hardcore, having just dropped their third release for Vitriol Records and eighth release in all on January 8th as a self-titled LP. In an environment that eats up and spits out many who enter, Comadre have retained their original lineup through an entire decade of prolific musical work and tours. The anomalies don't stop there either. The ...

Neurosis Interview with Steve Von Till

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
Neurosis full band 2012 We are very pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world an in-depth, exclusive interview with Steve Von Till, guitarist and vocalist of influential post-metal band Neurosis. This interview comes as Neurosis’s tenth studio album, Honor Found in Decay is being honored on countless year-end lists as one of 2012’s most important albums as the band embarks on numerous highly notable performances around the globe. The independently released album has drawn a groundswell of buzz, being the band’s first studio full-length in over five years, punctuating a prolific 27-year history as a band. In this ...

Top Lists of 2012

Friday, December 21st, 2012
2012 Blow The Scene Top Lists A look back at 2012 with a little help from our friends. Enjoy top lists from Blow The Scene staffers, and lists by members of Municipal Waste, Ceremony, Oathbreaker, Drain The Sky, His Hero Is Gone, Brutal Truth, Total Fucking Destruction, Joe "Hardcore" McKay, r5 productions, Brutal Panda Recs and more. Lists are posted in the order that they were received. Joshua T. Cohen, Editor-in-Chief at BlowTheScene.com, Drummer of Cop Problem 1. Gaza - No Absolutes In Human Suffering - This album features many essential elements that constitute phenomenal extreme music. No Absolutes in Human Suffering ...

Title Fight Interview and Tour Special

Monday, December 17th, 2012
Title Fight band in Philadelphia at Union TransferIt’s been a whirlwind year for Kingston PA’s purveyors of post-hardcore goodness, Title Fight, who punctuated the closing ceremonies of their recent tour with Pianos Become The Teeth and Tiger’s Jaw with a sold out show 2 hours south of their home stomping grounds at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. "The kids determine Rock 'n' Roll.." I heard a concertgoer say standing outside of the venue. And right now in the US, kids from coast to coast are loving Title Fight with their infectious blend of post-hardcore meets indie rock that has ...

Gaza, Code Orange Kids, Full Of Hell Philly Tour Feature

Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Gaza band live in PhiladelphiaPurveyors of progressive crust, Gaza, recently brought its headlining US tour to Philadelphia’s Broad St. Ministry along with Code Orange Kids and Full Of Hell for a blistering showcase hosted by the Philly Hardcore Shows booking group that saw locals Wrong Answer and Congenital Death set the night in motion. Blow The Scene was on hand to deliver new video interviews with Gaza and Code Orange Kids, and of course, more stellar photo galleries of all of the guilty parties for your viewing pleasure. Congenital Death set the evening ablaze with their own dirty blend of fast punk ...

Red Fang and Black Tusk Philly Tour Special

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Red Fang live in PhiladelphiaRed Fang, Black Tusk, and special guests Lord Dying recently tore through Philly's Underground Arts venue for what proved to be one of the best metal shows of the year. Having relentlessly toured throughout North America and Europe, both Red Fang and Black Tusk have created a present groundswell of buzz with current albums available through Relapse Records. Lord Dying are fresh out of Red Fang's home turf of Portland, OR with their healthy blend of black metal and sludge that quickly won over a diverse Philly crowd. Per usual, Blow The Scene was on hand to capture ...

Larry and His Flask Interview with Dallin Bulkley

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Larry And His Flask guitarist Dallin Bulkley We are very excited to have recently caught up with guitarist Dallin Bulkley of Oregon’s punk-infused, bluegrass rockers, Larry And His Flask for an exclusive interview. With an almost relentless touring schedule that has included long runs with Riot Fest, Warped Tour, as well as, headlining club circuit stints both in the US and abroad, Larry and His Flask have been winning over an eclectic grouping of followers. With enough energy and angst to appease the punks and no lack of talent among a six-piece wall of sound, including stand-up double bass, banjo, guitars, stand-up drums, and ...

Gaza Interview with Jon Parkin

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Gaza - band We are very pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world an exclusive interview with vocalist Jon Parkin of Salt Lake City’s purveyors of unrelenting grind punk and progressive crust, Gaza. With a sound that incorporates the most suffocating and emotional aspects of crust, grind, metal, and punk, Gaza are currently making waves across the extreme music landscape, evidenced by recent tours with Converge, Trap Them, Torche, Corrosion of Conformity, Rotten Sound and more. Having just set a new full-length, No Absolutes In Human Suffering, into motion via Black Market Activities, Gaza frontman Jon Parkin brings us up to speed. In this ...

Converge Interview with Ben Koller

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Ben Koller - Converge Drummer We are very pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world an exclusive interview with the renowned and genre-defying drummer of Converge, Ben Koller. This interview comes as Converge’s latest album, All We Love We Leave Behind, hits streets today via Deathwish Inc and Epitaph Records. Ben takes time to discuss the making and drum recording sessions behind the new record with bandmate and studio head, Kurt Ballou of GodCity Studios. Ben brings us up to speed on his gear, his current playlists, upcoming plans with his other band All Pigs Must Die, a new side project, warm up routines, ...

Pig Destroyer Interview

Monday, October 8th, 2012
Pig Destroyer Blow The Scene recently caught up with Pig Destroyer’s electronics guru, Blake Harrison, for an exclusive interview as the band prepares to release its highly anticipated fifth full-length album, Book Burner, on Relapse Records on October 22nd. With five years having passed since these renowned grinders released the critically acclaimed album, Phantom Limb, Blake gets Blow The Scene readers up to speed with insight into the making of Book Burner, his personal electronics approaches to music, building a new studio, touring, band and art picks, and much more in this exclusive interview. Without further ado, let’s hear from Blake.. Joshua BTS: ...

Heartless Interview

Friday, September 14th, 2012
Heartless - band live at Mr. Roboto Project Pittsburgh, PA 2012 We are very pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world an exclusive interview with Pittsburgh’s leading sons of punk-infused grind, Heartless. With the release of 2011's Hell Is Other People on Southern Lord Recordings, Heartless sparked an underground buzz that has only been punctuated by a live show that is devastatingly heavy. Word of mouth is growing as the band continues to fuse elements of grindcore, punk, and powerviolence into an unrelenting barrage of irate executions through live performance that can hang with ...