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This Is Hardcore 2014 Day 1 Candids pt 2

Friday, July 25th, 2014
this-is-hardcore-2014-thursday-33 This Is Hardcore Fest concluded day 1 with several heavyweights laying it down on the proper as Overcast, Crowbar, Unearth, and Killswitch Engage hammered the final nails in. This, after being pummeled earlier in the day by Rock Bottom, Lifeless, Xibalba, Expire, Noisem, Code Orange, and Ringworm. And to think- We're only a quarter of the way through this march. It's only going to get nuttier from here. Blow The Scene‘s Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen will continue to hold down the candid and photo booth shots as Anne Spina gathers her massive collection of band shots from the stage. Our band galleries will be posted ...

This Is Hardcore 2014 Day 1 Candids pt 1

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
this-is-hardcore-2014-day-1-43 Philadelphia's gargantuan annual gathering of hardcore enthusiasts, This Is Hardcore Fest, launched into Day 1 with a bang at the iconic The Electric Factory venue grounds as Ringworm, Code Orange Kids, Xibalba, Noisem, Expire, Lifeless and Rock Bottom set things off. Still to come later this evening are Overcast, Crowbar, Unearth, and Killswitch Engage. Thousands of fans have poured in from all corners of the globe as a wide of array of vendors and charity organizations set up shop across the venue grounds. A few featured below include Pinups for Pitbulls, The Humane League, Shirts For a Cure and more. The food trucks set ...

This Is Hardcore 2014 Kicks Off This Thursday!

Monday, July 21st, 2014
This Is Hardcore 2014 It’s just about that time of year when Philadelphia becomes the epicenter of hardcore music as thousands of fans and band members ascend upon The Electric Factory for the annual, This Is Hardcore Fest. Now entering its 9th year of highly-renowned feature performances, the 2014 line-up will surely prove a classic one, seeing Converge, Killswitch Engage, Nails, Turmoil, Downset, The Explosion, Dropdead, Title Fight, Madball, Unearth, 100 Demons, Code Orange, Noisem, and scores of others from around the globe hit stage between Thursday, July 24th and Sunday, July ...

Decibel Tour 2014 in Philly: Carcass, Gorguts, More!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Carcass-band-079 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 ...

Photos: Metal Alliance Tour Philly – Behemoth, 1349, more

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Behemoth 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 ...

Deathwish Fests Hits Cambridge, MA July 22 & 23 with Converge, Trap Them & More

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
deathwish-fest-I Deathwish Inc. is proud to announce a two night Deathwish event July 22nd and 23rd at The Sinclair in Cambridge MA, featuring exclusively Deathwish affiliated artists. This is the first in a series of Deathwish Events that will happen in the future worldwide. Converge and Trap Them will headline both nights of the event, and it will be both bands' only Boston area appearances this year. It will also be the only area appearance for Modern Life Is War, Harm Wulf (G. of Blacklisted), and YAITW who are all making the journey exclusively for these shows. It will also serve as the New England stop ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2014 Line-up Announced

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
This Is hardcore Fest 2014 In years past we've described Philly's annual This Is Hardcore festival as "impressive", "legendary", and other relevant adjectives. All of the same apply in 2014 to be sure. But we're not going to go that route today, as the 2014 line-up has been dropped on an unsuspecting public amidst April fools allegations that this year's participants constitute a roster simply "too good to be true". Suffice it to say, this family festival run by Joe 'Hardcore' McKay and his hand-picked booking group, This Is Hardcore has entered the upper stratosphere of extreme festivals with ...

Photos: Keystone Hardcore Jam II DAY 2

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
sheer-terror-keystone-hardcore-jam-28 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 ...

Photos: Keystone Hardcore Jam II Day 1

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
comeback-kid-keystone-hardcore-29 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 ...

Decibel Magazine Tour 2014

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Decibel-Mag-2014-Tour The 2014 edition of the Decibel Magazine Tour will feature Liverpool's seminal black metal and grindcore act Carcass, alongside heavyweights Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Baltimore newcomers Noisem. A select handful of regional openers have been announced for select areas including Coke Bust (Washington DC), Die Choking (Philadelphia), Derketa (Pittsburgh), Murmer (Chicago), Vimana (Denver), Bastard Feast (Portland), GOG (Pheonix), and Maruta (Orlando). Below is a sweep of what you can expect. Carcass Guilty of producing Decibel Magazine's #1 album pick of 2013, Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast), Carcass embark upon their first sustained domestic tour in five years. ...

Metal Alliance Tour 2014 to host Behemoth, 1349, more

Monday, January 13th, 2014
Metal Alliance Tour 2014 Behemoth Behemoth will be returning to North America this Spring as part of the Metal Alliance Tour 2014. This will be the band's first North American tour in support of their new album, The Satanist. Joining Behemoth on this tour will be Metal Blade label mates, Goatwhore, along with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate. The Metal Alliance Tour will begin April 4th in Tempe, AZ and runs through May 3rd. Behemoth has posted a brand new behind the scenes video for "The Satanist." This video is the first in a series of ...

MADE Fest Philly 2013 in Photos

Friday, October 4th, 2013
Philly-DIY-Fest-12 MADE Fest 2013 recently brought together a stellar group of DIY vendors specializing in food, art, crafts, kitsch, and more to Philly’s Rotunda venue for one of the raddest arts and crafts shows we’ve ever seen. Explicitly not a flea market, with a mission statement that read, "A loosely juried DIY Fest focusing on giving an outlet to as many flavors of DIY as possible," this DIY event had more unique art, food, clothes, make-up, decorations, crafts, and DIY themes than we could cover in any reasonable write-up. From hand-made dolls, clothes, tiles, lights, blankets, scarves, vegan make-up, jewelry, and paintings, it was hard not ...

Summer Slaughter 2013 Philly Photo Feature

Monday, September 9th, 2013
Dillinger Escape Plan The 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World, ripped through the Philly's Trocadero venue last month with hometown heroes and headlining act The Dillinger Escape Plan with Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, and more in tow. Known for a cathartic live show riddled with a history of colorful stage injuries, DEP founding guitarist Ben Weinman broke his wrist just weeks before the July tour kick off. On the eve of an emergency surgery in attempt to save DEP's summer tour plans, Weinman told MetalSucks "Every night I hurt myself. The ...

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 ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 Day 4 Photo Candids Part 2

Monday, August 12th, 2013
this-is-hardcore-2013-fest-sunday-9 This Is Hardcore 2013 drew to a close with GWAR letting loose a barrage of intergalactic slime spewing from all conceivable trajectories as severed heads, cannons, and even bloody asses soaked the brave. This following a healthy beating from headliners Paint It Black, Suicide File, Negative Approach, Trapped Under Ice, and Sick Of It All following a full day of eclectic hardcore. For those that braved the full four days of This Is Hardcore Fest 2013, it's safe to say we shared in a full gambit of emotions. Whether it was performing, pitting, filming, working, organizing, combating, editing, volunteering, troubleshooting, bleeding, laughing, yelling... The prevailing mood is one of enthusiasm and ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 Day 4 Candid Photos Part 1

Sunday, August 11th, 2013
this-is-hardcore-2013-sunday-16 This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 ripped into Day 4 with yet another incredible line-up of sought after hardcore with Sick Of It All, Trapped Under Ice, Paint It Black, 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. Let us not forget, intergalactic hardcore mutants, GWAR will closing the show this evening! Today had yet another rad twist as the members of Philly's SCA came in full regalia and proceeded to cordon off a section of the outside courtyard for real, hardcore, battle action. With swords, armor, and shields, ...

This Is Hardcore Day 3 Candid Photos Part 2

Sunday, August 11th, 2013
this-is-hardcore-2013-sat-16 This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 hit a zenith of intensity on the evening of Day 3 as hardcore juggernauts Judge, 7 Seconds, H20, Ceremony, All Out War, Ringworm, and Killing Time just bludgeoned a packed audience at Philly's Electric Factory. Let us first say, you are going to have to wait for the Judge photos. Not even teasers this round, but rest assured what we have in store will be worth a little extra wait. Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen will continue to hold down the candid and crowd shots as Anne Spina gathers her massive collection of band shots from the stage. Our official band galleries will be ...

This Is Hardcore Fest Day 3 Candid Photos Part 1

Saturday, August 10th, 2013
this-is-hardcore-2013-saturday-dante-42 This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 Day 3 said goodbye to the rain and ushered in the masses with radical 80-degree, sunny weather. Today's forecast is calling for some ridiculously heavy mosh as Judge, 7 Seconds, H20, Ceremony, 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 thunder through Philly's Electric Factory. Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen will continue to holding down the candid and crowd shots as Anne Spina gathers her massive collection of band shots from the stage. Our official band ...

This Is Hardcore Fest Day 2 Candid Photos Part 2

Saturday, August 10th, 2013
this-is-hardcore-2013-friday-6 The second half of day 2 at This Is This Hardcore 2013 proved to be one for the books as Ramallah, Tragedy, Panic, Blacklisted, and Modern Life is War pummeled through Philly's Electric Factory. Oh yeah, and let us not neglect to mention Bane threw a massive fucking pizza party on stage. Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen will continue to holding down the candid and crowd shots as Anne Spina gathers her massive collection of band shots from the stage. Our official band galleries will be posted separately as we did in 2012. Keep up with all the This Is Hardcore 2013 coverage at BTS ...

This Is Hardcore Fest Day 2 Candid Photos Part 1

Friday, August 9th, 2013
this-is-hardcore-2013-day-2-dante-16 The rains ushered in the opening doors of This Is Hardcore Fest again for Day 2, but could not dampen spirits as the US's biggest hardcore bash stepped into overdrive. The day was set into motion as Rock Bottom, Enabler, Incendiary, Xibalba, and Rotting Out lit up the Philly's Electric Factory. The grounds quickly dried out as a plethora of vendors, activists, record labels, bands, distros, and more engaged fans from all corners of the globe. Candid shots from Day 2 will continue as Bane, Ramallah, Tragedy, Panic, Blacklisted, and Modern Life Is War hit the stage. Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen ...

This Is Hardcore Day 1 Band Teasers

Friday, August 9th, 2013
kid-dynamite-this-is-hardcore-2013-1 Generally we wait until the conclusion of TIH to start posting band shots from the stage photography while we focus on crowd and candids. This year we are upping the ante as our tireless Photographer Anne Spina is breaking off a few teaser shots from each band to hold us over until the full band galleries are complete. BTS Photographers Anne Spina and Dante Torrieri will both have table displays with some AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHS for sale starting today with other vendors at TIH. Be sure to check them out and all the rad shots from some of the best underground talents in the world. So without further ado here is quick teaser ...