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Photo Special: Mastodon, Gojira, Kvelertak

Friday, March 6th, 2015
Mastodon Mastodon, Gojira, and Kvelertak made it once more round the Philly area at the tail end of 2014 for a fresh round of metal assaults following the trifecta's area May performance. Once again our Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture and deliver another stunning set of photos for your viewing pleasure below the fold. Norway's Kvelertak continue to support a new full-length on Indie Recordings entitled Meir, which has made waves across the metal landscape. Armed with three guitarists on top of the standard bass, drum, vocal foundation- Kvelertak offer a rowdy but proficient live output. The band has ...

Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Ringworm, more Live at Union Transfer

Sunday, February 15th, 2015
Napalm-Death-band-0117 Enjoy a fresh set of exclusive photos as UK grind legends Napalm Death recently stormed through Philly's Union Transfer venue as part of an ongoing North American tour with heavyweights Voivod, Iron Reagan, Exhumed and a slew of special guests that included Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate on this particular evening. Openers Black Crown Initiate are supporting a debut full-length on eOne Music, The Wreckage Of Stars, which The Monolith describes saying "..The Pennsylvanian five-piece muster music reminiscent of bands like Opeth and Behemoth, with ...

Pallbearer & Tombs live at Underground Arts

Sunday, February 15th, 2015
Tombs-band-039 Heavy hitters Pallbearer and Tombs recently took Philly's Underground Arts venue by siege with locals Vattnet Viskar rounding out the evening. Decibel Magazine, who named Pallbearer's most recent LP for Profound Lore Records, Foundations Of Burden the #1 album of 2014, recently premiered and is currently streaming "Fear and Fury", a new song Pallbearer recorded between touring sprints in the Fall of 2014. "Fear and Fury" is available to Decibel Magazine subscribers as an extremely limited 7" vinyl flexi disc and through Decibel's site. In addition, Pallbearer have announced a string of ...

Photos: Pentagram live at Johnny Brenda’s

Sunday, February 15th, 2015
Pentagram-band-046 The mighty Pentagram recently ripped through Philly's intimate Johnny Brenda's venue with Bang, Kings Destroy, and Radio Moscow in tow for what proved to be a bulletproof showcase. Psychedelic blues worshippers, Radio Moscow continue to support new 7" EP, Magical Dirt and will be playing this year's Psycho California Fest on Friday, May 15th alongside such mainstays as Eyehategod, Cult of Luna, Old Man Gloom and more. Radio Moscow is gearing up to embark on a Winter European tour with Colour Haze kicking of February 27th at the Eightball venue in Thessaloniki, Greece before wrapping up on April 4th, at the ...

Photos: Occultist & Krang at Kung Fu Necktie

Sunday, February 15th, 2015
Occultist-band-055 Kung Fu Necktie venue recently played host to a smashing bill featuring Philly locals Crack House and The Repellers alongside crusty Chicago wrecking crew, Krang and VA's mighty doom agents of shred, Occultist. Crack House offer a fun blend of party thrash, Music-Chairs-Blog describes saying, "There is a definite air of Crack House doing what they want, when they want, as guttural growls, uncompromising riffs and devastating drum hits mug you through your sound system for the whole fifteen minute length. This EP is just sheer debauchery.." The scene veterans with a taste for metal-infused punk- Repellers are gearing up to drop new split 10" record with ...

Photos: Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, Black Anvil in Philly

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Skeletonwitch Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, and Black Anvil ripped through Philly's Underground Arts venue for a solid evening of eclectic metal as part of a month-long national tour. BTS Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver another stellar set of exclusive photos available below the fold. Skeletonwitch are continuing a world tour in support of acclaimed new full-length, Serpents Unleashed recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios and released by Prosthetic Records in 2013. Skeletonwitch are slated to headline an extensive European tour with support from Goatwhore and Mortals this Spring. The Hell Has Arrived Over Europe tour kicks off ...

Philly House Shows XV: Inter Arma, Decade

Monday, January 12th, 2015
Inter Arma Richmond VA's genre-bending metal unit, Inter Arma treated West Philly to an intimate performance at The Mitten House alongside Philly's own Decade (featuring Backslider's Logan Neubauer on guitar). This relatively new Philly ensemble brings an intriguing mix of electrical darkwave to the table with music streamable below the fold. Inter Arma followed up their lauded Sky Burial LP with the epic 40-minute, one-song The Cavern EP in October of 2014 via longtime label Relapse Records. Recorded during breaks from a busy tour schedule alongside such mainstays as Baroness, Russian Circles and more, the effort has seen ...

Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain, Die Choking, Fantasy Pather at KFN

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain, Die Choking, Fantasy Panther at KFN NYC metal titans Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain joined Philly grindcore nuts Die Choking and Fantasy Panther for an evening shred-a-thon at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue hosted by Flash Mob Productions. BTS's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver a stellar set of exclusive photos available below the fold. Relapse Records recording artists Pyrrhon were coupled with Profound Lore's Artificial Brain as the pair wrapped up a month-long North American tour. The evening also marked the commencement of a Fantasy Panther and Die Choking tour in addition to Die Choking's EP release show for a latest 5-song, 7-inch record, II. The delightfully unhinged ...

Top 150 Photos of 2014

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
[caption id="attachment_57466" align="alignnone" width="590"]This Is HArdcore 2014 This Is Hardcore 2014 - Photo by Anne Spina[/caption] Blow The Scene's photo coverage is an integral part of our online magazine and for the third year in a row, we would like to solute our tireless photographers by featuring 150 of what we consider the best exclusive Blow The Scene photos of 2014. We published countless thousands of band photos in 2014, and these 150+ photos are just the tip of the iceberg. Feel free to investigate further! Links to the photographers' individual websites are included below. Simply mouse over the photos and thumbnails for the name of the performing act. Without further ado ...

G.B.H., Reagan Youth, Dopestoke Photos in Philly

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
GBH Legendary English street punk outfit, G.B.H. recently plowed through Underground Arts in Philly with NYC's Reagan Youth and Philly's own Dopestroke supporting. Blow The Scene's photographer extraordinaire, Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver a fresh batch of exclusive photos view-able below the fold. G.B.H. continues to support their 2010 LP, Perfume and Piss via Hellcat Records that was produced by longtime friend Lars Frederiksen of Rancid. The release has seem favorable reviews from fans and critics alike with Exclaim.ca commenting, "From political jabs on "Power Corrupts" to social commentary via "This Is Not The Real World" and punk ...

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats live in Philly

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Uncle-Acid-And-The-Deadbeats-band-031 UK's fuzz-soaked rockers Uncle Acid And The Beats ripped through Philly's Underground Arts venue along with Portland's Danava recently with Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri on hand to deliver an exclusive set of photos viewable below the fold. Uncle Acid And The Beats released their third album Mind Control last year. The effort was recorded at the renowned Chapel Studios with engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) and released via Metal Blade Records/ Rise Above Records and seen favorable reviews from fans and critics alike. In support of Mind Control, Uncle Acid And The Beats played North America for the first time this May ...

Exclusive Photos: UK crust legends Doom in Philly

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Doom-band-022 British crust punk legends Doom recently lit up Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue with local heavy hitters Plague Dogs and Oakland, CA's Lecherous Gaze in tow. The UK crusties are supporting an 8th studio full length, Corrupt Fucking System, that hit streets via Black Cloud Records at the tail end of December in 2013. After the untimely loss of longtime vocalist Wayne Southworth to an epileptic seizure in 2005, Doom have pushed forward with Denis Boardman (ex-Blood Sucking Freaks) holding down that Doom house sound. Longtime fans and critics have hailed this latest effort with CVLT Nation stating, "In ...

KEN Mode live in Philly w/ Bardus

Monday, December 8th, 2014
Ken-Mode-band-024 Winnipeg's KEN Mode ripped through Philly's North Star venue along with Philly's own heavy hitters, Bardus as BTS's Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver a fresh set of exclusive photos for your viewing pleasure below. This show came as KEN Mode announced plans to record their new album, titled Success, with renowned engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Neurosis, Helmet). Albini and the band convened on November 23rd at Winnipeg's Empire Recording to start the process. The album is slated to be mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. Success will feature art by ...

Sleep & Windhand at Philly’s Union Transfer

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Sleep-band-024 Stoner metal titans, Sleep recently lit up Philly's Union Transfer venue with psyche-doom rockers Windhand in tow. BTS's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to to capture the show in photos for our viewing pleasure. Prior to this stint of live dates- Sleep returned with their first official release in over a decade, premiering "The Clarity" on Adult Swim Singles in July. The ten-minute song can be streamed in full below the fold. In 2012 Southern Lord Recordings were bestowed the honor of releasing Sleep's legendary Dopesmoker album and fans’ and critics’ response was overwhelmingly positive. Dopesmoker stands as one of the ...

Photos: Earthless and The Shrine in Philly

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
The-Shrine-band-010 San Diego power rock band Earthless met up with California “Destroyers of Rock ‘N’ Roll” (and Tee Pee Records label mates) The Shrine for a string of August East Coast live dates in support of its critically-championed new album From the Ages. BTS's Dante Torrieri caught up with the tour at Philly's Underground Arts venue to capture the evening in photos for our viewing pleasure. The Shrine released their new LP Bless Off this past March via Tee Pee Records. Recorded at Eliminator Studios in Venice Beach, CA, Bless Off is the follow-up to the power trio’s debut album Primitive Blast which was hailed as ...

Ketzer & Bonzai at Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Ketzer-band-034 For the past decade, Germany's Ketzer have steadily made a name for themselves as one of the most promising blackened thrash bands in Europe. Ketzer recently set their sights on the US for a small club tour where Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri caught up with band at Philadelphia's Kung Fu Necktie venue with Philly rock n' rollers, Bonzai in tow. Ketzer is currently supporting modern-day-classic, Satan's Boundaries Unchained, and newest LP, Endzeit Metropolis. Metal.de gave this latest effort a 8/10 commenting, "Sophisticated but also snotty Black Thrash Metal of the brand AURA NOIR or DESTRÖYER 666, wrapped in a while timely and ...

Exclusive Photos: Summer Slaughter Tour in Philly 2014

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Dying-Fetus-band-0139 Philly's Trocadero Theater played host to the 2014 edition of the Summer Slaughter Tour featuring The Faceless, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Within Ruins, Origin, Fallujah, Decrepit Birth, and Bore Worm as BTS's Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the events in photos for our viewing pleasure. It's been a interesting month for co-headliners and Sumerian recording artists, The Faceless who suddenly parted ways with bassist Evan Brewer and drummer Alex Rüdinger at the tale end of October. As the two now pursue solo careers, the band stated, "The Faceless fully intend to play on ...

Vektor, Sadgiqacea, Haethen, Death Orbit at Johnny Brenda’s

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Vektor-band-057 Hailing from Philly by way of Arizona, Earache Records recording artists and progressive thrashers, Vektor recently tore through Philly's Johnny Brenda's venue with Haethen, Death Orbit, and SADGIQACEA. Vektor continues to support their sophomore effort for Earache. Originally released on Heavy Artillery Records in 2011, Outer Isolation is now available on CD format with new artwork after selling out of multiple limited vinyl runs. For those just tuning into Vektor and their other-worldly thrash metal offerings, The Needle Drop review shall be your late pass before you stream and then buy Outer Isolation via the links provided below....

Photos: Whores, American Sharks, Pale Shelter at UA in Philly

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Whores-band-045 Atlanta, GA’s bastards of noise rock, Whores ripped through Philly's Underground Arts venue in support of their latest critically acclaimed release Clean with American Sharks and Pale Shelter rounding out the bill. Whores released their second album Clean in 2013 via Brutal Panda Records and it quickly sold out within a month. A second pressing of the hard-hitting noise rock behemoth is now available here. The album can be streamed in its entirety below. Additionally, Whores recently released a split 7" of The Cure covers with Portland, OR noise/sludge trio Rabbits via Brutal Panda ...

Castle, Lör, Heavy Temple; Exclusive Photos

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Castle-band-024 Heavy metal occultists Castle ripped through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue along with Philly's own Lör and Heavy Temple, who were celebrating a record release on this evening. Castle is continuing to support a latest effort for Prosthetic Records, Under Siege. Exclaim.ca hailed the record stating, "..A wonderfully strange classic heavy metal band. Their music expertly captures the energy of traditional heavy metal with just a hint of the smokiness of doom and spookiness of the occult metal revival — which is to say they favour catchy and compelling riff structures, richly fuzzy tones and well-placed broad strokes in their composition. ...

Sage Francis at Philly’s Union Transfer

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Sage-Francis-band-021 Spoken word poet and hip hop performance artist, Sage Francis rolled through Philly's Union Transfer venue earlier this year as The Providence, Rhode Island native and founder of Strange Famous Records wraps up an exciting 2014. Copper Gone, a fifth studio album by Francis has seen a predominantly good reception after a four year hiatus following 2010's Li(f)e full-length. Hiphopdx hailed the record with a favorable review stating, "With a blatant honesty, he lays them bare for listeners to visualize his suffering. It’s as if he’s drowning, doesn’t want to be saved, and wants ...