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Photos: Biohazard, Sworn Enemy, Harm’s Way, Homewrecker in Philly

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
harms-way-band-6 Brooklyn's metallic hardcore mainstays, Biohazard recently hit Philly's Voltage Lounge with a dense cast of supporting acts including Harm's Way, Homewrecker, Discourse, and Bottomfeeder for night of raucous performances courtesy of Philly Hardcore Shows. Biohazard are reportedly working on a new full-length to follow 2012's Reborn in Defiance, which was the last recording to feature longtime vocalist/bassist Evan Seinfeld. In a recent interview, Billy Graziadei commented on the process saying, ""BIOHAZARD's not the type of band that says, 'Okay, we're gonna record next week.' We just keep on going, and when it's ready, it's ready." Harm's Way, ...

Photos: Weedeater, Full Of Hell, Lazer/wulf at KFN

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Weedeater Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue got a full term's worth of metal served up via Weedeater, Full Of Hell, and Lazur/Wulf, with each providing a schooling in the focuses of sludge, noisy grind, and southern rock, respectively. Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to bear witness and document the events for your viewing pleasure below the fold. Per usual, we've included listening samples and links for further investigation and purchase options. You don't want to get caught sleeping on any of these bands. Enjoy. All photos by Blow The Scene Senior Staff Photographer Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging) Full ...

Doomriders 10th Anniversary show at Boot & Saddle

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Doomriders-band-066 Doomriders celebrated 10 years as band with a recent South Philly performance at the Boot & Saddle venue along with tour-mates Summoner and support by Philly's own Sunburster and Pale Shelter. For the uninitiated, Doomriders features Nate Newton (Converge, Old Man Gloom) on guitar and vocals, with Jeb Riley (There Were Wires, Disappearer) handling bass, Chris Pupecki (Wormwood) manning guitar, and latest addition, Q, on drums. Doomriders have maintained a prolific output during the last decade amid the members' many musical endeavors. Three full-lengths on Deathwish, including 2014's Grand Blood, and splits with such heavyweights as Disfear, Coliseum, and Boris are punctuated by a punishing ...

Photos: Gwar & C.O.C. at Electric Factory

Monday, April 13th, 2015
GWAR GWAR recently made its first Philly appearance with newest edition to the Scumdog squad- Vulvatron. As expected, the show was riot- featuring unrelenting amounts blood-squirts, brain-removals, heavy riffs, classic tracks, and all the other-worldly stage antics you can imagine and then some. March 23rd marked a sad anniversary for the GWAR family, as it was the one year anniversary of founding member Dave Brockie's (Oderus Urungus) final journey to Valhalla. All hail Oderus! Forced to respond to recent allegations concerning Brockie's ashes and more, a recent statement concluded, "Dave Brockie was our friend, peer, co-worker, and our family. We want to preserve the legacy ...

Photos: Dwarves at Kung Fu Necktie

Monday, April 13th, 2015
the-Dwarves-band-041 San Fran's punk rock mainstays, Dwarves recently hit Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue in support of the band's latest and ninth overall full-length, The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll, which hit streets in the Fall of 2014 via Burger Records. The album has seen wide praise from critics and fans alike with DyingScene commenting, "Drugs, fornication, depression, disturbing descriptions of death, immolation, gore, pediphilia, devil worship. And that’s just the first three songs..They do nothing new with Invented… but add another chapter to their scuzzy history..4/5" The bill was rounded out by two long-standing Philly punk rock acts that should not be missed- Hate & War and ...

Photos: Cruel Hand, Angel Du$t, The Beatiful Ones & More in Philly

Monday, April 13th, 2015
cruel-hand-band-13 Cruel Hand, Angel Du$t, The Beautiful Ones, Timebomb, and Scripted Youth collectively laid waste to Philly's Voltage Lounge venue courtesy of Philly Hardcore Shows. Resident BTS hardcore expert, Anne Spina was on hand to deliver a fresh batch of photos for our viewing pleasure featured below the fold. Cruel Hand is currently supporting a debut full-length for Hopeless Records entitled, The Negatives, that was released in late 2014. This latest effort sees Cruel Hand exploring new sonic avenues and genres that has seen a prevailing love it or leave it response from the band's base. Unfettered, the Maine four-piece continues to bludgeon audiences ...

Photos: Mortals & Repellars at Kung Fu Necktie

Monday, April 13th, 2015
Mortals Brooklyn's favorite daughters of sludge metal, Mortals recently stormed through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue along with local shredders Repellers in tow. The scheduled headliners, Wolvehammer, were stranded in Baltimore, so fans were treated to two intimate and extended performances. Mortals are supporting a debut LP on Relapse entitled, Cursed to See the Future. The band teamed up with metal portal Metal Injection to debut the trio's bloodthirsty music video for the track "View From A Tower." The murderous clip takes place at Brooklyn venue The Acheron and can be viewed below the fold. All photos by Blow The Scene Senior ...

Photos: Watain, T.O.M.B., Revenge at Union Transfer

Monday, April 13th, 2015
Watain-band-023 Swedish black metal wrecking crew, Watain recently ripped through Philly's Union Transfer venue with T.O.M.B. and Revenge in tow. Blow the Scene's Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver another stunning set of photos for our viewing pleasure below the fold. Watain are currently supporting a 2013 effort on Season Of Mist entitled, The Wild Hunt as well as a new live LP, Tonight We Raise Our Cups and Toast in Angels Blood: A Tribute to Bathory that was released on Sound Pollution in February of this year. T.O.M.B., which is the acronym created from “Total Occultic Mechanical Blasphemy,” supplied the summation of ...

Photos: Bastard Feast at Kung Fu Necktie

Monday, April 13th, 2015
Bastard-Feast Portland's Bastard Feast recently laid waste to Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue with a smoldering blend of grizzly crust-laden metal as the band celebrates Osculum Infame, a new LP released in July of 2014 on Season Of Mist. This infectious and poignant display is currently making waves across a metal sub-genre landscape near you. We advise you get on board and dig in. Joining the Oregon decimation unit were New Jersey's raw grind purveyors, Ground and Philly's own heavy hitters Drone For Queens and Occult 45, who are no strangers to BTS. Truly a bill without a weak cog, Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri ...

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 ...