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Photos: HIM at Philly’s Union Transfer

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
HIM-band-040 Finnish rock titans HIM recently tore through Philly's Union Transfer venue along with Anathema as part of the band's extensive US and South American Spring Tour. HIM is currently supporting its eighth overall studio release, Tears On Tape, which is available in the US via Razor & Tie, DoubleCross Records in the UK, and Universal throughout the rest of Europe. Critics and fans have embraced the record with The Guardian stating "Tears on Tape harks back to the incisive crowd-pleasing of 2003's Love Metal, wherein every song boasted an irresistible, radio-friendly chorus, but the riffs still left ...

Photos: Unstitched, Dopestroke in Philly

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Dopestroke-band-043 Philly has a definite love for its punk brothers and sisters 300 miles across the state in Pittsburgh evidenced as the Steel City's Unstitched recently ripped through the Millcreek Tavern venue with local decimators in Dopestroke. The evening also saw Philly locals Vegan Legions and Neon Stains rounding out the bill. Unstitched bring forth a relentless slaying of brutal d-beat infested tracks reminiscent of the mighty Martyrdöd and Wolfbrigade across the Atlantic. The band is currently supporting a 2013 demo that can streamed below the fold. Fans of the genre will find a lot to love here with an unrelenting bludgeoning of crust. ...

Photos: Tombs, Sadgiqacea, Plague Dogs shred Philly

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Tombs-band-040 Brooklyn, New York' shredmasters, Tombs, recently lit up Philly's Millcreek Tavern venue along with local destructors Plague Dogs and Sadgiqacea with BTS's Dante Torrieri on hand to capture the evening in photos for your viewing pleasure. Tombs have just confirmed Savage Gold as the title of the band's third album on Relapse Records. The album is set for a June 10th release in North America with the artwork and track listing having been revealed just few days ago. The stunning artwork was created by renowned tattooist Thomas Hooper who has created the band's previous ...

Photos: Future/Primitive at The Pharmacy in South Philly

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Future Primitive-band-029 'Twas a frigid South Philly evening as neighborhood coffee shop/art gallery/venue, The Pharmacy played host to an electric gathering of talents including hometown heroes Future/Primitive along with Spent Flash, Drug Store, and Severed. With a sludge-laden blend of crust rock and watches set strictly on punk-rock-time, Severed set a late evening into motion with a solid performance that got heads in the game on the quick. Drug Store followed up and proceeded to supply the grunge rock selections before Future/Primitive just knocked it out of the park. The ruckus was official brought-en, as rowdy heads proceeded to decimate lights and cause looks of panic on distressed shop ...

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 ...

Slapshot: Philly Photo Special

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
slap shot band It was another night of rowdy hardcore presented by Joe Hardcore as long-standing East Coast mainstays, Slapshot ripped through the Kung Fu Necktie venue with Vengeance, Hounds Of Hate, The Storm, and The Last Stand in tow. Hounds of Hate bring an angst ridden barrage of straightedge anthems straight from their home turf of Braddock, PA, as the band continues to support a number of DIY releases that can be found here. Vengeance made its live debut a memorable one as the current members of Philly mainstay bands Reign Supreme and Quiet Arcs begin to make waves with this newly formed quartet. And ...

Exclusive: Murder City Devils Photos; Philly’s Union Transfer

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Murder City Devils photo Murder City Devils brought their infectious blend of punk rock to Philly's Union Transfer for a tight, late Friday night, 2-band bill, rounded out with support from Cincinnati garage-pop band, Tweens. Making strategic appearances throughout the US since their reformation in 2006, Murder City Devils continue to support last year's Every Day I Rise/Ball Busters In The Peanut Gallery, 2-song 7" that created a buzz with BrooklynVegan commenting, "It's a real solid single, and sounds surprisingly fresh for a band who hadn't put out anything new for ten years." For those familiar with Murder City Devils, we're not preaching ...

No Time – Oi! Punk Photo Immersion

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
No TIme band Pittsburgh’s Oi! punks in the newly formed band, No Time, recently embarked on a three-day regional tour that ripped through Cleveland, Philly, and DC with Blow The Scene Staff Photographer, Tanner Douglass on hand to deliver a stellar photo immersion piece for your viewing pleasure. For those just tuning in, No Time was formed by ex-members from one of Pittsburgh’s most brutal extreme acts, Heartless, who took the underground world by storm in recent years with the Hell Is Other People LP on Southern Lord and 2013’s Certain Death EP on Alerta Antifascista Records (which made ...

Philly House Shows XIV: Like Rats

Monday, February 10th, 2014
Like Rats Philly House Shows XIV brings us back to West Philly's Golden Tea House for a gnarly bill featuring Chicago's Like Rats, and local crushers in Grower and Dying. Like Rats (featuring members of powerviolence enthusiasts Weekend Nachos) bring a mid-paced blend of Celtic Frost-style riffs and raw punk energy to the table that proved to be a perfect fit for this gathering of West Philly's finest. Like Rats continues to support their latest on A389 Recordings, a 9-song, self-titled, full length that ToxicBreed'sFunHouse described stating, "[Like Rats] manages to maintain it's raw nature while still ...

Photos: Less Than Jake & Anti-Flag play Philly’s Trocadero Theatre

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Less-Than-Jake-band-058 The feel-good, brass wielding rockers in Less Than Jake tore through Philly’s Trocadero Theater with Anti-Flag and Masked Intruder firmly in tow. The love runs deep for both Less Than Jake and Anti-Flag in Philadelphia, who both preceded to break into frenetic sets that immediately captivated the near-capacity audience. Twenty-two years deep in the music game, Less Than Jake are currently supporting their ninth studio album, See The Light, that was released in 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords. PopMatters commented on the album saying, “LTJ, while having a goofy streak, have always had a strong work ethic that’s been reflected in ...

The Sword, Serpent Throne, Sunburster Philly Photo Special

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
The Sword Philly was overflowing with doomy metal goodness as The Sword ripped through town with support from Serpent Throne and Sunburster at the Underground Arts venue. Blow The Scene’s Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture this raucous event in photos for your viewing pleasure below the fold. The Sword is currently supporting its fourth studio album, Apocryphon, that was released in the US via NY label, Razor & Tie at the end of 2012 with a European presence thanks to the German-based label, Napalm Records. The J. Robbins produced record has seen The Sword tour with the likes of Gypsyhawk, ...

Photos: Power Trip shred Kung Fu Necktie

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Power Trip Texas purveyors of thrashy hardcore, and Southern Lord recording artists, Power Trip ripped through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue along with Cross Check, Rock Bottom, Freedom, Heathen Reign, and Strength For A Reason for an evening of unrelenting hardcore provided by Philly Hardcore Shows booking group. Headliners included the PA hardcore staples in Strength For A Reason, who are currently supporting their latest LP, Through Cold Eyes which was released earlier in 2013 and has seen ...

Photos: Cruel Hand, Agitator, & More at Kung Fu Necktie

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Photos: Bane play Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Bane Massachusetts hardcore mainstay Bane lit up Philly's Kung Fu Necktie with regional talents Wrong Answer, Rude Awakening, and Time Bomb for an evening of rowdy hardcore hosted by the Philly Hardcore Shows booking group. It was just a few months ago we covered one of the most epic moments in recent hardcore history, the now infamous Bane Pizza Party during This Is Hardcore Fest 2013. It was shortly thereafter Bane announced they would be recording their fourth full-length album and first since 2005′s The Note. The forthcoming effort is entitled ...

Fantasy Panther Philly Record Release Show Photos

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Fantasy Panther It was an evening where grind and punk reigned supreme as Philly shredders Fantasy Panther hosted a raucous record release party at The Barbary venue along with regional talents Boroughs, Die Choking, Skin Graft, and Rat Kicker. Opening the show were Philly newcomers Boroughs who wasted not time setting up in front of the stage on the floor and proceeded to melt faces with a potent blent of crusty powerviolence that quickly set the tone for the evening. Unfortunately, we had no light to work with on the floor space in front of an already dimly lit stage, so we are forced to throw up a ...

Year End Top Photos of 2013 pt III

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
Battlecross-Mayhem-Fest-2013-band-006 Our exclusive photo galleries have become an integral part of Blow The Scene throughout our history, 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 upped 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 pt II can be viewed HERE. This final list was hand-selected ...

Surgeon, Dirt Worshipper, Midnight Eye, Skeleton Hands Gallery

Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Surgeon-band-038 Many degrees of metal enjoyed a solid representation as Skeleton Hands, Midnight Eye, Dirt Worshipper, and Surgeon brought the collective thunder to renowned Northern Liberties venue, Johnny Brenda's as BTS Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening in photos for your viewing pleasure. Here's the quick skinny on these up-and-comers: Skeleton Hands take a nod from 70s legends Black Sabbath and offer an engaging and infectious live presence that always makes for great photos. This Philadelphia area band has begun work on a new LP slated for 2014 that we will be keeping an eye on. Richmond's Midnight Eye are currently supporting a new 3-song effort, ...

ABSU, Organ Donor, Plague Dogs Philly Photo Special

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
ABSU-band-043 South Philly’s latest addition to the emerging venue pool, Boot & Saddle, turned out to be a stellar space to catch ABSU, Organ Donor, and Philly’s own Plague Dogs peel the skin back from adoring faces as the shred quickly ensued. Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver a stellar set of exclusive photos for your viewing pleasure. If you have followed BTS for any amount of time, then you are already aware of our love for Plague Dogs. Fusing a potent concoction of angry crust ‘n’ roll that pulls equally from the Motörhead and Discharge schools of music- the band ...

Slayer, Gojira, 4arm New Jersey Photo Special

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Slayer-band-066 Enjoy a new exclusive photo feature of thrash metal legends Slayer along with tour-mates Gojira and 4arm, straight from Camden, NJ’s Susquehanna Bank Center by Blow The Scene’s Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri. Opening the festivities was Melbourne Australia's thrash metal foursome, 4arm who are currently on their self-proclaimed ‘dream come true’ tour. And who could blame them? Most of us who grew up listening to thrash would chop off a digit or limb for an opportunity to tour with these legends. 4arm held their own in murky waters, as opening for Slayer is notoriously a ‘sacrificial lamb’ spot for bands playing in front of one of the most ...

Overkill and Kreator Philly Photo Special

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Overkill-band-087 Metal juggernauts Overkill and Kreator plowed through Philly's Trocadero Theatre for a special Halloween celebration with support from LA's Warbringer. Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver another extended photo set for your viewing pleasure featured below the fold. Show openers- Los Angeles based thrash metal band Warbringer recently debuted a new music video for song "Black Sun, Black Moon" taken from the brand new album, IV: Empires Collapse, on Century Media. Singer John Kevill commented on this latest video offering, "We went out to the most desolate stretch of highway we could find out in the Mojave ...

Condition shred Dock 5 in Photos

Sunday, November 24th, 2013
condition band punk SoCal's raw d-beat practitioners, Condition, recently lit up Pittsburgh's Dock 5 venue as the band continues to tour in support of two current 7" EPs, Bombed Out and Deteriorating, out now on Rust and Machine Records. With an unrelenting assault of stripped down, angry d-beat attacks and amps cranked to full throttle, Condition plow forward with a sense of urgency fans of Mob 47 and Crude SS should find immediately appealing. Condition consists of a hodgepodge of West Coast veterans including members Raw Nerves, DNF, and Trash Talk. Another band to keep an eye ...