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Photos: Young Widows, Helms Alee at Boot n’ Saddle

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Young-Widows-band-021 Young Widows and Helms Alee recently tag-teamed Philly's Boot & Saddle venue for an intimate showcase as both bands support current studio efforts. Louisville's post-hardcore trio Young Widows released their fourth studio effort, Easy Pain (Temporary Residence), in May which Pitchfork hailed saying, "As members of Breather Resist and Young Widows, bassist Nick Thieneman and singer and guitarist Patterson have played together for a dozen years. It’s surprising and inspiring that, even now, they’re still moving not just ahead but into their own space, too, a singular approach that feels definitively like Young Widows." ...

Photos: Mastodon, Gojira, Kvelertak Live at Electric Factory

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Mastodon-band-071 BTS's Summer Of Band Photos Series continues with metal juggernauts Mastodon, Gojira, and Kvelertak, as the trio decimated Philly's Electric Factory venue with unrelenting tidal waves of crushing riffs for an ecstatic packed house. Mastodon continues to support its sixth studio full-length, Once More 'Round the Sun, released earlier this year on Reprise Records. The release has taken the band to new heights, punctuated by last week's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live as the band showcased song, "The Motherload". For those that didn't get a chance to catch this last leg of live shows, you'll ...

OFF! In Philly: First Unitarian Church Photos

Friday, September 19th, 2014
OFF! BTS's Summer of Band Photos Series launches with punk rock super group, OFF! featuring Keith Morris (ex Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes, Rocket From The Crypt), Steven McDonald (Redd Cross), as the veterans stormed through Philly's legendary First Unitarian Church venue earlier in the Summer with Nasa Space Universe and Cerebral Ballzy. OFF! continues to support a new LP, Wasted Years which can be purchased at iTunes and OFF!'s official site. Stay tuned! We'll be posting scores upon scores of exclusive band photos captured through the summer of 2014 in the ...

Forecastle Festival 2014 in Photos

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
[caption id="attachment_54531" align="alignnone" width="590"]Outcast - Forecastle Festival 2014 Outcast - Forecastle Festival 2014[/caption] Enjoy a new photo feature presented by guest photographer Ryan Armbrust as he recently visited the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky on his home turf featuring Outcast, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Jack White, Twenty One Pilots, and over 60 other acts. One of BTS's early contributors had the pleasure of talking with and featuring some Armbrust's work in 2010, so be sure to scope that if you missed it. As for the photos and performances featured below- critics have hailed the 2014 edition of the Forecastle ...

††† (Crosses) Live at TLA Philly

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
††† Crosses band Earlier this summer we caught up with, ††† (Crosses) featuring Deftones singer Chino Moreno and Far bassist Shawn Lopez as the group played to a packed TLA Theater in South Philly. The newly formed ensemble released a debut full-length in November of 2013 combining two previously released EPs with new material that Sumerian Recordings wrapped in a stellar new double-LP format. Purely secular music with a fetish for Christian and witch house aesthetics, ††† (Crosses) represents some of the most engaging contributions any involved party has released in several years. Meandering between dark synth-laden pop and alternative rock this first full-length ...

Exclusive Photos: Swans, Jenny Hval at Philly’s Union Transfer

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Swans band The near-legendary experimental rock outfit, Swans, recently lit up Philly's Union Transfer venue with support by Jenny Hval for a solid gathering of rapid fans. Celebrating the May 2014 release of its 13th studio album, the epic, triple-LP, To Be Kind- Swans continue a legacy of stellar receptions by critics and fans as the band's live presence continues to garner new followers and extend a worldwide influence. DrownedInSound.com, who gave the effort a perfect 10/10, commented "To say that Swans have had a successful comeback would be the mother of all understatements..The songs are organic creations which, much like ...

Exclusive Photos: Ulcerate, Inter Arma in Philly

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Ulcerate-band-024 Ulcerate and Inter Arma shredding our South Philly neighborhood venue, Boot & Saddle, had us amped for a solid night of destruction. No disappointment to be had, we arrived just as Gholas was wrapping up a killer set as Inter Arma was set to just destroy. Inter Arma is riding a strong wave of success from their Relapse debut Sky Burial and a slew of successful live actions. Despite having to cancel most of the current tour run with Bastard Sapling, Inter Arma recently recorded a new EP. The expansive, solitary track, "The Cavern," encompasses a sprawling forty minutes ...

High On Fire, Eyehategod, Magrudergrind, COC: Baltimore Photo Special

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
High on Fire - Matt Pike Twas a wild night in Baltimore's Otto Bar as High On Fire, Eyehategod, Corrosion Of Conformity, and Magrudergrind set the night ablaze. BlowTheScene.com's Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening's events in photos for your viewing pleasure. The trek from Philly coupled with Friday night traffic on 95 set us back about an hour causing us to miss Ilsa and Strong Intention- Luckily the A389 Records' shredders are both regulars on BTS, and we'll be catching up with them soon. DC/NY blast machine, Magrudergrind, ripped through a fiendish set of their patented fast and furious short tunes. This marked the debut of new ...

Photos: Cop Problem, Enabler, Occult 45, Outer Heaven in Philly

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Cop Problem Philly's own aggressive crust unit, Cop Problem recently celebrated a hometown record release with label-mates Enabler, and regional talents Outer Heaven, Occult 45, and Population Zero, presented by Joe Hardcore & Philly Hardcore Shows booking group. This Monday night show was moved last minute to The Black Box in Philly's Underground Arts venue and marked the closing dates of a Cop Problem / Enabler regional tour run to The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, with Enabler continuing down the East Coast afterwards. Cop Problem's latest EP, Buried Beneath White Noise, was released digitally at the ...

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 ...

Photos: Scale The Summit, The Ocean, The Atlas Moth, more in Philly

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Scale-the-Summit-band-064 Instrumental progressive unit Scale The Summit recently launched their first tour of 2014, a co-headlining run with The Ocean featuring support by The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes. The tour included stops at South By Southwest and South By So What?! in the band's home state of Texas before winding its way through Philly's Voltage venue with special guests SADGIQACEA, where Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri joined the fray. Scale The Summit are supporting a new album, The Migration, which received much critical acclaim and managed to dent the Billboard-charts. In a 9/10 review, Blabbermouth commented, "More ...

Photos: Lo-Pan, Neon Warship, Skeleton Hands, Backwoods Payback

Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Lo-Pan-band-054 Lo-Pan, Neon Warship, Skeleton Hands, and Backwoods Payback lit fire to Philly's Metropolitan Room venue with BTS's Dante Torrieri on hand to capture the evening in photos for your viewing pleasure. Headliners and Ohio riff rock perpetrators Lo-Pan, entered Translator Audio in Brooklyn, New York in April having recorded a forthcoming new full-length for amplification station, Small Stone Recordings. Titled Colossus, the offering was mixed and mastered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, The Brought Low, Keelhaul) with art direction by Jason Alexander Byers (Black Black Black, Disengage). A Fall release is expected. Also supporting releases on Small Stone Recordings, the bill featured Dayton, OH stoner metal ...

Fight Amp, Whores, Rye Coalition: Photos KFN Philly

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Whores-band-002 Philly's Kung Fu Necktie played host to Whores, Fight Amp, and Rye Coalition recently as BTS's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening in photos featured below the fold. Atlanta, GA’s noise rockers, Whores are supporting their latest release Clean which hit streets in October 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. A new tour supporting stoner rock trio Floor, kicks off on May 31st in Birmingham, AL and runs through June 4th in Tampa, FL. Additionally, the group has been ...

Exclusive Photos: Dillinger Escape Plan & Trash Talk in Philly

Monday, May 5th, 2014
The Dillinger Escape Plan - live at Union Transfer Philadelphia It was a smoldering concoction of musical mayhem as The Dillinger Escape Plan recently took Philadelphia's Union Transfer venue by storm with cohorts Trash Talk, Retox, and Shining (Norway). Groundbreaking purveyors of jazz-influenced metal, The Dillinger Escape Plan, are currently supporting a new studio album, One Of Us Is The Killer, released in 2013 via Sumerian Recordings and the band's own label imprint, Party Smasher Inc. This fifth overall full-length saw the band's highest Billboard debut to date with a respectable #25. Abandoning previous recording methods, DEP chose to focus on and complete each ...

Exclusive Photos: Children of Bodom at Philly’s TLA

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Children-Of-Bodom-band-056 Finland’s Children Of Bodom, Concord, CA’s Death Angel, and the Faroese viking folk metallers, in Týr made a collective stop at Philly’s TLA theater for a packed house as all bands support current full-lengths. Kicking the night were the vikings of Týr, who are currently supporting their seventh studio album, Valkyrja, released in 2013 via Metal Blade Records. MetalInjection commented on the album stating, “The music is what matters first to those of us who became Týr fanatics after being whipped into a frenzy by “Hold the Heathen Hammer High.” While not phenomenally groundbreaking, Valkyrja stays true to the sound that fans expect. ..Týr ...

Holly Hunt & Hollow Leg Southern Sludge Tour Special: Philly Photo Exclusive

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Clamfight-band-035 Twas' a southern sludge tour special with Holly Hunt and Hollow Leg both making the trek up from deep down in gator country as they recently passed through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue. Holly Hunt started the night off with a barrage of brain-crunching riffs that made you weak in the knees. Simply put- They kicked ass, as they continue to support full-length, Year One and new 12" E.P. Prometheus both recorded by Torche's Jonathan Nuñez. The Obelisk commented on Prometheus saying, "Drummer Beatriz Monteavaro (Floor, Cavity) and guitarist Gavin Perry have demonstrated themselves as a loud and lumbering giant of the Miami music scene. The ...

Exclusive Live Photos: The Body

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
The-Body-band-033 Portland, Oregon doom duo, The Body hit Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue on a recent tour supporting the band's new and fourth overall LP, I Shall Die Here as local acts Bardus, Heathen Reign, and Hound rounded out the bill. Released via RVNG Intl. on April 1, I Shall Die Here is being hailed as a standout work for The Body with Allmusic commenting on the effort stating, "I Shall Die Here is an album that isn't so much challenging as terrifying, making for a listening experience (and it is most certainly an experience) that requires more nerve than patience. ...

Norway’s Obliteration at Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie: Exclusive Photos

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Obliteration-band-049 Norway's shred masters, Obliteration recently descended upon Philadelphia's Kung Fu Necktie venue for a devastating show rounded out by Fantom Warior and Philly's own Casket. Obilteration, who since 2001 have made tidal waves across the death metal scene via a string of releases in conjunction with several well respected labels, including 2009's Nekropsalms on Fysisk Format. Nekropsalms would go on to receive rave reviews from Norwegian critics including several "Album Of The Year" nods. Obliteration is currently supporting its latest full-length, Black Death Horizon, available via Indie Recordings. Cvlt Nation commented on the effort saying, "The influences from both the European ...

Exclusive Photos: Godflesh at Philly’s TLA

Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Godflesh-band-019 The UK's mighty Godflesh ripped through Philadelphia's TLA venue as this duo, featuring founding members Justin Broderick (Jesu, ex-Napalm Death) and bassist G.C. Green, continues to tour in support of the expanded reissue of Hymms (2001) on The End Records, which was unleashed this January just in time for tour. Having crashed the metal scene with the 1989 release of Streetcleaner via Earache Records, Godflesh have since left an indefinable impact on industrial metal through a series of releases on several labels including a stint on Columbia, before disbanding in 2002. Since re-uniting at Clisson, France's Hellfest ...

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 ...