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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 ...

Exclusive Photos: Grim Reaper in Philly

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Grim-Reaper-band-058 NWOBHM mainstays, Grim Reaper along with Ghost Of War, Crypt Sermon, and Brain Candle ripped through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie for an eclectic mix of extreme talents bridging generations of music enthusiasts. Per usual, BTS's Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening's events in photos for our viewing pleasure. Grim Reaper, who originally formed in 1979, announced earlier this year that the band would record the first new material since 1987's Rock You To Hell (RCA). No official date has been set, but singer/frontman Steve Grimmett told Terrorizer.com that "We’ve written ten songs so far, the target is 15 and then we’ll record them ...

Exclusive: Agalloch, Jex Thoth, Vektor: Philly’s Underground Arts

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Agalloch-band-062 Oregon's progressive black metal unit Agalloch, along with Jex Thoth, and Philly's own Vektor made a quick pass through the Underground Arts venue earlier this year as Agalloch supports their critically acclaimed new release The Serpent and The Sphere on Profound Lore Records. Exclaim.ca hailed the record, giving it a perfect 10/10 stating, "Impossibly vast, the record engages with the very nature and fabric of the universe, both from a scientific and a spiritual sense, and especially where these two concepts meet, burrowing deep into the moments where reason fades into magic." Dark, meticulously crafted, and atmospherically potent,The Serpent & The ...

Jello Biafra and the Gitmo School Of Medicine In Philly

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
Jello-Biafra-&-the-Guantanamo-School-Of-Medicine-band-060 Political punk pioneer Jello Biafra and his latest amalgamation of musicians, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, shook the walls of Philly’s Union Transfer earlier this year along with Boston hardcore legends Negative Approach and Philly’s own Mischief Brew as BTS’s photo-man extraordinaire, Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the show in photos for our viewing pleasure. The Gitmo School of Medicine is Biafra’s first full-time band since the Dead Kennedys' disbandment in 1986. The punk icon has seen a prolific outpouring in recent years, releasing 3 LPs since 2009 as the ever-witty and sarcastic Biafra enters his 57th year of rabble-rousing the masses. The band’s latest, ...

Trap Them at Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Trap-Them-band-063 Trap Them treated fans to series of intimate performances surrounding this Summer's Deathwish Fest, as the band supports new full-length effort, Blissfucker. The follow-up to instant classic, Darker Handcraft (2011), this second effort via Prosthetic Records is the first to feature drummer Brad Fickeisen (ex The Red Chord) and bassist Galen Baudhuin whom were also present as Blow the Scene's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri caught them at the almost other-worldly, Brooklyn Night Bazaar. (Full picture gallery below the fold) Blissfucker is another dark venture into the minds of vocalist ...

Photos: Red Fang, Big Business, more in Philly

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Red-Fang-band-055 Red Fang, Big Business, American Sharks and Brian Candle packed Philly's Trocadero Theatre for a worthy evening filled with solid rock and metal from front to back. Headliners Red Fang are currently supporting a new LP on Relapse Records, Whales and Leeches, that has seen the band broaden its reach with fans around the globe and a respectable #66 dent into The Billboard Top 200. Red Fang will keep up a near relentless travel schedule with a full US tour kicking off in December with Opeth and In Flames. Seattle's rock heavy weights, Big Business, who are also no ...

Photos: Extinction Of Mankind at Philly’s KFN

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Extinction-Of-Mankind-band-036 English crust punk champs Extinction of Mankind ripped into Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue with Autarch and Plague Dogs in tow. The show played out as was to be expected, a wave of mayhem complete with stage dives, brews flying, full mooning, bodies flailing, and punctuated by the exuberant lady who whipped down her knickers and urinated right into the crowd. Jams were that good. Enjoy an exclusive batch of photos, all SFW to be sure. All photos by BTS Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging) Plague Dogs Plague Dogs by Plague Dogs ...

Photos: Finland’s Hooded Menace in Philly

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Hooded-Menace-band-028 BTS’s Summer Concert Series Photos continues with Finland’s Hooded Menace as the group slayed Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie venue with Haethen and Decap Attack! Hooded Menace continue to support their 2012 Relapse Records debut, Effigies Of Evil, which showcases the band's unrelenting old-school death metal and doom attacks in full glory. Hooded Menace are also featured on a recent split release with Loss entitled, A View From The Rope, which Iyezine.com hailed calling Hooded Menace the "..Greatest exponents of the genre at this time.." [translated] Philly's own black metal destroyers, Haethen and thrashing metal maniacs in Decap Attack rounded out what ...

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 ...