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Photos: Violent Reaction at Second Empire in Philly

Sunday, June 28th, 2015
Violent-Reaction-band-071 UK hardcore talents Violent Reaction, Arms Race, and Perspex Flesh ripped through Philly's DIY show space, Second Empire along with regional smashers Razorheads, Dopestroke, and Latex. Violent Reaction are currently supporting a new 7", Marching On, released via LA's famed hardcore label, Revelation Records in March that we had the pleasure of premiering in full. Straightedge and full of oi!, Violent Reaction was spearheaded by Tom Pimlott in Liverpool as a one-man project in 2011. The band has remained prolific seeing a self-titled EP (Quality Control & 6131 Records), plus the Painkiller Records released 2013 debut LP, City Streets, in addition to the 2014 Dead-End EP, ...

Inter Arma, Yautja, Infernal Stronghold at Boot and Saddle

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Inter-Arma-band-055 Inter Arma, Yautja, and Infernal Stronghold recently stormed through South Philly's Boot & Saddle venue with BTS's Dante Torrieri on hand to capture a set of photos featured below the fold for your viewing pleasure. It was a packed house and many folks showed up early to support Infernal Stronghold's triumphant return with this show being the band's second show back after an extended hiatus. Infernal Stronghold wasted no time diving into a poignant set raging forth with a dark, driving metal sound that is well-executed and properly punishing. Label-mates with Yautja, Infernal Stronghold are supporting a 2009 Forcefield Records LP entitled, Godless Noise, in addition to a 2011 split ...

Photos: Enslaved, YOB, at Union Transfer in Philly

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
[caption id="attachment_59866" align="alignnone" width="590"]Enslaved, YOB and John Baizley of Baroness Enslaved, YOB and John Baizley of Baroness[/caption] Enslaved, YOB, Ecstatic Vision and Witch Mountain collectively laid waste to Philly's Union Transfer venue with BTS's Senior Photographer Dante Torrieri on hand to deliver a massive set of photos for our viewing pleasure, showcased below the fold. Commenting ecstatically on the events, Dante explains, "​Holy shit this was a great night for music in Philly. Oregon's Witch Mountain opened with a bang. This being their first US tour with their new singer- they didn't miss a beat. They fucking killed." Witch Mountain is currently supporting a 2014 effort, Mobile Of ...

Eyehategod at St. Vitus w/ Full Of Hell, Clamfight, Clean Teeth

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
EyeHateGod-band-055 Eyehategod, Full Of Hell, Clamfight, and Clean Teeth recently hit the stage at Brooklyn's St. Vitus venue with BTS's Dante Torrieri on hand to capture the evening in photos for our viewing pleasure. EYEHATEGOD continues to support the Housecore Records-released self-titled LP which hit streets in 2014, ending a 15-year drought since the band's prior full-length. Eyehategod marks the most successful release in the band’s twenty-five-year lineage. The album landed at #82 on the Billboard Current Album chart, and #4 on the Hard Rock chart and saw near relentless touring around the World in support with scores of metal mainstays and newcomers alike. OC Weekly described the new ...

FYPM, Thulsa Doom, Pulling Puches, Die Choking at KFN

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Fuck-You-Pay-Me-band-058 Cleveland's leading sons of deliciously negative hardcore, Fuck You Pay Me, recently blasted through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue with an eclectic cast of support; Thulsa Doom, Pulling Punches, and Die Choking courtesy of Philly Hardcore Shows. FYPM is embarking on a maxed-out 2015 with multiple studio efforts looming, live dates a plenty, and a locked performance at this years ultra-dense This Is Hardcore Fest in Philly. First up- Public Disgrace LP on Deep Six Records is reportedly 'coming soon'. A newly re-recorded Dumbed Down LP via Tankcrimes is right behind it with a cherry on top being FYPM/To The Point ...

Photos: Machine Head at Underground Arts

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Machine-Head-band-027 Bay Area metal titans Machine Head headlined an exclusive North American tour this past January with no support bands. No locals. Just a crushing two-hour set of Machine Head as BTS's Dante Torrieri caught up with the band at Philly's Underground Arts venue. Machine Head have just announced the South American version of their solo run. Comments Robb Flynn, "Having only done one tour of South America back in 2011, we cannot tell you how excited we are to get back down and rage with the maniacs of Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, and it will be our first time EVER playing in Mexico, Bogata, Montevideo, and the stories are ...

Opeth, Red Fang, In Flames at The Electric Factory

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Opeth-band-073 Swedish prog metallers, Opeth recently stormed Philly's Electric Factory venue along with In Flames and Red Fang rounding out the bill. This co-headlining tour celebrated Opeth’s much awaited new record Pale Communion, which was released in August of 2014 via Roadrunner Records. The album was produced by the band’s very own Mikael Åkerfeldt and mixed by longtime collaborator and Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson. The album has received numerous year-end nods including Pale Communion voted #1 album of 2014 by Prog Mag Critics. Opeth are set to celebrate their landmark 25th Anniversary as a band with a very special event at the legendary London Palladium on 18th October 2015. ...

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 ...