Friday, November 13th, 2015
A damn good night for rock music at Philly's Underground Arts venue was had as the legendary Pentagram rolled through with Satan's Satyrs, Electric Citizen, and Righteous Bloom. Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri was on hand to deliver a stellar set of photos below the fold for your viewing pleasure.
Maryland's Righteous Bloom, formally known as Beelzefuzz played a solid set to kick off the evening. The band recently completed tracking for a debut album to be released by Church Within Records in 2016 with mixing currently being done by the renowned Richard Whittaker (The Clash, The Who). Electric Citizen killed it delivering a no frills set of high octane rock 'n' ...
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
The mighty Decibel Magazine annual tour showcased some of 2015's best talents, having stormed through Philly's Union Transfer venue earlier this year with a gnarly billing including At The Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre, and Krieg. Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri was on hand to capture the evening in photos for viewing pleasure, featured below the fold.
All of the performing acts are supporting stellar new releases. At The Gates continue to support At War with Reality, the band's latest and now fifth overall full-length effort that ended a near 20-year drought. The Swedish death metal unit released this beast via Century Media Records in October of ...
Sunday, October 4th, 2015
Philly's Boot & Saddle venue was recently treated to a blistering night of hardcore punk as Dropdead, Fucking Invincible, V-Sekt, and Dying lit up the stage.
Rhode Island's political punk mainstays, Dropdead continue to uphold a legacy of unrelenting fastcore and scathing real-world lyric focuses having seen of number of split releases over the last few years on the Armageddon Label adding to an already dense discography. Dropdead was joined by their Providence brethren in Fucking Invincible for this run of dates. FI feature DD bassist George Radford on guitar as he is joined by members of Daughters and Soul Control, rounding out this explosive line-up. FI's latest ...
Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Enjoy a quick flashback as we're catching up with some archived photos of the mighty Electric Wizard as the band tore through Philly's Union Transfer venue with Satan's Satyrs earlier this year. The UK doom giants played to a sold-out crowd, many of whom were floating around the room on any and every imaginable psychotropic known to man. The doom purveyors continue to support 2014's Time To Die full-length, which has seen almost universal praise with Pitchfork commenting, "The latest effort from England’s reigning doom entities Electric Wizard, Time to Die, deserves every accolade thrown its way..energy has clearly seeped into these new tunes—there’s a rawness and ...
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Metal titans Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth headlined an evening at Philly's TLA venue with special guests Tribulation and Aeon with BTS photographer Dante Torrieri on point, having laid out the photo evidence below the fold.
Cannibal Corpse has spent the summer of 2015 conquering Europe, with included stops at Hellfest, Wacken, Bloodstock, Brutal Assault, Party.San, Copenhell, Graspop, and numerous club shows. But they aren't even close to being finished with 2015. The band recently revealed their plans for a massive US tour this Fall, bringing a brutal package of acts with them across the United States beginning October 8th, and running through November 7th. Direct support is slated to ...
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Torch, Nothing, and Wrong laid waste to Philly's Underground Arts venue with BTS's Dante Torrieri on hand to capture the devastation in photos laid out below.
This evening's top billing and Miami's own Torche recently confirmed an additional round of dates for their previously announced month-long fall European headlining tour starting this November. Having toured in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and Western Europe over the past year, this tour will see Torche bring their unique brand of doom metal and hard rock to Scandinavia and much of Eastern Europe.
Torche recently released Restarter, the band’s debut for Relapse Records, and their best selling album ...
Monday, August 31st, 2015
North Carolina legends of political hardcore punk, Catharsis, plowed through Philly's Vox Populi performance space with a cast of heavy hitters including tour mates Die Young out of Texas, and rounded out by Philly's own Future/Primitive and Die Choking.
This August performance marked Catharsis's first Philadelphia appearance in over 15 years. Playing a full hour-plus set painted with lead vocalist Brian's heavily engrossing dialogue with the audience, many in attendance will agree that Catharsis provide a sermon-esque experience that is truly cathartic on many levels. But we're not talking religion here. Unity, passion, animal-rights and anti-fascist themes backed a powerhouse band that has provided the DNA to modern metalcore sounds long ...
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Enjoy pt III of a three-part wave of hardcore coverage as we debut a quick gallery archived by Anne Spina from earlier this year. In part III, we launch a quick series featuring Suburban Scum, King Nine, Eternal Sleep, Sick Sad World, and Broken Teeth as these parties collectively laid waste to Philly's Voltage venue courtesy of Philly Hardcore Shows. We've included links for purchase and further investigation below. We've also started to unleash our 2015 This Is Hardcore Fest coverage where you will find many of the bands covered below and much more.
Without further ado, enjoy a fresh batch of photos by BTS's Anne Spina ...
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Enjoy pt II of a three-part wave of hardcore coverage as we debut more archived shots by Anne Spina from earlier this year. In part II, we debut a series featuring Turnstile, Lifeless, Superheaven, Freedom, Ten Ton Hammer, and True Love as these parties collectively laid waste to Philly's Voltage venue courtesy of Philly Hardcore Shows. We've included links for purchase and further investigation below. We've also started to unleash our 2015 This Is Hardcore Fest coverage where you will find many of the bands covered below and much more.
Without further ado, enjoy a fresh batch of photos by BTS's Anne Spina (Anne Spina ...
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Enjoy a three-part wave of hardcore coverage as we debut some archived shots by Anne Spina from earlier this year. In part I, we launch a series featuring Slapshot, Pagan Babies, Blind Justice, Absolute Suffering, Life Of Reiley and Crosscheck, as this wrecking crew laid waste to Philly's Voltage venue courtesy of Philly Hardcore Shows. We've included links for purchase and further investigation below. We've also started to unleash our 2015 This Is Hardcore Fest coverage where you will find many of the bands covered below and much more.
Without further ado, enjoy a fresh batch of photos by BTS's Anne Spina (Anne Spina Photography)
Sunday, June 28th, 2015
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, ...
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
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 ...
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
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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 ...
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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 ...
Friday, May 8th, 2015
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 ...
Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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 ...
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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. ...
Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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, ...
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
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)
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
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 ...
Monday, April 13th, 2015
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 ...
Monday, April 13th, 2015
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 ...
Monday, April 13th, 2015
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 ...
Monday, April 13th, 2015
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 ...