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FLAG & TSOL Philly Photo Review

Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Flag-band-21 The only current touring band most longtime fans of early Black Flag would consider the real thing- FLAG ripped through Philly's Trocadero Theater on singer Keith Morris's 58th birthday. BTS is kicking off a weekend of photo galleries with this special occasion as Morris was joined by Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson, and Stephen Egerton for what proved to be a rare reunion show worth seeing in 2013. TSOL joined in the celebration complete with ample sing-alongs and mid-show birthday cupcakes for Morris who was clearly amused by the proceedings. When asked in recent interview with ...

Trivium and DevilDriver Philly Photo Special

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Trivium-band-051 Trivium, DevilDriver and After The Burial decimated Philly's TLA venue with a recent performance during the bands' 2013 trek across North America. Trivium released its sixth album, Vengeance Falls earlier this month via Roadrunner Records and is currently celebrating rave reviews across the metal landscape. In a recent posting at the band's website, guitarist/vocalist Matt Heafy talks about an incident that occurred on tour that inspired some of the lyrics on the new record, and the entire band (and producer David Draiman) discuss the change in Matt's vocals on the new album. Trivium will be back on ...

Philly House Shows XIII – The Farm

Sunday, October 20th, 2013
NoQualms-Band-12 Philly House Shows pt XIII is brought to you as DC's kings of lighting-fast hardcore punk, Coke Bust recently tore through The Farm in West Philly with cohorts in Agent Attitude (Sweden), Protester, No Qualms, and Gash. This stacked bill was ripe with fresh talent that was busting at the seams with raw energy. Coke Bust has been on a tear for the better part of 2013 with tours throughout the US and Europe as they continue to support a new LP, Confined, on Grave Mistake Records. This blistering 9-songer was recorded with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations Studios and can be sampled and purchased ...

Philly House Shows XII – Golden Tea House

Saturday, October 19th, 2013
ILSA band Philly House Shows pt XII takes us to West Philly's Golden Tea House for a recent performance with Richmond's psychedelic metal unit Windhand, DC doom punks ILSA, and Philly's own powerviolence duo Backslider. Windhand's Relapse Records debut LP Soma hit streets worldwide in September and has been noted for a dual guitar attack compared to such pioneers as Black Sabbath and Nirvana. Windhand play what has been described as a tinnitus inducing mix of eerie psychedelia and haunting ambient doom. Prior to this most recent effort, 2012 saw the release of Windhand's self-titled, debut LP via Forcefield Records and ...

Ramming Speed Live Wolf Cycles Philly

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Ramming-Speed-band-040 Ramming Speed recently tore through West Philly's Wolf Cycles with local rippers Weird Wolf and Castle Freak for what proved to be a trifecta of trashy punk goodness. Fresh out of God City Studios with renowned producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them, Nails), Ramming Speed continue to brutalize audiences in support of their new LP for Prosthetic Records, entitled Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die. Ramming Speed today announced they will hit the road once again in November alongside Toxic Holocaust for 15 days on the club circuit. Definitely a ...

Vista Chino Philly Photo Special

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
Vista-Chino-band-071 Vista Chino (fromerly known as Kyuss Lives!) recently made a stop at Philly's Underground Arts venue with Portland rock outfit Black Pussy and Philly's own Kingsnake, as part of the band's national 2013 tour. For those just tuning in, Vista Chino was formed in 2010 by vocalist John Garcia, drummer Brant Bjork and bassist Nick Oliveri, all former members of influential rock band Kyuss. Belgium-born guitarist Bruno Fevery would round out the original line-up. Prior to Vista Chino, Kyuss Lives! was formed as a touring act featuring the original Kyuss line-up excluding Josh Homme (QOTSA). A subsequent lawsuit filed by former Kyuss members Josh Homme and Scott Reeder would put an end to ...

Sadgiqacea and Haethen Tour Immersion Photos

Monday, October 7th, 2013
Sadgiqacea-Tour-Day4 BTS's Senior Staff Photographer Dante Torrieri recently had the privilege of joining and photo-documenting local Philadelphia metal bands Sadgiqacea and Haethen on a week-long tour that was punctuated with a stop at The Indianapolis Metal Fest. Below is Dante's recount and photo essay of the events straight from the horse's mouth. The adventure started with a Tetris-puzzle packing of two bands’ worth of gear into a trailer from a Southern Jersey practice space before heading to Boston. Night one of the tour took us to Roggies with a solid turnout and quality backing bands Brain Famine, The Binary Code, and Scaphism. Sadgiqacea and Haethen tore into two great ...

MADE Fest Philly 2013 in Photos

Friday, October 4th, 2013
Philly-DIY-Fest-12 MADE Fest 2013 recently brought together a stellar group of DIY vendors specializing in food, art, crafts, kitsch, and more to Philly’s Rotunda venue for one of the raddest arts and crafts shows we’ve ever seen. Explicitly not a flea market, with a mission statement that read, "A loosely juried DIY Fest focusing on giving an outlet to as many flavors of DIY as possible," this DIY event had more unique art, food, clothes, make-up, decorations, crafts, and DIY themes than we could cover in any reasonable write-up. From hand-made dolls, clothes, tiles, lights, blankets, scarves, vegan make-up, jewelry, and paintings, it was hard not ...

Chelsea Wolfe & True Widow Photo Exclusive

Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Chelsea-Wolfe L.A. singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe recently brought her experimental, blackened-folk expressions to Philly's Union Transfer venue as part of a national US tour with True Widow. Chelsea Wolfe is currently supporting a new release, Pain Is Beauty on Sargent House, which hit streets earlier in September. Her fourth full-length album has seen almost universal critical acclaim. A Pitchfork review described Pain as being, 'Emotionally exhausting in equally mad and enjoyable ways, lasting nearly an hour across 12 twilight tracks of aggressive crescendos, poised reprieves, and suspended drama.' Wolfe is preparing to hit the road in Europe with Russian Circles in couple of weeks, commencing October 12th ...

Upstart Fest Philly

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Svetlanas The third annual edition of Upstart Fest, "The Northeast's Biggest and Best Punk Rock Party," launched its 2013 edition at Philadelphia’s North Star venue boasting a roster that included Koffin Kats, Turbo AC's, Hudson Falcons, New Red Scare, Svetlanas (Russia), The Jukebox Romantics, Lost In Society, and Doomed To Obscurity. The nine-day trek saw a revolving line-up of bands make way through New England before wrapping up over the weekend in Maine. Blow The Scene's Senior Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging) was on hand to deliver an exclusive batch of photos for your viewing pleasure. Svetlanas...

Dwarves and The Queers Philly Photo Special

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
the-Dwaves Longstanding punk rock bands The Queers and The Dwarves recently linked up for several North American tour dates. We had the pleasure of catching these seminal punk rockers as they ripped through Philly’s Barbary venue with local support by Bucket Flush and Atom Age. Combining shock-rock lyrics with every niche and sub-niche of hardcore punk known to man since the early 80s, The Dwarves still put on a show that can bring the roof down. The band returned to form with their 8th studio album, 2011’s The Dwarves Are Born Again and have been ripping up venues around the globe ever since. ...

Blink 182, Four Year Strong, New Beat Fund Bethlehem Feature

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
blink-182-band-2 On December 16, 1999 I went to my first concert to see Blink 182 at the Electric Factory. I remember sneaking in a disposable camera to take photos of my favorite band. Obviously, they turned out god awful, but I still have them and they bring back good memories. I figured that was the only time I would ever "photograph" Blink 182 live. Forward to September of 2013 where I find myself at the will-call window of Sands Event Center in Bethlehem picking up my photo pass. While I've since moved on as far as my musical tastes go, I felt very excited to finally get up close ...

Agnostic Front 30th Anniversary Delaware Photo Feature

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
agnostic-front-band-6 Hard to believe it was exactly 30 years ago New York City's Agnostic Front released their seminal hardcore punk debut United Blood on their own AF Records label. Followed up with 1984's Victim In Pain full-length, AG have played an integral part in NYC's contributions to East Coast hardcore punk and its ongoing evolution. And what better way to celebrate 30 years then a fresh batch of East Coast shows. BTS Photographer, and resident hardcore expert Anne Spina caught up with band as they made a tear through Mojo 13 in Wilmington, DE along with Boston heavyweights Death Before Dishonor and regional talents Rock Bottom, Sicker Than Most, Parallels, and Lifeless. Agnostic ...

Poison Idea, Eat The Turnbuckle Philly Photo Special

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Poison-Idea-band-098 August 28th at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue will surely go down as one of the the raddest, gnarliest, and bloodiest shows of 2013 as seminal punk outfit Poison Idea tore through with Eat The Turnbuckle, Occultist, The Repellers, The Brood, and Dick Move in tow. And with that said, this exclusive gallery is definitely not for the faint of heart and be advised kids- Do not attempt to perform or recreate the events photographed below in any manner. The boys of Eat The Turnbuckle combine wrestling themes with Ex members of Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza. Need we say more? For those just tuning in, ...

Summer Slaughter 2013 Philly Photo Feature

Monday, September 9th, 2013
Dillinger Escape Plan The 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World, ripped through the Philly's Trocadero venue last month with hometown heroes and headlining act The Dillinger Escape Plan with Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, and more in tow. Known for a cathartic live show riddled with a history of colorful stage injuries, DEP founding guitarist Ben Weinman broke his wrist just weeks before the July tour kick off. On the eve of an emergency surgery in attempt to save DEP's summer tour plans, Weinman told MetalSucks "Every night I hurt myself. The ...

Howl, Lord Dying Philly Photo Feature

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
HOWL-band-030 Relapse label-mates Howl and Lord Dying recently ripped through Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue with Razormaze in tow for an evening of solid metal. Rhode Island's Howl are currently supporting of their Bloodlines full-length, recently discharged via Relapse Records. Delivering 40 inexorable minutes of lead-footed dirge, Bloodlines entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #50, the Billboard Hard Music Chart at #57 and Billboard’s Indie Music Chart at #173 upon its first week of release! Dubbed “deliciously vicious” by MetalSucks, “consistently compelling” by Blabbermouth and “the equivalent of being punched repeatedly in the gut with brass knuckles and then pushed down the mouth of an active volcano” by American Aftermath, the record continues ...

Melvins 30th Anniversary Show Philly Photos

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Melvins-band-026 The Melvins recently made a trek across the US celebrating their 30th anniversary as a driving force in the music world. Blow The Scene’s Dante Torrieri was on hand to cover the Philly stop at Underground Arts to deliver a fresh batch of exclusive photos. Melvins are currently gearing up to release Tres Cabrones, a 12-song full-length that finds Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover reuniting with original drummer Mike Dillard. This new effort will hit streets on Nov. 5 via Ipecac Recordings. “Tres Cabrones is as close as we’re willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up,” explained Osborne. “The best part is it’s all new ...

Primitive Man Pittsburgh Photo Review

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
primitive-man-band-12 Denver misanthropes Primitive Man recently lit up Pittsburgh’s Mr. Roboto Project venue courtesy of the Root Of Evil booking collective as the band celebrates their Relapse Records’ debut LP, Scorn, which officially hit streets last week. Recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt, etc.), Primitive Man’s Scorn is seven tracks of vitriolic blackened doom that has been making waves across the metal landscape. Formed in early 2012, Primitive Man features current and former members of Withered, Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire, Death of Self and Reproacher.The band is currently wrapping up a mammoth US tour that commenced in early ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 Day 4 Band Photos

Sunday, August 25th, 2013
suicide-file-this-is-hardcore-2013-sunday-19 This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 ushered in the closing ceremonies with a wallop as GWAR, Sick Of It All, Trapped Under Ice, Suicide File, Negative Approach, 100 Demons, Slapshot, No Redeeming Social Value, Code Orange Kids ,Strength For A Reason, Colin Of Arabia, Clenched Fist, Pride Kills, and Relentless brought the roof down at Philly's Electric Factory venue. We already brought you the crowd and candid photos from onsite, which you can peruse HERE. While BTS's Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen were bouncing all over the festival grounds and backstage areas shooting away, our hardcore photo expert Anne Spina was onstage gathering ...

This Is Hardcore Fest 2013 Day 3 Band Photos

Saturday, August 24th, 2013
mindset-this-is-hardcore-2013-saturday-9 The East Coast's biggest hardcore party, This Is Hardcore Fest, hit a zenith of intensity on day 3 with appearances by hardcore juggernauts Judge, 7 Seconds, H2O, All Out War, Ringworm, Killing Time, Nails, Rival Mob, Defeater ,Wisdom In Chains, Mindset, Maximum Penalty,Turnstile, World War 4, Beware, Things We Say, and Caught In A Crowd at Philly's Electric Factory venue. We already brought you the crowd and candid photos from onsite, which you can peruse HERE. While BTS's Dante Torrieri and Joshua Cohen were bouncing all over the festival grounds and backstage areas shooting away, our hardcore photo expert Anne Spina was onstage ...

Tomahawk Philly Photo Review

Monday, August 5th, 2013
Tomahawk-band-007 Alt-rock super group Tomahawk, featuring Duane Denison, Mike Patton, John Stanier and Trevor Dunn, recently swung through Philly’s Union Transfer venue during the band’s first East Coast tour in over a decade. Tomahawk are currently supporting a new album, Oddfellows, which is the band's first release in over six years and has already become Tomahawk's highest charting debut, cracking the Billboard Top 100 and landing at #2 on Billboard's Hard Music chart. Tomahawk also recently unveiled the video for "Oddfellows," the title track from their recently released album, via Loudwire. The live clip, which features an assortment of animation and ...

Loma Prieta, Fucking Invincible, Full Of Hell Philly Photo Special

Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Loma-Prieta-band-039 For what was unquestionably the hottest show of the year thus far, CA's Loma Prieta ripped through Wolf Cycles in West Philly for a sweat soaked endurance test with Fucking Invisible, Full Of Hell, and Philly's own Dying. We made it in just as Dying was wrapping up, but you can read more on these Philly hardcore purveyors with our recent song premiere and photo coverage. Featuring members of Dropdead and Daughters, RI's Fucking Invisible wasted no time bludgeoning the audience with a barrage of raw hardcore punk. The boys have a blistering new E.P. out now on ...

Code Orange Kids and Full Of Hell Pittsburgh Photo Special

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Code Orange Kids - Roboto Project Pittsburgh Pittsburgh's explosive purveyors of manic hardcore, Code Orange Kids recently made their first hometown appearance in over a year at the Mr. Roboto Project venue (presented by The Root Of Evil Collective) with Maryland's Full Of Hell firmly in tow. Celebrating a blistering debut full-length on Deathwish Inc, Love Is Love // Return To Dust, Code Orange Kids just kicked off a fresh European tour with Circle Takes Square and Full Of Hell (Dates below the fold). The band also released a new song “VI (Worms ...

Jucifer, +Hirs+, Fantasy Panther, Callous Philly Photo Review

Monday, July 29th, 2013
Jucifer-band-052 Nomadic two-piece sludge outfit, Jucifer recently lit up Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie venue with a rock solid cast of local support by +HIRS+, Fantasy Panther, and Callous. +HIRS+ are one of our favorite Philly locals also consisting of just two members- Single vocalist and guitarist, complemented by a wall of amps, drum machine, and unhinged stage presence that just bludgeons the audience from front to back with some of the most brutal grind you’ll find East of the Mississippi. You’ll get a few seconds to come up for air as the occasional humorous sample precedes one rampaging tune into the next. +HIRS+ are currently supporting new spits with Water Torture and Bubonic ...