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Mayhem Fest Camden Photo Epic Part I

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Rob-Zombie-Mayhem-Fest-2013-band-0365 Featuring a plethora of popular rock and metal outfits from around the World, the 6th annual installment of Mayhem Fest rolled through the Philadelphia area with a stop at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center last weekend. Leading this summer metal camp of sorts is none other than Rob Zombie with an eclectic pack of support, including Mastodon, Amon Amarth, and FFDP to round out the Mainstage performers on this nation-wide touring extravaganza. Rotating back and forth from the onset of the show, the Musician's Institute Stage and Jagermeister Stage saw performances by Machine Head, Children Of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy, Emmure, Born Of Osiris, Butcher Babies, Battlecross, ...

Top 100 Photos of 2013 pt II

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Baroness-title= Our exclusive photo galleries have become an integral part of Blow The Scene over the years, due in no small part to the dedication of our tireless staff who cover hundreds of live shows each year. In 2012 we started a bi-annual Top Photos Feature that was a hit amongst our readers. So this year, we have decided to up the ante. We have broken the Top 100 Photos from the first half of 2013 into two 50 photo posts. The first can be viewed HERE, and the ramining 50 below the ...

Top 100 Photos of 2013 pt I

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Municipal Waste Our exclusive photo galleries have become an integral part of Blow The Scene over the years, due in no small part to the dedication of our tireless staff who cover hundreds of live shows each year. In 2012 we started a bi-annual Top Photos Feature that was a hit amongst our readers. So this year, we have decided to up the ante. We have broken the Top 100 Photos from the first half of 2013 into two 50 photo posts. The first can be viewed below the fold and the next will debut tomorrow. We'll then follow-up with another Top 100 ...

Say Anything Rarities and More Tour Philly Photo Special

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Say Anything band live LA rock band, Say Anything, stopped through Philadelphia's Theater of Living Arts on June 22nd along with fellow label-mates Eisley, HRVRD, and Northern Faces as part of the Rarities and More Tour. Over the last 13 years, Say Anything has continued to release music with a rotating cast of members revolving around the only current original member, frontman Max Bemis. The band's catalog of five full-length records and four EPs have been released on labels of all sizes, including RCA in 2009. In 2011 Say Anything joined Albany-based Equal Vision Records and are currently supporting their latest release, a 3-disc collection of rarities and ...

Decibel Tour 2013 Philly Photo Special

Monday, July 15th, 2013
magrudergrind-12 It was a bash of the titans as death metal champs Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death steamrolled through Philadelphia's Union Transfer venue for a packed house as the Decibel Magazine Tour 2013 brought special guests Immolation, Magrudergrind, and Drugs Of Faith to round out the bill. UK's grindcore godfathers and death metal mainstays in Napalm Death brought the thunder as they continue to support a 15th studio album Utilitarian (Century Media). With a hearty set that saw tracks sprinkled in from across the band's vast spectrum of releases including the classic Dead Kennedys cover, "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," Napalm Death ...

CSS and IO Echo Philly Photo Special

Friday, July 12th, 2013
CSS-live-2 Brazilian rock outfit CSS recently ripped through Philadelphia's Union Transfer venue with special guests IO Echo. Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri and Jon Van Dine were on hand to deliver a breathtaking double-feature gallery for your viewing pleasure below the fold. Being part of the Nylon Magazine Summer Music Tour, show hands dished out goodie bags at the door complete with glow sticks, water bottles, temporary tattoos and sweet blue sunglasses. CSS was full of infectious energy, playing a solid mix of older songs including "Art Bitch," "Lets Make Love," "Music is My Hot Sex," and more, with just a few new songs sprinkled in. ...

Kylesa Philly Photo Special

Friday, June 28th, 2013
Kylesa-band-082 The mighty Kylesa recently ripped through Philly’s Underground Arts with an eclectic tour package that included Lazer Wulf, White Hills, and Blood Ceremony. Armed with new album, Ultraviolet (Season Of Mist), Kylesa wasted no time firing into a poignant set. Complemented by two simultaneous drummers and longtime members Laura Pleasants and Philip Cope, the band is at the top of their musical game, dropping meaty melodies over a cacophony of drum, bass, and effects at will. Donning a repertoire that exudes years of fine tuning and precision, the band’s poise is something to be admired. In our recent ...

Coliseum – Sister Faith Philly Photo Special

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Coliseum-band-057 Coliseum recently ripped through Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie venue for an intimate show with Red Hare, Snake Road, and Faking. Coliseum is currently supporting a fresh album, Sister Faith, on Temporary Residence which has seen rave reviews from critics and fans alike. A slight departure from the more hardcore-punk influenced studio efforts, Sister Faith explores some new sonic territory in the rock spectrum that has re-ignited a strong buzz for these Louisville mainstays. We had the pleasure of catching up with Coliseum for an exclusive interview as lead vocalist Ryan Patterson shared the story behind the making of the record and ...

Comeback Kid, Wisdom In Chains, Reign Supreme Philly Photo Special

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
comeback-kid-band-9 Hardcore music fans in Philly got a rare treat as Comeback Kid stormed through the now legendary First Unitarian Church basement in Center City with comrades Wisdom In Chains, Reign Supreme, Suburban Scum, and Bitter End. Hosted by Joe 'Hardcore' McKay and his Philly Hardcore Shows booking team, it was apparent from the onset, this night was going to be a special one as bodies filed in unwaveringly. Comeback Kid's original vocalist Scott Wade rejoined the band on vocals for these current select dates, while current vocalist Andrew Neufeld was back in his initial position, playing guitar. To celebrate this reunion of ...

Rotten Sound Philly Photo Special

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Rotten-Sound-band-098 Finnish grindcore champs, Rotten Sound recently leveled Philly’s Barbary venue with comrades in Hellshock, Kromosom, Nomade and Wake with Blow The Scene on hand to deliver a dense set of photos for your viewing pleasure. Rotten Sound frontman Keijo Niinimaa spent the better part of 2012 as fill-in singer for the late Mieszko Talarczyk of Nasum during the band’s farewell tour before recording and releasing a new EP on Relapse Records, Species At War in January, which we featured in our New Music Now column. Rotten Sound have taken grindcore to the heights ...

Clutch, The Sword, Lionize Philly Photo Special

Saturday, June 15th, 2013
Clutch-band-060 Maryland rock titans Clutch along with The Sword and Lionize recently ripped through Philadelphia's Electric Factory with Blow The Scene on hand hand to capture dense galleries of all the participating bands. It's been quite year for Clutch with release of latest studio effort, Earth Rocker. The album was released March 19th via Clutch's own label imprint Weathermaker Music and entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 achieving the band's highest chart position to date. Frontman Neil Fallon will also be featured on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show on July 13th before the band heads over to Europe. On this particular evening, fans ...

Kvelertak, Cancer Bats, Black Tusk, Ladder Devils live in Philly

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Kvelertak-band-090 Rowdy, six-piece Norwegian rock band, Kvelertak recently ripped through Philadelphia's Underground Arts venue with Cancer Bats, Black Tusk, and Philly's own Ladder Devils. Kvelertak are currently supporting their second full-length album, Meir, which hit streets in March via Indie Recordings on vinyl, Roadrunner Records worldwide, and Sony Music Scandinavia. With an unhinged stage performance three guitars strong, the band has maintained a relentless tour schedule over the past several years. Meir was recorded and produced by renowned engineer Kurt Ballou at his GodCity Studio over the winter. The album topped the Norwegian charts at #1. Rounding out this tour package was none other ...

Baroness, Pallbearer, Tombs Philly Photo Exclusive

Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Baroness-band-052 Baroness recently made their first pass through Philly as a full band since having plummeted along with their tour bus, 30-feet from an viaduct into a ravine in Bath, England last August. The harrowing incident leaving all 4 members, and 9 people in total, with varying degrees of serious injuries. The event just following the release of critically acclaimed album Yellow & Green, which hit streets via Relapse Records last May to rave reviews from Spin, Rolling Stone, and an overwhelming amount of media outlets. We caught up with founder and frontman/guitarist John Dyer Baizley last Spring just ...

Death To All Tour Philly Photo Review

Friday, June 7th, 2013
Death-band-036 The Death To All Tour featuring surviving members of pivotal metal band, Death along with special guests Anciients, recently ripped through Philly's TLA venue for a packed house. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to Sweet Relief, an organization that provides finicial help to all types of musicians in need of financial assistance for healthcare and other necessities. Undoubtably inspired by the untimely passing of the band’s founder Chuck Schuldiner, who died of cancer in 2001, the show proved to be worthy celebration of this sorely missed, and widely influential guitarist and vocalist. The revolving cast of Death musicians assembled mission ...

Dillinger Escape Plan, Royal Thunder Philly Photo Review

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Dillinger-Escape-Plan-band-035 Math-infused, prog-metal practitioners The Dillinger Escape Plan recently lit up Philly's Union Transfer venue with a raucous hometown bill featuring Atlanta rock titans, Royal Thunder. Faceless was also scheduled to perform but having reduced their tour van to ash a few states away, the band was forced to drop from the show. Being DEP's home turf, bodies filed in to UT undaunted by the last-minute change in billing. Up first was Royal Thunder, and if you are no stranger to this mag, then you know full well our love for this band. Through near relentless touring, Royal Thunder has emerged a ...

Zozobra, Kowloon Walled City, Sadgiqacea Philly Photo Review

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
zozobra-band-7 Enjoy an exclusive photo review of Zozobra, Kowloon Walled City, and Sadgiqacea as this rock trifecta recently crusied through The Barbary in Philly's Northern Liberties neighborhood, presented by Brutal Panda Records and Invisible Oranges. Sadgiqacea (pronounced sad-juh-kay-sha) kicked off the evening with their patented blend of dense, psychedelic-influenced metal that has seen comparisons to Neurosis and Intronaut, as the duo supports a critically acclaimed debut album, False Prism, available now via Candlelight in CD format with Anthropic Records handling the limited vinyl distro. San Francisco's Kowloon Walled City, made this tour run its first set of East Coast appearances since the release of ...

Boris, Young Widows, Stephen Brodsky Photo Special

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
boris-band-8 Philly's TLA recently played host to an eclectic tour package featuring Japan rock outfit Boris with special guests Young Widows and Stephen Brodsky of Cave In performing solo. Blow The Scene's Dante Torrieri and Jon Van Dine were both on hand to deliver an amazing double gallery special feature for your viewing pleasure! Best known as the vocalist and guitar player of Cave In, Stephen Brodsky hit the stage and delivered a solo performance that took many by surprise. With a musical approach far removed from his work with Cave In, Brodsky recently teamed up with Little Black Cloud Records ...

Philly House Shows X

Monday, May 20th, 2013
no-tomorrow-band-9 Our Philly House Shows column returns with a feature direct from The Farm in West Philly as Wilmington, NC's brutal practitioners of bottom-heavy d-beat punk, No Tomorrow recently unleashed a mean set supported by Plague Dogs, Repellers, and Alement. Like many classic West Philly basements, The Farm comes complete with makeshift bar with a steady stream of golden ambrosia for the 21-plusers, with just a enough floorspace for the eager masses to let loose. Always a major plus- Black Orchid Foods was on hand to deliver some radically healthy home-cooked food for a more than reasonable donation. Just another touch ...

Black Lips, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Phoenix Photo Special

Monday, May 20th, 2013
black-lips-2 Tempe, AZ's Marquee Theatre recently played host to an eclectic gathering of rock talents as Black Lips hit town with support from local acts Andrew Jackson Jihad, Destruction Unit, and Freaks Of Nature. Despite their relatively young age, Athens, GA's Black Lips have a resume that reads likes a modern rock 'n' roll saga. Shortly after the formation of the band, founding members Alexander and Swilley were expelled from high-school during their senior in year in 1999, just following the infamous Columbine shootings. "They just figured we were up to some sort of subculture danger and didn’t want to take any chances, ...

Orange Goblin, ASG, KEN Mode Philly Photo Special

Monday, May 13th, 2013
Orange-Goblin-band-049 Orange Goblin, ASG, and KEN Mode recently tore through Philly’s North Star venue as part of Orange Goblin’s lengthy North American Tour. There was a little confusion at the door, so unfortunately we missed the first three bands and picked up as KEN Mode hit the stage with a burst of energy. Already a contender for our Top Lists of 2013, Canadian rock band KEN Mode are supporting their fifth studio album, Entrench, which hit streets in March via Season of Mist. SputnikMusic.com hailed this latest effort stating, "..the album as a whole makes for an unnerving, yet oddly rewarding experience which needs to ...

Suicidal Tendencies, Sick Of It All, DRI Philly Photo Special

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Suicidal-Tendencies-band-079 Old-school thrash and hardcore reigned supreme as mainstays Suicidal Tendencies, Sick Of It All, DRI, and Waking the Dead stormed Philly’s Electric Factory venue with the Slam City Tour. Hailing from Amsterdam, Waking the Dead set the evening in motion with their blend of thrashy hardcore and metal as the band continues to support a handful of releases on Dead Area Records. D.R.I. hit the stage next with their usual lewd humor and snarky cynicism that helped to pick up the energy of the evening. Still chock full of attitude now 30+ years active, the band fired off a wide cut of track selections that saw longtime fans mouthing every word. Despite ...

Metal Alliance Tour Philly Photo Special

Monday, May 6th, 2013
Anthrax The annual celebration of all things metal, The Metal Alliance Tour, hit Philly for the first time in its 3-year history with a sold out TLA crowd more than ready for Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall, and Holy Grail. We were bummed to have missed the openers, Holy Grail, who are supporting a ripping new effort on Prosthetic Records. If you’ve never checked out these Judas Priest riff-worshipers, Holy Grail just dropped a new music video for the title track, "Ride The Void," from their current LP. We got inside just in time for Shadows Fall who continue to support ...

The Joy Formidable Philly Photo Exclusive

Monday, April 29th, 2013
the-joy-formidable-8 The Joy Formidable brought their massive sound and incredibly energetic show to Union Transfer along with the bands Blood Red Shoes and You Won't, both of which are two-piece bands. The UK rock band's headlining tour is in support of their most recent critically acclaimed full-length titled Wolf's Law which was released this past January on Atlantic Records. It's a follow up to their incredibly dynamic debut-record "The Big Roar", which was released exactly two years prior. The night started off with the Cambridge, Massachusetts based low-fi/folk rock band You Won't. While only comprised of two members, their songs featured more instrumentation than most. Drummer, Raky Sastri, ...

World Inferno, Rasputina, Stolen Babies Philly Photo Special

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
World Inferno Friendship Society One of the most unique and compelling tours of the Spring season featuring The World Inferno Friendship Society, Rasputina, and Stolen Babies recently plowed through Philly’s Union Transfer for a packed house. Stolen Babies set the night in motion and proceeded to rally the crowd into an uproar, many fans came prepared with different trinkets to throw around including balloons, confetti, and poppers establishing an upbeat tone to start the evening. This multi-membered circus of dark-styled cabaret featuring ex-Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Gil Sharone, fired off a fierce set and won over a crowd widely unfamiliar with ...