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A389 Recordings Bash with Catharsis, Integrity, Full Of Hell and more

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Catharsis You have to tip your hat to the few DIY labels that have managed to not only survive, but flourish throughout the massive transition the record industry has undergone over the past decade. And by flourish, we’re not talking about getting rich. We’re talking about hard work and a true dedication to an art form that inspires with a consistent output of meaningful creativity. With iTunes and electronic media surpassing physical sales, and even such mainstays as Spin magazine pulling its hard copies from shelves, it is evident music fans are becoming more niche oriented and knowledgeable. There’s no more gamble when purchasing a record, chances are you’ve heard ...

Decibel Mag 100th Issue Bash Photo Review Special

Friday, January 25th, 2013
Converge - Decibel Mag 100th issue Show Last weekend the East Coast once again found itself the epicenter of extreme music with the A389 Records Bash featuring rare reunions by Left For Dead and Catharsis in Baltimore, Neurosis playing Philly and NYC, and of course the focus of this feature; Decibel Magazine’s 100th Issue Celebration Show at Philly’s Union Transfer with Converge, Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, Repulsion, Tombs, and Evoken. Blow The Scene was on hand for all of these momentous events, but we’ll start with this spectacular showcase. With major print magazines like Newsweek and Spin being ...

Mondo Generator, Wino, Saviours Philly Photo Review

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Scott Wino and band In what was one of the odder trifectas of live musical performance we've seen in some time- Mondo Generator along with Scott Wino (The Obsessed, Saint Vitus) and Saviours, brought the thunder to Philly's Kung Fu Necktie venue. Blow The Scene's photo-Jedi, Dante Torrieri was there to capture the show in a massive set of his trademark photos, viewable below the fold. Despite being billed as the opener, this was unquestionably Wino's audience. Evidenced by a healthy gathering who came out early to support the renowned musician who looked more than comfortable ripping it solo. Fans reacted favorably to a solid set with a wise selection of tracks ...

John Dyer Baizley, Ghostlimb, Plague Dogs Philly Photo Review

Friday, January 18th, 2013
John Dyer Baizley solo performance in PhillyBlow The Scene recently had the pleasure of catching up with r5production’s promoter Jamie Getz (Gods and Queens) for an eclectic Philly showcase of regional and national talent featuring Bay Area’s uber-pissed, hardcore 3-piece Ghostlimb, and local acts Plague Dogs, Heavy Medical, and Xanax. Original headliners, local boys Reign Supreme had to drop due to the passing of an immediate family member. Stepping up to fill the void was none other than artist and Baroness guitarist / vocalist John Dyer Baizley who made this solo appearance his first public musical outing since ...

Monster Magnet and Royal Thunder Philly Photo Review

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Monster MagnetNew Jersey stoner rock titans, Monster Magnet were recently joined by Atlanta’s Royal Thunder and local acts Lor and One Ton Shovel, for a special showcase at Philly’s Trocadero Theater. For this series of tour dates, Monster Magnet performed their 1991 debut full-length, Spine Of God, in full. The album was voted Spin’s "Number 9 Album of 1991 You Didn't Hear", which is appropriate considering the band spent much of the 90’s in obscurity before reaching Gold status with their fourth full-length, 1998’s Powertrip. Monster Magnet proceeded to rip through Spine Of God in its entirety with several choice cuts sprinkled in, randomly selected from various works of the ...

Streetlight Manifesto and Lionize Philly Photo Review

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Streetlight ManifestoNew Brunswick ska punks, Streetlight Manifesto recently cruised through Philly’s TLA venue with friends and Maryland reggae rockers, Lionize, as part of the bands’ national US tour. Per usual, Blow The Scene was on hand to capture an exclusive set of photos for your viewing pleasure that can be viewed below. Streetlight Manifesto are currently gearing up to release their fifth studio album, The Hands That Thieve, in conjunction with singer/guitarist Toh Kay's The Hand That Thieves, both available for pre-order now. Streetlight Manifesto’s installment was originally slated for a Nov 6, 2012 release, but has been pushed back to ...

Neurosis Atlanta Photo Review

Friday, January 4th, 2013
Neurosis band live at Masquerade Theater AtlantaThis gallery marks a first for Blow The Scene, as we recently sent our Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri, on a Southern journey out of the frigid cold of Philadelphia, and into Atlanta, where he had the pleasure of catching the mighty Neurosis perform with U.S. Christmas, Primate, and Rwake, at the incredible Masquerade Theater. Neurosis’s impact on current metal mainstays was none more evident than by the musicians sprinkled throughout the audience, with members of Mastodon, Kylesa, Hull, Black Tusk, and Royal Thunder all made it ...

The Faint, Trust, Pujol – Philly Photo Review

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
The Faint - band live at Trocadero TheatreIndie rockers, The Faint, treated Philly fans to a full live rendition of 2001's Dance Macabre, as the band's signature electro-pop-punk anthems proceded to pound through the Trocadero Theater. Dance Macabre was undoubtedly and underground hit, but with an interesting side note: The original pressing featured an unauthorized photo as part of the cover art, which led to a recall and subsequent re-issue with an alternate image of The Faint's Dapose. Philly fans showed an avanlanche of love a support with the majority of the house dacing it up throughout the ...

Blow The Scene’s Top 50 Band Photos of 2012 pt II

Monday, December 31st, 2012
Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School Of MedicineExclusive photo galleries and Blow The Scene go together like peanut butter and jelly. This due the dedicated and talented staff members who brave some of the wildest shows on the East Coast to bring you electrifying photographic work. These fine folks include our Senior Staff Photographer Dante Torrieri and Staff Photographers Anne Spina, Bora Chung, and we have the recent contributions from Denver photographer, Joshua Chase. Editor-in-chief, Joshua Cohen also lends his photographic eye to select shows, making for diversified galleries throughout the year. Expect more from all of our staff in 2013 and more exciting additions! Mr. ...

Dethklok, Machine Head, All That Remains Philly Photo Review

Thursday, December 27th, 2012
DethklokTranscending the virtual realm in Adult Swim’s hit cartoon series, Metalocalypse, to real life touring and showmanship- The members of Dethklok recently made their way to Philadelphia’s Electric Factory with support from metal titans Machine Head, All That Remains, and The Black Dahlia Murder as part of a full North American tour. Per usual, Blow The Scene was on hand to capture a dense set of photos viewable below the fold. Containing music from the second, third and fourth seasons of Metalocalypse, Dethklok are supporting the October release of their third studio album, Dethalbum III, which peaked at number 10 on the Billboard ...

X and Reverened Horton Heat Philly Photo Review

Monday, December 24th, 2012
X Exene CervenkaIt’s been over 35 years since vocalist Exene Cervenka first met bassist John Doe at a poetry workshop in Venice, California, preceding the formation of X with guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer DJ Bonebrake. Since releasing their breakthrough 1980 debut album, Los Angeles (produced by The Doors' keyboard player, Ray Manzarek), the band along with the LA landscape, has etched a permanent place within the then budding punk rock sounds of the American underground in the late 70s and early 80s. Although never quite reaching the commercial apex of some of their LA contemporaries, X have had no shortage of impact or recognition. Rolling Stone went on to name Los Angeles ...

Title Fight Interview and Tour Special

Monday, December 17th, 2012
Title Fight band in Philadelphia at Union TransferIt’s been a whirlwind year for Kingston PA’s purveyors of post-hardcore goodness, Title Fight, who punctuated the closing ceremonies of their recent tour with Pianos Become The Teeth and Tiger’s Jaw with a sold out show 2 hours south of their home stomping grounds at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. "The kids determine Rock 'n' Roll.." I heard a concertgoer say standing outside of the venue. And right now in the US, kids from coast to coast are loving Title Fight with their infectious blend of post-hardcore meets indie rock that has ...

High On Fire, Goatwhore, Primate, Lo-Pan Philly Photo Review

Friday, December 14th, 2012
High On Fire - Matt PikePhiladelphia's Union Transfer venue recently got a serious dose of metal by an eclectic mix of four of the genre's leading practitioners including High On Fire, Primate, Goatwhore, and Lo-Pan, as their national tour package dropped by the City of Brotherly Love. Ohio's Lo-Pan kicked off the evening as the band continues spreading their rock and roll gristle in support of 2011’s Benny Grotto–produced Salvador full-length, released via Small Stone Records. Lo-Pan proceeded to launch into a blistering set that was extended to the delight of crowd seeing the band fire off tracks from their latest album ...

Lamb Of God and In Flames Philly Photo Special

Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Lamb Of God live at Electric Factory in PhiladelphiaLamb of God recently returned to Philadelphia for a special televised, double-set event for a AXS TV broadcast with a star-studded cast of metal titans, including Sweden’s In Flames, US supergroup Hellyeah, and Sylosis. Blow The Scene was on hand to deliver a new show review and massive sets of exclusive photos for your viewing pleasure. This showcase at the Electric Factory marked the first time Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe had been back to the City of Brotherly Love since his ...

OM Philly Photo Review

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
OM band live in Philadelphia at Johnny BrendasDynamic doom metallers, Om, along with newest edition Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, recently blew the roof off of Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood for a sold out Black Friday crowd that saw lines of concertgoers form and re-form with hopes of sliding into this engaging show as others slowly trickled out. Support for this bill was rounded out by a special banjo-tastic performance from Daniel Higgs (Reptile House) with Blow The Scene on hand to capture another show feature and stellar photo galleries for your viewing pleasure. Having formed in 2003 from the ashes ...

Gaza, Code Orange Kids, Full Of Hell Philly Tour Feature

Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Gaza band live in PhiladelphiaPurveyors of progressive crust, Gaza, recently brought its headlining US tour to Philadelphia’s Broad St. Ministry along with Code Orange Kids and Full Of Hell for a blistering showcase hosted by the Philly Hardcore Shows booking group that saw locals Wrong Answer and Congenital Death set the night in motion. Blow The Scene was on hand to deliver new video interviews with Gaza and Code Orange Kids, and of course, more stellar photo galleries of all of the guilty parties for your viewing pleasure. Congenital Death set the evening ablaze with their own dirty blend of fast punk ...

Trash Talk Philly Photo Review

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Trash Talk live at TLA in PhiladelphiaSacramento hardcore punks, Trash Talk, recently paid a visit to South St. Philadelphia and the legendary TLA venue along with rap duo Mellowhype and Youth Attack Records recording artists, Salvation. This odd-pairing of sorts made for an interesting Monday night of energetic live performances despite modest ticket sales. Philadelphia-area natives, Salvation, kicked things off with their patented blend of irate hardcore, which often finds members bloodied during performances from flying mics, guitars, or whatever other types of shrapnel are created during the ruckus. Youth Attack just repressed Salvations’ House of the Beating Hell ...

The Sword, Eagle Claw, Gypsyhawk Philly Photo Review

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
The Sword live at Union Transfer in PhiladelphiaAustin, TX’s heavy metallers, The Sword, recently tore through Philadelphia’s Union Transfer venue along with Gypsyhawk and Eagle Claw with Blow The Scene on hand to deliver an exclusive batch of photos and show review for your viewing pleasure. Recent addition to the Metal Blade Records roster, Gypsyhawk, started this bash with a bang. The band fuses a bluesy, desert-rock sound with plenty of energy and pizzazz that quickly found a warm reception from a diverse mix of Philly concertgoers. Gypsyhawk continue to support a new record on ...

Earth, Eagle Twin, Stebmo Philly Photo Review

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Earth - band live in Philadelphia at Johnny BrendasSeattle drone icons, Earth, recently embarked on its most extensive US Tour since forming in 1990, sailing through Johnny Brenda’s in Philly's Northern Liberties neighborhood along with Eagle Twin and Stebmo (Steve Moore). Per usual, Blow The Scene was on hand to capture exclusive photos and show review of the R5 Productions event for your viewing pleasure. Earth are currently touring in support of Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I and II available on Southern Lord Recordings and both ...

Red Fang and Black Tusk Philly Tour Special

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Red Fang live in PhiladelphiaRed Fang, Black Tusk, and special guests Lord Dying recently tore through Philly's Underground Arts venue for what proved to be one of the best metal shows of the year. Having relentlessly toured throughout North America and Europe, both Red Fang and Black Tusk have created a present groundswell of buzz with current albums available through Relapse Records. Lord Dying are fresh out of Red Fang's home turf of Portland, OR with their healthy blend of black metal and sludge that quickly won over a diverse Philly crowd. Per usual, Blow The Scene was on hand to capture ...

Converge, Torche, Kvelertak, Whips/Chains Philly Special Feature

Monday, November 19th, 2012
Converge live at Union Transfer in PhiladelphiaMetallic punk mainstays, Converge, recently ripped through Philadelphia’s Union Transfer venue with Torche, Kvelertak, and Whips/Chains as the bands began to wind down a full US Tour run. Converge are currently supporting a new release on Epitaph and Deathwish Inc, entitled All We Love We Leave Behind, which has made a splash across the extreme music world and will see the band launch a new European tour this Friday, followed by ...

COC, ASG, Royal Thunder Philly Photo Review

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Corrosion of Conformity live at North Star venueNorth Carolina crossover mainstays, Corrosion of Conformity recently tore through Philadelphia’s North Star venue with heavy hitters ASG and Royal Thunder, with local support rounded out by Give Them Rope. This show comes just as Corrosion of Conformity re-release their legendary Eye For An Eye full-length to North American fans via Candlelight Records. Originally issued in 1984, this special reissue has been remastered and includes the Six Songs With Mike Singing EP, both of which have been long out of print. A deluxe digibook edition of the album, limited to 1000 for North America, will be available ...

Minus The Bear Denver Photo Review

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Minus The Bear live at Denver's Summit Music HallSeattle purveyors of intricately crafted indie rock, Minus The Bear, recently tore through Denver’s Summit Music Hall with special guests Cursive and Girl In a Coma with Blow The Scene on hand to deliver exclusive photo galleries and show review of the night’s festivities. Named after Smiths’ song “Girlfriend In A Coma,” San Antonio’s Girl In A Coma set the evening in motion with their trademark blend of grungy pop and rock, as the band continues to support 2011’s Exits & All The Rest full-length, available through ...

All Else Failed Philly Photo Review

Monday, November 12th, 2012
All Else Failed live in PhiladelphiaPhilly’s knuckledraggers put in a day to remember as scene mainstays, All Else Failed, made a special appearance at The Broad Ministries with guests Dysphoria, Burnside, Rock Bottom, and Sawed Off. Organized by Philadelphia’s premiere hardcore booking collective Philly Hardcore Shows and patriarch Joe ‘Hardcore’ McKay, there was no shortage of energy on the stage or the floor despite Hurricane Sandy’s menacing presence. Having formed in 1995, All Else Failed amassed a respectable amount of underground buzz surrounding studio works and subsequent touring with the likes of ...