Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
Blow The Scene's New Music Now takes a look at an eclectic grouping of new releases from Gaza, Birds In Row, Animal Collective, Propagandhi, and My Iron Lung with loads of free music samples and links for purchase and further investigation!
Album: No Absolutes In Human Suffering
Label: Black Market Activities
Genres: grind, metal, punk, hardcore
FFO: Nails, Rotten Sound, Nasum, Trap Them, Norma Jean
Salt Lake City’s unrelenting grind punks, Gaza, have broken off one of the heaviest and most unforgiving releases of 2012 with full-length, No Absolutes In ...
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Kicking off the first New Music Now weekly column on Blow The Scene! Today we have an eclectic rundown of new releases by Assembly Of Light Choir, Masakari, Grin and Bear It, The Chariot, Circa Survive, Minus The Bear, and Murder Construct, with loads of free music samples and links for purchase and further investigation!
Band: Assembly of Light Choir
Record Label: At A Loss Recordings
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Genres: choir, doom, doom choir
FFO: forward thinking music, music "outside of the box"
Assembly of Light Choir release self-titled LP on ...
Friday, July 13th, 2012
Album: Yellow and Green (Double LP)
Release Date: July, 17 2012
Record Label: Relapse Records
Genre: post metal, metal, heavy rock
Review by Andy McNeil, Resident Giant
Baroness frontman John Baizley has said he won’t tour with the same gear twice.
“It’s all about building your color palette with instruments and sounds, and painting a broad picture,” Baizley said during an interview with Blow The Scene at Philadelphia’s TLA in May.
Although he was quick to shrug off his own metaphor for the necessity of change, it may be the insight needed to begin to grapple with his band's assiduous ...
Friday, June 8th, 2012
Album: Draw Back a Stump (2nd Edition Re-issue)
Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: July 3, 2012
FFO: Brutal Truth, Magrudergrind, Shitstorm
One Path Review is a special column feature by Thomas Schlatter (Black Kites, Less Life, Capacities) of One Path For Me Blog. Today, Thomas takes a looks at a re-issue of Draw Back a Stump from Atlanta super ...
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Band: Burning Love
Album: Rotten Thing To Say
Label: Southern Lord Recordings
Release Date: June 19, 2012
FFO: Coliseum, Hot Snakes, The Bronx, Rise and Fall
The filthiest, dirt-covered, rock 'n’ roll offering of 2012 is upon us in the form of 14 caustic tracks from Ontario’s Burning Love, appropriately titled, Rotten Thing to Say. Recorded by studio-hand-phenom, Kurt Ballou at his God City Studios, this brand of punk-tinged, nasty, yet infectious rock, is probably not what you’re expecting from this cast of guilty parties. Led by front man and vocalist Chris Colohan (who you should recognize from such prominent underground acts as Cursed, ...
Monday, June 4th, 2012
Album: Remnants of Filth
Label: Willowtip Records
Release Date: June 5, 2012
FFO: Noisear, Brutal Truth, Rotten Sound, Pig Destroyer
Northern Cali’s grindcore mainstays, Phobia, offer up another barrage of filthy blast-induced tracks with this latest recorded effort, Remnants of Filth, hitting streets tomorrow (June 5th,2012) via Williowtip Records. Let’s just get this out of the way now- The members of Phobia offer up their patented blend of blast-beats, choppy grind riffs, guttural vocal attacks, and hilarious movie samples, all wrapped in tight punk structures that will surely appease those that have been following the band throughout its 20-plus year history.
Now that you know ...
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Label: Southern Lord
FFO: His Hero Is Gone, Extreme Noise Terror, Disfear, Skitsystem
Get ready to have your wig blown back with Martyrdöd’s latest recorded effort, Paranoia, which hit streets May 22nd via Southern Lord Recordings. Eleven tracks that will surely go down with 2012’s elite crusty metal attacks, with authentic Swedish d-beat stylings that present brilliantly discordant melodic riffing on top of some seriously meaty beats.
Opening track “Nog är nog” ("Enough is Enough") lets you know instantly this is the Martyrdöd you’ve come to love and respect over the past decade. Never afraid to incorporate melody, solos, and wide array ...
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Band: Hot Water Music
Record Label: Rise Records
Release Date: May 15, 2012
One Path Review is a special column feature by Thomas Schlatter (Black Kites, Less Life, Capacities) of One Path For Me Blog. Thomas will be breaking off a review or two per month, exclusively for Blow The Scene. We launch his column today with a review of Hot Water Music's forthcoming LP, Exister.
It's been a very long time since ...
Monday, May 7th, 2012
We have a series of stellar column kick-offs coming your way over the next few weeks and up first, we launch the One Path Review featuring Thomas Schlatter who writes for and runs One Path For Me blog. We've known Tom for years as he plays guitar, drums, and breaks off vocals for some of our favorite bands from the East Coast. Tom's musical approach on guitar in In First Person and Black Kites was multi-amp wonderfulness with varying layers of tones and distortions that sent many of his musical ...
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
Album: The Bridge
Label: The Mylene Sheath
Home Base: Los Angeles
Genre: Post Hardcore
FFO: No Knife, Helmet, Pelican, Quicksand, Undertow, Tool
Available: April 17, 2012
If Helmet kept experimenting with their sound in a positive way after Betty, you may very well have ended up with an album in the vicinity of what ÆGES presents with release of their debut album The Bridge, hitting streets today via The Mylene Sheath. ÆGES implements great use of distortions with melodic movements that will certainly draw comparisons to Quicksand and Helmet. The band embarks upon this musical journey with ...
Monday, March 19th, 2012
Band/Artist: Pat Mastelotto
Album: Recidivate 2 Disc Set
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Label: 7d Media
Genres: Prog Rock, Jazz
RIYL: King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Palmer, XTC
Drummer Pat Mastelotto has been involved with many unique projects over the years including the ground-breaking and game-changing King Crimson and XTC, as he delivers Recidivate, featuring a personal perspective on on his outtakes, rarities, and other highlights of the past 20 years.
On board for this effort are Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Stick Men (Mastelotto's ongoing touring trio with Tony Levin), Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons), Naked Truth (featuring avant-garde jazz musicians Roy Powell and ...
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Band: Black Breath
Album: Sentenced To Life
Label: Southern Lord
Home Base: Seattle, WA
Genre: Black Metal, Rock n’ Roll, Swedish Death Metal
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Standout Tracks: Feast of The Damned, Forced into Possession, Sentenced to Life, Of Flesh
FFO: Entombed, Slayer, Nails, Trap Them
Black Breath have a formula for one of the most pummeling musical executions found anywhere in the vast corpus of metal and with their second full-length LP on Southern Lord, Sentenced to Life, the band has yet again upped the ante. Combining elements of Swedish death metal with modern hardcore and ...
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Band: Spawn of Possession
Label: Relapse Records
Available: March 13, 2012
Home Base: Linköping, Kalmar, Malmö, Drammen, Sweden, Norway, Germany
Genre: Death Metal, Tech Metal
Standout Tracks: Bodiless Sleeper, The Evangelist
FFO: Necrophagist, Obscura, Caphalic Carnage, Decapitated
If insanely technical and complex death metal gets your whistle wet, then consider Spawn of Possession’s latest full-length offering, Incurso, your own personal tsunami.
Featuring members of renowned death metal acts Necrophagist and Obscura, this super-group of technical metal musicians is out to raise the bar, and raise the bar they have. The songs are written with such complexity that each ...
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Band: Every Time I Die
Label: Epitaph Records
Home Base: Buffalo, NY
Genre: Hardcore, Southern Rock, Punk, Metal, Other
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Standout Tracks: Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space, I Suck (Blood), Touch Yourself
FFO: Forward-thinking heavy tunes.
From the debut of the Ex-Lives album cover featuring a real photo of a rabble-rouser being swarmed on by riot police whilst sporting an Every Time Die T-shirt during the now infamous G8 summit protests, I had the feeling this was ...
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
One of the first great odd parings of 2012 is coming in the form of a split 7" EP by death-infused-hardcore-grinders Nails along with hardcore mainstays Skin Like Iron. Each band has contributed two songs to this 4-song shredder due to hit streets January 31, 2012.
Skin Like Iron kick things off with an emotional powerhouse of a track entitled "Disappear," which drives forward with intense clarity, upbeat underbelly, before singer Alex Capasso drops his patented high-end, irate, screaming delivery that pushes this track into the stratosphere. Capasso also constructed the cover art ...
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
It is that time of year again, as we say goodbye to 2011 and usher in the new year. Before we slip away into our holiday modes with family and friends, we look back on another year in music. 2011 saw the good, the bad, and the ugly. Today we are just going to focus on the good! We invited a few of our musical peers to contribute year-end lists. Unlike a lot of online music outlets, we chose to invite not only musicians, but also the people who work behind the scenes to make the music community ...
Friday, October 7th, 2011
Album: Roaches 7" EP
Label: Hawthorne Street Records
Home Base: Los Angeles
Genre: Post Hardcore
FFO: No Knife, Helmet, Pelican, Tusk, Undertow, Shift
Founded by Mark Holcomb (Undertow, Shift) and Larry Herweg (Pelican, Tusk), ÆGES rounded off their line-up with additions of Kemble Walters (The Rise, The Blank Faces) and bassist Tony Baumeister, before putting together this 7" EP we have before us. The music is dense and melodic, and immediately brings to mind echos of early No Knife and Helmet. With only two songs, you barely have time to wet your lips, ...
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
Today we launch new weekly column Review Rundown, where we get down to brass tacks on a half-dozen recent/forthcoming releases each week, pulled from all genres with no restrictions. The idea for this column came as I have been talking to several of my friends who also head online mags, and the fact that reviews are consistently the least popular, least-viewed aspects of online mags. It makes sense really. Why sit through a 30-minute review when you could just listen to album through various sources all over the Web? Occasionally an album is so breathtakingly awesome that it requires an archeological record, but for the most part, music fans just want to be pointed in the right direction and ...
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Very few bands have the opportunity to release 15 studio albums in their career. However, the Brooklyn-based, They Might Be Giants are still plugging away after nearly 30 years of releases. The Johns’ [as called by some of their diehard fans] have managed to go from a duo who’d record music on answering machines, to Grammy Award Winners with a Platinum record. They played to a packed Byham ...
Friday, July 15th, 2011
Good Charamel Records
Available July 19, 2011
Genres: Punk rock, Indie pop/rock
RIYL: The Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Go-Go’s7.1
The year is 2011. The idea of pop-punk is pretty nauseating to most writers and serious publications. However, a few bands such as Shonen Knife show the world how to incorporate punk rock sensibilities and pop structures. There’s good reason as to why American bands such as Sonic Youth and Nirvana have reached out to play with these fiery ladies.
The band has been influenced by everyone from The Beach Boys to Black Sabbath, but in ...
Monday, July 11th, 2011
Another Earth (OST)
Fall on Your Sword
Avail: July 19, 2011
Genres: Electronic, Downtempo, Ambient
RIYL: Zombi, Hans Zimmer, Brian Eno, Darren Aronofsky film scores
After the dissolve of LCD Soundsystem, fans of the band have been anxious to see the direction that James Murphy & Co are taking after the project ended. A former and founding member of the band as well as Oceans Eleven composer Phil Mossman teamed up with another composer friend, Will Bates to form Fall on Your Sword.
The film for which ...