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New Music Now IV

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Blow The Scene‘s New Music Now takes a look at an eclectic grouping of new releases from Touche Amore, The Casket Lottery, Murder by Death, The Casualties, Bone Dance, and Ultraísta with loads of free music samples and links for purchase and further investigation! Touche Amore The Casket Lottery split EP Band: Touche Amore / The Casket Lottery Album: Touche Amore / The Casket Lottery split 7” Label: No Sleep Records Genres: melodic hardcore, punk rock Available: 2 October 2012 FFO: Defeater, Title Fight, Pianos ...

New Music Now III

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Blow The Scene‘s New Music Now takes a look at an eclectic grouping of new releases from Noisear, Fight Amp, Green Day, and Title Fight with loads of free music samples and links for purchase and further investigation! Noisear - Turbulent Resurgence Band: Noisear Album: Turbulent Resurgence Record Label: Willowtip Records Release Date: Sep., 25, 2012 Genres: grindcore FFO: Brutal Truth, Kill The Client, Wormrot "Turbulent Resurgence is a focus of targeted blast-and-riff, more straight-ahead than its predecessor, that is similarly the result of a day’s writing, with 48hours for the band to put it to ...

New Music Now II

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! Gaza - No Absolutes in Human Suffering Band: Gaza Album: No Absolutes In Human Suffering Label: Black Market Activities Genres: grind, metal, punk, hardcore Available: Now 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 ...

New Music Now I

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! assembly of light self titled Band: Assembly of Light Choir Album: S/t 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 ...

Baroness – Yellow and Green Review

Friday, July 13th, 2012
baroness yellow and greenBand: Baroness 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 ...

Primate – Draw Back A Stump Review – One Path Review pt II

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Burning Love – Rotten Thing To Say Review

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
Burning Love - Rotten Thing To Say 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, ...

Phobia – Remnants of Filth Review

Monday, June 4th, 2012
Phobia - Remnants of FilthBand: Phobia 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 ...

Martyrdöd – Paranoia Review

Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Martyrdod - Paranoia cover Band: Martyrdöd Album: Paranoia 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 ...

One Path Review of Hot Water Music’s Exister LP

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Hot Water Music - Exister Band: Hot Water Music Album: Exister 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 ...

One Path Review Column Launch – Thomas Schlatter Interview

Monday, May 7th, 2012
Thomas Schlatter - Performing with Black KitesWe 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 ...

Review Rundown III

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
Aeges - The BridgeArtist: ÆGES 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 ...

Pat Mastelotto – Recidivate Review

Monday, March 19th, 2012
Pat Mastelotto - Recidivate 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 ...

Black Breath – Sentenced to Life Review

Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Black Breath - Sentenced to LifeBand: 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 ...

Spawn of Possession – Incurso Review

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Spawn of Possession - IncursoBand: Spawn of Possession Album: Incurso 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 ...

Every Time I Die – Ex-Lives Review and Full Stream

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Every Time I Die - Ex-LivesBand: Every Time I Die Album: Ex-Lives 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 ...

Nails / Skin Like Iron Split EP Review

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Nails and Skin Like Iron Split 7 Inch EP Cover Art 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 ...

Top Lists of 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Blow The Scene 2011 Top Lists 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 ...

Review Rundown II

Friday, October 7th, 2011
Aeges - Roaches EPArtist: ÆGES Album: Roaches 7" EP Label: Hawthorne Street Records Home Base: Los Angeles Genre: Post Hardcore FFO: No Knife, Helmet, Pelican, Tusk, Undertow, Shift Available: Now 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, ...

Review Rundown I

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 ...

They Might Be Giants Show Gallery and Review Byham Theater

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
They Might Be Giants - Band Live at The Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA on Sept 14, 2011Very 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 ...