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Puerto Rico Flowers – 7 Review

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Puerto Rico Flowers - 7 7 Puerto Rico Flowers Fan Death Records Avail June 14, 2011 Genre: dark pop Review by Jane Chardiet Fans of Puerto Rico Flowers have patiently waited nearly a year and a half since the release of their first EP, 4, for a full length. On June 14, 2011, the wait is finally over. Dropping on Baltimore based Fan Death Records, 7 delivers seven new tracks at last. Puerto Rico Flowers is the mastermind of John Sharkey III, of Clockcleaner fame, but it seems like he doesn’t like people to bring that up too much when they talk about Puerto Rico Flowers. I suppose this makes sense, because the ...

Bohren & der Club of Gore – Beileid Review

Friday, May 20th, 2011
Beileid album cover by Bohren & Der Club of Gore Beileid Bohren and Der Club of Gore Ipecac Recordings 2011 Genres: Midnight Doom Jazz, Classical RIYL: David Lynch, More Dogs, Morphine 6.9 Bohren is German for “drilling,” and their whole modus operandi is digging deep within music to find brooding moods and melancholy. Doom and jazz may sound like polar opposites to most ears, but their excellent releases Dolores and Black Earth have put them on the map amongst many music circles, ranging from metalheads, stoner rockers, and even modern composers. Beileid is their first release in three years, and it’s a mixed bag of new directions and ...

Weekend Nachos Worthless Review

Monday, May 9th, 2011
Weekend Nachos - Worthless LP Worthless Weekend Nachos Relapse Records for CD Deep Six Records for Vinyl Avail May 17, 2011 FFO: Coke Bust, Capitalist Casualties, Agoraphobic Nosebleed Weekend Nachos is four hardcore dudes from Chicago with a propensity for aggressive, yet progressive, tastes in extreme music and lyrical formulation. And before you start the internal dialogue, “Weekend Nachos? That’s a funny name. What the hell does that mean?” It means nothing. Just a humorous name that was suggested by a friend of the band as they were establishing themselves in 2004. Weekend NachosWith an ear for ridiculously heavy guitar signatures that ...

Horseback – The Gorgon Tongue Review

Monday, April 18th, 2011
The Gorgon Tounge: Impale Golden Horn + Forbidden Planet The Gorgon Tongue - Impale Golden Horn + Forbidden Planet Horseback Relapse Records Available May 10, 2011 Genres: Drone, Ambient (Impale Golden Horn) / Power Ambient, Black Metal (Forbidden Planet) RIYL: Aix Em Klemm, SunnO))), Earth 7.7 / 7.1 It’s difficult to discern whether a band is going for a money-grab with a re-release, or if they are trying to help new fans explore their older records. Horseback received considerable critical acclaim with their previous LP, Invisible Mountain. However, each Horseback record has managed to be its own beast, with different genres, and in some cases, a different lineup. ...

Andrea Caccese – Icarus Falling / Set The World On Fire EP Review

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Andrea Caccese Icarus Falling Set The World On Fire Icarus Falling / Set the world on fire EP Andrea Caccese Sit Still Records Released March 11, 2011 Review by Heather McAdams

Method acting encourages an actor to completely and emotionally identify with his character, so I’d imagine that method recording allows a musician to better identify with his surroundings. Swedish singer/songwriter Andrea Caccese used his 2010 international travels as inspiration for his four-track EP as well as to instill the recording with the distinct flavor of uprooted wandering. From various recording sessions in apartments, hotel rooms, trains and airports, the teaser debut EP Icarus Falling / Set the world on fire is an experimental work of ...


Mamiffer – Mare Decendrii Review

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Mamiffer - Mare Decendrii Mare Decendrii Mamiffer SIGE Records March 15, 2011 Genres: Jazz-influenced Doom, Power Ambient RIYL: Earth, SunnO))), Brian Eno, Kayo Dot by Adam Rauf, Senior Staff Writer 8.8 Music is becoming a globally-connected phenomenon. Not only are you finding artists these days that are collaborating online to help in the germination process for songwriting, but you’re also finding various schools of music colliding to form giant murals of beauty. Mamiffer, which combines the talents of “post-metal” icon and visual artist Aaron Turner (Isis, House of Low Culture, Old Man Gloom) and performance artist Faith Coloccia (Everlovely Lightningheart) is the perfect recipe for ...

Trap Them Darker Handcraft Review

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Darker Handcraft by Trap Them Darker Handcraft Trap Them Prosthetic Records Avail March 15, 2011 FFO: Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Converge, Trash Talk, From Ashes Rise, Rise and Fall Trap Them hold a special place in our hearts at Blow The Scene, as anyone who follows this site knows. And for good reason; Trap Them have been at the forefront of the current resurgence in d-beat-rooted, death n’ roll sounds many bands are beginning to emulate. With the early release of the vinyl edition of Darker Handcraft nearly sold out, the band continues an incredible web presence with exclusive tracks dropping on major webzines all ...

Red Fang Murder The Mountains Review

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Murder The Mountains by Red Fang Murder The Mountains Red Fang Relapse Records Available April 12, 2011 FFO: Kylesa, Baroness, Black Tusk Take Black Sabbath, Kylesa, and Mastodon, toss them in a blender and set to crush. You may come out with a sound vaguely reminiscent of Portland's Red Fang and their forthcoming release, Murder The Mountains, set to hit streets April 12 via Relapse Records. This underground super-group of sorts is comprised of Bryan Giles (Last of the Juanitas, Party Time), Aaron Beam (Dark Forces, Lachrymator), David Sullivan (Party Time, facedowninshit, Shiny Beast) and John Sherman (Party Time, Bad Wizard, Trumans Water, All Night). The aforementioned guilty parties join forces ...

Anti You Two-Bit Schemes and Cold War Dreams

Friday, February 4th, 2011
Two-Bit Schemes and Cold War Dreams Album Cover Two-Bit Schemes and Cold War Dreams Anti You Six Weeks Records Available February 15, 2011 FFO: Direct Control, Government Warning Pig City Life EPFans of hardcore punk will be treated to a triple threat release by Six Weeks Records February 15th with Anti You's 2010 LP, Two-Bit Schemes and Cold War Dreams offered in CD and Digital formats for the first time with the rare Pig City Life E.P. and follow-up EP, Johnny Baghdad included in this 28-song collection. Hailing from ...

The Ex – Catch My Shoe Review

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
The Ex Catch My Shoe Album Cover The Ex Catch My Shoe Ex Records Released Jan. 25, 2011 Contributed By Aaron Kendeall Dutch rockers The Ex are back for an amazing 25th album with their most recent release, Catch My Shoe. The self-professed, experimental punk rockers that have been making music since 1979, again bring their signature jazz-influenced noise to the table with a debut from new vocalist Arnold De Boer (formerly of one man band Zea). Catch My Shoe was recorded with the legendary Steve Albini in Chicago and also marks the band's first release on their own label imprint Ex Records. ...

Review: Lohio Family Tree E.P.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
Family Tree EP Cover Art by Lohio Family Tree EP Lohio 2011 Genres: Indie pop, Indie Folk, Alt-Country RIYL: Broken Social Scene, The New Pornographers, The National 8.2 Lohio is beginning to become a popular mainstay here in Pittsburgh, and in general, the East Coast. These folks have been in the game for some time now, most likely remembered for their older sound, which felt a bit more like wistful alt-country with an edge. The pop sensibilities have really blossomed over the past year or so, and the influence of bands that they have opened for, such as The Books, Ra Ra Riot, and Tokyo Police Club is especially evident with this latest release. Opener “Leave the City, Leave ...

Owen Hart Release Earth Control On Vitriol Records

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Earth Control Album Cover Art by Owen Hart on Vitriol Records Earth Control Owen Hart Vitriol Records Release Date: January 18, 2011 FFO: Converge, Regurgitate, Napalm Death, Phobia We were first introduced to Owen Hart as we received Scott Hull's This Comp Kills Fascist vol 2 from Relapse last June, and we called it then; Owen Hart is here to shred your face off. With yesterday's release of Earth Control on Vitriol Records, the rest of extreme metal world has caught up. So much so, we don't even need to do a formal write-up of this gem. BrooklynVegan, Popmatters, MetalSucks, JunkyardGod, Lukephysioc, MetalInjection, pretty much sum it up. For fans ...

Noisear Subvert the Dominant Paradigm Review and Stream of Global Warning

Friday, January 7th, 2011
Noisear Subvert the Dominant Paradigm Cover Art Noisear Subvert the Dominant Paradigm Relapse Records Available February 1, 2011 FFO: Phobia, Capitalist Casualties, Botch, Napalm Death New Mexico's favorite grinding sons, Noisear are dropping their highly anticipated Relapse Records debut, Subvert the Dominant Paradigm, which features 30 new blistering tracks available February 1, 2011. Subvert the Dominant Paradigm is a solid grind offering through and through. The band has not jumped on the overly-produced bandwagon many of their grind contemporaries are riding that often leaves many extreme-metal aficionados with something to be desired. Like fine China collectors who want their plates to come with tiny imperfections that prove it was hand-crafted, grind fans often want a natural, human-sounding album, ...

Lionheart Built on Struggle Review

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Built on Struggle Album Cover Lionheart Built On Struggle Mediaskare Records Available January 18, 2011 FFO: Hatebreed, Turmoil, All Out War Bay Area's hardcore heroes Lionheart are poised to drop their sophomore full-length, Built on Struggle, January 18 on Mediaskare Records. Built on Struggle features an all-star gathering of special appearances by likes of Bruce LaPage (original vocalist of 100 Demons), Dave Nassie (Suicidal Tendencies/Bleeding Through), Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through), Lord Ezec (Skarhead, Icepick) and Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis) as Built on Struggle will surely be a contender for the top hardcore release of 2011. Lionheart hit the ground running in 2007 as the band released their debut album The Will To Survive. The album ...

The Disco Biscuits – Tower Theater – Philadelphia – 12.30.2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010
The Disco Biscuits Complete 12.30.2010 Set List Set 1: Hot Air Balloon > Gangster > The Safety Dance > Hot Air Balloon, Mr. Don Set 2: Save The Robots, Air Song, Basis For A Day > Pygmy Twylyte > Basis For A Day Encore: Spacebirdmatingcall On December 26th, a statement was made by The Disco Biscuits entitled, "12/26/2010 | New Year's Run Update Part 2." New Year's Update: "We want to first thank everyone for their over the top support this week during a difficult time for the band. The first two nights at Terminal 5 have been so much fun musically, and none of it would have been possible without our ...

Black Swan Movie Review

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Black Swan Movie Poster To the high culture neophytes more comfortable at the corner dive than the theater, there is something innately creepy about the ballet. Sinewy women and overly graceful men with uncomfortable posture and the ability to bend in ways most did not believe possible, dancing a story; it’s like big-budget miming. Though incomprehensible to those whose toes cannot support their weight, the ballet is the ideal world for the magnetic Black Swan, a psychological thriller in which the mundane is filled with eerie frights for the mentally fragmenting protagonist as she transforms into the role of a lifetime. Nina (Natalie Portman) is a member of a New York City ...

Charles Manson releases Air album on Magic Bullet Records

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Charles Manson Air album cover on Magic Bullet Records Air (pt I of IV) Charles Manson Magic Bullet Records 4 Pt Release ATWA (an acronym for "Air, Trees, Water, Animals"). Review by Staff Writer Lucy Leitner Calling Charles Manson a musician is like calling Paris Hilton a writer. Sure, he—the deranged, swastika-emblazoned Svengali—has now released the first of a four-part series of albums and she—the poster child of the Hollywood illiterati—is a best-selling “author.” It just proves the unfortunate trend that if you spew loudly enough in California, people will pay for your vomit. The 76-year-old Manson’s Air is sadly the initial installment of what will surely be an ill-conceived attempt to espouse a new, mentally unbalanced philosophy set to inept guitar plucking. See, the air is just part of the life-support ATWA system, along with trees, water and animals, that old Charlie’s been preaching since the early 1970s. It’s the same circle of life that Elton John detailed to a far superior effect in a goddamn Disney movie. In Manson’s philosophy—his “holy revolution against pollution”—the swastika on his forehead is a symbol of peace and rock stars—and well, people in general—are the problem.

The Damned Things New Album Ironiclast and Tour

Monday, December 13th, 2010
Ironiclast by The Damned Things Ironiclast The Damned Things Island/ Def Jam Available December 14, 2010 In need of some true, no frills, strait-up Rock n' Roll? Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax, Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die, and Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy, have collaborated on the Rock n' Roll revival album of 2010 as the newly formed super-group, The Damned Things drops new LP, Ironiclast December 14, 2010, via Island Recordings and prepares for January tour. What started as a jam session four years ago, when guitarists Joe Trohman and Scott Ian met and began writing music together, became a full-fledged project as they would soon invite Keith Buckley ...

Murder Construct Self-Titled EP Review

Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Murder Construct Self Titled EP Murder Construct Self-Titled EP Relapse Records Available Now FFO: Exhumed, Terrorizer, Phobia Avid fans of grind and death metal often bemoan the fact that most ‘new’ bands have lost the ferocity and integrity of the ‘old-school’ 80s and 90s-era extreme music via albums like Brutal Truth’s Need to Control (1994) and Napalm Death’s From Enslavement to Obliteration (1988). In recent years, the majority of new bands to emerge in the grind and death metal scenes have abandoned the organic chemistry of live recordings, showcasing sharp musicianship captured by clever sound engineers, for mechanical releases that are overly polished with computer-induced sterility. Upon first listen of Murder Construct's debut Self-Titled E.P., I knew we found something old-school death metal and ...

Royal Thunder Self-Titled E.P. Review

Monday, December 6th, 2010
Royal Thunder Band Group Picture Royal Thunder Self-Titled EP Relapse Records Available Dec. 21, 2010 Review by Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor Royal Thunder’s self-titled EP is all about waiting for the big pay off. The songs are a dark brand of rock built brick by brick on gloomy Southern riffs that twist around soulful, moody vocals. At times they are molasses slow, but patient listeners will be rewarded in due time – both on the EP and in the promise that this band holds for the future. The EP is being reissued on December 21 by Relapse Records. The best thing about the release isn’t even the material itself – it’s the level of potential showcased by the Atlanta trio. ...

Brain Banger release Munsoned EP

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
Barin Banger Munsoned EP Cover Brain Banger Munsoned EP Hawthorne Street Records Review By Gregg Harrington Louisville is no stranger to absolutely ripping bands: Young Widows, Lords, Breather Resist, Black Cross, and others. While the new project Brain Banger totes members of all the aforementioned bands, it doesn’t meet the grit and punch of those projects. It does something better: drives with the passion and groove of 70’s rock while mixing in dirty distortion and raspy vocals. Brain Banger Group PhotoThe production of LordsChris Owen is apparent right off the bat. The intro of “A No Brainer” squeals with feedback and ...