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Blow The Scene‘s New Music Now column kicks off 2013 by taking a look at an exciting grouping of new releases from Cortez, Touche Amore, Pianos Become The Teeth, Terrible Things, and Dropkick Murphys, with loads of free music samples and links for purchase and further investigation!

Cortez - phoebus

Band: Cortez
Album: Phoebus
Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
Label/s: Throatruiner Records / Basement Apes / Get A Life!
Genres: Noise, post-metal, atmospheric black metal
Available: Jan 31, 2013
FFO: Mutilation Rites, Mastodon, Loma Prieta, Isis

An intriguing amalgamation of niche influences including atmospheric black metal, groove metal, ambient, noise, and more are displayed and executed with precision by Sweden’s power trio Cortez on the forthcoming 2XLP, Phoebus. A lot of musical diversity and far stretching movements keep this album interesting throughout. Even more interesting is that fact that this huge output comes from just three people.

Touche Amore - Pianos split 7-inch

Band: Touche Amore and Pianos Become The Teeth
Album: Split 7″
Hometown: LA / Maryland
Label: Deathwish Inc, Topshelf Records
Genres: melodic hardcore, post hardcore
Available: Digital out now, physical out TBA
FFO: Touche Amore, Pianos Become The Teeth

An appropriate pairing of two of the most exciting bands playing melodic hardcore today: Touche Amore and Pianos Become The Teeth have joined forces on a new 7″ split that has all but taken the underground by storm. Each band continues its ongoing legacy as leaders of the pack, both offering brand new songs, showcasing an ongoing musical evolution. This release should serve as a tasty appetizer for fans who are expecting big things from both bands in 2013 and at $5 a physical copy and $1.50 a download..Get on it.

Terrible Things - Pre-Transmission

Band: Terrible Things
Album: Pre-Transmission
Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Label: independent
Genres: Rock, alternative
Available: Now
FFO: Taking Back Sunday, Aeges

Originally formed in 2009 by Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday), Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit) and Josh Eppard (Coheed and Cambria), the band entered the music world with the backing of Universal Records for their self-titled debut with an impressive #21 debut on the Billboard Top 200 and numerous high-scale tours to follow. Fast forward almost four years, exit Jackson and Eppard, and welcome Aaron Van Allen (bass), Steve Curtiss (drums). With Pre-Transmission, Mascherino offers a stripped down, fun rock album with plenty of Led Zeppelin and Van Halen worship. He’s not reinventing the wheel, but offers an infectious LP, chock full of catchy rock numbers that is already making waves across the alternative music landscape.

Dropkick Murphys Signed And Sealed In Blood

Band: Dropkick Murphys
Album: Signed and Sealed in Blood
Hometown: Quincy, Massachusetts
Label: Born & Bred Records
Genres: celtic punk, punk rock
Available: Jan 8, 2013
FFO: Street Dogs, The Ducky Boys

“From start to finish, the album is filled with fun, catchy, hoist-a-pint and sing along type songs that brought the band their devout fan base. From lighting the fire with the album’s opening song, “The Boys are Back”, to tracks like “Burn”, and “Out of Our Heads” are the frantic, upbeat and hard driving good old fashioned drinking songs that almost announce to one and all that it’s last call at your favorite pub, so order up a stout and a shot. The album, for all of its balls, it still rings true to what the Dropkick Murphys have been writing about for years, neighborhoods, family, tradition, honor and respect and all in true Irish fashion.” –

Top reviews by Joshua T. Cohen

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