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Live: Arch Enemy + Kreator @ London Kentish Town Forum – 18 December 2014

December 23rd, 2014

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Look, we know it’s nearly Christmas, but that doesn’t mean that the relentless touring machine at the heart of heavy metal has stopped yet. Kreator and Arch Enemy have only just finished a punishing double-headliner tour. We sent Pete Long along to headbang himself senseless at the London leg of the tour.

6 things we learnt while watching Arch Enemy and Kreator in London:

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The Thrash Hits Staff Albums of 2014

December 19th, 2014

2014 Even More Lists Thrash Hits

By now you’ve read the one list that really matters – the Thrash Hits Top 10 Albums of 2014 – but now we’re giving you the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the minds that created it. Here are the unedited, unspoiled and unsullied opinions that we crunched together to distill our Top 10. We asked our contributors to tell us what their personal Top 10 records of the last 12 months were, and to justify their top choice to us.

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Album: Mors Principium Est – Dawn of the 5th Era

December 17th, 2014

Mors Principium Est 2014 promo photo Thrash Hits

Mors Principium Est
Dawn of the 5th Era
AFM Records
05 December 2014

by Pete Long

The key to a good melodic death metal album is a multitude of great riffs, teetering right between wild-eyed aggression and impressible catchiness. But the majority of bands in the genre seem to have forgotten this in their quest to push its boundaries. Mors Principium Est’s new album, Dawn of the 5th Era, is an antidote to that. It’s filled to the brim with great riffs.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: Foundations of Burden by Pallbearer

December 16th, 2014

Pallbearer 2014 promo photo Thrash Hits

You know we don’t muck about with our recommendations for If You Buy One Thing This Week. You know we sure as Hell don’t muck about when it comes to our Albums of the Year list. So unsurprisingly, our final pick for this column this year is that album that topped our list this year – Pallbearer’s incredible second album, Foundations of Burden.

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WIN! A pair of tickets and some merch from Arch Enemy

December 16th, 2014

Arch Enemy 2014 promo photo Thrash Hits

You know what’s happening right now? Arch Enemy – yes, that’s them pictured above – are on a co-headlining tour of the UK with Kreator. It’s in promotion of their latest album, War Eternal, that came out earlier this year. They’ve given us some free tickets and albums and merch to give you if YOU ENTER OUR COMPETITION RIGHT NOW.

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The Thrash Hits Top 10 Albums of 2014

December 15th, 2014

2014 Albums of the Year Thrash Hits

You know it and we know it: Album Of The Year Lists are a reductive and lazy way to generate clicks and site hits under the naff concept that you can somehow rank subjective artforms in order of merit. Blah blah blah. So what? We’ve done it every year for over half a decade and we’re not going to stop now. We worked out our list via a complicated voting system whereby every single Thrash Hits contributor had their say, then Raz and Hugh carefully cooked the books to fudge the results how we wanted. Here it is: the Top 10 Albums of 2014 according to Thrash Hits. Why a Top 10? Because lists are terrible and you’re a terrible person if you want a longer one. These are the 10 records you need.

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Sunday Slaylist: Those we lost in 2014

December 14th, 2014

As we start to wind down for the year and reflect on the past 12 months, we thought it was important to remember that not everything abut 2014 has been about brilliant music or amazing gigs. As with every year, some of our favourite musicians who were with us back on 01 January will not be with us come the end of 31 December, and this week we wanted to take the time to remember a few of them, and their works.

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Sunday Slaylist: Rock & Metal Advent 2014

December 7th, 2014

Advent Calendar 2014 Thrash Hits

Look, we bloody love Christmas. If you’re not on board with that, then it’s probably a good idea to stop reading now.

For those of you who are left, you’ve probably noticed that over the past week we’ve been posting daily videos on Facebook and Twitter of some of our favourite Christmas-themed songs. And we’re going to keep doing it right up until Christmas Eve. We’re only going and doing a whole bloody Advent Calendar, aren’t we!

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