We’re starting something new here at Thrash Hits. We’ve asked some of our favourite writers to put together some monthly columns, focussing in on the genres they’re most passionate about. We’re kicking off this new series with David Keevill taking on what’s been going on in Prog over the last month or so. Take it away, David….
November 18th, 2014
As much as If You Buy One Thing This Week is a great excuse to highlight underground releases or things that might have passed by your radar entirely, sometimes a new release with a higher profile comes along that we just have to endorse. Grand Morbid Funeral by Bloodbath, is one such recommendation.
November 17th, 2014
Last week it was Asking Alexandria, this week it’s A Day To Remember – this autumn really is packed to the guts with bands consolidating their status at the top of the Kerrangcore tree with some of the biggest tours they’ve ever mounted. ADTR are even big enough to bring Radio 1-playlist botherers, Lower Than Atlantis, along as their main support. We made sure our man in Brighton, Mike Burnell, was there to photograph the both of them.
November 16th, 2014
Today – Sunday 16 November 2014 – marks the 44th birthday of one Logan Mader, founder (and former) member of Machine Head, Soulfly, and Medication, and now a successful engineer, mixer and producer. We’ve decided that the best way we could mark the occasion was to put together a Sunday Spotify Slaylist of all of Mr Mader’s best bits.
November 13th, 2014
There’s no way around it – At The Gates releasing their first new material in over 18 years was a big deal. We sent Pete Long along to find out from Tomas Lindberg, the band’s frontman, just why it took so long.
When Tomas Lindberg talks about the “One thousand, two thousand people” waiting for At War With Reality, it seems he might be selling himself a little short. It’s not that he’s unaware of the affection that Slaughter of the Soul is held in, it’s just that nobody in At The Gates is the type of guy to spend too much time thinking about the album’s legacy. Considering the effects that the level of expectation could have had on them, it’s probably just as well.
November 11th, 2014
From the KISS frontman’s personal Twitter account…
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) November 11, 2014
This is probably why you shouldn’t let ageing rockstars setup their own pre-dated scheduled tweets. The offending tweet has since been deleted, but hey, nothing ever really gets deleted on the internet.
November 11th, 2014
We like to think that If You Buy One Thing This Week has encouraged you to support your favourite artists, and maybe even a few new ones, by actually throwing down some cold hard cash to support the releases we recommend. With that in mind, we really hope you take the time to support this week’s pick for If You Buy One Thing This Week, as while you’ll be getting some kickass tunes by doing so (including one from our old friends, The Gaslight Anthem-member boasting Something About Death Or Dying who are pictured above), you’ll also be helping support The Keep-A-Breast Foundation.
November 10th, 2014
Asking Alexandria are bloody massive. We can’t pretend this is some flash in the pan rise-to-fame – they’ve been slowly building their fanbase over the past five years, and there’s no denying that they’ve reached the size needed to play some of the biggest venues in the UK (before making the step up to arena-level) by putting in some hard graft. As well as many years of dedicated dicking about. That’s why we sent our man in Brighton, Mike Burnell, along to photograph the Brighton date of the band’s biggest headline UK tour to date.
November 7th, 2014
03 November 2014
The old adage about difficult second albums usually applies to bands whose debuts were heaped with a barrage of saccharine praise. Soen, a supergroup made up of members of Willowtree and Opeth, are now are in a similarly difficult juncture but for opposite reasons. Their debut, Cognitive, was universally criticised for its borrowings from Tool, from its sleek, subversive delivery and socio-enviro-eco-political parables, right on through to its Lateralus-like artwork.
November 6th, 2014
Talking in broad strokes, black metal is all about emotion. It uses it to steamroller your senses and the ability of a successful black metal band in parlaying said emotion is an impressive one. It’s difficult to play a guitar incredibly fast but you can learn to do that much more easily than learning to convey your emotions. That’s why we knew Morð were the real deal when we saw them playing live at Eistnaflug Festival earlier this summer.