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If You Buy One Thing This Week: pre-order the new album from The Armed

April 23rd, 2015


We have waited six, long, hard years for a new full length album from The Armed. They are, in our humble opinion, one of the best damn messed-up math/punk/stupid genre-tag-du-jour-core bands in the world today. Sure, they’ve released a nearly-yearly update with their EPs, but as much as we love Common Enemies, Young & Beautiful, Spreading Joy, and their split with Tharsis They, we were always left desperate for more. For over half a damn decade, we’ve been desperate for more.

This week the band announced that long wait was finally over by confirming that the follow-up to 2009’s These Are Lights is coming out on 23 June 2015.

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The Month in Prog with David Keevill – April 2015

April 21st, 2015

Steven Wilson 2015 promo photo Thrash Hits

The sun is out, the sun is shining, but we’re not slumming it in parks listening to terrible summer music just yet. Oh no. Some of us are making sure the beard-stroking, mind-expanding sphere that is Prog isn’t going unattended – step forward David Keevill, who returns with his latest column examining what the big stories and events in the world of Prog have been over the last few weeks…

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Black Metal Monthly with Cheryl Carter – April 2015

April 16th, 2015

It’s time for us to delve into the world of Black Metal again with Cheryl Carter’s latest column…


As this column progresses, the format and what’s talked about will change. Because evolution is cool and fact and it keeps it interesting for myself and you lovely readers.

So let’s look at some things mentioned last time and what’s been happening with those bands or records since. That’s fun, right?

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Photos: Therapy? @ Brighton Conchorde 2 – 31 March 2015

April 2nd, 2015


Andy Cairns from Therapy? is arguably one of the people we really ought to have made more of an effort to interview over the years. This latest interview he did with Kiran Acharya for The Quietus is phenomenal. Go and read it now.

All we can offer is a gallery of awesome photos by our man in Brighton, Mike Burnell, who was on hand to snap the band when their recent UK tour hit his town. You can check out his gallery of shots right after the jump.

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Photos: The Answer @ Brighton Conchorde 2 – 25 March 2015

March 26th, 2015


The Answer are one of those bands we’re just glad exists. Sure, sure, they aren’t exactly breaking any molds with their respectfully-retro brand of heavy rock, but they most definitely do it was a damn sight more panache than 99% of the naff revivalist bands we’ve sat through over the last seven years. They’re currently out on the road to tour their latest album, Raise A Little Hell, and they’ve brought The Picturebooks and Bad Touch along with them.

Naturally, our man in Brighton, Mike Burnell was down for the whole shebang to get lots of photos of the whole lot of them when they turned up to play a show in his town earlier this week. Check the whole damn gallery out after the jump.

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If You JOIN One Thing This Week: Holy Roar Records’ Club(s)

March 24th, 2015

Holy Roar Records Thrash Hits

We started this column with the sole intention of getting you, our dear readers, to buy more music, and to buy more good music at that. And there’s no denying that London-based label Holy Roar Records has been responsible for an absolute shitload of good music over the last nearly-nine years or so. So now that the label has launched a pair of subscription clubs to help you get more of their music quicker, easier, and cheaper…well, we’d be fools not to feature it in this column, wouldn’t we?

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Future Hits 193: Ghold

March 20th, 2015

Ghold by Daniel Ali -

From: London (via Leeds and Oxford), UK
Lazy equation: Fog and smoke and death and heat haze.
URLs: Website // Facebook // Bandcamp

We first saw Ghold in the back room of a filthy pub in Hackney. Their instruments kept breaking, the room was full of smoke, and we had so many ciders we were nearly sick on the nightbus afterwards. Waking up the next day, we had a terrible headache but we willingly bombarded it with the powerful, unrelenting marriage of doom, drone, and naked power that was every Ghold track we could glean off the internet. With their new album In Ruin just released, we pinned the duo down for a Future Hits interrogation.

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Doom Metal Monthly with Pete Long – March 2015

March 17th, 2015

Crypt Sermon - Doom Metal Monthly with Pete Long

Given that Doom Metal (or should that be DOOM METAL ? It feels like it has earned the right to be in ALL-CAPS) has pretty much more right than any other subgenre to claim it is the “original” form of heavy metal, it seemed kind of remiss that we didn’t have a column dedicated specifically to it. Until now – step forward, Pete Long….

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: KTHEAT by FACT

March 16th, 2015

If You Buy One Thing This Week, make it KTHEAT by FACT

Our boy in Japan, Adam Graham, is a long-time friend of Thrash Hits. FACT, the band that he provides guitar/vocals/beards for have a new album out, so we’d be pretty shitty if we didn’t reciprocate that friends and make it our pick for If You Buy One Thing This Week. It’s called KTHEAT and it certainly doesn’t hurt matters that it’s a bloody awesome record.

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