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Album: Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum

October 24th, 2014

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Anaal Nathrakh
Desideratum
Metal Blade
27 October 2014

by Rob McAuslan

How, if you’re Anaal Nathrakh, do you develop your sound even further into the realms of the ridiculously extreme? It’d be fair to say that in their pretty rarefied stratum, Nathrakh are already top dog – black-grind-industrial-death metal isn’t the largest of fields to be playing in, after all – but not content with this status, these Midlands misanthropes attempt to push harder and harder with each release.

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Interview: Raging Speedhorn – “We were young, we were dumb, we didn’t read contracts”

October 23rd, 2014

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WE BLOODY LOVE RAGING SPEEDHORN.

Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s be serious for a moment. We’re as indifferent and desensitised to news of yet-another-band-reunion as the next set of jaded metal bloggers, but the news earlier this year that Raging Speedhorn would be reforming to perform select festival dates (and as it later transpired, a tour too) triggered whatever spark of excitement that still manages to survive deep within our black, cynical hearts. This was one of the band that helped define out youth. This was the British band who bloody well took it to the world stage. This was our band.

So we got on the phone and interrogated John Loughlin, one of the band’s two terrifying vocalists, to get the inside scoop on what brought about this reformation.

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Hey! Our boy Valient Himself is going back on tour with Valient Thorr and Brief Lives

October 20th, 2014

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Valient Himself is a busy man. Not only does he front Valient Thorr, but he also sings in Brief Lives and produces the excellent Thrash Hits-sponsored Rocknowledgy podcast. It’s the first two of those three things that we’re concerning ourselves with today, as both of Valient Himself’s bands are about to start touring the bejesus out of the USA.

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Sunday Slaylist: Judgment Night

October 19th, 2014

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As it’s nearly Hallowe’en, we were going to rant about the soundtrack for Spawn: The Movie for this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist. It’s a rubbish movie adaptation of a painfully 90s-naff comic. It’s about Satan and is stuffed to the tits with bad horror imagery. And it’s got a soundtrack of collaborations featuring artists from across the spectrum of heavy metal and artists you’d never expect them to get together with. It’s infinitely more interesting and entertaining than the movie it accompanies.

And it’s not on Spotify. So we’re going to talk about another movie soundtrack where rock artists collaborated with other musicians to create…interesting results. We’re going to look at the music of Judgment Night instead.

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Cosmic Carnage presents Årabrot in a tiny, tiny venue

October 14th, 2014

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We’ve always been pretty big fans of the mad noise that Årabrot have made their stock-in-trade, so when the news hit earlier this year that the band’s lynchpin Kjetil Nernes had been diagnosed with throat cancer, we were plenty concerned. Thankfully Nernes seems to have gotten the disease under control, as he’s leading his band to perform in a stacked bill at one of our favourite London micro venues later this week.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: The Cavern by Inter Arma

October 13th, 2014

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For last week’s entry in If You Buy One Thing This Week, we raved about Bloom, the two-song 32+ minute-long EP from OHHMS. We think it must’ve set off something deep down inside whatever bit of our brain makes up our musical tastebuds, as we’ve been riding something of an obsession with super-long songs for the past week. It’s also why we’ve gone for Inter Arma’s latest release, The Cavern, for today’s entry in If You Buy One Thing This Week, clocking in as it does at over 45 minutes for just a single track.

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Sunday Slaylist: Damnation Festival 2014

October 12th, 2014

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With the Autumn/Winter indoor festival/all-dayer scene gathering pace, this week we turn the attention of the Sunday Spotify Slaylist to probably our favourite event of the colder quarter of the year – Damnation Festival. And boy, are we stoked for their 2014 line-up.

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Album: Black Moth – Condemned To Hope

October 10th, 2014

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Black Moth
Condemned To Hope
New Heavy Sounds
22 September 2014

by Hugh Platt

There isn’t a single aspect of Condemned To Hope that isn’t an improvement on The Killing Jar. Black Moth have burrowed down deep and incubated an album that doesn’t so much piss on the concept of “the difficult second album” as they have dug up its corpse, fired 10,000 volts through it’s embalmed veins and cackled madly as it dances around to their nefarious tune.

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Future Hits 185: Sunnata

October 8th, 2014

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Sunnata
From: Warsaw, Poland
Lazy equation: (Shrinebuilder – the hipster stigma) x Polish sensibilities on the necessity of heaviness
URLs: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp

When you think of heavy music and Poland, it’s natural that your thoughts gravitate to either the death metal heavyweights the country has produced such as Decapitated and Vader, or the likes of modern day blackened superstars Behemoth. That’s not all that this particular corner of Eastern Europe has to offer though, as the likes of Sunnata can attest. Heavy on riffs but even heavier on atmosphere, Sunnata’s just-released Climbing The Colossus weaves in between traditional-sounding big riff worship and more experimental near-ambient passages. It was more than enough to get our attention for a Future Hits interrogation.

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