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

December 17th, 2014

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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

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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

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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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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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Album: tētēma – Geocidal

December 2nd, 2014

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tētēma
Geocidal
Ipecac Records
08 December 2014

by Ruth Booth

Attaching the name “Mike Patton” to a project can make a lot of us lose most, if not all critical faculties about music. And when it comes to stepping out of our comfort zones, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. tētēma is the latest project from avant-garde composer Anthony Pateras – and their first output, Geocidal, a heady hyper-future blend of earth-conscious electronica and analogue sound. Patton serves as human instrument – but one that doesn’t steal the scene as much as you’d expect.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: Turbowolf’s December 2014 UK Tour

December 1st, 2014

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If you’ve read Thrash Hits for any length of time you will know how much we love Turbowolf. We’ve written about them so much, we’ve even run out of pithy self-deprecating ways to introduce new articles about them where we highlight how big our fandom is for them. Their UK tour kicks off tonight in Nottingham. They are playing seven dates in total. If You Buy One Thing This Weekthen you owe it to yourself to make sure that it’s a ticket to this tour.

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Sunday Slaylist: RIP Alexis Gotts, aka Leki

November 30th, 2014

Alexis Gotts of Wet Nuns by Matt Thomas Thrash Hits

Earlier this week, the sad news was announced that Alexis “Leki” Gotts, drummer of Baba Naga and formerly of Wet Nuns, took his own life after a long battle with depression. It goes without saying that Wet Nuns were a fantastic band and the tributes and eulogies (particularly this one) that have poured in since the news broke show just how much he meant to so many, many people.

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