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Future Hits 189: Stoneghost

January 27th, 2015

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From: Bromley, UK
Lazy equation: Mastodon (or how they sounded about a decade ago, at any rate) bundling Lamb of God into the boot of a battered Ford Escort because they lost a bet.
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We hear about bands in the strangest ways. Our Deputy Editor’s tattooist, who in addition to playing in a pretty damn awesome band of his own, also happens to share a tattoo studio with Jason Smith, vocalist with Stoneghost. Due to a series of fortuitous coincidences, we happen to have an interview with Jason, as well as the band’s drummer, Cris Finniss, just after they’ve inked a brand new deal with Mascot Entertainment, aka the industry machine behind Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: And Yet It Moves by Unearth The Kings

January 26th, 2015

If You Buy One Thing This Week, makemit And Yet It Moves by Unearth The Kings

Sometimes we get a bit…iffy about recommending side-projects for something like If You Buy One Thing This Week. Guys from various bands get together, write some killer tracks then….then…nothing. Their other bands take precedence. The dream is dead.

Unearth The Kings is a new outfit from Owen Packard (from earthtone9) Ali Ross (Cars On Fire) and Jason Bowld (Axewound, Pitchshifter), and even if they never release another thing ever, we won’t regret recommending their 3-song debut EP as it is awesome.

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Sunday Slaylist: Bastions’ back catalogue

January 25th, 2015

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This week we went and saw Bastions play live at The Old Blue Last here in London. It wasn’t the best show we’d seen from the band – vocalist Jamie Burne admitted onstage that he was losing his voice, and given his vocals are such a major part in Bastions’ appeal, it was always going to hamstring the band a little bit – but we were still blown away by just how good this band is even when they’re not at full strength. Man, this bloody band.

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Black Metal Monthly – Cheryl Carter gives us the inside track on Caïna’s Setter of Unseens Snares

January 22nd, 2015

Caïna 2015 promo photo Thrash Hits

In addition to penning a monthly black metal column for Thrash Hits, writing reviews and features for Metal Hammer, promoting extreme metal shows, oh, and having a day job, Cheryl Carter also manages one-man black metal act Caïna. With the sixth full-length Caïna album, Setter of Unseen Snares, being released this month, we figured now was as good a time as any to make use of our publisher’s leverage to get Cheryl to give us the inside scoop on the story of what looks likely to be one of 2015’s most interesting extreme records. Take it away, Cheryl…

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Sunday Slaylist: Shining – Blackjazz

January 18th, 2015

Shining Norway 2009 promo photo Thrash Hits

It’s cold. We don’t want to go outside to the shop to buy milk. Our old, old bodies hurt with the mere stress of getting out of bed in the morning. Perhaps that’s why we’re feeling all nostalgic for a time long ago when that wasn’t the case. Well, not that long ago – 2010, in fact. For this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist, we’re throwing a spotlight back on a record that came out five years ago today exactly – Blackjazz by Shining.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: Dormant Heart by Sylosis

January 12th, 2015

Sylosis are one of the bands you don’t pay enough attention to. Shut up, you don’t, and you know it. If You Buy One Thing This Week is your chance to fix that – the band have just released Dormant Heart, which we reckon is their best album to date. It’s shorter than any of their other full-length releases, the band having boiled down their craft to the point that there’s not a shred of filler-flab in the 59 minutes that this record spends clattering you in your aural erogenous zones.

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