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Live: Anathema @ London KOKO – 26 September 2014

September 30th, 2014

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It takes talent and force of will for a band to change direction as solidly and successfully as Anathema have done. The last half-decade has seen the band truly shrug off their heavier, more goth-metal roots, becoming trailblazers in the UK prog scene. We sent Cheryl Carter along to the London date of their most recent tour to marvel at Anathema’s enduring appeal.

6 things we learnt while watching Anathema in London:

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Album: At The Gates – At War With Reality

September 29th, 2014

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At The Gates
At War With Reality
Century Media
27 October 2014

by Pete Long

It is very hard to escape the influence of Slaughter of the Soul. At The Gates’ classic still stands as the consensus pinnacle of the melodeath genre, and remains a touchstone of much of modern metal. So it’s probably best to establish from the off that At War with Reality –  arguably the most anticipated comeback album since Carcass’ Surgical Steel – is not a clone of its predecessor.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: Swan Songs by Bastions / Burning Bright

September 29th, 2014

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We’re cheating with our pick for If You Buy One Thing This WeekSwan Songs, the new split EP from long-time Thrash Hits favourites Bastions and French progressive hardcore types Burning Bright. Technically it doesn’t get released until December, but they started taking pre-orders on it last week, and we reckon it’s good enough that it deserves your money right now.

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Sunday Slaylist: Thank you, Malcolm Young

September 28th, 2014

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Although the news that AC/DC’s Malcolm Young has been forced to retire from the band came out a while ago, this week there was some particularly sad developments to this story this week. Reports have been released revealing that the cause of Young’s departure from the band is an acute case of dementia – according to some reports, “If you were in the room with [him] and walked out then came back in one minute later he wouldn’t remember who you are.”

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Future Hits 184: Guerrilla Monsoon

September 26th, 2014

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Guerilla Monsoon
From: Birmingham, UK
Lazy equation: Descendents + (Gnarwolves if they went through a second puberty)
URLs: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp

We went to Leeds Festival and spent a lot of it badly DJing to crowds of dis-interested hangers on in the guest area. One of our fellow DJs was a man by the name of Lewis Bloor. Because we were too busy telling people that no, we weren’t going to play The Killers no matter how many times they asked, we didn’t find out he was in a rather awesome band by the name of Guerilla Monsoon until after we got back to London. Which is why you’re only reading our Future Hits interview with Lewis and his fellow vocalist/guitarist, Mark Bussey, right now.

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Album: Electric Wizard – Time To Die

September 26th, 2014

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Electric Wizard
Time To Die
Spinefarm Records
29 September 2014

by Daniel Cairns

I’ll say this for Electric Wizard, at least they haven’t tried to ‘go political’ or anything. Bless them, they’re still obsessed with killing, weed, Satan, witches, Lovecraft, weed and more killing, which is great. They’re in their, what… 40s now? And they haven’t grown up at all. There’s no better band in the world when it comes to all this stuff, and Time To Die is full of it.

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WIN! A pair of tickets to see Finntroll play live in London

September 25th, 2014

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Death. Taxes. The appetite of Europeans for over-the-top folk metal about trolls. Some things are inevitable, insatiable, and incapable of being conquered by man’s attempts to surpass them. We think civilisation is a good few years away from developing technology and social compacts necessary to defeat the former two of those three, but the third? Tough tits – we’re going to help perpetuate that one by giving away a pair of tickets to the London date of Finntroll’s current European tour.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: Sex In The Seventh Circle by Hang The Bastard

September 22nd, 2014

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We’ll hold our hands up and admit it – we took our eye off Hang The Bastard. What with line-up changes, mid-career retrospectives, and a series of semi-regular appearances as the powerhouse support act of choice to anyone dabbling in riffs, we foolishly let them slip into the background noise of our mind. More fool us. While we were off paying attention to newer, shinier things, Hang The Bastard were off crafting the best bloody album of their career.

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Sunday Slaylist: The Scottish Edition

September 21st, 2014

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This has been a big week for the United Kingdom. The people of Scotland voted in a historic referendum to decide whether or not they wanted to become an independent country. As you no doubt heard about in the wider media, the vote was split 55/45 in favour of remaining in the Union with the other home nations. We didn’t want to let such a momentous event in our nation’s history go by without some acknowledgment, hence why we’ve made a Sunday Spotify Slaylist of some of our favourite Scottish bands.

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