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Top 6: Reasons why Adam from FACT loves Taylor Swift

October 31st, 2014

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Did you know that Adam Graham, self-confessed Token White Guy in Japan’s almighty FACT, is a secret Taylor Swift fan? Actually, that’s not true at all. Adam makes absolutely no secret of his Taylor Swift fandom whatsoever. With the world’s biggest popstar releasing her new album 1989 this week, we asked Adam to explain himself – so take it away, Adam…

Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels, doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings; these are a few of my favourite things (actually, scrap the noodles). I have a wealth of favourite things, a veritable cornucopia one might say. However, floating above them all on a cloud of angel’s hair and baby’s breath, a beauteous and radiant Aphrodite in human form, is the indomitable, the inimitable Miss Taylor Swift.

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Album: Devin Townsend Project – Z2

October 29th, 2014

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Z2
InsideOut Music
27 October 2014

by Ruth Booth

Since Devin Townsend returned to music four years ago, we’ve seen nearly all sides of his diverse output reimagined and revitalised under his “Devin Townsend Project” moniker. All except one that is – Ziltoid The Omniscient, titular star of Townsend’s 2007 record and the musician’s malevolent alien alter-ego. Seven years on, we finally have Z2 – the spiritual follow-up to ZTO’s screed on creativity and caffeine addiction – but with a difference this time.

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Interview: Two Hands, Rabbit’s Foot, and other strange tales of Turbowolf

October 28th, 2014

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You should know the score about Turbowolf by now. We’ve been hollering their praises since before Thrash Hits was even conceived. Last weekend they debuted a new song – ‘Rabbit’s Foot’ - on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show.They’ve finally gotten their second album – by the name of Two Hands – lined up to drop early next year. This week they’re tearing up the UK as main support on the first ever big UK tour by those possessors-of-a-UK-number-1-album, Royal Blood. Things are looking pretty damn exciting for team Turbowolf right now.

Being the fully-biased, ‘wolf superfans that we are, we had no shortage of questionsto ask the band’s vocalist Chris Georgiadis and guitarist Andy Ghosh to get the inside scoop on Two Hands.

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Sunday Slaylist: Freddy vs Jason Halloween Special

October 26th, 2014

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Last week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist got us thinking – horror films and heavy metal have a long and established history together, and while Judgment Night is definitely an interesting soundtrack to look at for its historical significance in pairing modern rap and rock together pre-nu metal, it definitely wasn’t a horror film. With this being the last Sunday before Halloween proper, we figured we needed to address this by looking at the soundtrack to something unashamedly Halloween-ish.

We’re going full schlock. We’re diving in to the soundtrack for the nadir/logical conclusion of the supernaturally-endowed slasher villain genre. We’re talking Freddy Vs Jason.

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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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