Thrash Hits

May 1st, 2009

The Month In Metal: May 2009

Not sure what you should be getting up to in the next four weeks when you’re not dodging outbreaks of Swine Flu? Thrash Hits has some recommendations.

Slam Dunk Festival Thrash Hits

Sweet Drunken Bank Holidays ahoy! That’s what we like best about May – two four-day weeks, and two three-day weekends. They’re the perfect excuse to do even less work and spend even more time eating, drinking, listening, watching, and shoving metal into every orifice we’ve got going. We’ve picked 3 albums, 3 tours, and 3 events to help you select when, where and how you choose to stuff yours.

Did someone go and make Leeds cool when we weren’t paying attention? There’s a shitload going off there in the next four weeks, the biggest of course being the Slam Dunk Festival, which take over Leeds University on May 24 for some serious punk action. For the face-numbingly low price of £21 (+ the usual fees), over 30 bands are going to rock their shit across six stages. Six bloody stages? At that price? It’s still a couple of weeks away and we’re already so impressed we nearly shat ourselves. For those lucky enough to be attending, make sure you catch Thrash Hits’ picks from the impressive line-up: The Ghost Of A Thousand, Kids In Glass Houses, Random Hand, Attack! Attack! and Outcry Collective.

Watch our interview with The Ghost Of A Thousand back in December

Okay, so they’ve got Hollywood Undead on the bill as well. Nobody’s perfect.

But that’s not all that’s kicking off at Leeds University this month – this coming weekend, Sunday May 3 in fact, will see the first ever Deathfest take place at the Union there. Brought to you by the excellent folk behind Damnation Festival, its chock to the guts with ugly bands playing good honest ugly metal. The good folks over at Terrorizer are sponsoring one of the stages, on which you’ll be able to catch Akercocke, The Rotted, Vader, and a whole load more bands with increasingly undeciperable logos . All for just £19.50 (+ fees) – so go put that credit card to good use.

If, like some of us here at Thrash Hits, even the idea of travelling outside the M25 gives you a nosebleed, there’s always the sixth Infernal Damnation Festival at the Camden Underworld on May 9. Featuring Shining, Hate, and Eastern Front among others, the cost of a day of brutal noise in London will set you back £14.00 (+fees), with tickets available now from the usual outlets.

There’s some real big hitters out this month – everyone wants to get their new record out before festival season proper kicks off. Our top three picks are:

Gallows – Grey Britain – May 04
Green Day21st Century Breakdown – May 15
Marilyn Manson – The High End Of Low – May 18

As you should already know, Thrash Hits gave Grey Britain a full 6 out of 6. Yes, it’s that good. Will Marilyn Manson’s latest do as well? I guess you’ll have to come back and check the site this weekend to find out….

We’ve mentioned these Gallows fellows before. A whole bunch of times in fact. You might even say we’re a little obssessed. You will be too, after you go see them shatter Great Britain with Great Britain, which they’re planning on doing all throughout May. Support comes from the mighty Every Time I Die for all dates, with a rotating selection of the best of rising British talent as the openers. If you haven’t got yourself a ticket for this yet, you better hope your local show hasn’t sold out already.

Gallows UK May tourdates
02 Brighton Concorde
05 Sheffield Leadmill
06 Manchester Academy
08 Glasgow ABC1
09 Newcastle Academy
10 Leeds Met Uni
12 Nottingham Rock City
13 Norwich UEA
15 Oxford Academy
16 Birmingham Academy
18 Britol Academy
19 Portsmouth Pyramid
21 London Kentish Town Forum
25 Belfast Limelight
26 Dublin Academy

Our second choice is Trigger The Bloodshed’s mammoth tour in support of their recent album, The Great Depression. When we caught them at the Hellfire Festival earlier this year, we were mightily impressed, as were it seems the guys over a Terrorizer, who saw fit to give them the cover of their UK Death Metal Special this month. We at Thrash Hits think it is fucking awesome that young brutal British bands are getting recognised like this – so go show your support.

Trigger The Bloodshed UK May tourdates
15 Derby Vic Inn
16 Reading Face Bar
17 Northampton Roadmenders
18 London Camden Underworld
20 Nottingham Junction 7
21 High Wycombe The Blues
22 Bury St Edmunds The Ruin
23 Newcastle Cooperage
24 Manchester Satan’s Hollow
25 Glasgow Classic Grand
26 Birmingham Eddies
27 Andover The George
28 Torquay Rude
29 Weston-Super-Mare Hobbits
31 Exexter The Cavern

Finally, there’s the UK leg of the Thrash & Burn Tour to look forward to. Co-headlined by Darkest Hour and Bleeding Through, support comes from Beneath The Massacre, Carnifex, War From A Harlots Mouth, Arsonists Get All The Girls, and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky. Yes, yes we agree – those last two bands have names that go way beyond the boundaries of the fucking ridiculous.

Thrash and Burn UK May tourdates
10 Norwich Waterfront
11 London Electric Ballroom
12 Sheffield Corporation
13 Yeovil Westland
14 Leeds Rios
15 Birmingham Academy


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