Thrash Hits

July 1st, 2009

The Month In Metal: July

Are we really half way through 2009 already? Apparently so. Feeling confused about the six months just gone, and the six left to go? Thrash Hits is here to guide you – well, through the next four weeks, at least.

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For those of you lucky enought to live alongside Thrash Hits in London town, tonight sees the launch of Someone’s Yelling Fire, a new punk/hardcore/metal/screamo/emo night at the recently-reopened Highbury Garage. Get there early enough and you’ll be able to catch live sets from The Xcerts, Save Your Breath and Flood of Red. Get their later, and you get to see Thrash Hits staffers collapse at the bar following an excess of beers. Double trouble! And just a fiver to boot.

We wouldn’t exactly say its worth trekking from the other side of the UK for, but if you happen to be lurking around Surrey between July 10-12, it might be worth giving Guilfest a peek. Motorhead, Ginger, We Are The Ocean, Your Demise, Twin Atlantic, Hundred Reasons, Kylesa, Devil Sold His Soul, FailSafe, The Ghost of a Thousand, Hexes, Sharks, and Telegraphs are all set to make appearances over the weekend, but most importantly, so will Tragedy: An All-Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees.

Watch Tragedy’s version of ‘Staying Alive’

As far as other festival nonsense goes, while the UK has to wait until August to get its first taste of what a Sonisphere Festival entails, mainland Europe is already getting to sample the new festival from the folks over at Kilimanjaro. After kicking off in grand style in The Netherlands last month, July sees Germany, Spain, Sweden and Finland all host their legs of Sonisphere 2009. If you’re thinking of having a weekend away in July, you could do a lot worse.

DevilDriver’s fourth studio album, Pray For Villains, sounds so thunderous that it might even top The Last Kind Words in the destructive-stakes. Plus, it’s got a big fuck-off owl on the album sleeve. And Owls are officially the Most Metal Bird of 2009. Don’t believe us? Well why don’t we let DevilDriver guitarist, Mike Spreitzer, explain?

Watch Thrash Hits TV: DevilDriver @ Download Festival 2009

We couldn’t call ourselves Thrash Hits if we didn’t give the forthcoming Municipal Waste album, Massive Aggressive, one of our official nods for July. A few lucky souls heard it at a raucous playback yesterday at the Cro Bar – and we’ve been spinning the promo here at Thrash Hits for quite some now. Expect to see a review of the Virginian thrashers’ latest here early next week.

And finally – something that may cause a bit of controversy in some quarters – but our final selection for albums released in July is going to be Suicide Silence‘s latest, No Time To Bleed. Are you put off by the fact that they’re often held up as the poster boys for that most reviled of sub-genres, deathcore? Well don’t be – this album is going to turn you on your head. And you can read the Thrash Hits verdict on the album before the end of this week.

They might’ve been forced to pull out of their fourth stage headline slot at Download Festival last month, but if anything that should provide even more incentive to making sure you attend The Ghost Of A Thousand‘s first headline UK tour since the release of their stellar second abum, New Hopes, New Demonstrations.

The Ghost Of A Thousand July tourdates

01 Liverpool Barfly
02 Carlisle Brickyard
03 Glasgow King Tuts
04 York Barfly
05 Sheffield Corporation
06 Birmingham Rainbow Club
07 Cardiff Barfly
08 Plymouth White Rabbit
09 Exeter Cavern
10 Canterbury The Lounge
11 Cumbria Canteen
12 Guildford Guilfest
13 Milton Keynes Crauford Arms
14 Oxford Bar Academy
15 Southampton Joiners
16 London Camden Barfly

Easily taking the number two spot in Thrash Hits’ tour choices this month is Nine Inch Nails. There’s only a smattering of seating tickets left for these arena shows, which normally we’d be loathe to recommend, but with Trent Reznor recently announcing the band had played its last ever live shows in the USA, these could very well be the last ever headline shows Reznor plays in the UK under the moniker of Nine Inch Nails. For your own sake – especially if you’ve never seen a NIN live show before – get yourself down to one of these shows.

Nine Inch Nails July tourdates
14 Manchester MEN Arena
15 London O2 Arena

Our final choice is a bit of a curve-ball. Brighton psychobilly mentalists, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, are embarking on a 3-date micro tour across the south of England later this month, promising to let slip a tune or two from their long-awaited and as-yet untitled third studio album. There might be heavier bands playing shows in July, but Thrash Hits guarantees there aren’t any bands touring that are darker than Eighties Matchbox.

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster July show
13 Reading Plug’n’Play
14 Southampton Joiners
15 London 100 Club


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