It happened. The first ever Thrash Hits presents… went off with a massive, sweaty bang in east London’s Old Blue Last. If you weren’t there, you not only missed out on one of the best gigs of 2011 but you didn’t get hit in the face with a camera in the moshpit like we did.
“Am I bleeding?!”
While tonight’s secret guests, Japanese Voyeurs, have previously been stuffed into a grunge-revivalist pigeonhole, their cover of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Closer’ saw them break free from that restrictive chrysalis. Ballsy and fragile, we’re sure Romily Alice’s vocal turn with those lyrics, certainly gave more than a few early attendees something to think about.
Bastions are the underground band where all the buzz is right now and it’s really easy to see why. Allying the dark, brooding intensity and a furious, introspective cohesion that you always hope for from a hardcore band, these Welshmen have the brightest of futures. We can’t wait to see how far they can go.
Thrash Hits presents @ London Old Blue Last
Despite a guitar amp playing silly buggers throughout their set, Turbowolf’s raucous display of riffs still whipped up a packed OBL crowd into parading frontman Chris Georgiadis about on their shoulders. London seems to have finally caught on to what we’ve been saying about the ‘Wolf all along.
We’ve loved The Ghost of a Thousand since before Thrash Hits even existed and their second album, New Hopes, New Demonstrations was our favourite album of 2009, so we were pretty pleased they wanted to play this show. Luckily they put the 1.5kg of assorted wafer thin meats on their rider to good use and blew the crap out the OBL. There’s nobody better at this kind of rifferama than TGOAT. Was there a single second without another set of flailing, crowd-surfing limbs flying over the top? Hell no.
There’s more to come.