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May 29th, 2015

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We’ve decided that we’re going to put Thrash Hits to bed.

It’s become evident that we don’t have the time or resources the site needs to maintain our own internal standards, or to re-invent the site to fully cater for the way our audience consumes content in 2015.

It’s been a difficult last year for the site. The effect of magazines picking up our contributors has been too big of a brain-drain for us to bounce back from. Over the past seven years, former Thrash Hits contributors have left us to take up editorial positions at Metal Hammer, Terrorizer and Rock Sound, and prop up the features team over at Kerrang! Magazine.

On the one hand that does make us #SoProud of our boys, but nurturing writers from green newbies to the kind of talent that magazines are looking to poach is a long and difficult process. As much as we might pretend otherwise, there is hard graft involved from both writer and editor in stamping out the clichés, bad ideas, and shitty rhetoric from submissions. When our last callout for contributors garnered just one viable prospect from over 40 submissions, we knew we had reached a breaking point in desire to start that process again.

Also, our site is just not setup to handle content in the way that readers in 2015 should expect. It still pains us to see other, larger organisations dumping content online with little thought to the medium they’re working in or the audience they’re speaking to – a website is not just a magazine you read on a computer. It’s 2015 and the industry is still still trying to sell the idea of an Online Exclusive. Embedded YouTube videos are cool but… Yeah. We’d like to think we never treated you with that level of contempt.

It just goes to highlight the sheer scale of resources needed to get the site fighting fit again. We have so many, many ideas, but we have had to hold our hands up and admit that Thrash Hits is no longer the best place to try them. Perhaps we’re no longer the people to do that. Perhaps we just don’t care enough about it any more. Perhaps now is the time to bow out.

It’s been a good seven years. We’ve written some cool stuff – some really cool stuff – and it’ll all always be here, for better or for worse. We’ve made some lifelong friends and we’ve made sure we made enemies with the kind of people that deserve it. The landscape of rock music has changed beyond all recognition in that time. It’s been a pleasure to see bands we love rise up, and disappointing to see bands that we knew could’ve been so much more just splutter out.

We’d like to think that Thrash Hits has left the rock world a better place, but the truth is everything’s just as shady as ever.

Magazines are still putting over hogwash like King 810 for fear of getting the ire of the managerial behemoth they share with the likes of Slipknot.

No-one in the media seemingly bats an eyelid at the conflict of interest caused by the presenter of the Radio 1 Rock Show is also the head of A&R for a record label subsidiary setup as a co-collaboration between a major label and the management company behind 50 per cent of the bands you’ve seen on the cover of UK mags for the last half-decade.

You’re still a fucking clown if you think Rammstein’s stage show is in any way comparable to morons honking at the lack of causal sexism and breast exposure on the big screen at Download Festival.

Bands still get kicked out of official end of year lists because their fat lump of a frontman said something racist once the tape stopped after an interview.

Jared Leto is still a terrible, terrible musician, and he remains the only person ever to threaten us with legal action.

Magazines still change the review scores of albums because of how labels distribute their advertising budgets and how marketing departments allocate media exclusives.

You’re still a tickbox chump if you think Refused’s comeback doesn’t shit all over their entire legacy.

And The Blackout are still wankers in a shit band, even if they did eventually split up.

TL;DR?

Fuck you, very much, and good night.
Raz and Hugh.

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The Month in M0sh with Gavin Lloyd – Jan/Feb 2015

February 23rd, 2015

LOL fucking Tom Delonge

Today we welcome Gavin Lloyd back for his column on pop-punk, nu-metal, metalcore, and anything other microgenre you were into as a teenager that you’re secretly not nearly as embarrassed about as you like to make out you are on social media.

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Label Profile 010: Heavy Wax

February 18th, 2015

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Yes, this is a MASSIVE fudge. Heavy Wax aren’t a label. They’re a shop. They’re not even a real physical shop. Heavy Wax is an online vinyl-only music shop founded last year, run by Nathan “Barley” “also-runs-Basick-Records” Phillips. We figured it was a good idea to grill the brains of the Basick Bossman as to why he’s gotten into the physical end of the musical business chain, and we’ll be damned if we can’t ham-fistedly fudge this into our ongoing Label Profile series because of it.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: pre-order Halfway To Hell by Raging Speedhorn

February 17th, 2015

If You Buy One Thing This Week, make it a pre-order of THE NEW SONG BY RAGING SPEEDHORN

We bloody love Raging Speedhorn. After they confirmed of their reformation pretty much exactly a year ago, we made sure that we managed to see them play live three times. They were bloody brilliant every time. The third time was at the Borderline here in London, where the band revealed they were working on new material by slotting a new song, ‘Halfway To Hell’, into their live set. Now the Corby six-piece have confirmed the release of this new song, you can bet your last dollar that this is our pick for If You Buy One Thing This Week.

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The Month in Prog with David Keevill – Jan/Feb 2015

February 12th, 2015

Torche 2015 promo photo B Thrash Hits

After their brief but well-deserved Winter hibernation, we’ve finally gotten round to poking our columnists back to consciousness and then to their keyboards so they can bang out some more monthly missives for us on their respective corners of the rock and metal pantheon. First up is David Keevill, who returns with to take a long hard look at what’s been going on in Prog so far this year…

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Future Hits 190: Artemis

February 11th, 2015

Future Hits 190: Arthemis

Artemis
From: Basingstoke, UK
Lazy equation: UK beatdown hardcore writing a secret love note to DEP.
URLs: Website // Facebook // Twitter

Not to be confused with the naff Italian metal band of almost the same name, Basingstoke’s Artemis are a growly blend of the kind of ever-so-slightly-wonky math-y, hardcore-y, doesn’t-really-fit-that-well-into-nice-compartmentally-definable-genre-y thing that we really, really like here at Thrash Hits. We shouted a loud of questions at them via email.

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Bands

If You Buy One Thing This Week: Swell by Drug Church

February 10th, 2015

If You Buy One Thing This Week, make it Swell by Drug Church

We’re pretty big marks for anything and everything to do with Self Defense Family, aka the band that End Of A Year became. We’ve espoused the joy that is Overnight Drive, the podcast made by current and former members of the band. And this week, we’re listening an awful lot to Swell, the new EP from SDF frontman Patrick Kindlon’s side-project, Drug Church. We think you ought to be doing just that too.

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Photos: Neck Deep @ Brighton Conchorde 2 – 05 February 2015

February 9th, 2015

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Neck Deep are one of those bands who seem to have everything coming to an exciting head all at once. Despite spending much of 2014 on the road, they still managed to win a K! Award for Best Newcomer, and support Blink 182 at their Brixton Academy shows. Now every man and his hype-chasing dog are on their case. Well played, lads from Wrexham.

So natuarally, we made sure our man Mike Burnell was on hand to get lots of photos of them when the band turned up to play a show in Brighton last week. We don’t stop chasing those web clicks!

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Sunday Slaylist: Impericon Festival 2015

February 8th, 2015

Suicide Silence 2014 promo photo B Thrash Hits

We know Impericon Festival 2015 isn’t taking place in the UK until 04 May, but we’ve got a complete festival line-up now and goddamnit that’s more than enough of an excuse for us to make a Sunday Spotify Slaylist about it.

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