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Album: Electric Wizard – Time To Die

September 26th, 2014

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Electric Wizard
Time To Die
Spinefarm Records
29 September 2014

by Daniel Cairns

I’ll say this for Electric Wizard, at least they haven’t tried to ‘go political’ or anything. Bless them, they’re still obsessed with killing, weed, Satan, witches, Lovecraft, weed and more killing, which is great. They’re in their, what… 40s now? And they haven’t grown up at all. There’s no better band in the world when it comes to all this stuff, and Time To Die is full of it.

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Top 6: Songs by Amen (now they’re not playing any UK shows)

August 5th, 2014

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The return of Amen was big news to anyone that was an oily, depressed teenager at the turn of the century. To anyone that had just started listening to Bill Hicks and was getting aimlessly angry at everything from politics to their cat, Casey Chaos was like a sweary Jesus.

However, Amen’s proposed UK comeback tour is now dead. First a whole brace of shows were postponed so the band could continue to work on their (long, long, long) delayed new album. The subsequent implosion of Alt-Fest – of which Amen’s booking for was what sparked this tour in the first place – saw the rest of the shows get pulled as well. With certain members of the Thrash Hits team sobbing angry, nostalgic tears as we email off our ticket refund requests, we got Amen superfan Daniel Cairns to run off a little list for us…

The Top 6 Amen songs we’re not going to see played live this month anymore

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Album: Eyehategod – Eyehategod

May 30th, 2014

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Eyehategod
Eyehategod
Century Media
26 May 2014

by Daniel Cairns

In the years between Eyehategod’s last release in 2000 and their new self-titled album, we’ve seen the rise and fall of nu metal, two new US Presidents, three new Prime Ministers, Gangnam Style, Harlem Shake and a Partridge film in a pear tree…

And Eyehategod still sound like Eyehategod, and it’s brilliant.

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Top 6: Under-appreciated Nine Inch Nails songs

May 15th, 2014

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If you’re a Nine Inch Nails fan, chances are you’re pretty damn excited for the UK leg of the band’s European tour that kicks off later this week. It’s been a long, long, long while since Trent Reznor and his gang of (un)merry men brought Nine Inch Nails’ brand of barrier-breaking, genre-mocking, soul-eating music to the UK, and they’re doing it this time in the biggest indoor venues we’ve got. Whatever you think of Reznor’s music, that’s a mighty damn impressive state of a affairs for a man who makes some of the darkest music on the planet.

While we could take a peek at what songs they’ve been playing around Europe, there’s something to be said about keeping yourself in the dark about a band’s setlist, which is why we asked fellow NIN fan Daniel Cairns to put together a little preview piece for us in the form of…

The Top 6 under-appreciated Nine Inch Nails songs we want to see played live

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Album: Jamie Lenman – Muscle Memory

December 2nd, 2013

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Jamie Lenman
Muscle Memory
Xtra Mile Recodings
11 November 2013

by Daniel Cairns

Remember MTV2? It used to be pretty good back in the day. Of course like most things, it rapidly went downhill and started playing the same Bowling for Soup and Sum 41 songs, but it used to be a cool place to find out about new music before the internet came along and took all the effort out of everything. Imagine finding out about a new band from the telly? Imagine telling some youth about those halcyon days, while you bounce them on your knee, sucking away on a Werther’s Original while they ignore you, their head buried in their iPad looking up gonzo happyslap violence-porn or whatever.

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EP: Necro Deathmort – EP1

September 24th, 2013

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Necro Deathmort
EP1
Distraction Records
16 September 2013

by Daniel Cairns

I’ve long felt a bit like Necro Deathmort superfan-apha. They were one of the first bands I reviewed when I started writing for some dreadful little extreme metal zine a few years ago (you get a firm handshake for guessing which one correctly), and it’s lovely  to see them getting nerdier and nerdier as they go on.

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Album: Jucifer – за волгой для нас земли нет

July 18th, 2013

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Jucifer
за волгой для нас земли нет
Nomadic Fortress
17 July 2013

by Daniel Cairns

Most bands get more boring and calm down the further they get into their career. If I had a pound every time I heard “more mature” being used by a musician to describe their forthcoming album, I’d have enough for…well I’d have a shedload of pounds, wouldn’t I?

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EP: American Head Charge – Shoot

July 2nd, 2013

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American Head Charge
Shoot
Self-released.
23 July 2013

by Daniel Cairns

You don’t hear this a lot and it’s a travesty: American Head Charge made one of the best albums of the whole nu metal era with the Rick Rubin-produced The War of Art. Oh, and they weren’t even Nu Metal either really. They were always more Ministry than, er, Methods of Mayhem. They were a bit Faith No More too, if Faith No More were into steampunk and nasty sex things. Which they were, now that I look back.

Anyway it’s been a while, but AHC have a new thing out. As an aside, by some wild coincidence I’ve started watching WWE again. American Head Charge and WWE. It’s like the last 12 years didn’t exist or something. Gawd, I wish they didn’t.

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Album: Armed for Apocalypse – The Road Will End

June 13th, 2013

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Armed for Apocalypse
This Road Will End
Candlelight Records
22 July 2013

by Daniel Cairns

Black Sabbath have released a new album, did you notice? Four old dudes who should have buggered off years ago are clinging on to past glories, because metal heads feel they’re owed some kind of fealty for starting the whole horrid mess in the first place. Plus if there was no Ozzy Osbourne there’d be no Zakk Wylde, so double screw Black Sabbath for that.

It’s a shame, because the fact they won’t piss off now detracts from younger, better and more deserving bands, like Armed for Apocalypse. Armed for Apocalypse are really bringing nasty, grinding sludgy metal forward, not waxing over all nostalgic about the guy that did a reality show with his awful family.

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