It used to be that Reading & Leeds marked the end of the festival calendar. If you still believe that, then you’re living in the past, granddad. There are a whole load of tasty little outdoor festivals that the UK has to offer in the wake of the bloated August Bank Holiday Weekend has to offer – this week we’re turning our attention to the post-rock stylings of Bristol’s ArcTanGent.
Astrohenge are a progressive metal / sludge band from London, England, that was formed in 2007 by Matthew Rozeik from Necro Deathmort. The band released their debut album, Astrohenge, in 2010 through Eyesofsound records.
Matthew Rozeik - guitar
Dr. Oliver Weeks - piano, keyboards, violin
Hugh Harvey - guitar
Kieran Iles - drums
http://www.facebook.com/astrohenge Read more on Last.fm
Astrohenge on Thrash Hits
July 5th, 2012
Raz is once again absent (his jetsetter lifestyle means he’s off in Berlin to catch Pearl Jam), so this week Hugh is once again joined by Tom Dare, and this week by another Tom from the Thrash Hits writers roster – Tom Doyle. Yes, he’s the Tom Doyle that Lower In Atlantis threatened at headbutt that time. No, he’s not the Tom Doyle who’s a member of Don Broco.
This week’s topics of conversation include recent gigs by Evile, Decapitated and *shels, but mostly we just talk about the Randy Blythe/manslaughter situation that has gotten most of the metal internet up in arms one way or the other over the last 7 days.
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April 8th, 2012
With all the brouhaha regarding summer outdoor festivals, we somewhat neglected a springtime indoor one that’s taking place on our very doorstep – DesertFest. Today is the third and final day of the first London incarnation of the festival, where more than 50 stoner, doom, spacerock and sludge bands have been giving the foundations of Camden Town a solid shake-up. If – like us – you had to miss this year’s festival, you can at least console yourself with the Spotify Slaylist we’ve made in the festival’s honour.
December 9th, 2011
When we wrote the intro to our Deputy Editor’s Top 10 Records last year, we joked that he’s a surly so-and-so who doesn’t like anything and enjoys nothing. This isn’t true. This year, for example, he took a worrying amount of pleasure from the torrent of abuse levelled at him by fans of Five Finger Death Punch. He also liked far, far more records than our strict album-of-the-year voting rules would allow, but after much deliberation he narrowed them down to this – his Top 10 Records of 2011.
December 7th, 2011
The votes are in, the arguments have been settled, and the fights concluded without too much bloodshed – The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011 list is here. We polled all of our writers, photographers, and contributors as to what their favourite records of the year have been, and through a series of complex mathematical formulae, we’ve calculated the 20 albums that have come out on top.
November 16th, 2011
03 November 2011
by Hugh Platt
Astrohenge’s second album sounds very much like how the scene depicted on its cover looks – that of a giant, highly-developed space culture invading a primitive planet with the intent of imposing enlightenment on them via the worship of giant, intergalactic riffs. And like such an incursion, Astrohenge choose not to communicate through the impenetrable language barriers that would surely exist between such an alien culture and that of mankind, but instead through the medium of pure, wordless sound instead.
November 16th, 2011
Karma To Burn play in London. We go to see Karma to burn play in London. Karma To Burn are booked to play in Tufnell Park? We still go to Tufnell Park. Especially when Desert Storm, Astrohenge and End Of Level Boss are supporting. Tufnell Park isn’t that tough a sell. Come on.
November 8th, 2011
We like Saviours a lot. Look how excited we got when we discovered they were touring the UK. Exactly. The bonus for us this time was that it wasn’t going to be in a standard metal venue – it was in The Unicorn. It’s the best. We went and got “Saviours Drunk”. (It’s a thing we do when we watch Saviours.)
Thrash Hits presents… The Safety Fire, Astrohenge + Palehorse @ London Old Blue Last – 24 April 2011
March 28th, 2011
After the resounding awesomeness of January’s inaugural Thrash Hits presents…, we’re doing another one. We thought it would never happen but we’re dead pleased that London djent masters The Safety Fire (pictured above) are headlining with instrumental prog metallers, Astrohenge and the super heavy, Palehorse. It’s all happening at London Old Blue Last again on Sunday, 24 April 2011. HOORAY!
THE SAFETY FIRE
Astrohenge + Palehorse
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern St EC2A 3ES
£4/£6 on the door
December 20th, 2010
With Astrohenge sneaking into our Top 20 albums of 2010 with their self-titled debut, we caught up with guitarist, Hugh Harvey, to find out why he’ll always associate fist fights over Celine Dion with Christmas.
Which metaller would you least like to see approaching you with mistletoe?
GG Allin (dead, and more of a punker than a metaller, but anyone covered in their own poop can do one).