It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time it’s for Hammerfest 2014. All of our coverage from the weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. Yep. That means individual band coverage (photos, setlists and so on), all the dodgy rumours and awful gossip our team overhears, and every single photo of Wales-based debauchery that Gary Wolstenholme and Jenn McCambridge snap will be here.
Grand Magus, formed in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden, are led by Janne Christofferson (better known as JB), who also fronted the mighty Spiritual Beggars. While the Beggars are more in the traditional Deep Purple/Mountain camp of early rock/metal, Grand Magus originally opted for a bluesy, stoner-laced doom vibe, heavy on the early Black Sabbath riffing and tempos, with JB's gruff, forceful vocals blending perfectly with the music. Later albums have leaned more towards the straight up heavy metal of the early 1980s Read more on Last.fm
Grand Magus on Thrash Hits
March 16th, 2014
February 3rd, 2014
Triumph and Power
31 January 2014
by Rob McAuslan
Grand Magus have proven they know what makes for a good heavy metal record more than a few times already, with the likes of Iron Will and Hammer Of The North displaying a band so well-versed in the art of The Mighty Riff. Triumph Of Power may not mess too much with what’s become a bit of a formula, but that doesn’t matter in the face of what they present us with each and every time.
June 5th, 2013
It’s a thrashy double-header for next year’s Hammerfest – today the festival confirmed that its 2014 headliners will be German thrash metal titans, Kreator, and veteran US thrashers Overkill.
Also joining the bill for next year’s festival are Soilwork, Grand Magus, Unleashed, Earthtone9, Breed 77, Enthroned, Paragon, Annihilated, and Gravil. Tickets are on sale now from the official Hammerfest website, with the price varying on how many people you want in your room. Get on it now, as with an opening line-up announcement like that, next year’s event is already looking pretty damn tasty.
August 11th, 2012
Look at the beard. LOOK AT THE BEARD! There are none more hirsute than Grand MAgus at Bloodstock Open Air 2012.
November 22nd, 2011
It’s that time for again where we needlessly expand on a self-explanatory headline – Bloodstock Open Air have announced three more bands for 2012. The Black Dahlia Murder, Grand Magus, and the relatively-recently-reformed Sanctuary will be descending upon Catton Hall next year.
June 28th, 2010
Hammer Of The North
21 June 2010
by Tom Dare
On first glance, Grand Magus’ recent move to Roadrunner might raise an eyebrow or two. Yet within 20 seconds of their first release under that powerhouse label’s banner, you immediately realise why the home of Trivium, Killswitch Engage et al wanted them. By the end of Hammer Of The North, it is likewise clear why they wanted to be there. Although they may not necessarily fall into the stylistic brackets you might normally equate with one of the world’s biggest metal labels, one listen to this reminds you of the strength and breadth of their appeal, and how they have they could be so much bigger, given the right backing.
May 20th, 2010
Okay, if you’re reading this at work, for the sweet love of fuck don’t bloody well Google ‘piss-dungeon’ as it’s pretty much as NSFW as you can get. Although to be honest, if you’re comfortable clicking on a blog post that has ‘piss-dungeon’ in the title, and the phrase “for the sweet love of fuck” in the first sentence, then you’re probably not too fussed about whether a website is family-friendly or not, am I right?
Why are we suddenly so concerned with piss-dungeons? Well, because the new video from Grand Magus, for the track ‘Hammer Of The North’, appears to have been shot in one. Don’t believe us? Let’s look at the evidence.