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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

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Hammerfest 2014: Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

March 16th, 2014

Hammerfest 2014 Thrash Hits

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.

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Album: Grand Magus – Triumph and Power

February 3rd, 2014

Grand Magus 2014 promo photo Thrash Hits

Grand Magus
Triumph and Power
Nuclear Blast
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.

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Hammerfest confirms Kreator and Overkill as 2014 headliners

June 5th, 2013

Kreator at Manchester Ritz 27 April 2013 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

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.

Bloodstock Open Air adds The Black Dahlia Murder, Grand Magus, and Sanctuary to 2012 line-up

November 22nd, 2011

The Black Dahlia Murder 2011 promo photo Thrash Hits

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.

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Album: Grand Magus – Hammer Of The North

June 28th, 2010

Grand Magus
Hammer Of The North
Roadrunner Records
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.

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Video: the new Grand Magus promo looks like it was shot in a piss-dungeon

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.

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