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Heaven and Hell is a music collaboration featuring current Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice. Founding member Iommi decided to name the group Heaven and Hell as the original lineup of Black Sabbath (featuring Butler, Iommi, Bill Ward and Ozzy Osbourne) is still active but on hiatus. [Please note: Tony Iommi owns all rights to the name "Black Sabbath" and as such can do with it as he sees fit. Read more on

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Heaven and Hell @ High Voltage Festival – Victoria Park, London, 24 July 2010

July 29th, 2010

It’s the first day of High Voltage Festival 2010, and it must be said that for a first time festival, everything seems to be running rather smoothly. The punters are in – tattooed leather-lovers in front of the Hammer Stage, wizard-like hippies smoking their pipes by the Prog Stage, and the Dad Rockers at the Classic Rock Main Stage, trying to work out if the geezer in front of them once played in Quo. Victoria Park is brimming with excitement, and it only takes a quick glance at the line-up to realise why.

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Shame on the Night – what the death of Dio tells us about metal bloggers

May 17th, 2010

Was Ronnie James Dio dead or not? Metal bloggers, you have pissed Hugh Platt off. Really fucking pissed him off at that.

As you’ll no doubt be aware by now. yesterday saw the death of Ronnie James Dio. By now, there are hundreds of tributes to the man and the legacy he bequeathed to metal on websites across the world – but this isn’t one of those. No, this is an examination of how some of “contemporaries” behaved during the hours where his death was not confirmed, and the rumour mill seethed with speculation.

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The reason you’re not going to High Voltage Festival is that you’re an idiot

March 31st, 2010

With all out “Download Festival this, Sonisphere Festival that, Oh look Reading & Leeds” blathering recently, we’ve really missed out on emphasising one fact about the upcoming UK festival season: that High Voltage Festival, frankly, looks like it’s going to piss all over everyone else. The fact that it was confirmed today that Opeth will be playing their only UK festival show of 2010 there merely cements that fact.

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This week on Thrash Hits…

February 5th, 2010

It’s been a bit of a belter this week, so for anyone who’d been a bit slack and missed anything, here’s what we’ve been getting up to:

Next week: expect interviews with Baroness, as well as Adrian and Anders from the sadly no-longer-with-us At The Gates. Oh, and there’ll be some sweeeeet video action with the smokin’ hot Doris ‘Thunder Tears’ Yeh of Chthonic as well….

3 reasons why Heaven and Hell headlining Bloodstock Open Air 2010 is amazing

February 1st, 2010

Reason no.1: As Bloodstock Open Air have announced today that they’ve booked Heaven & Hell to headline the Main Stage on the last night this year’s festival, it’s a positive sign that Ronnie James Dio is winning his battle against stomach cancer. Like everyone else in metal, we want Dio to live forever. He’s already about 1000 years old, and we don’t see why he shouldn’t clock up another millenium.

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Sonisphere Festival 2009: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

August 1st, 2009

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After making our first ever splash page at Download Festival 2009, we thought we’d do another with the inaugural Sonisphere Festival 2009. We’re here at Knebworth for two days and we’re going to be interviewing, photographing and generally just looking at bands all weekend. We’ll make stuff too. Come and look at it all.

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Album: Heaven and Hell – The Devil You Know

May 23rd, 2009

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Heaven & Hell
The Devil You Know
Roadrunner Records
28 April 2009

by Hugh Platt

There’s something so naturalistic about Tony Iommi’s guitar work on The Devil You Know that it actually hurts the brain to think of him doing anything other than playing a six-string. Can you imagine him chopping onions, or using a cash machine, or assembling flat-pack furniture? No, you can’t. Even promo photos where he’s not holding a guitar are alone enough to make me feel queasy.

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