December is an empty month, filled with too many cash-in re-releases and tedious album-of-the-year content to make our monthly genre-columns thing really work. That’s why we asked David Keevill to give us a retrospective of the Big Things that happened in Prog in 2014, before getting back to the serious business of 2015 next month…
Mastodon is an American sludge metal/progressive metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 1999. The band comprises bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Kelliher and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. They have released seven full-length albums to date, expanding their musical borders from early raw sludgy riffs to later psychedelic multi-layered songs, yet maintaining progressive style with unusual time signatures and odd instrumentation. Read more on Last.fm
Mastodon on Thrash Hits
July 6th, 2014
You know the drill by now. This is the Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page and this is where you’ll find some of the most comprehensive coverage of Sonisphere Festival 2014 that you don’t have to pay for. It’s here!
July 6th, 2014
Having just scored their best ever chart placing with the release of new album Once More ‘Round The Sun, Mastodon were in high spirits when they took to the Apollo Stage at Sonisphere Festival 2014. Have the band finally decided to ditch Leviathan-era material from their setlists altogether? We really hope not.
Mastodon @ Sonisphere Festival 2014 setlist:
Chimes at Midnight
June 29th, 2014
Oh it’s been away for a while, but Sonisphere Festival has returned to the UK and is less than one whole week away. We cannot wait. We are excited. There are loads of our favourite bands playing at the magnificent Knebworth Park, which is why in time-honoured tradition, we’ve gone and made ourselves a Sunday Spotify Slaylist of some of the bands we really want to see next weekend to get us well and truly in the mood for Sonisphere’s comeback weekend.
Brent Hinds of Mastodon guests on the new episode of Valient Himself’s (Thrash Hits sponsored) Rocknowledgy
February 8th, 2014
September 1st, 2013
It’s not the first time that a metal band has reached #1 in the UK Albums Chart, but it feels like a rarer and rare occasion, so Raz talks about why we should all celebrate Avenged Sevenfold doing so with Hail To The King.
Avenged Sevenfold have reached #1 in the UK Album Charts with Hail To The King and that’s a great thing for Heavy Metal because, like it or not, it is a subculture. Sure, it’s a subculture that sells out Wembley Stadium and fills Donington Park every year, but metal is a niche genre nonetheless.
It requires effort to keep up with and only the very dedicated (me and you) ever know what’s going on in the metal world on a daily basis. That’s why Avenged Sevenfold appearing in such a high-profile position in non-metal media is important. It reminds “them” that “we” are still here.
June 26th, 2013
When most people think of Adult Swim, they just think about the TV shows they put out. Which is fair enough – that’s their bread’n’butter, after all. However, Adult Swim also dabble their toes in the music game, with their superb Singles Program giving away a load of free music across a whole heap of genres. Their 2013 program has been going for a few weeks now, but the really good stuff is starting to arrive this week.
June 19th, 2013
You know the drill by now. This is the Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page and this is where you’ll find some of the most comprehensive coverage of Download Festival 2013 that you don’t have to pay for. It’s here!
June 15th, 2013
Look at Troy from Mastodon, pretending he can’t hear the crowd. We heard the Download Festival crowd for Mastodon from the other side of the arena. They were more than a little but rowdy.
February 24th, 2013
This week we’re turning over the Sunday Slaylist to something a little different – we want you to go buy something. On Monday 18 February, Pat Egan, Relapses Records’ Director of Retail Sales, died following a the result of complications with a case of pneumonia. To raise money for Pat’s daughter’s college fund, the folks over at Relapse have gone and put together a compilation of 20 of the finest bands ever to have worked with the label – and we think it’d be a damn fine gesture if a few of our readers joined us in buying it, in recognition of the awesome music Pat helped bring us over the years, as well as to help out the family of a fellow metal fan when they need it most.