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Ravens Creed was formed in late 2006 by Steve Watson (ex IRON MONKEY/CEREBRAL FIX/CONSUMED/HELVIS/DESECRATOR) and Jay Graham (ex-UNDERGROOVE/SKYCLAD/RETURN TO THE SABBAT and former session drummer for TONY IOMMI). The pair locked themselves away in their own TENKO studios and wrote and recorded over 20 songs.

Dismayed at the local scene and lack of like-minded individuals to take the task to the live arena, Steve contacted long-time friends - ORANGE Read more on Last.fm

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Damnation Festival 2012: Interviews, Photos, Setlists – it’s all here

November 9th, 2012

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Here it is! The final Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page of 2012. All our work from Damnation Festival 2012 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Interviews, photos, setlists, reviews – it’s all here. [Read more →]

The Thrash Hits Podcast 016: Damnation Festival 2012 PREVIEWED

October 18th, 2012

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With Damnation Festival 2012 a mere three weeks away, Hugh and Tom blast through every band on the line-up of the UK’s heaviest Winter festival, rating and slating as they go.

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Sunday Slaylist: Damnation Festival 2012

September 30th, 2012

Damnation Festival 2012 Thrash Hits

Earlier this week, Damnation Festival announced Hawk Eyes, Ravens Creed and The Atrocity Exhibit as the final three bands for their 2012 line-up, and my, what a killer line-up it is too. Headed up by Dorset doom overlords, Electric Wizard, this year’s Damnation Festival also sees Pig Destroyer make their first return to the UK in eight years – why the hell haven’t you bought a ticket already? If you have bought a ticket already: well done. You know the score.

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Damnation Festival completes 2012 line-up with Hawk Eyes, Ravens Creed and The Atrocity Exhibit

September 26th, 2012

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Right, that’s it – that’s you lot. Damnation Festival have completed the line-up for their 2012 festival tonight by confirming the opening acts for all three of the festival’s stages – The Atrocity Exhibit on the Terrorizer stage, Hawk Eyes on the Jägermeister stage, and Ravens Creed on the Eyesore.

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Thrash Hits TV: “What is the most metal meat?”

September 2nd, 2008

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Thrash Hits .com went to Bloodstock Open Air Festival and hung out backstage. In the canteen. What can we say? We’re hungry, hungry metallers.

A lot of metallers are hungry. Indeed, meat forms an integral part of many a metallers main meal. The question we were asking over the weekend was… “What is the most metal meat?”

Now that’s quite a juicy question and we asked everyone from Soilwork to Ted Maul to the ever-cheery Napalm Death with widely varying responses. Check them all out right here.

Watch: ‘Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2008: Heavy Metal Meat?’

In Photos: Turisas & Ravens Creed @ London Camden Barfly – 20 August 2008

August 26th, 2008

Finnish folk metallers Turisas tore up the Barfly in Camden, London just after their appearance at Bloodstock Open Air Festival with mighty British metallers Ravens Creed in support for a Kerrang! Awards Show.

Charley Staniforth was there to take some photos.

Turisas & Ravens Creed @ London Camden Barfly photo gallery

Bloodstock Open Air 2008 – reviewed

August 21st, 2008

Bloodstock is the perfect excuse to roll around in a field listening to heavy metal and swilling paper cups of crap lager. Hugh Platt reports from the fattest, ugliest and most ridiculous festival in the UK.

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“It’s a European-style festival, only in the UK,” is how Vicky Gregory, one of the Directors of Bloodstock, describes the event to Thrash Hits .com.

Compared to the bloated corporate sheen of Download, the heavy-as-we-want-it-to-be attitude of Bloodstock is a welcome addition to the metal calendar.

Growing from an indoor one-dayer of just 700 people back in 2001, the festival now spans three days and over 8500 people rolled up to throw the horns. And we were there to soak it all up.

Most flags
There is nothing, nothing, more irritating at a festival than that handful people who wave flags around in front of the stage. But when on Sunday almost the entire Main Stage was almost blotted out by dozens of skull and crossbones, our interest was piqued. Responsible for this sea of flags was Alestorm, Scotland’s only true pirate metal band. With their tongues so firmly in cheek they’ll probably develop a speak impediment, the Perthshire gang soon had the entire crowd roaring “Hey, hey! I want more wenches! Hey, hey, more wenches and mead!” Sentiments that we at Thrash Hits .com can only endorse.

Biggest amount of bells and whistles
Dimmu Borgir might’ve had enough flames to roast Satan’s cockles, and Nightwish may have used up the UK’s entire supply of dry ice for their closing set, but when it came to OTT stage gear, Swiss folk-metallers Eluveitie win the prize. With eight members playing everything from tin whistles and bagpipes to even a hurdy gurdy (google it), the celtic-folk metallers were almost like indie-types Arcade Fire. Well, if Arcade Fire played big fuck-off guitars and stuffed their songs with liberal amounts of death metal vocals that is.

Biggest scene of carnage
After scorching the main stage on the final day with an unholy firestorm of thrash’d –up death metal, French Canadians Kataklysm brought the backstage to a messy end when a drinking competition escalated into something altogether more rough’n’tumble. Like their uncompromising metal roar, Kataklysm don’t mess about.

Biggest success in the face of adversity
Both Ted Maul and Ravens Creed jostle for this one, with both bands’ performances on the Scuzz Stage blighted by early technical problems. Ravens Creed soon settled into a gut-punching groove, with man-mountain Ben Ward bellowing like a wounded bear. Ted Maul, for whom it was the last show with current drummer Matt ‘Cave Gnome’ George, gave their departing sticksmith a whirlwind of chaotic noise as a send-off. But it is antipodean extremists The Berzerker who take the crown, by managing to blow the PA with only their second song.

Best Legacy
With the media obsession with all things new, sometimes we forget just how good the back catalogues many of the weekend’s established acts are. Iced Earth’s vocalist Matt Barlow’s voice was as high as the waistband of his trousers, and Jon Schaffer demonstrated why his vision for his band is so strong, with riff after riff of ferocious metal. Overkill’s hour of punked’up thrash, led by the svelte and sneering Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth, was every bit as entertaining as you expect legends to be.

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Band of the weekend
There was nothing at Bloodstock to touch At The Gates (pictured, above). The roar of disappointment that met vocalist Tomas Lindberg’s onstage announcement that this would be the last ever UK show for the reformed At The Gates said it all. With a set featuring classics like ‘Under A Serpent Sun’, ‘World of Lies’, and ‘Raped By The Light Of Christ’, At The Gates found a fitting place in Bloodstock to host their sole UK outing.

Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2008 – previewed

August 13th, 2008

It’s almost the end of the summer and the UK’s only proper metal festival is upon us again. Hugh Platt looks at the Bloodstock Open Air lineup and picks his top tips for the coming weekend’s musical mayhem.

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BLOODSTOCK – even just written down, the word looks like it want to punch you in the face.

The UK’s premier independent metal festival, Bloodstock is bigger than it’s ever been – come Friday up to 10,000 horn-throwing, fist-pumping, head-banging metallers are going to cram into a field near Derby to rock the fuck out.

Click here to see the stage times for Bloodstock Open Air.

In addition seeing us embarrass ourselves with some Slayer on the Heavy Metal Karaoke, Thrash Hits .com has come up with a hit list of what else not to miss this coming weekend.

SoulflyMain Stage, Friday 6.25pm
Anyone who thinks that Max Cavalera’s mob are ‘too mainstream for Bloodstock’ clearly hasn’t heard the last two Soulfly records. The nu-metal guff has been all but torn off, leaving bloody stumps of frenetic thrash. Expect carnage.

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At The GatesMain Stage, Sunday 8:20pm
You can’t really overstate how influential the melodic death metal sound pioneered by At The Gates (pictured, above) has been. By the time they split in 1996, their seminal Slaughter of The Soul album had become essential listening for everyone from The Black Dahlia Murder to Killswitch Engage. And with half the band returning to their day-jobs as The Haunted later this year, this may well be the last ever chance to see them play live in the UK – need any further reasons?

OpethMain Stage, Friday 10:00pm
It’s not always about who can play loudest; Opeth play the long-game. What better way to end the first day with some 10 minute-long songs of progressive death metal?

The DefiledScuzz Stage, Saturday 3:15pm
With so many unsigned metal bands being metalcore chancers, or braindead noiseniks covering up a lack of talent with an excess of volume, bands like The Defiled should be savoured. They’ll leave you battered and bloodied with a huge fucking groove of crunching riffs and sucker-punches of sinister electronics.

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NightwishMain Stage, Sunday 10:00pm
It’s not all huge bearded men growling curses into microphones at Bloodstock – Nightwish (pictured, above) are bringing their operatic goth stylings to close the Main Stage on the final day. Armed with a bucket full of pyro, and more points to prove than an imaginary porcupine, Nightwish are worth a look just to see if they can pull it off.

Napalm DeathMain Stage, Saturday 5:30pm
If you need a convincing that Napalm Death are worth your time at Bloodstock, then you don’t like heavy music. There isn’t a band on the entire bill that doesn’t owe something to Napalm. You owe the grindcore progenitors your attention.

The BerzerkerScuzz Stage, Saturday 7:45pm
Unmasked and unchained, The Berzerker have left their label, and have ditched the masks that saw them unfairly dismissed by death metal elitists. Sounding like the mind of a serial killer discharged through blast beats and guttural growls, The Berzerker live is a jackhammer of rage rammed through your ears.

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Ted MaulScuzz Stage, Sunday 4:45pm
Casting a middle-finger the size of Nelson’s Column at genre conventions, Ted Maul (pictured, above) are as off-kilter as the Chris Morris character they’re named after. The only predictable thing about their Sunday afternoon set is that it is going to slay.

Ravens CreedScuzz Stage, Sunday 4:00pm
If all ‘supergroups’ were this good, it wouldn’t be a dirty word. Formed from the guts of Iron Monkey, the pedigree of Ravens Creed is completed with members of Orange Goblin and Sabbat. What does that mean? It means they’ve got enough thunder to give a Chieftain tank a panic attack, that’s what.

Necrosadistic Goat TortureScuzz Stage, Sunday 3:15pm
Does it matter what they sound like? They’re called Necrosadistic Goat Torture, for (anti)Christ’s sake!

Click here to see the stage times for Bloodstock Open Air.

Bloodstock Open Air Festival takes place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire on 15-17 August 2008