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Editorial

“Why I hate Kurt Cobain…”

July 31st, 2013

With the news that a 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana‘s In Utero is due on 23 September 2013, featuring over 70 “remastered, remixed, rare, unreleased, and live recordings”, we thought it was a good time to delve into the world of the grunge overlords and, in particular, Nirvana’s iconic frontman, Kurt Cobain. Despite still appearing on the t-shirts of many people who don’t actually own a Nirvana album, not everybody loves them.

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Cobain is not really that divisive a character, but who better to ask for an opinion on a rock star than Gavin “I ♥ Ronnie Radke” Lloyd? Nobody – once you read this, you will agree – but if you are a fan of Gavin’s last article, this one might surprise you somewhat…

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Why does Ginger Wildheart care so much about Kerrang!?

July 30th, 2013

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Sunday evening saw Ginger from The Wildhearts get to #1 in the UK Rock Charts with his new band, Hey! Hello!. That’s a pretty big deal but instead of celebrating his success, the ever-outspoken Ginger chose to take to Twitter to berate Kerrang! for not featuring his band, even going so far as to call for James McMahon’s resignation as editor of the magazine.

It stems from an apparent rejection from the magazine but descends into trolling at best; bullying at worst. At the heart of the issue is a man who loves a brand but hates what he thinks they’ve become. Kerrang!, whether it likes or believes it, covers music for a younger demographic than it used to and youth is always sneered at and looked down upon. Without that, teenage angst wouldn’t exist and neither, probably, would Kerrang!. Hey! Hello! (who are now added to the list of annoying names when writing a Word document that automatically capitalises the first letter after a punctuation mark) feel that the magazine should change to fit them in.

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Tits @ Download Festival 2013

June 20th, 2013

After a weekend of watching bands at Download Festival, Tom Doyle returned to his 9-5 in London feeling more than a little uncomfortable. What was the matter, though? Tits. Boobies. Breasts. And booing.

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We are now firmly in the aftermath of last weekend’s Download Festival and while heads and limbs may now finally be recovering, the memories will surely last a lifetime. Donington Park yet again proved itself to be the home of rock and astonishing sets from the likes of Slipknot, Iron Maiden, Rammstein and many, many others made it a vintage year.

However, something slightly less cool once again raised its head in that field last weekend and it’s about time it gets addressed.

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SikTh? American Nightmare? Songkick Detour can bring them to London

May 16th, 2013

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We saw the power of Songkick Detour back in February when, in conjunction with our big sister, DrownedinSound, Desaparecidos played their first UK show. It was impressive and it was powered by the crowd. They wanted to see Desaparecidos play live in London and they put their money where their mouths were. We want to do the same thing with some bands that we like.

Let’s see if we can get American Nightmare over to the UK. Let’s see if we can show SikTh that people want to see them live.

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Welcome to Thrash Hits v2.0

May 14th, 2013

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After almost five years, we’ve finally re-designed ThrashHits.com. We think it looks a bit better than before. Hopefully it’ll make your time on the site, reading about our and your favourite bands, a whole load better. Here’s a run-down of all the new things that you can find on Thrash Hits…

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Read Thrash Hits on Google Currents

May 10th, 2013

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This is great news, eh? You can read Thrash Hits via Google Currents on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or any other mobile device. That’s cool, isn’t it. It is. What’s more is that it looks dead nice. Nicer than the brand new website (or its content) that we’re bringing your way next week.

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Why can’t metal fans spell their favourite bands correctly?

May 1st, 2013

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Pulling people up on their spelling is a dick move – we get people referring to us as ‘Trash Hits’ all the time, after all – but Heavy Metal is a religion to almost 41,000 people and, as such, ought to be taken very, very seriously. That’s why, while trawling Facebook for some rubbish about Megadeth’s new album using our stupid, massive sausage fingers, we came across something that blew our puny minds. That led us to do some keyboard-oriented experimenting.

Warning: None of the below is cool. No.

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.9: Tom Dare goes on and on and ON about the 20 year evolution of Black Metal

December 28th, 2012

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We’ve got a fairly loose system when it comes to organising submissions from our contributors. They email us an idea, we tell them if it’s good or rubbish, then they go off and write it. Nice and simple. So when Tom Dare emailed us with a pitch for a retrospective on how Black Metal has evolved in the twenty years since the release of Darkthrone’s A Blaze In The Northern Sky, we just let him get on with it.

We just didn’t reckon he’s write quite so bloody much.

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.8: Tom Dare mouths off about Nightwish spliting with Anette Olzon

December 27th, 2012

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One thing we’ve tried to do in 2012 is post a few more long-form articles, stripping away the webhit-harvesting buzzword nonsense from heavy metal’s burning issues, and concentrating on the the bigger picture that other sites are missing in amongst the hullabaloo. One such article was Tom Dare’s analysis of why Nightwish parting ways with Anette Olzon – the band’s lead vocalist since 2007 – wasn’t perhaps necessarily as big of a deal as some fans thought.

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.7: Finland being officially the most metal country in the world

December 21st, 2012

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Facts. Stats. Graphs. Maps. DATA. These are the all the kind of thing we love but don’t actually talk about on Thrash Hits because a) we’re a metal blog, and b) we’re the only ones nerdy enough to care about stats, facts, maps and graphs around here.

Unless of course said facts, stats and data have been used to make a map that charts precisely how metal a country is per 100,000 people, depending on how many metal bands it has. Yep.

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