With their excellent debut album Rescue, Samoans captivated us with a fresh combination of dreamy vocals, soothing guitar melodies and occasional bursts of raw energy. Just off the back of their recent headline UK tour, we caught up with drummer Chris Rouse to find out more about the band, and to find out – among other things – what happens when you get caught doing the no-trousers-boogie at one of their shows.
May 1st, 2015
Eschewing the diet of nothing bu tired, reskinned deathcore breakdowns that’s been the binge-diet of so much of the UK’s underscene, Sunderland five-piece Nexilva balance their death metal brawn with some old-skool Bleeding Through-esque ambient synths and guitar tricks. That makes them an interesting proposition for those who prefer a cerebral edge to their m0sh, and was more than enough reason for our man Josh Graham to call up their drummer Connor Jobes to get the skinny.
March 6th, 2015
Having just completed a wildly successful UK tour in support of rising stars Marmozets, as well previously bagging slots alongside Portishead and 65daysofstatic, Thought Forms’ mix of intense fuzziness, pedal-worshipping guitar histrionics and sparse, ethereal vocals is the sound of a band you didn’t know you needed to hear (unless you happen to be Prince Philip, as they found out…). We caught up with guitarist and co-vocalist Charlie Romijn to find out what drives their challenging sound.
February 24th, 2015
“Whether I feel like writing something that sounds like Taylor Swift or Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah – that’s what comes out…we’ll find a way to make it work” – that’s how Press To MECO vocalist/guitarist Luke Caley. O-kaaay. Then again, given their extensive UK touring and the fact they bagged an opening slot on the Zippo Encore stage at last year’s Download Festival, it’s clear that PTM’s bizarre amalgam is resonating with plenty of the UK’s rock fans. We decided to get Caley on the phone to find out just what the hell they’re playing at.
November 6th, 2014
Talking in broad strokes, black metal is all about emotion. It uses it to steamroller your senses and the ability of a successful black metal band in parlaying said emotion is an impressive one. It’s difficult to play a guitar incredibly fast but you can learn to do that much more easily than learning to convey your emotions. That’s why we knew Morð were the real deal when we saw them playing live at Eistnaflug Festival earlier this summer.
July 18th, 2014
Our verdict: This is a rock band! Formed from the ashes of Tropics – a band we were quite partial to – they have become slightly odder in their melodies and there seem to be more melodies on what evidence we’ve heard so far, which we are very much down with. The great news is that there’s still a lot of rocking to be done by Exes and so they’ve let us put their new song, ‘Reptilian’ up on this site. That’s bloody good. Here’s a wee interview with Jodie Cox too. Read, listen, enjoy.
March 31st, 2014
Thrash Hits verdict: As with pretty much all new bands, they formed from the ashes of a couple of bands from within the same local scene and Shrine did just that. With drummer, Liam Kearley and bassist, Andrew Gosden putting the band together with Joe Gosney, guitarist and today’s interview subject, they started putting music together. When Will Gardner’s band, Lithurgy parted ways, he added vocals. The result is a proggy, math riff-oriented mix of rock and metal that knows how long to linger on the melodies and when to descend into darker, sludgier ways. They’re releasing a new EP on 07 April 2014 but we’re streaming it below. Listen to it.
March 12th, 2014
Thrash Hits verdict: It’s easy to become disenchanted with the UK rock scene. There are one too many Britrock bore-offs peddling a dull as fuck brand of watching-paint-dry-core right now. Luckily we also have bands like Welsh loons Falls to provide an antidote. Dealing in the same breed of erratic rock as the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses, while packing in big choruses and causing Baby Godzilla levels of bedlam when they play live, they’re certainly more exciting than anything you’ll hear on the likes of Cavalier Youth.
October 1st, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: It was back in June that we stumbled across the Facebook page for The Hell. A couple of hardcore luminaries had clicked like on this band page and it had no information and single figures of people were on it at the time. It was shrouded in mystery. We knew they had a European booking agent but he himself didn’t know who was in the band. He was asking us about them and he was working with The Hell. Then, at the start of July, they released one song with a bold proclamation that an album would be released the following week. It’s The (motherfucking) Hell, you dick.
September 10th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: Japanese bands of the heavy inclination are few and far between, but when they’re good, they’re bloody amazing. Think of Envy, Crossfaith and FACT, for instance. Palm are absolutely the heaviest of the bunch and they play searing, crusty hardcore in the vein of those bands up there, influenced by the likes of “Slayer, Pantera, Entombed, early Sepultura, early Cave In [and] Neurosis”. They recorded an album, My Darkest Friends with Alan Douches (Baroness, 3 Inches of Blood) and had the cover designed by Converge’s Jacob Bannon. It all fits together.
While bassist, Yoshiyasu Morita, drummer, Kenta Nakanishi and vocalist, Toshihiko Takahashi have now been together for a decade, guitarist, Ryouta Sugimoto joined the band a couple of years ago and Palm have been on an upward trajectory ever since. The singer, however, is the sole remaining founding member, so we had a chat to him about Palm.