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Future Hits 195: Samoans

May 20th, 2015

Samoans 2014 prom photo Thrash Hits

From: Cardiff, UK
Lazy equation: Simon Neil and Chino Moreno spooning whilst listening to Explosions in the Sky.
URLs: Facebook // Twitter // Tumblr

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.

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Future Hits 194: Nexilva

May 1st, 2015


From: Sunderland, UK
Lazy equation: The atmosphere of a weird Japanese forests + Bleeding Through’isms + throatpunching.
URLs: Facebook // Twitter

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.

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Future Hits 193: Ghold

March 20th, 2015

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From: London (via Leeds and Oxford), UK
Lazy equation: Fog and smoke and death and heat haze.
URLs: Website // Facebook // Bandcamp

We first saw Ghold in the back room of a filthy pub in Hackney. Their instruments kept breaking, the room was full of smoke, and we had so many ciders we were nearly sick on the nightbus afterwards. Waking up the next day, we had a terrible headache but we willingly bombarded it with the powerful, unrelenting marriage of doom, drone, and naked power that was every Ghold track we could glean off the internet. With their new album In Ruin just released, we pinned the duo down for a Future Hits interrogation.

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Future Hits 192: Thought Forms

March 6th, 2015


Thought Forms
From: Wiltshire, UK
Lazy equation: Aberrant soundscape-y grungy noisiness + annoying members of the Royal Family.
URLs: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp

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.

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Future Hits 191: Press To MECO

February 24th, 2015

Future Hits 191: Press To MECO

Press To MECO
From: Crawley/Croydon, UK
Lazy equation: Fall Out Boy if their favourite album was Chaosphere.
URLs: Website // Facebook // Twitter

“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.

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Future Hits 190: Artemis

February 11th, 2015

Future Hits 190: Arthemis

From: Basingstoke, UK
Lazy equation: UK beatdown hardcore writing a secret love note to DEP.
URLs: Website // Facebook // Twitter

Not to be confused with the naff Italian metal band of almost the same name, Basingstoke’s Artemis are a growly blend of the kind of ever-so-slightly-wonky math-y, hardcore-y, doesn’t-really-fit-that-well-into-nice-compartmentally-definable-genre-y thing that we really, really like here at Thrash Hits. We shouted a loud of questions at them via email.

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Future Hits 189: Stoneghost

January 27th, 2015

Stoneghost 2015 promo photo Thrash Hits

From: Bromley, UK
Lazy equation: Mastodon (or how they sounded about a decade ago, at any rate) bundling Lamb of God into the boot of a battered Ford Escort because they lost a bet.
URLs: Facebook // Twitter

We hear about bands in the strangest ways. Our Deputy Editor’s tattooist, who in addition to playing in a pretty damn awesome band of his own, also happens to share a tattoo studio with Jason Smith, vocalist with Stoneghost. Due to a series of fortuitous coincidences, we happen to have an interview with Jason, as well as the band’s drummer, Cris Finniss, just after they’ve inked a brand new deal with Mascot Entertainment, aka the industry machine behind Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society.

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Future Hits 187: Prosperina

January 7th, 2015

Future Hits 187: Prosperina

From: Swansea (and London), UK
Lazy equation: Mastodon having a wig-off jam with Tool.
URLs: Website // Facebook // Twitter

We like bands that have big fuck-off riffs, and we also like sound like they might have hung out with Soundgarden over brunch and swapped a few ideas back and forth. Prosperina tick boths those boxes, so we got guitarist/vocalist Gethin Woolcock to answer our Future Hits questions. Also their guitarist Chris bought us a beer once. Fair’s fair.

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Future Hits 186: Morð

November 6th, 2014

Mord logo icelandic black metal band 2014

Morð (Morth)
From: Reykjavik, Iceland
Lazy equation: Íslenska svartur málmur með einhverjum gróp
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp

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.

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