Thrash Hits verdict: Death metal bands with revolting names aren’t new. Death metal bands with silly, bodily-function-orientated song titles/lyrics aren’t new either. We see so many of them passing through our inbox on a dialy basis we’ve actually run out of convoluted metaphors to explain just how little a shit we give about them these days. Foetal Juice are different, however. Their latest EP is called Big Trouble in Little Vagina – a play on words of one of John Carpenter’s classic cinematic team-ups with Kurt Russell. That got our attention. We got the band’s drummer, Rob Harris, on the line to tell us why they chose to desecrate a great work by two of Thrash Hits’ cinematic idols in the name of filthy death metal.
October 29th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: Somewhere along the line, it got okay for metal to get thick. Bands spent more time writing songs about smashing beers and various back doors in. That’s all a bit uncouth. Sometimes you need to take a break from all that. Sometimes you need to listen to a band that’s spent more time reading Yeats and Eliot than they have reading the instructions to put together a beer-bong. That band is Gyre. We got one of the band’s guitarists, Ian McCartney, to tell us what’s what.
October 18th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: Sometimes a band comes along that is too good. A band so good that we get actively irritated that the rest of the world doesn’t love them like we do. Bands like Chambers fell into that category. Nice Hooves are a band in that category. We like them so much, when the BBC asked us to pick a song during their Review Show Download Festival special, they were the first band that sprung to mind. They’re part of the No Rest Until Ruin label gang, which makes them more DIY than every branch of B&Q put together, and you can download their entire debut for free. Seriously, the barriers stopping you from getting this band’s music into your ears are virtually nil. Get on it.
We dropped an email to Nice Hooves frontman, Dave Graw, and he sent us back the best Future Hits interview response we’ve had in months.
October 11th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: When it comes to bands like The Woken Trees, we’re willing to stretch the boundaries of the Thrash Hits remit as far as they will go. Sure, the Danish six-piece aren’t as “traditionally” heavy as most of the bands we cover here on the site, but there’s more internal darkness in the three songs you’ll hear over the course of our interview than you’ll hear on half the boring black metal coming out of Scandinavia in 2013.
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 30th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: Sometimes you just need to drop all that polyrhythmic mathcore nonsense on its head and get back to basics. To The Bones are four people who make raucous, none-of-your-nonsense rock’n'fricking’roll music. If you could smell through the internet, we are sure they would smell of whatever the dirty plaid shirts of a dozen dirty grunge heads smell like. And we mean that in the best way possible. That’s why we dropped vocalist/guitarist Rhys G. Bradley a line to ask him all about To The Bones.
September 17th, 2013
From: The Black Country, UK
Lazy equation: (riffs that Iommi would be proud of + the thickest fuzz this side of Karma To Burn) x iron willpower beyond most bands’ comprehension.
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Thrash Hits verdict: The first time we saw God Damn was in support of another long-term Thrash Hits favourite, Black Moth – and even then we knew they were something special. At the time we described them as “swerving between Eighties Matchbox and Bad For Lazarus when those bands are at their most bestial, and every kind of power-riff peddling sludge act you care to name, we pretty sure we’re not the only people in the Old Blue Last who underestimated God Damn before seeing them live.” We made a note to get the Future Hits ball rolling with the three-piece right then and there.
It was a just a few weeks later though that one of the the band’s guitarist/vocalists, Dave Copson, was involved in a serious traffic accident, putting him into a critical condition in hospital. After several operations, Dave is making a strong recovery, but until he is able to return to his place in the band, the remaining two members of God Damn, Thom and Ash, have endeavoured to carry on as a two-piece. As you may have heard on Cloudcast 007 where Will and Hugh discussed their first gig as a two-piece, they still sound as vital as ever, even if they’ve had to modify their songs and setlist a bit to compensate for their temporary drop in membership. And heck, if God Damn aren’t going to let tragic accidents stop them, we don’t see why we should wait around to deliver that long-delayed Future Hits either – so we caught up guitarist/vocalist Thom Edward for a bit of a (silly) chat.
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.
August 21st, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: When we went down to the Buffalo Bar the other week to catch Thrash Hits’ favourites, God Damn, play their first show as a two-piece, we had the good luck to get there early enough to catch Our Man In the Bronze Age in support. Not only did we dig the whole early-QOTSA-heavy-but-not-reliant-on-it, off-kilter-but-not-wacky-experimentalist vibe they seemed to be able to throw out so casually, but two of them were playing the same drum kit at the same time, and pretty much all of them were shouting into a mic at some point. That’s the kind of controlled chaos we can get behind.
August 15th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: With influences ranging all the way from stalwarts, Smashing Pumpkins and Alice In Chains to the female touch of Hole and Babes in Toyland to the noise rock of Metz and Part Chimp, it’s clear that Aeroplane Flies High enjoy music along the grunge spectrum. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Having formed in 2009, the current line-up met at a Melvins gig and slowly but surely, they seem to be gathering pace. Translating their love for the American Big Fuzz guitar sound of the ’90s into big fat northwestern riffs and adding some smart lyrics, AFH could well be onto something.