Thrash Hits verdict: Despite our best efforts to keep the kind of bands we feature in Future Hits varied, sometimes we do fall back into the a few familiar subgenres. And that’s not on. It’s lazy. So this week we’re going for the complete opposite of who we usually write about, and instead are profiling the (to-date) studio-based Ukrainian drone-doom duo, Nonsun. We figured that we needed to do something to counteract all this positive feeling that this rush of good weather has brought to the UK over the last few days. We got in touch with the band’s guitarist, bassist, vocalist, keyboard player, and all-round ringleader, Goatooth, to put them through our Future Hits questions.
May 2nd, 2013
From: Olympia, Washington, USA
Lazy equation: Old school death metal + a soupcon of extreme hardcore
Thrash Hits verdict: When we first heard Bone Sickness via a couple of crummy YouTubings of a house show, we knew that they were a great prospect. Once we got in touch and did this interview it was clear that their no-nonsense death metal is as influenced by not wanting to do certain things as it is by their musical heroes. In terms of what their influences are, we’ll do you the service of not listing the 100 bands they gave us and just assure you that their knowledge of death metal is vast, deep and loving. The elements of grindcore and extreme hardcore found in their music add something extra; something special. This quartet, all in their early-to-mid-20s could really be onto something. Keep your ears peeled.
April 18th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: We don’t just rattle of Label Profile columns to satisfy the internet’s incessant and never-endong demand for content – we produce them because we believe in the bands that the aforementioned profiled labels are putting out. So when they have a new band join their ranks – as Bloody Mammals are to Flatpack Recordings (our next Label Profile subject, as it happens), then we sit up and listen. Especially if they sound this damn good.
April 3rd, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: A few years ago we covered a band called Invasion, right here in our Future Hits column. We said a lot of positive things about them and their album, but they went and split up. Ho hum. No biggie. Life goes on. Then we got word that two of the former members of Invasion had reunited to form Vodun, mixing that otherworldly-mystic vibe that Invasion had with a thicker, crunchier line in riffs. Yes, that does sound rather great, doesn’t it? Seeing as from today the band are giving away their superb Eat Up The Sun EP as a free download from their official Bandcamp page, we figured now was the perfect time to level our Future Hits interrogation
March 27th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: A few weeks ago we ran one of our (sporadic) Label Profile piece’s on Nottingham’s Witch Hunter Records, at around the same time the label was gearing up to release the new EP from Seagraves. Being the pragmatists that we are, we lined them up for the Future Hits treatment. Stop reading this bit, and go read the interview below. There’s music there and everything.
March 4th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: You might remember last year we put on the album launch show for Future Ruins, the debut album from History of the Hawk who then…well, they went and split up. Which was a bit of a bummer. Still, Nathan Coyle, former frontman of HOTH, has wasted no time in getting on with the business of a new band: Opium Lord. And unlike the scratchy, punky snot of HOTH, Opium Lord are all about getting slow, dark, and menacing…
February 20th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: When it comes to small-UK-labels-doing-things-that-tickle-Thrash-Hits’-collective-fancy, there aren’t many in the same league as New Heavy Sounds. They’re not only responsible for putting out the last releases from long-time TH faves Black Moth and Throne (hey, we threw the launch party for their EP, that’s how much we liked it!), but they also have a killer line in compilations of bands that you really ought to dig out – we’re always finding new bands we love on them. Anyway, their latest signing are the London-based Limb, who fit right in with the killer line-up of Brit-Doom that New Heavy Sounds do so well, which is more than enough reason for us to catch up with them for a Future Hits.
February 16th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: They’re from Norway and they sound like Kvelertak. It’s an easy comparison but, luckily, it’s a very true one. We think their debut album, Idiokrati is excellent so we caught up with guitarist, Erlend Sætren.
February 7th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: This Irish quartet isn’t exactly new but they’re on the verge of doing something. Progressive metal or Djent or whatever you want to call it has become exceptionally popular over the last five years and Shattered Skies have a curiously melodic take on the genre. You won’t find many other unsigned bands that sound this good. Yes, they’re unsigned. We speak to guitarist, Ian Rockett.
January 30th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: These five youngsters take none of the black metal influences from their hometown. Clearly a product of the modern age, they’ve learnt their music from the internet. They sound like Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada. Filled with all sorts of minor harmonics and arpeggios, it’s #m0sh or screamo or whatever you want to call it and it’s pretty good. We speak to singer Joakim Vindenes to get his take.