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.
October 8th, 2014
When you think of heavy music and Poland, it’s natural that your thoughts gravitate to either the death metal heavyweights the country has produced such as Decapitated and Vader, or the likes of modern day blackened superstars Behemoth. That’s not all that this particular corner of Eastern Europe has to offer though, as the likes of Sunnata can attest. Heavy on riffs but even heavier on atmosphere, Sunnata’s just-released Climbing The Colossus weaves in between traditional-sounding big riff worship and more experimental near-ambient passages. It was more than enough to get our attention for a Future Hits interrogation.
September 26th, 2014
We went to Leeds Festival and spent a lot of it badly DJing to crowds of dis-interested hangers on in the guest area. One of our fellow DJs was a man by the name of Lewis Bloor. Because we were too busy telling people that no, we weren’t going to play The Killers no matter how many times they asked, we didn’t find out he was in a rather awesome band by the name of Guerilla Monsoon until after we got back to London. Which is why you’re only reading our Future Hits interview with Lewis and his fellow vocalist/guitarist, Mark Bussey, right now.
September 12th, 2014
From: Seattle, USA
Lazy equation: (late-period Mastodon – male vocals) x the smoother shoegaze edges that Deftones have been flirting with + Irene Barber’s PJ Harvey-isms
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp
We won’t say the word s*p*rgr**p if you don’t. We make no secret of our enduring love for Narrows, so when we heard that their guitarist Ryan Frederiksen had a new project on the go with Matt Bayles (yes, he formerly of Minus The Bear), we were naturally intrigued. The band in question is Dust Moth, which the pair formed along with a few other luminaries from other, highly-regarded Seattle-based bands. They make music that shares textures with many of the bands MAtt Bayles has produced/engineered for (and there are many) but the end result is something unique in both timbre and tone.
August 29th, 2014
As if their name wasn’t enough of a clue, Manchester’s PIST like drinking. It’s pretty much their favourite thing in the world. To be honest, we’re a little bit worried they like it too much, after giant massive Southern Rock-tinged groove-metal riffs. We saw them play the Unicorn in Camden earlier this year, and and we mean that in a really-real way, not in a make-light-of-potential-alcohol-abuse-issues-for-a-pithy-introduction-to-a-Future-Hits-interview. We caught up with guitarist John Nicholson.
August 14th, 2014
Oakland’s Catapult The Dead do not take shortcuts. They make anti-Easy Listening music. Case in point being their debut release, All Is Sorrow: a single, 37-minute track that drives through six distinct and equally harrowing passages of punishing heaviness. It was written to be experienced in a single, uncompromising listening session, and boy, it was an intense 37 minutes. We got in touch with them to ask them to explain what we’d just experienced.
August 7th, 2014
If Greg Anderson – he of Goatsnake, Sunn O))), and co-founder of Southern Lord Records – listens to you EP and wants to sign you to his label, then our collective ears here at Thrash Hits prick up and pay attention. That’s what happened earlier this year to Danish no-nonsense hardcore punks Halshug. Just one spin of their Dödskontrol EP was enough to convince us to reach out to the trio to get a Future Hits interview sorted – this is brash, bold, and brutally effective stuff.
July 29th, 2014
From: Barnsley, UK
Lazy equation: (Neurosis if they had insomnia) x a willingness to put their foot on the accelerator every now and again
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Label
Trudger might not be a totally new name on the scene (their debut EP came out two years ago!), but with their debut album finally out in August, they’re very much fresh in our minds. Dormiveglia has highlighted just why Trudger are one of the most promising bands coming out of the North West blackened-crust/hardcore scene right now, which is why we caught up with guitarist Jack Kavanagh and vocalist Chris Parkinson to put them through our Future Hits paces.
July 21st, 2014
From: London (via Dorset), UK
Lazy equation: Queens of the Stone Age if they’d spent their formative years around urban foxes rather than desert fauna
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Soundcloud
We’re a sucker for anything that even remotely sounds a bit like Josh Homme. The Males might crib heavily from the work of the Queens of the Stone Age frontman, but as far as influences go, he’s a good one to bounce off of: the band’s new EP has cheeky nods to both early and latter-period QOTSA, with just enough of a Brit-twist for it to really grab our attention.
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.