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The Year in Prog with David Keevill – 2014

January 2nd, 2015

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December is an empty month, filled with too many cash-in re-releases and tedious album-of-the-year content to make our monthly genre-columns thing really work. That’s why we asked David Keevill to give us a retrospective of the Big Things that happened in Prog in 2014, before getting back to the serious business of 2015 next month…

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The Month in Black Metal with Cheryl Carter – November 2014

November 27th, 2014

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Last week we kicked off our new series of genre-specific columns with Prog, and this week we’re turning our attention to things a little nastier. We’ve asked Cheryl Carter to give us her insight to the past month (well, month and a bit – we’re just getting into the swing of this whole “regular schedule” thing, after all) in Black Metal…

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The Month in Prog with David Keevill – November 2014

November 19th, 2014

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We’re starting something new here at Thrash Hits. We’ve asked some of our favourite writers to put together some monthly columns, focussing in on the genres they’re most passionate about. We’re kicking off this new series with David Keevill taking on what’s been going on in Prog over the last month or so. Take it away, David….

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Top 6: Reasons why Adam from FACT loves Taylor Swift

October 31st, 2014

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Did you know that Adam Graham, self-confessed Token White Guy in Japan’s almighty FACT, is a secret Taylor Swift fan? Actually, that’s not true at all. Adam makes absolutely no secret of his Taylor Swift fandom whatsoever. With the world’s biggest popstar releasing her new album 1989 this week, we asked Adam to explain himself – so take it away, Adam…

Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels, doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings; these are a few of my favourite things (actually, scrap the noodles). I have a wealth of favourite things, a veritable cornucopia one might say. However, floating above them all on a cloud of angel’s hair and baby’s breath, a beauteous and radiant Aphrodite in human form, is the indomitable, the inimitable Miss Taylor Swift.

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Why we need Rise Against now more than ever

August 20th, 2014

Rise Against have achieved both commercial and critical success. The former is the result of a well-formed career but to be as widely appreciated by the music press, a band needs to have some substance to their style and with the word ‘punk’ so easily used as a stick to beat some in the genre, David Keevill explains why Rise Against are flying the flag the highest at the moment.

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Over the last few weeks, pictures and videos of the devastating air attacks in Gaza have filled social media. Accompanying the outpouring of grief and sympathy for those unwitting civilians caught in the crossfire between Hamas and the Israeli military is (rightly) anger on behalf of those unable to defend themselves. As anybody with a first, second or third hand opinion wades in to shout ill-formed slurs at their chosen target, Twitter and Facebook – the 21st Century’s soapbox equivalents – have become a cacophony.

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The future of British rock and metal festivals

April 1st, 2014

With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?

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What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallica still be headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.

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65daysofstatic – The Fall of Math: ten years later with Paul Wolinski

March 26th, 2014

Come 20 September 2014 and 65daysofstatic‘s debut album, The Fall of Math will be ten years old. It’s an album that thrust an instrumental post-rock band from Sheffield and all of their odd time signatures and samples of film dialogue firmly into the limelight. With radio attention and a lead single that resonated with many, it has led to the band having a healthy career of four more excellent albums, a soundtrack and a collaboration with Robert Smith of The Cure. Not bad. Here, we ask guitarist Paul Wolinski to talk about the album, track by track, ten years on.

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Malevolent Creation and the state of homophobia in metal

February 27th, 2014

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Earlier this week, 25 year veteran death metal band Malevolent Creation parted ways with their drummer, Gus Rios. He was their eighth drummer, so why is this news? Well, the fact that confirmed this separation by some old-fashioned Facebook homophobia. It prompted us to ask our man Tomas Doyle to take aim and unload with both barrels on a topic that’s been bugging us all for a long time now. Take it away, Tomas

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