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Interview

Revisiting Funeral For A Friend’s seminal Between Order and Model EP from 2002

October 16th, 2013

With the impending re-release of Funeral For A Friend‘s 2002 EP, Between Order and Model we sent Tomas Doyle along to reminisce with the Welsh quintet’s singer, Matt Davies-Kreye about that seminal debut release as well as discuss the impact it’s had since.

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A little over ten years ago a small Welsh band called Funeral For a Friend release their debut EP Between Order and Model. It was an exciting time for rock music, as we moved out of the nu-metal explosion there were a host of new sounds filling young ears up and down the country. Emo and hardcore were developing into the mainstream forces that we know them as today and the time was right for a UK band to step up and take on the baton.

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Interview: “They also cut out a live snake’s heart and ate it while it was still beating” – The Ocean on tour in Asia

October 1st, 2013

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Back in April, The Ocean released their latest concept album, Pelagial, and pretty much ever since they’ve been off all over the world tour. We sent Tom Gibbons down to check out the Hong Kong show of the Asian leg of their world tour last month, and got him to sit down with The Ocean guitarist Robin Staps afterwards for a Tsing Tao and a chat.

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Bands

Interview: Issues talk nu metal, Conor Maynard and twerking

September 18th, 2013

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Last week saw R&B/metal crossover merchants Issues play their first London show at the Islington Academy, as part of a co-headline jaunt around they UK with Crown The Empire. Gavin Lloyd caught up with the band’s two front men Tyler Carter (he’s the one that sings the nice bits) and Michael Bohn (he’s the shouty one) to discuss their unique sound, their taste in music, their fans and twerking, obviously.

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Bands

Avenged Sevenfold talk Hail To The King and Download Festival 2014

August 20th, 2013

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Avenged Sevenfold are releasing their sixth album, Hail To The King on 27 August 2013 and they’re headlining Wembley Arena in December as part of a nationwide arena tour. The chances are that the album will head to the top of the charts in both the UK and in America. The chances are Wembley Arena will be sold out. The chances are Avenged Sevenfold won’t bother with another UK tour in 2014, in favour of headlining Download Festival 2014.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 029: Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul & Kyle Shutt from The Sword on the state of Texas (at Download Festival 2013)

July 16th, 2013

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In the third of our Download Festival 2013 mini-podcasts, we talk to Kyle Shutt from The Sword, and the one and only Vinnie Paul from Hellyeah (and, of course, formerly of Pantera) about just what it is that makes their home state of Texas so great.

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Interview: Blood Command’s Silje Tombre and Yngve Andersen in London

June 12th, 2013

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Norwegian hardcore quintet, Blood Command are most of the way through their second UK tour. With two albums and a handful of EPs, they’ve flown under the radar until now, but there’s a feeling that that’s about to change.

After playing a superb one-off show at the Old Blue Last in December 2012 (“Our manager told us to. We wanted to build up our English fanbase.” – Andersen), they’re back six months later for this tour and an appearance at Download Festival. It’s not been the easiest road to here, but it’s been a necessary one and now is the right time.

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