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Top 6: Reasons why the Radio 1 Rock Show being on Sunday evenings is great

September 8th, 2014

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Look, you know it, we know it, and anyone with a record collection bigger than a clutch of Best-Ofs knows it; rock never died, rock never went away, and rock hasn’t ever really needed to “come back” in a meaningful way (creatively, at any rate). That doesn’t stop the inevitable cycle where every few years when a handful of bands with guitars  muscle their way back into the spotlight a little bit a corresponding parade of broadsheet idiots emerge clutching newspaper columns and opinion pieces claiming “rock is back!”

However, one benefit of this resurgence in mainstream interest in all things heavy is the BBC Radio 1 giving extra attention to their excellent Rock Show. Daniel P Carter has been bumped up the schedule from his previous graveyard shift to a much bigger, better, and more high-profile 7pm-10pm slot on Sunday evenings. Do we need to tell you exactly why this is a great news? Well, yes, obviously – that’s the point of this article – but after last night’s debut 7pm show, we cobbled a short list together to encourage you to listen in on future weeks in case you weren’t already.

The Top 6 reasons why the Radio 1 Rock Show being on Sunday evenings is great:

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Top 6: Songs by Amen (now they’re not playing any UK shows)

August 5th, 2014

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The return of Amen was big news to anyone that was an oily, depressed teenager at the turn of the century. To anyone that had just started listening to Bill Hicks and was getting aimlessly angry at everything from politics to their cat, Casey Chaos was like a sweary Jesus.

However, Amen’s proposed UK comeback tour is now dead. First a whole brace of shows were postponed so the band could continue to work on their (long, long, long) delayed new album. The subsequent implosion of Alt-Fest – of which Amen’s booking for was what sparked this tour in the first place – saw the rest of the shows get pulled as well. With certain members of the Thrash Hits team sobbing angry, nostalgic tears as we email off our ticket refund requests, we got Amen superfan Daniel Cairns to run off a little list for us…

The Top 6 Amen songs we’re not going to see played live this month anymore

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Top 6…Reasons why Crown The Empire are going to be massive

June 3rd, 2014

Crown The Empire 2014 Alternative Press photo shoot Thrash Hits

Last month, Alternative Press – one of America’s biggest rock music magazines put Crown The Empire on their cover for the second time in little over a year. This is a band that there has been a lot of buzz around stateside for a while now, yet there has been barely any coverage of them in the UK rock media. We put Gavin Lloyd on the case to investigate whether or not this Texas six-piece are on track to becoming a global phenomenon.

Top 6…Reasons why Crown The Empire are going to be massive:

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Top 6: Under-appreciated Nine Inch Nails songs

May 15th, 2014

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If you’re a Nine Inch Nails fan, chances are you’re pretty damn excited for the UK leg of the band’s European tour that kicks off later this week. It’s been a long, long, long while since Trent Reznor and his gang of (un)merry men brought Nine Inch Nails’ brand of barrier-breaking, genre-mocking, soul-eating music to the UK, and they’re doing it this time in the biggest indoor venues we’ve got. Whatever you think of Reznor’s music, that’s a mighty damn impressive state of a affairs for a man who makes some of the darkest music on the planet.

While we could take a peek at what songs they’ve been playing around Europe, there’s something to be said about keeping yourself in the dark about a band’s setlist, which is why we asked fellow NIN fan Daniel Cairns to put together a little preview piece for us in the form of…

The Top 6 under-appreciated Nine Inch Nails songs we want to see played live

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Top 6: Shelsmusic – the rookie’s list

August 15th, 2013

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What industry crisis? Cult progressive alt-metal label Shelsmusic just hit their 10th anniversary. How? As Alan Partridge once nearly said, the proof is in the pudding. And the pudding, in this case, is a backcatalogue. Thing is, a decade leaves a hell of a lot of intense post-metal and atmospheric folk  for a newbie to wade through. So when we caught up with Mehdi Safa, Shelsmusic commander-in-chief, we set him the following poser…

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Top 6… collaborations we want to see on the new Limp Bizkit album

July 22nd, 2013

Limp Bizkit by Ben Gibson Thrash Hits

There’s still very little news regarding the forthcoming new Limp Bizkit album. What we do know is that Stampede of the Disco Elephants is being released on Cash Money records, produced by Ross Robinson and lead single ‘Ready To Go’ features a cameo from Lil Wayne who features in the brand new video. With this in mind, let’s ponder who else from Lil Wayne’s YMCMB family could make an appearance on the album…

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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

Podcast 029 Kyle Shutt The Sword Vinnie Paul Hellyeah Pantera Thrash Hits

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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Top 6… Reasons why Ronnie Radke is the greatest rockstar in the world today

May 24th, 2013

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Ever since Falling In Reverse released their new video for ‘Alone’ a couple of weeks ago the band’s frontman, Ronnie Radke has been the talk of the internet. Recent events involving Radke firing his entire band only set the forums on fire further. Gavin Lloyd points out six reasons why the metal world is better off with Ronnie Radke in it and why his haters should go back to washing dishes for a living.

Top 6… reasons why Ronnie Radke is the greatest rockstar in the world today…

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