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Sunday Slaylist: The Headliners of Download Festival 2013

June 9th, 2013

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In last week’s Sunday Slaylist we gave the whole festival line-up a good going over, but this week we’re turning our attention to the festival’s big guns: the main stage headliners. We haven’t just made one Slaylist this week – oh no – we’ve gone and made three, one for Slipknot, one for Iron Maiden, and one for Rammstein.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 025: Download Festival 2013 preview

June 6th, 2013

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Download Festival 2013 is just around the corner, so for this week’s podcast, Raz and Hugh got together to talk about the bands they’re looking forward to, the worst clashes on the bill, the bits of the festival we’re dreading, and about what Thrash Hits is going to be doing this year at Donington Park: HINT: It’s going to be awesome.

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What is your favourite Iron Maiden album?

June 4th, 2013

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We were talking about Iron Maiden headlining the Saturday evening of Download Festival 2013 and we were all at odds over what the best Maiden album was. Obviously, with 15 (fifteen!) studio albums in their arsenal, there are a lot of different styles to choose from, not even considering the variation in quality. We figured we’d ask our resident Maiden fan what his favourite was. From the era of record shops [read his wicked article on long-gone Soho dive, Shades], Tony Hampton’s a lot older than the rest of us, so he actually remembers (pretty much, anyway) the release of every single Iron Maiden album. Props.

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Download Festival adds SEVEN more bands to their 2013 line-up

November 6th, 2012

Last night on BBC Radio 1 and Scuzz TV, Download Festival announced another seven bands for their 2013 line-up – Queens of the Stone Age, HIM, 30 Seconds To Mars, Mötorhead, The Gaslight Anthem, A Day To Remember, and Alice In Chains.

If you want our reaction to this announcement, you’ll just have to download episode 017 of the Thrash Hits Podcast that’s coming at you later this morning .BLOODY WELL AVAILABLE NOW. Well, that is unless you’re already subscribed to the podcast via iTunes, in which case you’ll have it already. Technology!

The Thrash Hits Podcast 015: What’s in a label?

September 28th, 2012

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This week, Raz and Hugh tackle the somewhat-thorny subject of the role record labels have to play in the modern metal scene. From Warner Bros. Roadrunner Records cull, to Hydra Head’s decision to close, through to Century Media’s digital litigationathon and the power of modern micro-labels, we’ve gone at it from all angles. We also throw out some brief reaction to the news of Slipknot being booked as the third and final headliner for Download Festival 2013.

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Slipknot confirmed as third and final headliner for Download Festival 2013

September 27th, 2012

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Download Festival have confirmed the identity of their third and final 2013 headliner: Slipknot. The eight-piece – arguably alongside Rammstein, being one of the “last” great festival headliner bands to emerge from metal – will make their first appearance at Donington Park since their 2009 headline spot, which of course has subsequently been packaged as their (sic)nesses DVD.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 014: Download Festival 2013 and other stories

September 21st, 2012

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Well, Download Festival has announced their first two headline acts for 2013 – not that we knew that when we recorded episode 14 of the Thrash Hits podcast. Hugh and Tom sta down a mere two hours after Iron Maiden were confirmed (and a whole 14 hours before Rammstein were “officially” confirmed) to talk about the first major festival announcements for 2013, as well as a bit of not-so-idle speculation as to the identity of the as-yet-unnamed third Main Stage headliner. And then because they’d had a couple of beers, they took some time to debate why certain trends and cycles keep happening in the world of heavy metal.

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