The first headliner of Download Festival 2013 is Slipknot. They’re playing on the Friday night and they’ve got a bunch of great albums. Everyone’s got a different idea but TH editor, Raz has a story filled with multi-layered nostalgia about his favourite Slippers record. Have a read and then you can vote for your favourite Slipknot release. Fun, eh?
PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #10 – Getting to Download Festival? As easy as riding a bike…
June 11th, 2013
It’s fair to say James Monteith has been a bit busy releasing TesseracT‘s excellent second album, Altered State. That’s why this is his first post in eight months, but he’s already taken up a new challenge – cycling to Donington. From London. Hopefully without vomiting. Yeah, right…
Just over two months ago I was minding my own business, scratching my balls, watching the clock count down to 27 May (Altered State release date), when Prog editor, Jerry Ewing emailed me about The Heavy Metal Truants bike ride. At first I thought it was a joke – especially coming from Jerry, who doesn’t look like he’s ever sat on a bike, let alone up for a 161-mile bike ride – but after a few days of harassment I realized it was for real, and after reading about the event and the charities it supports, I was very intrigued and decided I had to get involved.
June 10th, 2013
Headlining the Sunday night and closing Download Festival 2013 are Rammstein. We had loads of ideas as to what their best song is, but TH deputy ed, Hugh had a very firm idea about which of the German powerhouse’s six albums is his favourite, so here’s 300-odd words on exactly the album you think he’s going to talk about.
June 10th, 2013
Click here to go to the Download Festival 2013 clashfinder and stage times. You can sort out what bands you’re going to see and when, print it off or keep it on your mobile phone. Beware of your phone battery dying!
June 9th, 2013
June 9th, 2013
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.
June 6th, 2013
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.
June 4th, 2013
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.
June 2nd, 2013
December 20th, 2012
Our analysis of the real (i.e., financial) reasons for the Black Sabbath/Bill Ward split is another article you can file in the Thrash Hits no-one-else-could-publish-this folder. Most websites don’t have the stones to analyse anything deeper than 200 words, and no music magazine was going to seriously tackle this topic – after all, why sacrifice their chances of securing a coveted Black Sabbath cover feature just for the sake of some trouble-making?