Valient Himself is a busy man. Not only does he front Valient Thorr, but he also sings in Brief Lives and produces the excellent Thrash Hits-sponsored Rocknowledgy podcast. It’s the first two of those three things that we’re concerning ourselves with today, as both of Valient Himself’s bands are about to start touring the bejesus out of the USA.
October 14th, 2014
We’ve always been pretty big fans of the mad noise that Årabrot have made their stock-in-trade, so when the news hit earlier this year that the band’s lynchpin Kjetil Nernes had been diagnosed with throat cancer, we were plenty concerned. Thankfully Nernes seems to have gotten the disease under control, as he’s leading his band to perform in a stacked bill at one of our favourite London micro venues later this week.
September 23rd, 2014
London: it’s where most of Thrash Hits calls home. London: it’s a really great place to live, if you can stand the pollution and ludicrous cost of living. London: it’s where you can see a kickass line-up of four extremely talented metal bands on Saturday night for absolutely nothing at allI.
July 9th, 2014
Do you remember the Home Of Metal project? It was a series of events between June 2011 and January 2012, centred around a major exhibition at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, celebrating and exploring the role of Birmingham and the Black Country in the gestation, formation, and birth of that genre we all know and love – heavy metal. Well, the project was so damn good that it’s been nominated for an award, and they need your help in guaranteeing they win it.
June 7th, 2014
We can’t really tell you anything about why the new video from FACT for their track ‘Disclosure’ is so amazing without spoiling the surprise. Suffice to say, the fake out bit (you’ll know what we’re talking about when you see it) had us punching the air at how cool it was.
And once you’re done, go buy a copy of FACT’s latest album, Witness. We made it one of our If You Buy One Thing This Week picks earlier this year for a reason, after all.
May 19th, 2014
We’ve got a lot of time for Valient Thorr. That’s one of the reasons why we sponsor Rocknowledgy, the excellent music-mix podcast put out by the band’s frontman, the mighty Valient Himself. Right now, Valient Thorr are on a bit of a break as they gear up for their forthcoming European tour, leaving Valient Himself at a bit of a temporary loose end. What do musicians do when they’ve got a surplus of creative energy? They go and join even more bands, which is what Valient Himself has done with Richmond-based band Brief Lives, who hit the road this week for their first US tour with him on board.
May 12th, 2014
We’ve made no secret in the past that we’re pretty big fans of both Svalbard and Pariso, so we were more than a little intrigued when we heard that they were working on a collaborative album together. Yes, you read that right – not a split EP, but a collaborative album. And they’re letting us stream the first track/single/whatever you call the first song to be made public from it exclusively here on Thrash Hits.
March 31st, 2014
We’re going back on the Radio 1 Review Show this week – our sixth time in total. It’s April Fools’ Day too, but we’re maintaining that’s merely a co-incidence, rather than a cutting social comment on our critical faculties that’s being delivered thanks to some fortuitous scheduling. Anyway, you can tune in to the show on Tuesday evening at 9pm BST to hear our Deputy Editor Hugh Platt and fellow guest Foxes talking about a whole load of fresh new music with the show’s host, Edith Bowman . You can listen in through your web browser, via your digital TV (it’s on Freeview channel 700, or thereabouts), or by tuning your old fashioned analogue radio to 97-99FM. You can tweet in using the hashtag #r1review, and tell Hugh that his taste in music is nothing but hipster nonsense and/or mainstream false metal. We leave it up to you.
Bleak Metal presents Satanic Dystopia, The Infernal Sea, Shrines and Under The Horns for FREE on Friday
March 27th, 2014
Hey people who live in/around the great city of London, what are you up to on Friday night? Unless you’ve got a hot date or a family funeral to go to, we reckon you’re better off mugging your plans off to come see Satanic Dystopia, The Infernal Sea, Shrines and Under The Horns play a free show at The Unicorn in Camden. You can probably guess by those band names alone that this gig is going to be a dark and nasty one.
January 28th, 2014
It seems we’ve become the go-to heavy metal guys for the BBC Radio 1 Review Show. That’s kind of cool, isn’t it? We think we can get away with saying that as we’ve been asked back for the fifth time tonight, where our Deputy Editor Hugh Platt will join host Edith Bowman and fellow guest Angel Haze in talking about a whole load of fresh new music. You can listen in online using your web browser, via your digital TV (it’s on Freeview channel 700, or thereabouts) or by tuning your old fashioned analogue radio to 97-99FM at 9pm GMT. If you want to join in, just tweet in using the hashtag #r1review and give Hugh some encouragement/abuse. We’re happy with either.