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Did Gene Simmons just accidentally leak a Download Festival line-up announcement? (Answer: Yes)

November 11th, 2014

From the KISS frontman’s personal Twitter account

Oh Gene.

This is probably why you shouldn’t let ageing rockstars setup their own pre-dated scheduled tweets. The offending tweet has since been deleted, but hey, nothing ever really gets deleted on the internet.

UPDATED (AGAIN):

But of course.ThatsNotWhatTrolling-Means

Hmmmmmmm. Riiiiight.

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Album: Devin Townsend Project – Z2

October 29th, 2014

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Z2
InsideOut Music
27 October 2014

by Ruth Booth

Since Devin Townsend returned to music four years ago, we’ve seen nearly all sides of his diverse output reimagined and revitalised under his “Devin Townsend Project” moniker. All except one that is – Ziltoid The Omniscient, titular star of Townsend’s 2007 record and the musician’s malevolent alien alter-ego. Seven years on, we finally have Z2 – the spiritual follow-up to ZTO’s screed on creativity and caffeine addiction – but with a difference this time.

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Hey! Our boy Valient Himself is going back on tour with Valient Thorr and Brief Lives

October 20th, 2014

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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.

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Cosmic Carnage presents Årabrot in a tiny, tiny venue

October 14th, 2014

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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.

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Vote for Home Of Metal to win a National Lottery Award

July 9th, 2014

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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.

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Watch the video to ‘Disclosure’ by FACT. Just….watch it. You’ll thank us. It’s brilliant.

June 7th, 2014

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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.

LOOK JUST GO WATCH FACT’S VIDEO FOR ‘DISCLOSURE’, OKAY?

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.

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Valient Himself is heading out on tour with Brief Lives (and Valient Thorr, obvs)

May 19th, 2014

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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.

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EXCLUSIVE: get your first taste of the new collaborative album from Svalbard and Pariso

May 12th, 2014

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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.

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Hey! We’re going back on the Radio 1 Review Show this week

March 31st, 2014

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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.

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