Yes, we know the Mercury Prize is just a marketing vehicle for the NME and the Guardian and we’ve genuinely given up complaining about rock and metal not being included in there – even as a token gesture, like they occasionally do with avant garde and jazz artists – but it’s a bloody good excuse to have a little celebration of the excellent British music that has been released over the past year.
June 12th, 2013
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?
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 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.
POLL: Finland is exporting a TV show where rock stars invade your house, do some DIY, and fix your miserable lives. Which rock star do you want it to be?
October 15th, 2012
Okay, so last week we gave you some advice about how to spruce up your shabby home – but what if you live in an absolute pit of squalor? What if your wretched hovel is so far gone that even the artwork of Valient Himself won’t sort it out? Well, if a Finnish TV production company gets their way, you might be lucky enough to get a local rock star to come round, smash your place up, then help rebuild it in an altogether snazzier and sharper style.
September 18th, 2012
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard the new EP from Down. Guess what? Hugh Platt was less than impressed.
Back in January, I wrote a speculative bit of fluff about Down putting out an EP in 2012, rather than the fully fledged album that their fans have been clamouring for since 2007’s Down III – Over The Under. I glibly suggested that Down putting out an EP meant that we’d be getting just the cream of the New Orleans-based supergroup’s capabilities, rather than them just churning out a longer record that would no doubt contain a couple of songs that would only sound good if you’d smoked as much weed as Phil Anselmo.
Except it hasn’t turned out like that, has it?
April 17th, 2012
So Axl Rose refused to acknowledge the accolade of being inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, allowing the rest of band to celebrate with a better singer, but does it really matter? Our friend, Adam made this excellent point:
“People may remember [Marlon] Brando refusing his Oscar, but more remember him for getting really fat and a bit shit…”
Fair. Tell us what you’re going to remember Axl Rose for in the poll below. And obviously, if you think we’ve missed something, call us dicks in a comment below.
April 10th, 2012
We’ve had this debate every so often for… ever. Which is the best Finch album? Is it the 2002 breakthrough debut, What It Is To Burn or is it 2005’s beginning of the end, Say Hello To Sunshine? That’s the question. They’re your only options.
Obviously, it’s entirely subjective because it’s all down to personal preference and this is only being pointed out so whichever sensible person comes along and says it’s all down to personal preference can STFU and GTFO LOL. But that’s the point of a poll – to find out whose opinion is more correct!
March 8th, 2012
The new single by Marilyn Manson, ‘No Reflection’, the first full track anyone (apart from those in the former king of shock-rockers’ inner circle) has heard from the band’s forthcoming eighth studio album, Born Villain. It debuted on LA radio station KROQ yesterday,
so of course a radio-rip has already found its way online. Check it out after the jump – though you better be quick, as it’s bound to get taken down before long. **UPDATE** Cooking Vinyl, the distributor through which Manson’s new, self-owned label, Hell, etc, operates, have now posted an official stream of the song now.
February 2nd, 2012
Yesterday, Rolo Tomassi treated us to the first taste of their as-yet-untitled upcoming third studio album, in the form of new single, ‘Old Mystics’. It’s the first new music we’ve heard from the band (as opposed to the previously unreleased demos and the like on Eternal Youth) in nearly two years, so we were pretty damned excited to hear it.