October is a good month. Not only are there about a bazillion brilliant records released now the Summer release slump has ended, but it’s when the big guns of Autumn/Winter indoor festival/all-dayer scene let loose. Among our favourites: London’s very own Live Evil Festival.
October 2nd, 2014
Wait, did we say outdoor festival season had ended with Reading and Leeds? Well, we were wrong. A whole truckload of bands descended upon Brighton Racecourse last weekend for Breakout Festival. We sent our newest snapper, Mike Burnell, down to shoot the best and the brightest for Thrash Hits.
September 30th, 2014
It takes talent and force of will for a band to change direction as solidly and successfully as Anathema have done. The last half-decade has seen the band truly shrug off their heavier, more goth-metal roots, becoming trailblazers in the UK prog scene. We sent Cheryl Carter along to the London date of their most recent tour to marvel at Anathema’s enduring appeal.
6 things we learnt while watching Anathema in London:
September 29th, 2014
At The Gates
At War With Reality
27 October 2014
by Pete Long
It is very hard to escape the influence of Slaughter of the Soul. At The Gates’ classic still stands as the consensus pinnacle of the melodeath genre, and remains a touchstone of much of modern metal. So it’s probably best to establish from the off that At War with Reality – arguably the most anticipated comeback album since Carcass’ Surgical Steel – is not a clone of its predecessor.
September 29th, 2014
We’re cheating with our pick for If You Buy One Thing This Week. Swan Songs, the new split EP from long-time Thrash Hits favourites Bastions and French progressive hardcore types Burning Bright. Technically it doesn’t get released until December, but they started taking pre-orders on it last week, and we reckon it’s good enough that it deserves your money right now.
September 28th, 2014
Although the news that AC/DC’s Malcolm Young has been forced to retire from the band came out a while ago, this week there was some particularly sad developments to this story this week. Reports have been released revealing that the cause of Young’s departure from the band is an acute case of dementia – according to some reports, “If you were in the room with [him] and walked out then came back in one minute later he wouldn’t remember who you are.”
September 26th, 2014
We went to Leeds Festival and spent a lot of it badly DJing to crowds of dis-interested hangers on in the guest area. One of our fellow DJs was a man by the name of Lewis Bloor. Because we were too busy telling people that no, we weren’t going to play The Killers no matter how many times they asked, we didn’t find out he was in a rather awesome band by the name of Guerilla Monsoon until after we got back to London. Which is why you’re only reading our Future Hits interview with Lewis and his fellow vocalist/guitarist, Mark Bussey, right now.
September 26th, 2014
Time To Die
29 September 2014
I’ll say this for Electric Wizard, at least they haven’t tried to ‘go political’ or anything. Bless them, they’re still obsessed with killing, weed, Satan, witches, Lovecraft, weed and more killing, which is great. They’re in their, what… 40s now? And they haven’t grown up at all. There’s no better band in the world when it comes to all this stuff, and Time To Die is full of it.
September 25th, 2014
Death. Taxes. The appetite of Europeans for over-the-top folk metal about trolls. Some things are inevitable, insatiable, and incapable of being conquered by man’s attempts to surpass them. We think civilisation is a good few years away from developing technology and social compacts necessary to defeat the former two of those three, but the third? Tough tits – we’re going to help perpetuate that one by giving away a pair of tickets to the London date of Finntroll’s current European tour.
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.