We like bands that have big fuck-off riffs, and we also like sound like they might have hung out with Soundgarden over brunch and swapped a few ideas back and forth. Prosperina tick boths those boxes, so we got guitarist/vocalist Gethin Woolcock to answer our Future Hits questions. Also their guitarist Chris bought us a beer once. Fair’s fair.
January 6th, 2015
We promise (really promise!) that this will be the last lookback-at-2014 thing we post. Except maybe a podcast (and that’s a big maybe). Whatever. We’re launching yet another of our splendid genre columns today, this time with one of our long-time death metal aficionados, Rob McAuslan, taking a quick look back at the biggest things that happened (or in one case, learned about what’s coming) in the wonderfully fluffy world of death metal.
January 5th, 2015
We’re kicking off If You Buy One Thing This Week with Tharsis They – a band we first discovered when they put out a split EP with long-time Thrash Hits favourites, The Armed, waaaay back in 2013. The Detroit foursome have just put out Formless/Shapeless, a brand new EP of caustic mathcore that’s well and truly given our post-Xmas fug a right kick up the arse.
January 2nd, 2015
December is an empty month, filled with too many cash-in re-releases and tedious album-of-the-year content to make our monthly genre-columns thing really work. That’s why we asked David Keevill to give us a retrospective of the Big Things that happened in Prog in 2014, before getting back to the serious business of 2015 next month…
January 1st, 2015
Urgh. You’re probably hungover if you’re reading this. We know there’s nothing anyone wants to do on New Year’s Day other than curl up on the sofa and groan slowly to themselves, cursing whatever lapse in judgment made them agree to do those extra tequila shots just before midnight.
That’s what we’re doing, anyway. We’re trying to soothe our pain away by re-watching the best (worst) heavy metal action film of all time, the superb (awful) Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal. Some dodgy character has uploaded the whole bloody thing to YouTube, so you can join us in this cinematic trip into madness.
What is Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal about?
The long answer: Satanic Marily-Manson-copycat rockstar, Slade Craven, for reason that are never adequately explained, is playing his final ever concert. For more reasons that are never explained, he’s doing it on an aeroplane, and streaming it over the internet. Well, he would, if a gang of Satanic hijackers didn’t have other plans. The only person who can save the plane, the passengers, and maybe even reality as we know it? Slade Craven.
The short answer: the best goddamn B-movie schlock about heavy metal there is.
Shut up and watch this. Thank us later. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
December 23rd, 2014
Look, we know it’s nearly Christmas, but that doesn’t mean that the relentless touring machine at the heart of heavy metal has stopped yet. Kreator and Arch Enemy have only just finished a punishing double-headliner tour. We sent Pete Long along to headbang himself senseless at the London leg of the tour.
6 things we learnt while watching Arch Enemy and Kreator in London:
December 21st, 2014
And so we come to the final Sunday Spotify Slaylist of 2014. We’re going to use it to celebrate all of the great music that was released in 2014, with all the artists we’re featuring this week being nominated for our end-of-year list by our contributors.
December 19th, 2014
By now you’ve read the one list that really matters – the Thrash Hits Top 10 Albums of 2014 – but now we’re giving you the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the minds that created it. Here are the unedited, unspoiled and unsullied opinions that we crunched together to distill our Top 10. We asked our contributors to tell us what their personal Top 10 records of the last 12 months were, and to justify their top choice to us.
December 17th, 2014
Mors Principium Est
Dawn of the 5th Era
05 December 2014
by Pete Long
The key to a good melodic death metal album is a multitude of great riffs, teetering right between wild-eyed aggression and impressible catchiness. But the majority of bands in the genre seem to have forgotten this in their quest to push its boundaries. Mors Principium Est’s new album, Dawn of the 5th Era, is an antidote to that. It’s filled to the brim with great riffs.
December 16th, 2014
You know we don’t muck about with our recommendations for If You Buy One Thing This Week. You know we sure as Hell don’t muck about when it comes to our Albums of the Year list. So unsurprisingly, our final pick for this column this year is that album that topped our list this year – Pallbearer’s incredible second album, Foundations of Burden.