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If You Buy One Thing This Week: The Cavern by Inter Arma

October 13th, 2014

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For last week’s entry in If You Buy One Thing This Week, we raved about Bloom, the two-song 32+ minute-long EP from OHHMS. We think it must’ve set off something deep down inside whatever bit of our brain makes up our musical tastebuds, as we’ve been riding something of an obsession with super-long songs for the past week. It’s also why we’ve gone for Inter Arma’s latest release, The Cavern, for today’s entry in If You Buy One Thing This Week, clocking in as it does at over 45 minutes for just a single track.

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Sunday Slaylist: Damnation Festival 2014

October 12th, 2014

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With the Autumn/Winter indoor festival/all-dayer scene gathering pace, this week we turn the attention of the Sunday Spotify Slaylist to probably our favourite event of the colder quarter of the year – Damnation Festival. And boy, are we stoked for their 2014 line-up.

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Album: Black Moth – Condemned To Hope

October 10th, 2014

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Black Moth
Condemned To Hope
New Heavy Sounds
22 September 2014

by Hugh Platt

There isn’t a single aspect of Condemned To Hope that isn’t an improvement on The Killing Jar. Black Moth have burrowed down deep and incubated an album that doesn’t so much piss on the concept of “the difficult second album” as they have dug up its corpse, fired 10,000 volts through it’s embalmed veins and cackled madly as it dances around to their nefarious tune.

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Future Hits 185: Sunnata

October 8th, 2014

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Sunnata
From: Warsaw, Poland
Lazy equation: (Shrinebuilder – the hipster stigma) x Polish sensibilities on the necessity of heaviness
URLs: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp

When you think of heavy music and Poland, it’s natural that your thoughts gravitate to either the death metal heavyweights the country has produced such as Decapitated and Vader, or the likes of modern day blackened superstars Behemoth. That’s not all that this particular corner of Eastern Europe has to offer though, as the likes of Sunnata can attest. Heavy on riffs but even heavier on atmosphere, Sunnata’s just-released Climbing The Colossus weaves in between traditional-sounding big riff worship and more experimental near-ambient passages. It was more than enough to get our attention for a Future Hits interrogation.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: Bloom by OHHMS

October 6th, 2014

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Bloom, the new release from Kents’s OHHMS might just be two tracks long, but it’s two tracks that clock in at a combined 32 minutes and deliver brute force psychedelic post-doom that manages to both feel instantaneous in its vitality and crushing in its depth. It was an easy choice for If You Buy One Thing This Week, for the love of all that’s below make it Bloom by OHHMS.

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Sunday Slaylist: Live Evil 2014

October 5th, 2014

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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.

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Photos: Breakout Festival – 27 September 2014

October 2nd, 2014

Betraying The Martyrs at Breakout Festival 2014 by Mike Burnell Thrash Hits

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.

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Live: Anathema @ London KOKO – 26 September 2014

September 30th, 2014

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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:

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Album: At The Gates – At War With Reality

September 29th, 2014

At The Gates 2014 by Ester Segarra

At The Gates
At War With Reality
Century Media
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.

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