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Album: Lightning Swords Of Death – Baphometic Chaosium

January 30th, 2013

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Lightning Swords Of Death
Baphometic Chaosium
Metal Blade
21 January 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s been a rough couple of years for black metal albums. A few major bands have fluffed their lines, a few others have been away from the studio, and the relentless mediocrity of far too much of the rest has only been briefly punctuated by the genuine class of Altar Of Plagues, God Seed and a couple of others. But hopes are high for 2013, with promising releases on the horizon. Are Lightning Swords Of Death back to kick things off with a bang? Well… no. They’re a symptom of exactly why the last two years have been a bit poo.

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Album: Abigail Williams – In The Absence Of Light

August 31st, 2010

Abigail Williams
In The Absence Of Light
Candlelight Records
27 September 2010

by Tom Dare

The overuse of symphonic keyboards is something of a bugbear amongst those of us who delve into the world of the filthy and wretched. While some bands use them to ornament and texture their work, others either end up smothering their guitar parts with them, or as a smokescreen to obscure a scarcity of ideas. Abigail Williams have previously been accused of the latter, but can be no longer. It’s much worse than that.

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Through The Eyes Of A Beerholder – Metal Mark in Atlanta

July 1st, 2009

After his debut Thrash Hits column last month, Metal Mark from SkullsNBones.com is back to tell us what’s been shaking over the pond in Atlanta these last four weeks.

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What’s going on metalheads? The past month has been full of shows in Atlanta. Now my wallet is empty, and there is more PBR in my body than water.  This month started out with the awesome Summer Slaughter tour at The Masquerade in Atlanta.  The tour lineup was insane, with bands like Necrophagist, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Origin, and Beneath The Massacre destroying the stage.

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Interview: Suicide Silence: “Every night is full of violence”

September 23rd, 2008

Can you think of a metal sub-genre that splits opinion quite like Deathcore? No, didn’t think so. Who better to grill about it then, than Mitch Lucker, frontman of the crown princes of the genre, Suicide Silence?

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This interview was originally published on MusicTowers.com. It is re-printed here with their full permission.

Mitch Lucker’s leg is jiggling. Vocalist with rising Californian deathcore stars, Suicide Silence, Lucker is sitting on a small sofa backstage at the Islington Academy – well, below stage actually, the bowels of the building constituting the dressing room area – about an hour before his band takes the stage to headline the Summer Slaughter tour. The vocalist is visably agitated about something.

“I stress over everything,” he reveals. “I’m a germaphobe, I count things compulsively, I over-think things constantly. The less that’s in here,” he says, tapping the side of his head, “the less I have to stress about.”

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New gigs and tours roundup – 12 June 2008

June 12th, 2008

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The enormous autumn metal tours have started rolling in. This week we’ve heard news about a couple of consortiums making their way across the Atlantic – one rather massive and one not so – as well as a couple of other big hitters hitting the UK from not quite as far away.

The hot ticket this autumn will be the painfully metal Unholy Alliance. 2006’s European leg had Slayer, In Flames, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed making your ears implode.

This year’s thrash-fest will see Slayer joined by co-headliners Trivium with prog-metal masters Mastodon as the first announced special guests. The final support act is to be confirmed shortly.

October
27
Manchester Arena
28 Birmingham NEC
30 London Hammersmith Apollo
31 London Hammersmith Apollo

November
02
Cardiff CIA
03 Glasgow SECC

The mighty Swedish prog-death metal superstars Opeth will be following up the release of their latest masterpiece Watershed with a November tour. They’ll also be performing at Bloodstock Open Air Festival on 15 August 2008 if you can’t wait until then. Thrash Hits .com certainly can’t, so expect a review of Bloodstock right here.

November
17
Glasgow ABC
18 Dublin Vicar Street
19 Birmingham Academy
20 London Shepherds Bush Empire
21 Bristol Academy
22 Nottingham Rock City
23 Manchester Academy

Welsh megastars Bullet For My Valentine will also be hitting the road in November as they aim to consolidate the phenomenal success their Top 5-charting album, Scream Aim Fire with some big, big shows.

November
09
Edinburgh Corn Exchange
11 Plymouth Pavilions
12 Birmingham Academy
15 London Alexandra Palace
16 Manchester Apollo

For all you heavy, heavy metalcore fans, Summer Slaughter is about to cross the pond and absolutely demolish the UK with a six-band bill that is guaranteed to blow your socks off. Suicide Silence are headlining with support from As Blood Runs Black, Abigail Williams, Born Of Osiris, Annotations Of An Autopsy and The Berzerker. If you’ve not had enough fun after Reading & Leeds Festival, this is where to go.

August
29
Liverpool Barfly
30 Glasgow Garage
31 Wrexham Central Station

September
02
Sheffield The Corporation
03 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
04 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
05 Oxford The Zodiac
06 London Islington Academy
07 Brighton Concorde 2

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