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Photos: Therapy? @ Manchester O2 Academy 2 – 03 April 2014

April 5th, 2014

Andy Cairns - Therapy? by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Has it really been twenty years since the release of Troublegum? The Mercury Prize-nominated Therapy? album that went on to help define their entire career? Yes, yes it has. That’s why they’ve released a deluxe boxset re-release of the album, and are currently on tour across the UK playing that album in full. We sent our man Gary Wolstenholme over to the Manchester to dodge wave after wave of crowdsurfers that piled over the barrier at the O2 Academy 2 when the band played ‘Screamager’.

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Photos: Crossfaith, Nekrogoblikon + Baby Godzilla @ Liverpool O2 Academy – 09 February 2014

February 20th, 2014

Kerrang! Tour 2014 Thrash Hits

Sometimes, things go wrong. Things went wrong when we sent our man in Liverpool, Matt Thomas, along to photograph the Limp Bizkit-headlined Kerrang! Tour 2014. Some wires got crossed somewhere, and whole everyone else in Liverpool with a camera was allowed into the photopit to snap Fred Durst and co., we were barred and only allowed to snap the support acts – Crossfaith, Nekrogoblikon and Baby Godzilla.

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Photos: Killswitch Engage + Trivium @ Manchester O2 Academy – 01 February 2014

February 3rd, 2014

Killswitch Engage live in 2014 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Dual-headliner tours are always a weird one. No matter what fancy-pants arrangements the bands come to, no matter if they have a stricty-enforced on-off switch for who plays last every night, naturally one band rises above the other. And so it goes with Killswitch Engage and Trivium, who are currently enacting this age-old conflict at venues up and down the length of the UK. Our snapper in the North, Gary Wolstenholme, was on hand in Manchester to shoot both bands when they brought that unspoken conflict to the O2 Academy.

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Photos: Lamb of God, Decapitated + Huntress @ Birmingham O2 Academy – 17 January 2014

January 20th, 2014

Lamb of God by Gobinder Jhitta Birmingham O2 Academy 17 January 2014 Thrash Hits

It’d be fair to say that 2013 is probably a year that Randy Blythe from Lamb of God would like to forget, having spent much of it dealing with his trial and subsequent acquittal for manslaughter of Czech fan of his band, Daniel Nosek. They’ve certainly not wasted any time getting their 2014 off to a running start, hitting Europe for a 14-date extension to their long-running Resolution tour. We sent Gobinder Jhitta down to Birmingham to catch Randy and co.

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Photos: Amon Amarth + Carcass @ Manchester O2 Academy – 13 November 2013

November 18th, 2013

Amon Amarth by Gary Wolstenholme Inventory Photo Manchester 2013 Thrash Hits

Metal Hammer’s annual Defenders of the Faith tour is usually a bloody good excuse to catch a whole crop of excellent bands all in one place – this year’s line-up was particularly impressive, with headliners Amon Amarth being backed up by the likes of Carcass, Hell, and Bleed From Within. We got our principal photographer, Mr Gary Wolstenholme, to head on down to Manchester to catch one of the last big metal tours of 2013 do its dirty business all over the O2 Academy.

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Photos: Megadeth @ Manchester Academy – 05 June 2013

June 6th, 2013

Megadeth MegaDave Dave Mustaine 05 June 2013 Manchester Academy by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

MEGADAVE. We’ll never get tired of calling Dave Mustaine that. No matter how many stupid things he says off stage, no matter how many awful new Megadeth albums called Super Collider that he puts out, and no matter how many onstage temper tantrums he throws because he’s unhappy with the stage lighting, no matter how many homophobic slurs he wants to throw at people who’ve paid money to go watch him play live – despite all of that, he’ll still always be MegaDave.

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Photos: Misfits + Goldblade @ Leeds Academy – 04 April 2013

April 8th, 2013

Misfits live at Leeds Academy - 04 April 2013 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

When are the Misfits not the Misfits? Well, legally speaking, the Misfits are the Misfits as long as founder member and bassist Jerry Only is performing in the band. After all, he and Glenn Danzig fought legal battles over this stuff years ago. That’s why the band that have just finished touring the UK bears very little resemblance to any of the classic line-ups of the band that have come over to these shoes before. They don’t even have Michael Graves as a vocalist anymore.

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Photos: The Jägermeister Music Tour @ Sheffield O2 Academy – 18 March 2013

March 21st, 2013

Ghost at Sheffield O2 Academy by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Although they’re forced to call themselves “Ghost B.C” in America now, here in the UK the Jägermeister Music Tour is still headlined by a band called Ghost. There’s no legal issues so far as we or anyone else we know can think of regarding Gojira and The Defiled being forced to use different name when stateside, so how about we cut all this introductory chit-chat and get right to the photos, okay?

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