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Album: TesseracT – Altered State

May 28th, 2013

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TesseracT
Altered State
Century Media
27 May 2013

By Ruth Booth

When doom-mongers spoke of the world’s end in 2012, TesseracT may have felt a tiny bit paranoid. Their lauded debut One had seen them branded standard-bearers of UK Djent, but a cancelled major tour, and the departure of their second vocalist in 12 months left TesseracT struggling to tread water. That they reached the end of the year with both new album Altered State in the can and the New Blood Prog Award must have left them wondering if they were victims of some great cosmic joke.

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Label Profile 005: Shelsmusic

May 27th, 2013

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We’ve always had a soft spot for labels who think differently. Shelsmusic – born in the UK, bred in California – has made its name on atmosphere, from tremulous folk and consciousness-expanding walls of sound, to muscle-shredding, gut-pounding metal. Albums from artists as diverse as Black Sheep Wall and Ancients make regular dents our end of year top tens. In recent months, they’ve not only expanded into production, through their Purple Buffalo Studios, but to mark their 10th anniversary, they’re re-releasing Mahumodo’s cult record Waves on vinyl. High time to catch up with label head and *shels frontman Mehdi Safa, we reckoned…

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Interview: Mehdi Safa and Arif Driessen from *shels on throat-singing, The Neverending Story, and gigging in a city where night never comes

July 13th, 2012

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Devil Sold His Soul, March of the Raptors, Akercocke, Ancients, Eden Maine, Mahumodo – the various component parts of post-metal super-collective *shels makes for impressive reading. With the band’s core band members usually separated by the Atlantic ocean, when the band toured the UK for the first time in five years, Ruth Booth ambushed frontman Mehdi Safa and trumpeteer Arif Driessen and for her trouble received a demonstration of some of their special skills…

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Retrospective Review: Ancients – Constellations EP

December 11th, 2011

When we asked our contributors to tell us their albums of the year, we also offered them the opportunity to retrospectively review any of their Top 10 list that we hadn’t reviewed already. Ruth Booth took us up on that offer.

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Ancients
Constellations EP
*shelsmusic
26 September 2011

by Ruth Booth

Break-ups. Bloody hell. As Heartbreak Season 2011 serves up a double-header in Thursday and Thrice, here comes a little reminder for fans of the post- tag that there can be light at the end of the tunnel.

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Top 10s of 2011: Our Contributors

December 10th, 2011

Thrash Hits 2011 Albums of the Year

We’ve shown you what Raz and Hugh’s albums of the year are, but they’re not the only ones responsible for the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011. Oh no. We’ve got a whole load of contributors – writers, photographers, and miscellaneous behind-the-scenes types – that help keep Thrash Hits running smoothly, and the albums they loved the most from 2011 matter just as much as those favoured by the boss men.

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