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Sunday Slaylist: Hammerfest IV – The Hammer of Thor

March 11th, 2012

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This time next week, our intrepid representatives at Hammerfest IV – The Hammer of Thor, will be slowly trying to recover from a weekend where the level of attention paid to the many heavy metal bands playing is directly (and inversely) proportional to the levels of booze being imbibed by them. How do we know they’ll be getting smashed rather than getting their mosh on? Well, because even if you headline your event with Anthrax and Skindred, we know for a fact that whenever more than one Thrash Hits contributor ends up in the same room at Pontin’s in Prestatyn, someone ends up puking. That’s not us trying to sound like a bunch of lads-on-tour kerrrrayyyzzzyy drunks either – that’s the raw statistics of Hammerfest talking.

In any case, we figured we’d put together a Hammerfest-themed Spotify Slaylist to start getting them in the mood nice and early.

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WIN: A fistful of weekend passes to Hammerfest IV – The Hammer of Thor

January 10th, 2012

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Times are tough. The economy is up the spout, your next payday is weeks away, and those blissful who-cares-about-next-week feelings that Summer festival season bring are even further away in the distance. Thankfully, Hammerfest IV is set to strike in March to alleviate that Spring slump, and what’s more, if you enter our competition to win a set of FOUR weekend passes to the event, you might be able to bust down to Prestatyn without even having to pay an entry fee.

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Live: Sylosis + Malefice @ London Islington Academy – 07 October 2011

October 11th, 2011

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Remember ten years ago when the British metal scene was alive and kicking with bands like Raging Speedhorn, Pitchshifter and Stampin’ Ground storming stages nationwide? It may not have lasted that long but you have to admit the UK scene has seen some drastic improvement over recent years. We thought we’d head down to Islington Academy and bang our heads to some homegrown talent.

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EXCLUSIVE! Listen to Anterior’s new single, ‘To Live Not Remain’ + tour details

August 8th, 2011

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Largely Welsh metallers, Anterior are going to release their second album, Echoes Of The Fallen via Metal Blade Records on 29 August 2011. That’s pretty cool. Even better is being able to hear the third and final single, ‘To Live Not Remain’ EXCLUSIVELY here on Thrash Hits. Click and listen.

**UPDATE** You can now stream the entire of Anterior’s album, Echoes Of The Fallen, c/o Metal Blade Records. Pretty sweet, right?

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Live: Sylosis @ London Camden Underworld – 25 February 2011

March 11th, 2011

After the drooling adulation we threw at Sylosis‘ new album Edge Of The Earth, you might think the chances of us missing their headlining show in London were worse than the odds of a Nickelback cover band surviving a support slot on a Slayer tour. And you would be correct. Here’s a bumper crop things we found out from tonight.

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Photos + Live: Hellfire Festival @ London Islington Academy – 22 February 2009

March 3rd, 2009

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When it came to the second full day of the first ever Hellfire Festival, Thrash Hits was looking forward to hour upon hour of the cream of young British metal talent tearing up North London like an runaway JCB. Instead we got something more akin to a out-of-control Mini Cooper – sure, at times it felt dangerous, but at times it felt as dangerous as an episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

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Photos + Live: All That Remains / The Haunted @ London Islington Academy – 24 January 2009

January 27th, 2009

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London has lacked metal this January the way it’s lacked sunshine. The endlessly grey and pigshit-miserable drizzle was matched by a gig calendar bereft any head-banging, horn-throwing metal action. Which is why the Islington Academy tonight is packed tighter than a nun’s naughty bits for the first true heavy hitters the capital’s seen in 2009. The foul weather alone wasn’t about to stop a legion of grizzly metalheads from packing out this North London concrete shoebox.

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2008 into 2009: Anterior

December 12th, 2008

Welsh metallers, Anterior might be named after a cruciate ligament but that doesn’t matter to us. Hairy frontman, Luke Davies talks about burning vans, fisting whole insurance companies and Tom Jones singing Slipknot covers…

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What was your highlight of 2008?
There was quite a few highlights but if I was tied down to my favourite it was probably playing with Children of Bodom on their small UK tour – huge venues with huge great crowds. It was a great few days.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
We had a pretty savage tour van fire this summer, which was quite bad. The van was completely torched, and me and Steve (guitarist) were trapped in the back whilst the front was a pure raging inferno! [Read more →]

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