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Thrash Hits’ Biggest Surprises of 2013

December 12th, 2013

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One of the best things about music is its unpredictability. Sometimes, those moments can cause true horror but the best moments are just ace. That’s why we spend so much time caring so much – for those moments. It’s worth the risk. Most of the time. Here are all of the Thrash Hits contributors’ biggest surprises of 2013. They’re mainly bad, actually, but whatever…

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 024: The Thrash Hits Relaunch

May 21st, 2013

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In case you haven’t noticed, WE RELAUNCHED THRASH HITS. This week on the podcast, Raz and Hugh talk through the fancy new changes that we’ve made to the site (we’re pretty proud of it FYI), as well as giving the lowdown on our team-up with Songkick Detour (help us bring American Nightmare, SikTh, and a load of other awesome bands to London!), as well as talking about the only news story that’s mattered over the last week – Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying being arrested and charged with attempting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife.

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Album: As I Lay Dying – Awakened

September 13th, 2012

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As I Lay Dying
Awakened
Metal Blade
24 September 2012

by David Keevill

As I Lay Dying have consistently trodden water on the edges of higher acclaim. Whilst they have shown a technical proficiency undoubtedly born, at least in part, from frontman Tim Lambesis’ instrumental polygamy, the music has always lacked innovation and heart. In short: AILD is a band whose potential has never quite been reflected in their studio output.

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Download Festival adds 14 more bands to their 2012 line-up

February 1st, 2012

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Download Festival have announced a veritable swathe of additional acts that will be gracing their festival at Donington Park this Summer. There’s even a fair few heavyweights in this announcement, including Megadeth, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Slash, and Thrash Hits’ personal favourite purveyors of intellectual metal, Five Finger Death Punch.

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Album: The Devil Wears Prada – Dead Throne

September 1st, 2011

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The Devil Wears Prada
Dead Throne
Roadrunner Records
12 September 2011

by Danny Montana

Let’s talk about progression. Even as recently as 2009, the American sextet had wacky song titles which bore no relation to the subject matter. The Devil Wears Prada may have been making some stunningly technical metalcore but they were a joke. It’s time to stop laughing.

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Album: Jamey Jasta – Jasta

August 5th, 2011

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Jasta
Century Media
25 July 2011

by Andy Parker

Before we get the ball rolling it has to be said I quite like a bit of Hatebreed. I can’t say that there is a perfect album end to end, but they sure do know how to make some floor-punching, dick-shrivelling stompers that are always accompanied by chest beating choruses. ‘Straight To Your Face’, ‘Doomsayer’, ‘This Is Now’ or ‘I Will Be Heard’ all result in my car going bat shit crazy with my crew slamming one another on the back seat.  But will this debut solo record from Jamey Jasta prove that there more to the man than a head scarf and a huge gob?

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Album: As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise

May 26th, 2010

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The Powerless Rise
Metal Blade
10 May 2010

by Tomas Doyle

I’m not sure how I’d feel if I was in As I Lay Dying. Would I be proud to be in a band which helped ignite the metalcore scene into the omnipresent behemoth that it is today? Or would I be pissed off that there are now literally thousands of bands pursuing a similar sound from all four corners of MySpace?

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2008 into 2009: As I Lay Dying

December 8th, 2008

Nick Hipa play guitars in literarily-leaning Californian metalcore merchants, As I Lay Dying. Half of his stuff is stuck in Thailand. If we were him, we would have stayed there and guarded it. At some Full Moon Parties or something.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Attending and performing at Wacken!

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Being marooned in Thailand as a result of political protesters shutting down the airports. Our equipment and personal effects are still over there somewhere. Where? We have no idea.

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Every Time I Die: “We had the word ‘Die’ in our name before anyone else.”

June 8th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com decamped to Oxford for the evening last time Every Time I Die were in town. Raziq Rauf talks to guitarist Andy Williams about making a great record and wearing just swimming trunks and braces on film.

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In September 2007 Every Time I Die released their fourth full-length album, The Big Dirty. It was well-received across the board, as was their breakthrough effort, Hot Damn!. It was the record in the middle that confused everyone. The added rolling, twanging Southern-sounding riffs to their traditional hardcore sound didn’t quite seem to fit together.

“We weren’t really trying anything new on Gutter Phenomenon. I think we just over-thought everything,” Williams explains. “We only spent three months on Hot Damn!. With Gutter Phenomenon, ‘Easy Tiger’ was the first riff I wrote for Gutter Phenomenon. Seven months later, we finished the song.

The Big Dirty took just over four months to write and record,” Williams recalls, shifting in his seat. “Usually your first intuition is the best and, with us, that’s definitely true.”

Watch ‘We’rewolf’ by Every Time I Die

If you look at any heavy music bill these days, you are more than likely to see a band performing that has the word ‘die’ in their name. It’s something that Andy Williams has definitely noted.

“It’s been ten years already. We were a band five years before bands like As I Lay Dying and the rest of them. I’m not taking credit for it,” Andy smirks, “But we definitely had the word ‘die’ in our name before anyone else.”

Aside from band names, ETID have always tried to do something different within their admittedly limited genre. “I definitely think that we’ve shaped things and that bands have been influenced by us,” he says. “It feels good when I walk into a place and some young kid in a hot new band comes up to me and says, ‘Hey your music changed my life.’

Indeed, some current megastars are amongst Every Time I Die’s biggest fans. “There are dudes in My Chemical Romance that literally wouldn’t be where they are unless they saw Every Time I Die in 2000 – when they weren’t even a band.”

When asked how it feels to have Gerard Way’s voice on Gutter Phenomenon, Williams merely says, “It’s very flattering”.

Andy Williams’ Top Tips

  • Saviours are my shit right now. It’s the best name for that band because I hope they save music. They’re just a great band.
  • Gallows are bringing a British swagger to a really distilled American crowd and it woke people up on the Warped Tour last year. If a band’s going to shake things up then more power to them.
  • Torche – Meanderthal. Listening to that was like listening to Nevermind by Nirvana. It’s a band that can really shake things up along with The Sword and Saviours.

The Buffalo, NY band is completed by vocalist and master lyricist Keith Buckley, his guitarist brother Jordan, drummer Michael ‘Ratboy’ Novak and their seventh and hopefully final bassist Josh Newton but there was a sixth member for the first time on the recording of Gutter Phenomenon.

“We busted our asses for six months writing that shit and then the producer tells us it’s not good enough,” Williams complains. “He wasn’t being an asshole, he was just trying to make it sound better – that’s what a producer does.”

Complaining, however, is not something that Andy Williams takes lightly. “Bands who stress about being in a band are just not cut out for it,” he proclaims. “There’s always some dude on the tour who is moping around and complaining. If you’re in a band there’s no fucking reason you should be on any sort of anti-depressant pill. I play guitar for a living and I’m in England right now, riffing.” And riff he does.

As a result, Every Time I Die have built a reputation of being a fun band and this extends all the way through to their music videos. “If someone gives us $30,000 and a camera, of course we’re going to take full advantage of it,” Williams laughs. “We don’t want to be in a warehouse with some dudes, looking hard. We want to be in a house that looks like it’s in the ‘70s having a party.” See the results below.

Watch ‘The New Black’ by Every Time I Die

From images of the master guitarist in a pair of Speedos at a retro house party to the future, Andy Williams remains matter-of-fact throughout. “I hope there’s another ten years of Every Time I Die,” he ponders. “It’s all going really well right now but we are all starting to get really fucking old.”

Every Time I Die are playing the Warped Tour across the United States from 20 June 2008.

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