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Guest Column: My problem with Record Store Day, by Daniel Garrod

April 19th, 2013

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After his last column on why he dislikes guests lists so much proved to be so popular, we asked former Bastions drummer, Daniel Garrod, if there was anything else he fancied getting off his chest/putting in the firing line. We didn’t expect him to turn his attention to Record Store Day, but hey, here’s his column…

Two years ago, almost to the day, I got a call from my then-guitarist who sounded like he was going to stab me in the throat…

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Photos: Leeds Festival – 24-26 August 2012

September 17th, 2012

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In addition to those sweet as you like on-stage photos of Cancer Bats’ Main Stage triumph we showed you last weekend, our man Gobinder Jhitta took a shedload of photos at this year’s Leeds Festival. We basically gave him free rein to go shoot whatever and whoever he wanted, and he didn’t let us down – pretty much every band we ranted and/or raved about in our post-Reading & Leeds Festival podcast is featured in his gallery, which you can check out after the jump.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 013: Summer? GTFO

September 6th, 2012

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With Reading and Leeds Festivals over and done with, the UK summer festival season is officially over. Well, it’s over as far as we’re concerned. This week, Raz and Hugh look back on their highlughts and lowlights from Reading and Leeds respectively, as well as taking a look at this week’s top news stories: the new album announcement from Deftones, and Sylosis bunking off from a European tour with Devin Townsend and Fear Factory to go gallivanting around the USA supporting Lamb of God.

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Top 6: Punk Rock Reunions of 2012

August 30th, 2012

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We went in-depth with reasons as to why 2011’s American Nightmare reunion was an excellent occurrence but there’s been a spate of reunions in the punk & hardcore scene. Whether it’s about the money or the acknowledgment of a great band, some have gone down wonderfully. Others… less so. This weekend in Downtown LA there’s another festival going in. It’s called Fyf Fest and it features a number of these reunited bands.

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Album: The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet

March 29th, 2012

The Mars Volta
Noctourniquet
Warner Bros.
26 March 2012

by Dan Pelic

It’s not as if the point of a record review is ever to exact a reaction out of the artist itself, but this review would probably make Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala a happy couple. Why? Because this record from The Mars Volta is such an utter disappointment – which is what they accepted it might be, because they are true artistes who do it for the art, right maaaan?

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Reading & Leeds Festivals confirm Foo Fighters, Paramore, and Bullet For My Valentine among first 41 acts announced for 2012

March 12th, 2012

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Festival Republic have tonight officially confirmed the first batch of 41 names playing their flagship festivals – Reading & Leeds Festivals. Although their arguably the UK’s biggest festivals taking place in 2012 (since Glastonbury is taking a year off), admittedly most of these names will be of little or no interest to the majority of our readers here at Thrash Hits, but there are a few heavier highlights in among the indie-fodder.

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Album: The Mars Volta – Octahedron

July 2nd, 2009

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The Mars Volta
Octahedron
Mercury Records
22 June 2009

by Stephen Milnes

Few artists nowadays release enough material for five albums, even fewer release enough for five albums in six years while working on multiple side-projects – Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has so many fingers in so many pies we think he’s got a couple of spare arms hidden away somewhere, would also explain his enviable propensity to be outrageously good on the guitar.

The Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez are two such artists. The brains behind the sorely missed, hugely influential late 1990’s post-hardcore of At The Drive-In, they left to form prog outfit The Mars Volta in 2001 and have since gone on to produce some of the most awe-inspiring, enthusing and simultaneously impenetrable, self-indulgent music in existence.

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Future Hits 030: The Tupolev Ghost

May 21st, 2009

A lot of people are saying great things are going to come from The Tupolev Ghost. We had a chat with frontman James Parrish about the his hopes and dreams for the band as well as Swine Flu and Limp Bizkit.

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From: London and Cambridge, UK
Sounds like: Rival Schools, Shellac, Slint
Website: www.MySpace.com/TheTupolevGhost

Thrash Hits verdict: This band is a fantastic amalgamation of all your favourite post-rock and post-hardcore sounds from the 1990s and the turn of the century. They also DSTRY stages with their cracking live show. The Tupolev Ghost are a fascinating, honour-fuelled band that a lot of people are going to get to care about if they get the breaks they deserve.

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