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The Year in Death Metal with Rob McAuslan – 2014

January 6th, 2015

The Year in Death Metal with Rob McAuslan

We promise (really promise!) that this will be the last lookback-at-2014 thing we post. Except maybe a podcast (and that’s a big maybe). Whatever. We’re launching yet another of our splendid genre columns today, this time with one of our long-time death metal aficionados, Rob McAuslan, taking a quick look back at the biggest things that happened (or in one case, learned about what’s coming) in the wonderfully fluffy world of death metal.

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The Thrash Hits Staff Albums of 2014

December 19th, 2014

2014 Even More Lists Thrash Hits

By now you’ve read the one list that really matters – the Thrash Hits Top 10 Albums of 2014 – but now we’re giving you the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the minds that created it. Here are the unedited, unspoiled and unsullied opinions that we crunched together to distill our Top 10. We asked our contributors to tell us what their personal Top 10 records of the last 12 months were, and to justify their top choice to us.

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Interview: Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates on crafting the most anticipated album of 2014

November 13th, 2014

There’s no way around it – At The Gates releasing their first new material in over 18 years was a big deal. We sent Pete Long along to find out from Tomas Lindberg, the band’s frontman, just why it took so long.

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When Tomas Lindberg talks about the “One thousand, two thousand people” waiting for At War With Reality, it seems he might be selling himself a little short. It’s not that he’s unaware of the affection that Slaughter of the Soul is held in, it’s just that nobody in At The Gates is the type of guy to spend too much time thinking about the album’s legacy. Considering the effects that the level of expectation could have had on them, it’s probably just as well.

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Album: At The Gates – At War With Reality

September 29th, 2014

At The Gates 2014 by Ester Segarra

At The Gates
At War With Reality
Century Media
27 October 2014

by Pete Long

It is very hard to escape the influence of Slaughter of the Soul. At The Gates’ classic still stands as the consensus pinnacle of the melodeath genre, and remains a touchstone of much of modern metal. So it’s probably best to establish from the off that At War with Reality –  arguably the most anticipated comeback album since Carcass’ Surgical Steel – is not a clone of its predecessor.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 010: Bloodstock Open Air 2012 REVIEWED

August 20th, 2012

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With Bloodstock Open Air 2012 now over, Hugh Platt and Tom Dare have reconvened in the studio to look back at the highs and lows of Thrash Hits’ Bloodstock experience this year – talking about our high and lows, the winners and losers, and just what Tom was doing with a Hairy Helmet and an Old Growler on the Friday night.

We also took time out to see what nonsense MegaDave has been spouting this week, to discuss Peter Dolving’s revelations about what really went on with his split from The Haunted earlier this year, as well as a check-up on the situation with Baroness, who suffered a truly awful bus crash last week. Get well soon, guys.

The Thrash Hits Podcast 010: Bloodstock Open Air 2012 REVIEWED

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Has Peter Dolving announced he’s quitting The Haunted….via Facebook?

February 29th, 2012

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To answer our own, rather ambiguously-worded rhetorical question in our blog-post’s title – it seems so. The Haunted vocalist appears to have unequivocally confirmed his departure from the band to the rest of the world via a sternly-worded post on his personal Facebook page. And going by what’s he’s saying, it’s not what you could really call an “amicable split”.

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Album: Vallenfyre – A Fragile King

October 27th, 2011

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Vallenfyre
A Fragile King
Century Media Records
31 October 2011

by Vincent Danger

This is the album from the latest metal supergroup. It’s the project of Paradise Lost’s Gregor Mackintosh but with My Dying Bride and At The Gates members also in tow it’s extra exciting. They’ve become one of metal’s most talked about bands. What everyone really wants to know, however, is whether A Fragile King is any good.

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2008 into 2009: Municipal Waste

December 16th, 2008

They say it themselves: Municipal Waste will fuck you up. It’s true! Drummer, Dave Witte and frontman, Tony “Guardrail” Foresta talk getting fucked up by kidney stones and knives.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
D: Playing on the At The Gates reunion tour.
T: So many to list! South by South West, Hellfest in France, Fun Fun Fun Fest, touring with At The Gates, and still having a lot of down time to spend with family and friends.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
D: A kidney stone – the worst pain I’ve ever felt.
T: Losing someone really close to me.

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