Today (January 26) is Australia Day. According to Wikipedia, it “marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip”. In the UK, this means loads of pubs put on extra drink offers on crappy lager in order to entice the nearby Australian ex-pat community into the pub. At Thrash Hits, it represents something we can hang a themed Sunday Spotify Slaylist off.
October 14th, 2013
07 October 2013
by Tomas Doyle
Australia is having a jolly brilliant time of it when it comes to heavy music at the moment. Everywhere you turn there seem to be a ton of bands from down under gathering increasing momentum – particularly in the US and UK – across a broad spectrum of metallic styles. Parkway Drive, Be’lakor, Thy Art Is Murder, Psycroptic: crushing brutality is quickly becoming Australia’s best export since Dr Karl Kennedy esq. That’s all fair dinkum but you can’t just hang on to the coat tails of a scene and expect success to land in your lap. So what are Northlane then? Total legends like Steve Irwin, or total pieces of shit like Rupert Murdoch?
September 10th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: Japanese bands of the heavy inclination are few and far between, but when they’re good, they’re bloody amazing. Think of Envy, Crossfaith and FACT, for instance. Palm are absolutely the heaviest of the bunch and they play searing, crusty hardcore in the vein of those bands up there, influenced by the likes of “Slayer, Pantera, Entombed, early Sepultura, early Cave In [and] Neurosis”. They recorded an album, My Darkest Friends with Alan Douches (Baroness, 3 Inches of Blood) and had the cover designed by Converge’s Jacob Bannon. It all fits together.
While bassist, Yoshiyasu Morita, drummer, Kenta Nakanishi and vocalist, Toshihiko Takahashi have now been together for a decade, guitarist, Ryouta Sugimoto joined the band a couple of years ago and Palm have been on an upward trajectory ever since. The singer, however, is the sole remaining founding member, so we had a chat to him about Palm.
April 2nd, 2013
08 April 2013
by Gavin Lloyd
While the often elitist attitudes of some segments of the hardcore scene can put a dampener on things, it remains a genre with a rich heritage, providing the world with a wealth of great bands both old and new. Then again, it has also produced bands like Deez Nuts.
April 1st, 2013
Thy Art Is Murder
01 April 2013
by Tom Doyle
Did you know that Thy Art Is Murder are Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace’s favourite deathcore band? In fact the New South Wales natives have made several appearances on Australian Masterchef and apparently make a smashing Eggs Benedict. With that in mind, lets get down to talking about the culinary mosh-melange that is their new record Hate (which is also the name of a kind of traditional Aussie consommé, I think).
March 28th, 2013
Flesh Is Heir
26 March 2013
by Daniel Cairns
As someone that went utterly batshit over The Amenta’s second album n0n, Flesh Is Heir initially felt a bit… off. n0n was (deep breath now) the best metal album of 2008, a savage cacophony of industrial, ambient, death and black metal, replete with lashings of nihilism and loathing. Which was nice. The first few tracks on Flesh Is Heir don’t sound anywhere near as hopeless (in a good “argh, fuck this world” way, not in a “christ this sounds shit” way) or disgusted.
October 30th, 2012
29 October 2012
by David Keevill
The progression in sound from last year’s Deep Blue to Atlas does not come at the expense of Parkway Drive’s core sound, but it is a noticeable departure from the sort of relentless fare that they’ve wielded in the past. What’s more, the endless parade of tracks that erupted from the bowels of Deep Blue has given way to a far more coherent and singular beast. Edges are still razor sharp, as the likes of ‘Old Ghosts/New Regrets’ and ‘Swing’ prove with riffs teetering on the edge of angular technicality and still retaining the band’s gargantuan rhythmic bounce, but that’s not all.
May 27th, 2012
This week we’re keeping it simple. In recognition of the news from the start of this week that Spotify has launched in Australia (and New Zealand), we’ve put together a Sunday Spotify Slaylist of some of our favourite Australian bands.
September 29th, 2011
Earlier this week it transpired that Coal Chamber were reforming to play some reunion shows. It turns out Hugh Platt has an interesting angle on why this is so much bullsh*t.
Back before Thrash Hits existed, I sometimes moonlighted as an occasional crew member for a low-budget (and now defunct) music TV channel. I mainly helped out on location shoots – generally as a grip, occasionally as a soundman, and more often than not just as a general fixer. Back in late 2007, when DevilDriver were headlining the Islington Academy, we rolled up a few hours before the doors opened, ostensibly to shoot a few interview pieces with Dez Fafara, which is how the issue of Coal Chamber came up.
September 1st, 2011
Thrash Hits Verdict:
Remember that time Basick Records released a bad record? Yeah, we don’t either. Circles are from Australia and they fit solidly into the Basick blueprint of brilliant melodic technical metal. There are hints of Incubus and Finch about the vocals and masses of SiKth and Meshuggah about the riffs. Basickally (LOL, sorry), they’re bloody good. We’re just waiting for the flaming galahs to get their bums over to the UK.