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Split 7-inch: Is the UK Hardcore scene a divided place?

November 28th, 2013

The battle between culture and commerce is something that’s always on the agenda, whether we’re actively talking about it or not. The UK Hardcore scene is one that has been enjoying a surge in popularity over the past few years but why is that? Tomas Doyle talks to prominent figures in the scene to try to discover whether the divide that appears to be growing is really there and if it is, what we can do about it…

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Few scenes, if any, have enjoyed such a leap to mainstream popularity as hardcore has in the last ten years. The rise and rise of its sister genre, post-hardcore, package tours both domestic and foreign and a proliferation of the niche as a lifestyle package have all played their part in making the counter culture a big deal but has this move overground diluted what hardcore once stood for and is the UK scene in particular splitting in two? One side more underground, the other sprawling into more public consciousness. What does it mean to be in a hardcore band, either under the radar or more high profile in 2013 and does it even matter anyway?

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Avenged Sevenfold topping the UK album charts is good for Metal

September 1st, 2013

It’s not the first time that a metal band has reached #1 in the UK Albums Chart, but it feels like a rarer and rare occasion, so Raz talks about why we should all celebrate Avenged Sevenfold doing so with Hail To The King.

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Avenged Sevenfold have reached #1 in the UK Album Charts with Hail To The King and that’s a great thing for Heavy Metal because, like it or not, it is a subculture. Sure, it’s a subculture that sells out Wembley Stadium and fills Donington Park every year, but metal is a niche genre nonetheless.

It requires effort to keep up with and only the very dedicated (me and you) ever know what’s going on in the metal world on a daily basis. That’s why Avenged Sevenfold appearing in such a high-profile position in non-metal media is important. It reminds “them” that “we” are still here.

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Guest Column: My problem with the Guest List, by Daniel Garrod

March 7th, 2013

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As long-time readers will know, we like to throw the doors to Thrash Hits open every now and again to let musicians have a bit of a shout and rant about something that’s got on their tits. We’ve had Rich from Xerath on political lyrics, Dale from Malefice discuss metal fans’ distrust of success, and Swanny from Monuments on bourgeois concepts regarding spiritual and social fulfilment. The latest in this line of infamany is Daniel Garrod, formerly the drummer of Bastions, who wants to get something off his chest on the subject of freeloading guestlisters. Take it away, Danny….

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Live & Photos: Kerouac’s last ever show @ London Old Blue Last – 07 July 2012

July 10th, 2012

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Oh man. It wasn’t a tough decision to head down to the Old Blue Last for Kerouac’s final show, but it sure as Hell was a difficult proposition to review it afterwards and convey even a fraction of how it felt on the night. Hugh Platt handles the words; Ben Gibson is our man with the camera.

Six things we learned when we saw Kerouac’s last EVER show:

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Sunday Slaylist: Adios, Kerouac….

July 1st, 2012

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Next Saturday, one of our favourite British bands of the last few years, Kerouac, will be playing their final live show. When they announced their decision to split back in April, we went and drew a big red circle around 07 July on our calendars, as there’s no way in Hell that we’re going to not be there, screaming till our lungs hurt, and giving the band the send off they so richly deserve. But until then, we figured the best use of this week’s Sunday Slaylist was to showcase just why we rate this band so highly.

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Live & Photos: One Unique Signal, Shapes + Bastions @ London Bermondsey Biscuit Factory – 04 June 2012

June 20th, 2012

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Before Download Festival all kicked off, we headed down to an old Biscuit Factory in South London to watch a bunch of experimental hardcore bands in a handmade wooden box. This is what we do for fun around here. Hugh Platt took care of the words; Shaziya Niamh was in charge of the photos.

Six things we learned from watching experimental hardcore in an old Biscuit Factory in South London:

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Future Hits 118: History of the Hawk

April 20th, 2012

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History of the Hawk
From: Stourbridge, Midlands UK
Lazy equation: (UKHC + DCHC) x a European tour diary for Thrash Hits
URL: Facebook // Bandcamp // Twitter

Thrash Hits verdict: The crafty folk at In At The Deep End Records blackmailed us into listening to all nine minutes of History Of The Hawk’s OCEAN EP in 2011 but they don’t need to keep blackmailing us. IATDE know what they’re doing and they know who they’re signing. Any fans the absolutely fucking amazing Bastions album will enjoy HOTH. Melding 90s DC hardcore with 90s UK hardcore is hardly anything new but not all bands manage to make it sound as vibrant and energetic as these guys. Similar to Bastions and Hospital Corners, that OCEAN EP has a slightly medical meaning. It’s an acronym: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism – the five big personality indicators when diagnosing a patient in modern psychology. We had a chat to History Of The Hawk singer, Nathan Coyle about what’s what. You should read this and then listen to their music. You will not regret it.

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Bastions’ FIRST EVER European tour kicks off tonight. Don’t say we didn’t warn you….

March 1st, 2012

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Remember Bastions? That band that we’ve told you about many, many times before, the band who we’ve urged you again and again to make the effort to go and see play live, ASA-‘effing-P? Well tonight they’re kicking off their first ever European tour. No longer are we urging just our British readers to get off their arses to go check out one of the best new British bands in years. Oh no. Now we’re urging the whole of bloody Europe to do so.

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Sunday Slaylist: IT SNOWED!!!111!!

February 5th, 2012

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Look, we’re a bit tired, we’ve foolishly agreed to cook Sunday lunch today, and we still have to trudge down the shops to buy a big slab of meat to cook for it. With much of the UK currently under 2 inches of snow, can you blame us for going with an obvious topic this Sunday? That’s why we’ve gone for the bleedingly obvious choice of a Winter-themed Sunday Slaylist.

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