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.
December 11th, 2012
After 12 months of bickering, debating, fighting and general disagreement, the Thrash Hits contributors have finally settled on their records of the year. Later this week we’ll be publishing Raz and Hugh’s lists, as well as the final, collaborative, everyone-from-Thrash-Hits mathematically-calculated Albums Of The Year list, but for the time being, here’s (part 1) of what our contributors thought were the best and the brightest of 2012.
August 18th, 2012
Okay. That blog title is a massive piece of misdirection. When the news came in yesterday that Jeff Tuttle had decided to part ways with The Dillinger Escape Plan, we were really bummed out. We frickin’ love DEP, and we frickin’ love what Tuttle brought to the band. Although he didn’t appear on Ire Works, Tuttle had been in the band since they started touring that release, and his contributions to 2010’s Option Paralysis – which was Thrash Hits’ Album of 2010 – can’t be understated either.
However, rather than despair that a member of our favourite bands has decided to leave, we’re giving this one a positive spin. Which is why we’ve gone and put together….
Six we’re not (too) sad that Jeff Tuttle has left The Dillinger Escape Plan:
July 10th, 2012
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:
May 15th, 2012
We once joked that one of our photographers, Ben Gibson, took an exorbitant number of shots of band members’ crotches and/or band members engaging in mid-air splits. We only meant it as a bit of light-hearted ribbing, but our boy Ben seems to have taken it to heart, and now sees it as a mark of honour to get as many in-air shots as possible into the photo sets he sends us.
Though possibly a band like This Is Hell almost makes it too easy for him.
Interview: Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré on oversharing, Leonard Cohen, and whether Ryan Gosling really was at that American Nightmare show or not.
March 15th, 2012
When Touché Amoré tore up London at the end of last month, Alex Andrews caught up with Jeremy Bolm to talk about the anxiety that comes with playing bigger venues and supporting a reformed American Nightmare.
Jeremy Bolm sits perched on a sofa, devouring what’s left of a sauce-covered chicken leg. Having only been introduced to Nando’s the day before by the boys in Basement, the Touché Amoré frontman appears as fascinated with the restaurant as the flocks of professional footballers and celebrities who ironically dine there.
Shovelling chips into his mouth, Bolm talks excitedly about opening up a franchise in Los Angeles. Softly-spoken and remarkably friendly, it takes a moment to get your head ahead around the fact that this is the same man who pens such intensely tortured verses and will later perform front flips off the cramped stage of the Camden Barfly.
March 9th, 2012
Usually when a someone quits a band, more often than not they do so not on the best of terms with their former bandmates. Obviously there are exceptions to this (after all, sometimes people just want to quit the music business altogether to spend time with their family), but if someone quits to start another band…well…you only have to look at Max Cavalera and Andreas Kisser to see that things do not normally end well in these situations.
Not so Josh Scogin and the guys in Norma Jean though. Not only does Scogin still get on with his former bandmates (well, the handful of them who are in Norma Jean’s current touring line-up), but they get on well enough for Norma Jean to bring The Chariot, the band Scogin quit NJ to form, out on their European tour with them. Awww. Isn’t friendship a wonderful thing?
March 3rd, 2012
February 29th, 2012
There are a lot of things that are good about Touché Amoré. One of the good things about Touché Amoré is that they force lazy music bloggers to learn the keyboard-shortcut for typing “é”. Another, perhaps more relevant, good thing about Touché Amoré, is that they are a bloody awesome live band. That’s why we had Ben Gibson go and photograph them doing just that at the Camden Barfly earlier this week, at any rate.
December 10th, 2011
We’ve shown you what Raz and Hugh’s albums of the year are, but they’re not the only ones responsible for the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011. Oh no. We’ve got a whole load of contributors – writers, photographers, and miscellaneous behind-the-scenes types – that help keep Thrash Hits running smoothly, and the albums they loved the most from 2011 matter just as much as those favoured by the boss men.