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Photos: Lamb of God, Decapitated + Huntress @ Birmingham O2 Academy – 17 January 2014

January 20th, 2014

Lamb of God by Gobinder Jhitta Birmingham O2 Academy 17 January 2014 Thrash Hits

It’d be fair to say that 2013 is probably a year that Randy Blythe from Lamb of God would like to forget, having spent much of it dealing with his trial and subsequent acquittal for manslaughter of Czech fan of his band, Daniel Nosek. They’ve certainly not wasted any time getting their 2014 off to a running start, hitting Europe for a 14-date extension to their long-running Resolution tour. We sent Gobinder Jhitta down to Birmingham to catch Randy and co.

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Album: Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas

October 19th, 2012

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Anaal Nathrakh
Vanitas
Candlelight Records
15 October 2012

by Tom Dare

With a (completely deserved) reputation for being one of the planet’s most scathing and nihilistic bands, grinding black metallers Anaal Nathrakh have subtly shifted moods for album number seven. While not standing still is always to be praised, the resulting album Vanitas has ended up sounding slightly at odds with itself. [Read more →]

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‘On The Road’ episode 4: album art and shooting dogs

October 18th, 2012

Black Sabbath Born Again Vice Marshall Headphones On The Road Thrash Hits

This week’s episode of Vice/Marshall’s third series of On The Road sees Jesse Hughes from the Eagles of Death Metal escape the Midlands to go chat to Steve “Krusher” Joule, the man responsible for that “interesting” cover art for their Born Again record you can see up above, as well as take a tour of Rockfield Studios in Wales, where Sabbath recorded on several occasions. Check it out after the jump.

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‘On The Road’ episode 3 brings Jesse Hughes to Diamond Head’s doorstep

October 11th, 2012

Vice Marshall On The Road Ozzy Osbourne Birmingham Star Thrash Hits

Another week, another episode of Vice/Marshall’s third series of On The Road is now online today – this week, Jesse Hughes from the Eagles of Death Metal tours Birmingham gathering stories on the early years of Black Sabbath, discusses how the industrial accident that chopped off the tips of two fingers of Tony Iommi’s hand helped shape his guitar playing, and then on to Stourbridge to catch up with Diamond Head.

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Sunday Slaylist: Supersonic Festival 2012

October 7th, 2012

Supersonic Festival 2012 Thrash Hits

Last week we dropped a Damnation Festival-themed Slaylist, and this week we’re focussing on another indoor Autumn festival – Supersonic. While not specifically a metal festival (or even necessarily a “heavy” festival), Supersonic pushes the boundaries of what you can do with a music festival in ways that traditional metal fests can’t even dream of. Because traditional metal fests are too busy working themselves into a froth over who their headliners are.

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Marshall Amps and Midlands Metal – episode 2 of Jesse Hughes’ Black Sabbath pilgrimage for Vice’s ‘On The Road’ is now online

October 4th, 2012

Marshall Vice On The Road Series 3 Black Sabbath Thrash Hits

Episode 2 of Vice/Marshall’s third series of On The Road made its way online today – this week Jesse Hughes from the Eagles of Death Metal makes his way to Milton Keynes to visit the home of Marshall Amplification, and then on to Birmingham to meet the influential – yet relatively unknown – Brummie metallers, Quartz. You can check the episode out after the jump.

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Live: Black Sabbath @ Birmingham Academy – 19 May 2012

May 21st, 2012

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What is tonight? In an ideal world, it should have been an intimate homecoming/warm-up show ahead of a massive headline set at Download Festival 2012 but instead the headlines only talk about contract disputes and the naysayers talk about the possibility of Black Sabbath being utterly awful tonight due to myriad reasons (Ozzy being Ozzy, Tony Iommi’s battle with cancer). Ultimately, the godfathers of heavy metal are playing to 3000 people in their hometown. Let’s take it at face value for now…

Six things we learnt while watching Black Sabbath play in Birmingham

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Future Hits 111: Selfless

January 30th, 2012

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Selfless

From: Birmingham, UK.
Lazy equation: (Knuckdust + Napalm Death) x one third of Fukpig.
URL: Facebook // Reverbnation

Thrash Hits Verdict: There can be little doubt that the Midlands are the crucible that created heavy metal – forget the fact that it’s the birthplace of Black Sabbath – it’s where Napalm Death and a whole host of extreme and grind bands first played louder, faster, and noisier than anyone else in the UK. To this day, the region continues to throw up nasty little nuggets of noise for us – such as the short, sharp shocks served up by the old school ethos of Selfless. We caught up with band’s guitarist, Chris Selfless, for a little history lesson.

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EP: Tomorrow Brings Giants – A Fraction

May 10th, 2010

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Tomorrow Brings Giants
A Fraction
Self-Released
10 May 2010

by Andy Parker

Birmingham’s Tomorrow Brings Giants have shared the stage with the likes of Desolated, Azriel and Devil Sold His Soul, delivering a traditional metalcore sound with a strong emphasis on powerful vocal dynamism. But when it come to their debut EP A Fraction, is that measure above or below the going standard? [Read more →]

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