The list of individuals in the world of metal that fans unequivocally agree on the importance, talent, and legacy of is very small indeed. Even figures in the biggest, most influential bands can be divisive figures – and none more so than Metallica. That’s just one of the many things that makes the band’s former bassist, the late Cliff Burton, such an extraordinary figure – perhaps no bassist in the history of metal is so universally agreed upon as not just a master of his instrument, but a full on innovator of its use in metal. That’s why today, on what would’ve been the bassist’s 51st birthday, our Sunday Spotify Slaylist is dedicated to Cliff Burton.
November 18th, 2012
Today marks the 50th birthday of Kirk Hammett, former guitarist with Exodus, celebrated horse rider, premium sporter of curly hair in metal, Christmas fanatic, oh, and lead guitarist in some little old outfit known as Metallica. So in the best tradition of Sunday Slaylists, this week we’re running a special birthday tribute to the man often described as “the third most important member of Metallica”. Yep.
June 30th, 2012
Philip Hansen Anselmo, frontman of Down, former frontman of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, and member of more side-projects and various guest-spots than we could concisely mention, is 44 years old today. And since Anselmo has spent more than half his life fronting some of the most influential metal bands of the last quarter-century, the least we could do to mark his birthday is to post a video of one of those bands, right?
June 17th, 2012
Michael Monroe, former frontman with Hanoi Rocks and long-established solo artist in his own right, is 50 years old today. We once saw him backstage at Download Festival 2010, and he didn’t seem to have aged in about 35 years. It was slightly terrifying. It’s in the spirit of that terror that we present this week’s Sunday Slaylist – a tribute to the birthday-boy himself.
March 6th, 2012
Yeah, so this is a day late but I was either stuck on the London Underground or I was walking home for most of the day because someone left a bag unattended on the Tube. Attend to your bags, please.
Eleven years ago, a cool band called My Vitriol released their debut (and only) album, Finelines. Before I embarked upon my day-long waste of time, I noticed that it was 05 March 2012 whilst talking about Hundred Reasons on Twitter – another band from the same era.
February 20th, 2012
20 February 1967. That was the day that the grunge overlord was born. Kurt Cobain would’ve been 45 years old today.
January 23rd, 2012
30 January 2012
by Tom Doyle
If we follow the chronology of that famous T-shirt, we appear to currently be in the “death” phase of Metallica’s career. I recently took to these very pages to explain why Lulu was not the worst album of 2011 but that should not be taken as a defence – the record was an unmitigated disaster and will surely be looked back on in years to come as real emperor’s new clothes moment of folly from the yes-men who now surround the biggest heavy band ever. But in truth Metallica fans haven’t had a lot to shout about for a long time now. St Anger‘s problems were well-documented, and it said a lot about the sorry state of affairs that the band were in that Death Magnetic – an LP which was average by any standard let alone when compared to the bands monolithic back catalogue – was met with a “this isn’t THAT bad” pat on the head from fans and critics.
May 22nd, 2009
Thrash Hits has been online for one whole year now. We’re pretty pleased with ourselves and we’re going to be celebrating the last 12 months and the next 12 months in London tonight.