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The Year in Prog with David Keevill – 2014

January 2nd, 2015

Cult of Luna 2013 promo photo Thrash Hits

December is an empty month, filled with too many cash-in re-releases and tedious album-of-the-year content to make our monthly genre-columns thing really work. That’s why we asked David Keevill to give us a retrospective of the Big Things that happened in Prog in 2014, before getting back to the serious business of 2015 next month…

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Sunday Slaylist: Hevy Festival 2013 – what might’ve been…

August 4th, 2013

Hevy 2013 cancelled Thrash Hits

This weekend would’ve been the fifth Hevy Festival…but as you no doubt know by now, the festival was forced to cancel their event this year. They tried to schedule a replacement all-dayer at the Brixton Academy here in London, featuring some of the biggest bands on this year’s (cancelled) bill…but as you also know by now, they had to cancel that too.

It’s not been the best year for Hevy Festival, truth be told.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 016: Damnation Festival 2012 PREVIEWED

October 18th, 2012

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With Damnation Festival 2012 a mere three weeks away, Hugh and Tom blast through every band on the line-up of the UK’s heaviest Winter festival, rating and slating as they go.

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Sunday Slaylist: Damnation Festival 2012

September 30th, 2012

Damnation Festival 2012 Thrash Hits

Earlier this week, Damnation Festival announced Hawk Eyes, Ravens Creed and The Atrocity Exhibit as the final three bands for their 2012 line-up, and my, what a killer line-up it is too. Headed up by Dorset doom overlords, Electric Wizard, this year’s Damnation Festival also sees Pig Destroyer make their first return to the UK in eight years – why the hell haven’t you bought a ticket already? If you have bought a ticket already: well done. You know the score.

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Damnation Festival completes 2012 line-up with Hawk Eyes, Ravens Creed and The Atrocity Exhibit

September 26th, 2012

Damnation Festival 2012 Thrash Hits

Right, that’s it – that’s you lot. Damnation Festival have completed the line-up for their 2012 festival tonight by confirming the opening acts for all three of the festival’s stages – The Atrocity Exhibit on the Terrorizer stage, Hawk Eyes on the Jägermeister stage, and Ravens Creed on the Eyesore.

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Primordial, Bossk, and Textures added to Damnation Festival 2012

July 2nd, 2012

Primordial at Bloodstock by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Damnation Festival have announced three more bands for their 2012 event. Heading up today’s announcements are Irish pagan black metal types, Primordial, who’ll be playing a UK festival exclusive set at Damnation. The other pair joining the bill today are reformed post-metallers Bossk, and Dutch revolving-line-up kinda-djentists, Textures.

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Rinoa: “Finding pictures of pretend Japanese girls when you’re looking for a band on the internet is kind of awesome I guess. If that’s your thing.”

April 8th, 2010

We’ve had something of a boner for Rinoa ever since their phenomenal debut album, An Age Among Them, started spinning on our stereo. Which is why Hugh Platt has been bothering their guitarist, Jozef Norocky, with these smarmy questions.

Critics have been split over the album – rocksound gave it a 10, our man Andy Parker gave it a full 6 out of 6, and Rock Midgets gave it 4/5, but Kerrang! was a bit lukewarm on it. Has this divided reaction been a surprise?
“Well, we were all obviously thrilled with those first reviews you mentioned. Yeah, the Kerrang! one was a bit of shame, but KKK aint too bad. The guy loved the music and didn’t agree with the vocals. Neither does my mum. That’s his opinion, and that’s totally fine, we’re just happy to be written about.

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Album: Rinoa – An Age Among Them

March 22nd, 2010

Rinoa
An Age Among Them
EyesOfSound
15 March 2010

by Andy Parker

Three years ago, I witnessed a young band starting out on the road playing the difficult act of first-on supporting Shels and Latitudes. Formed of ex-Crydebris and Symmetry members, Rinoa breezed into existence with their Envy, Russian Circles take on post-hardcore.

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