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SXSW 2013: the best of the UK’s heavy music in Austin

March 6th, 2013

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South By Southwest is a wonderful place where Foo Fighters play on the patio of a bar and Kvelertak play five shows in three days and we see them all by dumb luck. While the big picture says SXSW is about bands for radio, the underground says it’s all about metal. That’s why the pizza shop on 6th St is called Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza and has a dozen metal bands playing in its backyard every day. There are also some excellent bands flying over to Austin from the UK. Here’s a rundown of the seven that we could find.

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Interview: Bring Me The Horizon talk Sempiternal

February 28th, 2013

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With their fourth album, Sempiternal, released in April, this is one of the most talked about bands around. We spoke to Bring Me The Horizon about all the hard work Oli’s done to make his vocals good enough, what the album is really about, how Jordan Fish joining the band has affected their sound and how they’ve used the criticism they’ve received over the years to their advantage. Could BMTH become the biggest extreme metal band in Britain?

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 020: It’s a question of Britishness

February 15th, 2013

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This week Hugh and Tom Dare sit down to tackle the subject of Britishness in metal, taking care to avoid going on about tedious, tub-thumping, nationalist nonsense, and instead concentrating on some of the more unusual quirks and trends that Britishness has inadvertantly lent to British rock and metal over the years – how it affects not just how bands sound, but how we think about bands, and even how we come to cover certain bands at all in the first place.

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Album: Saturnian – Dimensions

September 12th, 2012

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Saturnian
Dimensions
Indie Recordings
24 August 2012

by Tom Dare

If you’re going to go for something, it’s best to go at it as hard as possible. If you’re going to be half-arsed or hesitant, people will notice. If you’re self-aware and embarrassed, the audience will hear it. But if you’re fully conscious that what you’re trying to do is over-the-top, theatrical, and going to be mocked by some, but embrace it simply because you think it’s awesome, you might just pull it off. Saturnian certainly seem to think this is the best tactic.

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Album: Winterfylleth – The Threnody of Triumph

September 4th, 2012

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Winterfylleth
The Threnody of Triumph
Candlelight Records
10 September 2012

by Ruth Booth

If ever British Black Metal had them, Winterfylleth are the genre’s controversy-laced poster boys. The Mercian Sphere gave the scene a sound so rooted in heart and soul in Albion, it almost transcended genre. Such is the anticipation for follow-up The Threnody of Triumph – but if you’re expecting more heart-warming hearkening to the days of post-Arthurian legend, it might be time to pack up your harp and wend heme.

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Album: Anaal Nathrakh – Passion

April 11th, 2011

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Passion
Candlelight Records
23 May 2011

by Tom Dare

The time will inevitably come when Anaal Nathrakh can no longer make an album more despicable, more scathing, more putrid and generally less pleasant than the last. Apparently In The Constellation Of The Black Widow was not that album, as Passion is yet more ear-flaying than before. Although at first you could easily be forgiven for thinking this isn’t the case.
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Album: TesseracT – One

March 28th, 2011

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TesseracT
One
Century Media Records
21 March 2011

by Raziq Rauf

After signing to the American office of major indie label, Century Media last year, this resolutely British quintet has been as busy on both sides of the Atlantic. After a low-key release in 2010, however, TesseracT are hoping to bring their melodic djent sound to as many people as possible with their debut album, One. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s been worth the wait.

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Album: Sylosis – Edge Of The Earth

February 23rd, 2011

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Edge Of The Earth
Nuclear Blast
11 March 2011

by Tom Dare

Sylosis are a band still tagged with the word “potential”, which might give the (totally wrong) impression they aren’t already fucking brilliant. In Sylosis’ case, it’s that they sound capable of greatness but haven’t quite reached the heights their work thus far hints at. With Edge Of The Earth, the band’s second full-length album, they’re attempting to shrug off that “potential” label once and for all. [Read more →]

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Album: Dyscarnate – Enduring The Massacre

May 28th, 2010

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Enduring The Massacre
Siege Of Amida Records
03 May 2010

by Tom Dare

Dyscarnate are a death metal band. Saying that feels slightly strange – every other new band who incorporate “death metal” into their genre name seem to want it prefixed by “brutal symphonic progressive technical ambient blackened”, and definitely don’t want you to call them “deathcore” no matter how many hardcore breakdowns they have. It’s something of a relief to find something as straight-up death metal as this. It’s also part of the reason their debut record Enduring The Massacre is so good, and why this is a band to be genuinely excited about.

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