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Album: Bullet For My Valentine – Fever

May 17th, 2010

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Bullet For My Valentine
Fever
Sony BMG
26 April 2010

by Raziq Rauf

Bullet for My Valentine are the biggest British metal band since Iron Maiden. That’s a statement that (still) rankles the more pernickety metal fan, who continues to claim that, because BFMV focus on huge tunes (and have a penchant for syrupy ballads) rather than huge lyrics, and have meticulously straightened hair that’s more salon than sweatbox, they lack credibility. It’s just not true. They simply have more strings to their bow than the average metal band, hence their sure and steady rise to the top.

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Bullet For My Valentine blow out Hammerfest for Sonisphere

February 25th, 2009

Bullet For My Valentine

Well, it appears that our reports from earlier this week that Bullet For My Valentine are to join the ever-swelling Sonisphere bill has been confirmed in an official announcement from the festival organisers – however, it also seems that anyone heading to Prestatyn next month hoping to catch the Welsh four-piece are about to get a serious dose of disappointment. BFMV have blown out their headline spot inaugural Hammerfest in order to join Metallica at Knebworth.

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Live + Photos: Bullet For My Valentine, Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through & Black Tide @ London Alexandra Palace – 15 November 2008

November 19th, 2008

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine are playing in front of about 9,000 people. Slayer did the same thing last month but with a much stronger supporting line-up and over two nights. Some might say there is no justice.

The fact of the matter is that Bullet For My Valentine are a Top 5 charting band in the two most important countries and they sell records to the people that matter – people that actually give a shit.

Bullet sell records to the people that will also show their love for a band by actually turning up to see them play the songs on that record.

Yes, large portions of those people are very young girls, ably escorted by similarly young boys but don’t let that fool you.

Their brand of modern metalcore is absolutely not as true to traditional metal as many demand. That’s what makes is modern rather than traditional. The years don’t start with the number 19 any more, FYI.

This is a band that is going to be around for a while yet. This is no flash-in-the-pan pop band. They write real songs for real people.

Take the chap to my left in his mid-40s, for example. To him, this is as real as any metal band. His hangover, tomorrow morning, is testament to that.

Bullet For My Valentine, Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through and Black Tide @ Alexandra Palace photo gallery by Graham Pentz


The 2009 Premier League vs Thrash Hits XX – Part 2

August 15th, 2008

With the football season fast approaching, Gareth Dobson takes it upon himself to ponder the numerous parallels between the English Premier League’s finest and the rock world’s… finest. Some bands might call it soccer.

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Following on from Part 1, quite naturally, is The 2009 Premier League vs Thrash Hits XX – Part 2.

We are mere hours from kick-off now so forget about leaving the house tomorrow afternoon. There’s footy to watch. Forget about staying down the pub. You’ve got Match of the Day to watch.

To celebrate, Thrash Hits .com has decided to pair up its favourite rock bands with this seasons title contenders, ne’er do wells and downright doomed.

Don’t have any sporting affiliation? Now with our handy rock-u-like comparison feature, you can choose next season’s sporting protégés by attachment to your preferred guitar heroes.

Bullet For My Valentine
History: Fervently supported collective from the regions, boasting a proud working class following. Probably over-idealised by many, they have a recently history of threatening to dominate but ultimately falling short.
Form: Mixed times right now. The strong critical backing they received earlier on has receeded to be replaced by murmurs of doubt over their top-class credentials. Much money has been poured into recent campaigns to dent the upper echelons, but no-one’s confident it’s been well-spent. Despite being viewed by fans as quite the god-head, their main man’s occasionally irrational outburst has dropped them into the soup before.
You are… Newcastle United FC

The Subways
History: Initially bursting out of nowhere to make a big impact, claiming some big prizes on arrival. Then it all went wrong as they struggled to cope with the success, but now on an even keel. Critics are disdainful of their meat and potato style, others however, are fans of their typically English, 100 mph energy and efforts.
Form: Struggling a little bit with some big internal changes, there’s rumours of fractured relationships within the camp as the group attempt to match recent successes. Not easy thing given that many think they’ve over-achieved.
You are… Blackburn Rovers FC

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Linkin Park
History: Emerging in the late 90’s as an aspiring global force, Linkin Park have always had to deal with suspicion and wrinkled noses. Fortunately for them, the huge amounts of cash flowing through their accounts makes them essentially bulletproof. Would dearly love to be loved, but will settle for playing to the biggest crowds forever.
Form: After a crushing run that saw them clean up for a protracted period of time, they’ve stumbled by their own high standards recently. However, word of a new approach to their game offers hope that they’ll evolve into something more enjoyable. Critics are waiting for proof though.
You are… Chelsea FC

Staind
History: To the surprise of most onlookers, the outfit from Massachusetts have been around the big leagues since the turn of the decade. Backed for success thanks to some influential friends, they’ve held an elevated position many thought would never be possible, despite being dwarfed by their more esteemed rivals and neighbours.
Form: Mixed of late, many believe the cracks are beginning to show. A lot of money has been spent on the latest product, but it’s hard to see how it will succeed in the face of more adept and ultimately, superior rivals in the same division.
You are… Fulham FC

The Wildhearts
History: Who would be a fan of this neanderthal lot? Doomed to traverse the nether regions of the circuit, any success disappeared a long time ago. To be honest, no-one’s particularly sure how or why they’re even competing.
Form: Recently came back into the wider public eye thanks to a dogged climb out of their trough of ill-fortune. Will struggle to stay afloat though, and people have forgotten about them before they’ve even re-started.
You are… Stoke City

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Paramore
History: The reliance of youth is a brave world for some but folly for others. This sprightly bunch has achieved unparalleled success for their backwater region, thanks to the ardent backing of the men in the shadows. Clearly a strong desire to make this outfit a success, money has been poured in, but results have been decidedly mixed.
Form: Too adept to be dismissed, but not classy enough to really gun for the big time, the outfit seem to be riddled by image problems and exasperation at not receiving due credit. Strangely, their best performer comes under a lot of flak from the fans, partly due to speculation of their relationship with the rest of the team.
You are… Middlesbrough FC

Saxon
History: Hardy perennials with solid regional support, theirs has always been a case of ploughing on throughout the ages with survival the main success in itself. Now however, this collection of aged pros seem to have peaked at an unlikely age. Surely the dream can’t last for long…
Form: Unprecedented success. Set to play to their biggest ever crowds and enjoy previously unheard of exposure – all thanks to a televised roulette wheel of fortune. Old enough and ugly enough to realise that this is their only and final shot at glory, and will enjoy their high-profile time in the sun that’s been a long time coming.
You are… Hull City FC

Incubus
History: Well supported bunch with a good smattering of celebrity fans. Easy on the eye, it’s hard to spite this hard-working bunch. Certainly though, they don’t demand the adoration of neutrals either.
Form: Beyond the glory days, but still managing to spend occasional periods in the limelight. Tendency to chop and change core members and an inability to keep key men probably hampering them. Despite a modern aesthetic, still viewed by many as a kickback to older, staid times.
You are… West Bromwich Albion FC

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Slayer
History: Never particularly glamorous before, they nevertheless make a hell of a racket and their followers love getting stuck in. Now however, they’ve re-emerged as a reborn force. Particularly loved by the pundits, who seem to get rather dewey-eyed over them.
Form: Riding a new wave of glory and hitting the heights. Seemingly re-energised, they’re big draws doing pretty well indeed. Long-term fans might be getting a little wary of all these new fans emerging from everywhere though. They’ve stood by them through the lean years and are now enjoying the fruits of their faith.
You are… Portsmouth FC

Porcupine Tree
History: Without a doubt, not the most glamorous lot going, sometimes there’s a whiff of something slightly naff about it all, hinting back to another era, despite valiant attempts at modernising. Still though, a better bunch than many might give them credit for and astutely run.
Form: One of the more successful stories of recent times, their ascent has been slow but there’s no indication they’ll let it go to their heads. Hard work seems the attitude of the day, even if, with a constant revolving door of contributors, they might need benefit from a more settled line-up.
You are… Wigan Athletic FC

Agree with the bands the teams have beeen matched up to? Reckon you can do better? Thrash it out below.

In Photos: Hove Festival 2008

June 27th, 2008

Look how beautiful and sunny it is at Hove Festival

Resident photographer Gary Wolstenholme headed over to Norway this week to visit the quite fantastic Hove Festival.

True to form, Gary’s been snapping away and has got some brilliant shots of what looks like an awesome festival. Check out our photo gallery right here.

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New gigs and tours roundup – 12 June 2008

June 12th, 2008

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The enormous autumn metal tours have started rolling in. This week we’ve heard news about a couple of consortiums making their way across the Atlantic – one rather massive and one not so – as well as a couple of other big hitters hitting the UK from not quite as far away.

The hot ticket this autumn will be the painfully metal Unholy Alliance. 2006’s European leg had Slayer, In Flames, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed making your ears implode.

This year’s thrash-fest will see Slayer joined by co-headliners Trivium with prog-metal masters Mastodon as the first announced special guests. The final support act is to be confirmed shortly.

October
27
Manchester Arena
28 Birmingham NEC
30 London Hammersmith Apollo
31 London Hammersmith Apollo

November
02
Cardiff CIA
03 Glasgow SECC

The mighty Swedish prog-death metal superstars Opeth will be following up the release of their latest masterpiece Watershed with a November tour. They’ll also be performing at Bloodstock Open Air Festival on 15 August 2008 if you can’t wait until then. Thrash Hits .com certainly can’t, so expect a review of Bloodstock right here.

November
17
Glasgow ABC
18 Dublin Vicar Street
19 Birmingham Academy
20 London Shepherds Bush Empire
21 Bristol Academy
22 Nottingham Rock City
23 Manchester Academy

Welsh megastars Bullet For My Valentine will also be hitting the road in November as they aim to consolidate the phenomenal success their Top 5-charting album, Scream Aim Fire with some big, big shows.

November
09
Edinburgh Corn Exchange
11 Plymouth Pavilions
12 Birmingham Academy
15 London Alexandra Palace
16 Manchester Apollo

For all you heavy, heavy metalcore fans, Summer Slaughter is about to cross the pond and absolutely demolish the UK with a six-band bill that is guaranteed to blow your socks off. Suicide Silence are headlining with support from As Blood Runs Black, Abigail Williams, Born Of Osiris, Annotations Of An Autopsy and The Berzerker. If you’ve not had enough fun after Reading & Leeds Festival, this is where to go.

August
29
Liverpool Barfly
30 Glasgow Garage
31 Wrexham Central Station

September
02
Sheffield The Corporation
03 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
04 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
05 Oxford The Zodiac
06 London Islington Academy
07 Brighton Concorde 2

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