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Album: Kataklysm – Waiting For The End To Come

October 21st, 2013

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Kataklysm
Waiting For The End To Come
Nuclear Blast
28 October 2013

by Pete Long

If nothing else has been learnt from Kataklysm’s 22 years and ten studio albums to date, apart from the fact that they’re really good when they’re in the mood, it’s that they’re not adverse to the odd stylistic change or experiment. It seems appropriate therefore that Waiting For The End To Come sounds a little like a split album. Montreal’s finest (sorry, Cryptopsy) clearly have a lot of different ideas about what could make a good death metal album and this time, they’re using all of them at once.

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Album: Cauldron – Tomorrow’s Lost

September 19th, 2012

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Cauldron
Tomorrow’s Lost
Earache
08 October 2012

by David Keevill

Earache’s recent tendencies to parley with bands of a retrospective focus has now become a major part of their raison d’etre. From the magnificent muddy river blues rock of Rival Sons through to the deft traditional metal leanings of Savage Messiah, this is a label who’ve spearheaded a number of brilliant releases which have firmly had one foot lodged in the past. Amongst all this, Cauldron have carved out a niche for their (self-professed) retro-metal, and have paved their two album route to this point with more than a few nods to Judas Priest, Anvil and Celtic Frost.

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Album: Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living

April 30th, 2012

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Cancer Bats
Dead Set On Living
Hassle Records
16 April 2012

by Tom Dare

We quite like Cancer Bats (had you noticed?). In fact there aren’t many bands that quite so many of us agree are fucking brilliant. At their best (Hail Destroyer), they are in that “so exciting you’re in real danger of injuring yourself” bracket that precious few bands in any era have managed. So if Dead Set On Living is as good as we know they’re capable of, this could get frothy.

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Album: 3 Inches Of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal

March 15th, 2012

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3 Inches Of Blood
Long Live Heavy Metal
Century Media
26 March 2012

by Tom Dare

If you’re the kind of metalhead that reacts to that particular end of the metal spectrum – you know, the one draped in leather and fur, that’s unduly fond of Vikings and loves the first four Manowar albums as much as it doe its own kids – the same as you would if your local served you a pint of horse’s piss instead of beer, 3 Inches Of Blood probably aren’t for you. However, if you look at Rob Halford decked out in leather screaming ‘Painkiller‘ and think it’s the most amazing thing in human history, step this way.

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Video: Cancer Bats go back to basics for official video to ‘Old Blood’.

January 25th, 2012

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Cancer Bats have cut the crap and kept it simple for their video to ‘Old Blood’, the first single to be taken from their upcoming fourth studio album, Dead Set On Living. Then again, given that the very essence of Cancer Bats is a bunch of guys going seven shades of apeshit in tiny, confined rooms, it more than captures the energy that’s made these Canadians such perennial favourites here in the UK.

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Album: Woods Of Ypres – Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light

January 18th, 2012

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Woods Of Ypres
Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light
Earache Records
13 February 2012

by Tom Dare

By now, you’re probably aware Woods Of Ypres mainman David Gold died on 21 December 2011. What was meant to be the first album he’d have had significant label backing for after plugging away in the Canadian underground for a decade, has instead turned out to be his last. This is obviously a delicate record to analyse, but whatever the background, an album has to stand up on its own merit – the music is either good or it’s not. Only in this particular case, there’s a sizeable caveat. [Read more →]

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Interview: Todd & The Book of Pure Evil creator, Craig David Wallace

October 26th, 2011

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What’s the most metal TV show out there? No, it’s not what you’re thinking of. Or that one. The correct answer is Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil. Not heard of it? Well, unless you’re Canadian, or as well informed as us at Thrash Hits, it may have passed you by as it hasn’t hit UK TV quite yet.

Now, I’d love to tell you all about it and why you should spend all your money over on iTunes Canada to buy the brilliant first series – but an article that says, “WATCH THE FUCKING SHOW,” over and over is no use to anyone. So instead we talked to Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil creator Craig David Wallace about the show…

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Album: Kataklysm – Heaven’s Venom

August 17th, 2010

Kataklysm
Heaven’s Venom
Nuclear Blast
13 August 2010

by Tom Dare

You probably think you know how this review of Heaven’s Venom is going to read. I’m going to trot out some clichés about Kataklysm being one of those bands laden with backhanded compliments – “consistent”, “dependable”, “proficient” and the like – without ever saying anything really positive. I’ll throw in some spiel about side-projects to cover up my lack of enthusiasm for “yet another Kataklysm” record. If you think that, you’re completely wrong.

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