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Live + Photos: The Unholy Alliance – Slayer, Trivium, Mastodon, Amon Amarth @ London Hammersmith Apollo – 30 October 2008

November 6th, 2008

Who said Slayer were old school? There seemed to be an Unholy curse on our technology! Our video camera chewed up our tape and our camera packed up halfway through. Hugh Platt still managed to remember some…

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With a beard so mighty it increases his hair swing per headbang by at least 40%, Johan Hegg’s Swedes open the Unholy Alliance in raucous style. Amon Amarth’s viking anthems are so heavy, one audience member literally shits himself and is carried out in shame. So begins The Unholy Alliance.

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In Photos: Turisas & Ravens Creed @ London Camden Barfly – 20 August 2008

August 26th, 2008

Finnish folk metallers Turisas tore up the Barfly in Camden, London just after their appearance at Bloodstock Open Air Festival with mighty British metallers Ravens Creed in support for a Kerrang! Awards Show.

Charley Staniforth was there to take some photos.

Turisas & Ravens Creed @ London Camden Barfly photo gallery

Live: Gallows @ London Shoreditch Village Underground – 23 July 2008

July 25th, 2008

When Gallows announced a hastily-organised free gig in East London on one of the hottest days of the year, we made sure we were there. Raziq Rauf reports on the UK punks while Charley Staniforth gets the photos.

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After February’s Relentless energy drink-sponsored Educational Crusade UK tour, we all thought that would be the end of Gallows’ partnership with the fizzy ultra-pop but there’s always time for another one.

With temperatures reaching 30°C outside, you can imagine what it’s like inside the relatively unventilated railway arches space. It’s lucky there are high ceilings and enough free Relentless to get absolutely wired.

Indeed, several people are heard muttering about the drink being reclassified as a Class B drug. That’s a joke. It’s quite a pertinent joke as it goes because if you’re watching Gallows, you just don’t need any extra stimulants.

They simply are one of, if not the most invigorating and refreshing young British bands to have emerged since the turn of the century. This show just proved it again.

Frank Carter has always loved hamming his banter up onstage while he’s not in his natural state of charging around the stage like a feral tomcat. But that’s what you pay your money for. You want the extraordinary and Frank is a frontman in the truest sense. He’s a star.

Watch the live video to ‘Abandon Ship’, filmed at The 100 Club, London by Gallows

Within 30 seconds of alarmingly atrocious sound coming from the PA, the Watford punks cut the music. They stop to berate and eject and over-handy security guard. They know who’s important and it’s definitely not the 15 stone of meathead pushing their fans and friends around.

The joy of Gallows is that they’re not limited to a one-man party trick. Whilst Frank’s lunging and clambering into and over the crowd, the rest of the band remain onstage, rocking out in the more traditional sense.

Guitarists Lags Barnard and Steph Carter rule the lip of the stage with calls to arms and guitar wizardry from behind their heads. It’s a schtick they’ve performed since the start but why change when you’re so damn good at it?

A question that everyone’s been asking is whether the new stuff is actually going to be any good. It is. The smattering of new tunes on show tonight showcased an intelligence and desire to create huge songs whilst retaining all the danger.

With the new album being recorded in September with a view to release in early 2009, it’s definitely going to be something to keep an ear out for. If you think you ‘get’ Gallows, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Gallows @ London Shoreditch Village Underground photo gallery

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In Photos: Fucked Up @ London, King’s Cross Water Rats – 14 July 2008

July 22nd, 2008

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Fucked Up are quite the unruly bunch and whenever the Canadians set foot in this fair town, all hell breaks loose. It’s chaos.

Charley Staniforth was on hand at the King’s Cross Water Rats in London to take some shots at Fucked Up.

Fucked Up @ London King’s Cross Water Rats setlist
‘Vivian Girls’
‘Black Hats’
‘Baiting The Public’
‘Fate Or Fates’
‘Crooked Head’
‘Crusades’
‘David Comes To Life’
‘Invisible Leader’
‘Police’
‘Circling The Drain’
‘Blaze Of Glory’
‘Colour Removal’
‘Jacobs Ladder’
‘Nervous Breakdown’
‘Generation’

Fucked Up @ London King’s Cross Water Rats photo gallery

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In Photos: Def Leppard & Whitesnake @ Wembley Arena – 26 June 2008

June 27th, 2008

After three decades of poodle rock brilliance, Def Leppard and Whitesnake are back on tour together. Indeed, they return to the venue they played together 21 years ago.

Charley Staniforth was there for Thrash Hits .com to get some snaps of the hard rock legends. Check out this photo gallery.

Def Leppard and Whitesnake @ Wembley Arena photo gallery

In Photos: Feeder @ London Proud Galleries – 12 June 2008

June 19th, 2008

On Thursday, 12 June 2008, Feeder played a fans-only show at the tiny, hipster venue Proud Galleries in Camden, London before headlining The Big Top at Isle Of Wight Festival on Sunday, 15 June 2008.

Thrash Hits .com was there, of course, with the 300 or so other fans and we’ve got a fantastic photo gallery for you. Check it out and tell us what you reckon.

If those photos are not quite enough for you, take a look at the video for Feeder’s classice indie anthem, ‘Buck Rogers’ as well.

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Watch ‘Buck Rogers’ by Feeder

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