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Live: Mutoid Man @ Los Angeles The Echo – 19 March 2014

March 26th, 2014

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It’s nice seeing a band comprised of musicians that you have incredible respect for but it’s bittersweet when it’s a band that, for a variety of reasons, not many people will ever get the chance to see. This was the situation when Raz went down to see Mutoid Man, who have members of Converge and Cave In in their midst, supported by Black Mare in LA.

Six things we learned while watching Mutoid Man in LA…

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Future Hits 155: Palm

September 10th, 2013

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PALM
From: Osaka, Japan
Lazy equation: All Pigs Must Die, Trap Them, Black Breath etc
URL: Facebook // Bandcamp // Twitter

Thrash Hits verdict: Japanese bands of the heavy inclination are few and far between, but when they’re good, they’re bloody amazing. Think of Envy, Crossfaith and FACT, for instance. Palm are absolutely the heaviest of the bunch and they play searing, crusty hardcore in the vein of those bands up there, influenced by the likes of “Slayer, Pantera, Entombed, early Sepultura, early Cave In [and] Neurosis”. They recorded an album, My Darkest Friends with Alan Douches (Baroness, 3 Inches of Blood) and had the cover designed by Converge’s Jacob Bannon. It all fits together.

While bassist, Yoshiyasu Morita, drummer, Kenta Nakanishi and vocalist, Toshihiko Takahashi have now been together for a decade, guitarist, Ryouta Sugimoto joined the band a couple of years ago and Palm have been on an upward trajectory ever since. The singer, however, is the sole remaining founding member, so we had a chat to him about Palm.

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Avenged Sevenfold topping the UK album charts is good for Metal

September 1st, 2013

It’s not the first time that a metal band has reached #1 in the UK Albums Chart, but it feels like a rarer and rare occasion, so Raz talks about why we should all celebrate Avenged Sevenfold doing so with Hail To The King.

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Avenged Sevenfold have reached #1 in the UK Album Charts with Hail To The King and that’s a great thing for Heavy Metal because, like it or not, it is a subculture. Sure, it’s a subculture that sells out Wembley Stadium and fills Donington Park every year, but metal is a niche genre nonetheless.

It requires effort to keep up with and only the very dedicated (me and you) ever know what’s going on in the metal world on a daily basis. That’s why Avenged Sevenfold appearing in such a high-profile position in non-metal media is important. It reminds “them” that “we” are still here.

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WATCH: Jacob Bannon of Converge documentary by Noisey/Vice

January 23rd, 2013

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The famously non-reflective Jacob Bannon is seen here in extra-reflective mood. Soundtracked by strings, long moments of Bannon staring into the camera and absolutely no extraneous fun, this 12-minute documentary from Noisey – Vice’s music channel – focuses on Bannon’s formative years and it’s actually great. It’s the kind of film that wins awards because instead of being puerile and silly, it deals with “emotions” and “feelings” and other things that morons put in quote marks when they’re being puerile and silly.

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.6: Thrash Hits invades the Radio 1 Review Show

December 20th, 2012

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2012 was the year we went legit. Well, not really, but it was the year that we got to pull out Ron Burgandy’s “I’m kind of a big deal” attitude as BBC Radio 1 called us up and asked if we wanted to take part in the Radio 1 Review Show. Y’know – sharing our expert opinion on rock music and all that for an hour on national radio. Well, it was the Radio 1 Week of Rock, after all.

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The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2012

December 13th, 2012

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Well, it’s all been leading to this. The votes are in, the results have been tabulated, calculated, and any other kind of mathematically something-lated you can think of. This is the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2012.

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Albums of the Year 2012: Raziq Rauf

December 12th, 2012

Thrash Hits Albums of 2012

So we’ve already published part 1, part 2 AND Dep Ed, Hugh Platt’s Albums of the Year lists, so now it’s time for the next stage of #RaziqRaufsReignOfTerror. Here’s the eclectic and ridiculous list of Raziq Rauf.

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Thrash Hits invades the Radio 1 Review Show

October 24th, 2012

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In case you’re not one of the literal thousands of people who follow Thrash Hits on Facebook and Twitter, then this might’ve passed you by: last night our Deputy Editor, Hugh Platt, appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Review Show, spouting off about new tracks from Mallory Knox, Gnarwolves, Bullet For My Valentine, and his personal pick – Converge. Why did Edith Bowman invite us in as pundits? Well, it’s all down to Radio 1 Rocks – nearly a week of special programming where the UK’s flagship music broadcaster recognises that there are plenty of us out there who like our music LOUDER and HEAVIER than the average listener.

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