December is an empty month, filled with too many cash-in re-releases and tedious album-of-the-year content to make our monthly genre-columns thing really work. That’s why we asked David Keevill to give us a retrospective of the Big Things that happened in Prog in 2014, before getting back to the serious business of 2015 next month…
cult of luna
December 12th, 2013
Like any artform, music is not a competition. There is only good and bad music and that categorisation in itself is all down to subjective taste. However, in a bid for scientific rigour; some quantitative analysis to fortify the qualitative spiels, we’ve asked all the Thrash Hits contributors to list their favourite albums of 2013. Yeah, it’s here to boost our egos by claiming what we say is best and it’ll surely get some good clicks and you may (rightly) point out that it’s just another list but, at the very least, you might see an album that you’ve never heard of and think about buying it. That would be cool.
December 11th, 2013
Due to the fact Raz and Hugh run things at Thrash Hits, their opinions are the most important. Yes there’s an overall TH Top 20 Albums of 2013 and there’s a list of the individual contributors’ favourite albums, but their opinions are also the most correct. That’s why they’ve got their own post where they can explain their own favourite albums of 2013 without being sullied by democracy.
December 10th, 2013
If you’re on this page, you really should have seen the Thrash Hits Albums of the Year 2013 list already. If you haven’t, you should click that link or this link and sort that out. This piece will attempt to delve into some vague statistical analysis of the results. This is really only interesting if you care deeply about either the Thrash Hits Top 20, any old statistical analysis or both, so the chances are you’ll have clicked through to something else by now. Anyway…
September 22nd, 2013
It’s just a few short weeks away now – Damnation Festival 2013 is (once again) going to be the heavy music event of the Winter here in the UK. We’re going to be heading up to Leeds University in force come 02 November, but until then, we’ve put together a Sunday Spotify Slaylist to hype us up for what’s (once again) one of the best one-dayer metal fest line-ups the UK has ever seen.
September 17th, 2013
Cult Of Luna
23 September 2013
by Rob McAuslan
Cult of Luna’s latest EP came as one hell of a surprise , given the length of time it took for them to get around to the devastating, electronica-spattered masterpiece that is Vertikal. “More of that could only be a good thing!” We thought. It kind of is and it kind of isn’t, and which end of that you sit at will depend very much on you. There’s a shift of focus here that may make you very uncomfortable indeed.
May 2nd, 2013
Aussie metallers Lo! have been touring Europe with German experimental metallers, The Ocean and Swedish post-metal pioneers, Cult Of Luna for the past couple of weeks. Bassist, Adrian Shapiro has been writing a tour diary about driving, eating, drinking and sleeping. And playing Here it is.
January 15th, 2013
Well, since Christmas and the New Year are now well and truly out of the way, we figured now was the perfect time to throw the next episode of the Thrash Hits podcast out there for you to digest. This week, Raz and Hugh are talking about the various ins and outs of certain legal cases (Ian Watkins of Lostprophets, Harley Flanagan – formerly – of Cro Mags, and, of course, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God) that have been going on while we were on our Christmas break, as well a a discussion on the nature of making tips and predictions, and even a little bit about what’s going on with Thrash Hits for 2013. HINT: BIG PLANS.
January 11th, 2013
Cult Of Luna
25 January 2013
by Tom Dare
It’s been the best part of five years since Cult Of Luna last attempted to simultaneously both scare the shit out of and crush the brains out of their audience. It doesn’t take long for sixth album Vertikal to establish the same broad mission statement. Or for the massed ranks of Swedes to re-establish themselves as one of the most vital, evocative and purposefully heavy bands around. [Read more →]
November 21st, 2011
Siege Of Amida Records
22 August 2011
by Danny Montana
Opening track, ‘Akeldama’ doesn’t really hang around to do anything but leave a hefty impression. But what an impression. While the eerie opening builds and builds for the first 45 seconds, Cult Cinema pack in a whole load of discordant, furious anger into the remaining 45. It’s clear from that spacious opening that they’ve been taking their cues from the likes of Cult Of Luna and it’s no surprise to see that CoL man, Magnus Lindberg mixed and mastered this EP.