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The Thrash Hits Podcast 021: Hiring’n’Firing – Music Business 101

February 25th, 2013

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Following the week that saw Steph Carter leave Gallows, Dave Lombardo get kicked out of Slayer, and Adam Duce and Machine Head part ways, Raz and Hugh talk about the various bits of music industry politics that invariably accompany a band member leaving an established act. And then they do some awful word-association with the 49 new bands that were announced for Download Festival 2013. At least it’s over quickly.

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Album: Tomahawk – Oddfellows

February 5th, 2013

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Tomahawk
Oddfellows
Ipecac Recordings
28 January 2013

by Daniel Cairns

Mike Patton could record himself belching into a dictaphone and stick some reverb on it and fans would still clamour over it, such is the frenzy the man causes. Oddfellows isn’t like that though, thankfully, or unfortunately (depending on how broken you are). Out of the gazillion projects he’s  shrieked and gurgled on, Tomahawk is the one most likely to appeal to your average Faith No More listening gumby, being as they are, a relatively straightforward rock band, although they’d still make a litany of Foo Fighters fans feel dumber than they already are.

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Vintage Video: Slayer – War Ensemble

March 10th, 2012

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As far as we’re aware, March 10 (that’s the day we’re publishing this, for anyone who’s late to this particular party) isn’t a particularly important date in the calendar for any of the four members of Slayer. It isn’t any of their birthdays. It isn’t the anniversary of the release of any of their records. As far as we’re aware, it isn’t the date of their wedding anniversaries, or their children’s birthdays, or the anniversary of the first time Kerry King realised that it’s better to shave your head entirely once you start going bald, rather than suffer through the ignominy of trying to maintain the long-hair look once male pattern baldness takes hold.

It is, however, the birthday of producer Rick Rubin, arguably Slayer’s most influential (and in their early days, most frequent) studio collaborator. Which from our perspective makes it the perfect opportunity* to look back at the video to one of Slayer’s more overlooked numbers.

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How do you make Lemmy cry? “Make him unable to play music, I would imagine.”

December 4th, 2009

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A couple of weeks ago, you might’ve heard that cover of Lemmy singing a cover of ‘Stand By Me’ with Dave Lombardo on drum duties. For the first ever Motorhead/Slayer collaboration, it was a bit of WTF-moment to be honest. So we tracked down Baron, the producer somewhat responsible, to get some answers. That’s him up there on the right.

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Album: Slayer – World Painted Blood

November 9th, 2009

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Slayer
World Painted Blood
American Recordings
02 November 2009

by Mark Eglinton

Sometimes waiting is a very good thing. Not always, but sometimes. On first listen to World Painted Blood back in what must have been mid August, it would have been condemned, mostly for production reasons, as their worst record since well..their last bad record.

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Throw the horns – it’s the International Day of Slayer

June 6th, 2009

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We shouldn’t need to tell you how much Thrash Hits loves Slayer. If Slayer was a lady, we would love them in a sexy way. If Slayer was a man, we’d be having a full-on bro-mance with them. Well, we would, but we suspect Kerry King would probaly beat us round their head with a BC Rich and feed us to his snakes. So you can bet your bottom dollar that Thrash Hits is gonna be playing Tom Araya and co as loud as our stereo will go today, in honour of the fourth International Day of Slayer.

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Poll: Which of the Big Four thrashes hardest in 2009?

April 22nd, 2009

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There’s no denying it – 2009 looks like it’s going to be a good year for the Big Four. If you’re suffering from an epic brain-fail, and don’t already know who they are, The Big Four are the quartet of bands who helped define Thrash Metal as we know it – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. But who amongst them is tr00ly still shredding it like they were in 1985?

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Slayer: Reign of Fear

July 18th, 2008

Slayer have been heading up the thrash metal scene for a quarter of a century. Frontman Tom Araya tells Joel McIver that it may soon be time to rethink the band’s future and defends the forthcoming Unholy Alliance III tour with Trivium.

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This autumn, the UK’s bigger clubs will be quaking to their foundations thanks to the latest instalment of the Unholy Alliance tour, headlined by Slayer and featuring Trivium, Mastodon and Amon Amarth on the bill.

Previous jaunts included Slipknot and In Flames and received much acclaim, but there’s a sneaking feeling among Slayer’s rabid fanbase that perhaps some space on the bill could have been allocated to newer, more extreme bands this time around. Thrash Hits .com put this to Tom Araya this week, as well as asking him to clarify his band’s future.

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