Thrash Hits Verdict: At some point, the UK hardcore bubble of recent years is going to burst. Like it or not, the part-timers will at some point get bored, and the resurgence that has revitalised the country’s scene over the last few years will retract, implode, and then retreat back to the underground for a few years. Thankfully though, that cataclysm still shows no signs of manifesting any time soon, leaving us plenty of quality bands of Grappler’s calibre to enjoy. Oh yes.
September 14th, 2009
December 11th, 2008
Matt Kean, bassist for Britain’s hottest deathcore outfit, Bring Me The Horizon, took a couple of minutes to talk about his rather uneventful year. Clearly, after a solid stint of touring, he just wants to go home. Bless.
What was your highlight of 2008?
Playing the Warped Tour in the USA.
What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Nothing really! I think I lost my wallet half way through the year but that’s about it!
Live + Photos: Alexisonfire, The Ghost Of A Thousand & Dead Swans @ London Camden Barfly – 17 August 2008
August 27th, 2008
When Alexisonfire hit town to play a tiny, intimate Kerrang! Awards Show in north London, Lynsey Wright made sure she was right down the front for Thrash Hits .com with her camera.
Dead Swans hit the stage running; launching straight into fierce, full-tempo hardcore. This band doesn’t miss a beat.
Brighton band the Ghost of a Thousand take to the stage next, and do nothing to calm the already overexcited crowd down.
Vocalist, Tom Lacey is a livewire on stage. Running from stage to barrier and back it’s hard to keep-up but it fits the fast-paced, hardcore music that this band are specialists of.
An over-sold Barfly is bursting at the cracks in the walls by the time the headliners, Alexisonfire, are due to appear and they certainly don’t mess about.
Within seconds of appearing onstage they launch into their first grinding hit; driving the largely underage crowd into a frenzy. The entire room sings along to both the melodic parts of Dallas Green and the raw screams of a shirtless George Pettit.
They plough their way through songs from both Crisis and Watch Out and even debut an as-yet-unnamed song from the forthcoming record, jokingly titled ‘Wade owns England’.
The best surprise of the evening was the stage invasion during the encore. Almost the entire crowd were clambering over the barrier, limbs flailing, attempting to join their heroes on stage and to ensure they have something to tell the kids in the playground tomorrow.
Alexisonfire, The Ghost of a Thousand & Dead Swans @ London Camden Barfly photo gallery
May 28th, 2008
Canadian hardcore troupe Comeback Kid are returning to the UK for Download Festival and a July tour with Floridian metalcore five-piece Shai Hulud, Long Island punks Crime In Stereo and UK hardcore merchants Dead Swans in tow. See below for the full list of dates.
Thrash Hits .com is giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Comeback Kid performing live in London on Tuesday, 8 July 2008, but that’s not all. The wonderful folk at Victory Records are going to throw in a goody bag which includes a CD, a tshirt and some rather fetching gym shorts.
To enter this great competition to win a pair of tickets to see Comeback Kid live at the Carling Academy in Islington, London on Tuesday, 8 July 2008 and a CBK goody bag, just enter the competition by answering the following question.
“Comeback Kid” is also a nickname for which former President of the United States?
Email your answer with your name and a contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Comeback Kid” as the subject. The closing date for entries is 10am Friday, 4 July 2008. The winner will be notified by telephone.
13 Download Festival
08 London Carling Academy
09 Manchester Academy 3
10 Sheffield Corporation
11 Newport TJs
12 Plymouth White Rabbit