In just four weeks time, arguably the “most metal” (whatever that means) of the UK summer festival season takes place: Bloodstock Open Air. To get ourselves in the mood for a weekend of wearing denim vests and drinking mead out of horn, we’ve put together a gigantic Sunday Spotify Slaylist, featuring the best of this year’s line-up.
June 28th, 2012
It’s that time of year again – it’s the return of the Thrash Hits Download Festival splash page for 2012! All of our Download coverage from across the entire weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. That means individual band coverage in the form of photos and setlists, as well as reviews of each day’s highlights, every scandalous rumour and dirty bit of gossip that we overhear, and every outrageous photo of muddy debauchery that our photographers can get their lenses on.
June 10th, 2012
DevilDriver do circle pits. Download Festival does circle pits. Hence: big flippin’ circle pits when DevilDriver played the Main Stage on the Sunday of Download Festival 2012. Simple. [Read more →]
December 13th, 2011
These are certainly exciting times for Machine Head. They managed to follow up The Blackening with an equally stunning record, which penetrated many lists as a highlight of heavy metal in 2011 including our very own Thrash Hits Top 20. Tonight they play Wembley Arena, not as second fiddle to the likes of Metallica or Slipknot, but as headliners in their own right. Hopefully…
September 29th, 2011
Earlier this week it transpired that Coal Chamber were reforming to play some reunion shows. It turns out Hugh Platt has an interesting angle on why this is so much bullsh*t.
Back before Thrash Hits existed, I sometimes moonlighted as an occasional crew member for a low-budget (and now defunct) music TV channel. I mainly helped out on location shoots – generally as a grip, occasionally as a soundman, and more often than not just as a general fixer. Back in late 2007, when DevilDriver were headlining the Islington Academy, we rolled up a few hours before the doors opened, ostensibly to shoot a few interview pieces with Dez Fafara, which is how the issue of Coal Chamber came up.
February 21st, 2011
21 February 2010
by Tom Gibbons
There can’t be many metallers who completely disapprove of DevilDriver – apart from the obvious Coal Chamber thing, it’s difficult to be cynical about Dez Fafara’s band. For almost 10 years DevilDriver have worked hard to set up their own groovy little corner in the metal market – a formidable live band with more than a few legendary circle pits to speak of – and more than a few people are rootin’ for them to make the next step following the release of their latest album, Beast.
February 7th, 2011
Thrash Hits Verdict:
For a band so early in their career, Collapse have already defined the key elements to their sound – fusing the gallop of European melodic death with the down-tuned riffage of Bay Area thrash. Having packed out and torn apart the Sophie Lancaster Stage at Bloodstock 2010, Collapse have all the potential to become one of the rising stars of the British metal scene.
January 22nd, 2011
ETA 21 February 2011
August 5th, 2010
In the first of a new regular feature, we take you on an epic safari through the animal kingdom with one purpose: to discover the most metal creatures on the face of the earth. Following strict, scientific (ahem) criteria, we will rate each creature on their METAL credentials. For the inaugural column, we have been inspired by Kvelertak’s awesome showing at Sonisphere and chosen…
March 16th, 2010
It really is Metal Mark‘s birthday today. He’s at work today and he’s getting drunk tonight. He’s at work tomorrow as well. It’s what he does. This is why you really ought to read about his Heavy Metal life.
Hola Metal Friends! So February is the shortest month of the year, yet in Atlanta this year, it was packed full of shows each week. I literally only had two days where I wasn’t at a show, editing, at a party, drinking until the room was spinning, or working. As tired as I am, it was a great month for metal fans here and this is my report….. from what I can remember.