We’re starting something new here at Thrash Hits. We’ve asked some of our favourite writers to put together some monthly columns, focussing in on the genres they’re most passionate about. We’re kicking off this new series with David Keevill taking on what’s been going on in Prog over the last month or so. Take it away, David….
October 29th, 2014
Devin Townsend Project
27 October 2014
by Ruth Booth
Since Devin Townsend returned to music four years ago, we’ve seen nearly all sides of his diverse output reimagined and revitalised under his “Devin Townsend Project” moniker. All except one that is – Ziltoid The Omniscient, titular star of Townsend’s 2007 record and the musician’s malevolent alien alter-ego. Seven years on, we finally have Z2 – the spiritual follow-up to ZTO’s screed on creativity and caffeine addiction – but with a difference this time.
December 12th, 2013
Part and parcel of being opinionated music lovers is that we go and experience lots of music in its natural habitat – on a stage – and then we decide how good it was. Some spectacles are so powerful that they evoke emotions strong enough to form memories through the drunkenness. It’s a rarity but that’s why some here have to name several before deciding upon their Favourite Gig of 2013. There is zero reason for you to be reading this but if you’ve read this far, you’ll get at least halfway down before clicking the cross.
May 7th, 2013
Having headlined the Roundhouse in October, Devin Townsend returns to London in this special one-off show with Meshuggah. It’s the Swedish djent masters’ first UK show since Hevy Festival last summer and tonight’s all set up to be a progressive metal showdown between two of the finest around at the moment. Let’s do this.
Pre-gig meal: Nando’s. Half chicken (medium) with corn, rice and halloumi.
6 things we learnt during Brixton’s prog metal masterclass…
February 25th, 2013
The Omega Experiment
The Omega Experiment
25 February 2013
by Ruth Booth
After three years of demos, EPs and teasers, it wasn’t whether The Omega Experiment’s debut was worth the wait, simply how long that wait would be. Yet the showers of praise that followed last year’s self-released debut came with a catch – that this record was mostly for fans of a certain, bald, proggish Canadian. Now reissued with label backing – and the greater reach that comes with it – the question now is if that’s all there is to The Omega.
December 25th, 2012
You know how some people leave their Christmas shopping until the last minute and run around in a mad panic trying to get everything sorted? That’s us that is, but instead of Xmas shopping, we’re doing it with a load of photos Gary Wolstenholme sent us yesterday of Devin Townsend and Fear Factory at the HMV Ritz in Manchester earlier this month.
December 13th, 2012
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.
November 26th, 2012
Thrash Hits’ resident Euro metal geek Tom Dare is having great fun with the long, long, long-awaited second album from Finnish widdlers Wintersun. But he thinks it’s much more than that – he thinks it’s a landmark.
When Wintersun announced back in 2006 that work composing album number two was underway, hopes were high. But as the years rolled by, Time seemingly joined the likes of Chinese Democracy and the mythical third Necrophagist record in the “when hell freezes over”-stakes when it came to a realistic ETA, fears increased. “Were they polishing a turd?”, we wondered. Had they been far too ambitious for their own good? So what a shock it was when Time I finally arrived, not just seriously good, but as one of the most important metal releases of its generation. [Read more →]
November 3rd, 2012
There will be Steve Vai. There will be Strapping Young Lad. And, of course, there will be Ziltoid The Omniscient. For one night only, Devin Townsend is bringing The Retinal Circus to London. Ruth Booth headed to the Roundhouse to watch this strange rebirth through a giant green alien vagina.
Six things we learned when Devin Townsend’s Retinal Circus came to London:
PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #9 – On losing vocalists, winning awards, and bringing it back from the brink
October 17th, 2012
It’s been a bit of a rough year for the guys from TesseracT. We browbeat their guitarist, James Monteith, into telling us the inside story of just what’s been going on with them these last few months.
Let’s be straight up; the last year has pretty much sucked for TesseracT. We lost our singer from our debut album, much to the disappointment of fans, we parted ways with our US management, lost our US booking agent and stopped getting any gig offers in the UK / Europe.