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Is Wintersun’s new album the most important metal release 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.

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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 →]

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Album: Saturnian – Dimensions

September 12th, 2012

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Saturnian
Dimensions
Indie Recordings
24 August 2012

by Tom Dare

If you’re going to go for something, it’s best to go at it as hard as possible. If you’re going to be half-arsed or hesitant, people will notice. If you’re self-aware and embarrassed, the audience will hear it. But if you’re fully conscious that what you’re trying to do is over-the-top, theatrical, and going to be mocked by some, but embrace it simply because you think it’s awesome, you might just pull it off. Saturnian certainly seem to think this is the best tactic.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2012: Interviews, Photos, Setlists – it’s all here

August 18th, 2012

Bloodstock Open Air 2012 Thrash Hits

Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here. All our work from Bloodstock Open 2012 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Interviews, photos, setlists, rumours, and who knows? – maybe even some tiny reviews – it’s all here. [Read more →]

Bloodstock Open Air 2012: Dimmu Borgir @ Ronnie James Dio Stage – 12 August 2012

August 13th, 2012

Dimmu Borgir at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

We’re not sure at what point the “tasselled leather trenchcoat” and “black metal corpsepaint” looks decided to get together and give birth to Shagrath’s on-stage outfit for Bloodstock Open Air 2012, but we are forever thankful to Satan that we didn’t have to watch the car-crash of stylistic congress that led to this most unholy union of fashion-decisions.

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Album: Borknagar – Urd

April 5th, 2012

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Borknagar
Urd
Century Media
26 March 2012

by Tom Dare

If you read my pieces on the evolution of black metal here on Thrash Hits recently, you could be forgiven for missing the mention of Borknagar. They’ve been slightly overshadowed by some of their more celebrated compatriots – the price of being Norwegian is the instant mental comparisons to Emperor, Enslaved and the like, which is deeply unfair – and they’ve never quite got their dues. But with the black metal big guns rather quiet on the album front just now, does Urd represent their opportunity to finally be recognised for their considerable merits?

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Sunday Slaylist: The New Black (Metal)

March 4th, 2012

Anaal Nathrakh UPDATED promo photo Thrash Hits

All this week, Tom Dare has been guiding you through how Black Metal has evolved over the course of the last two decades (check out parts one, two, three and four if you haven’t already). Now, as the week draws to a close, we’ve asked Tom to put together the songs that have made it happen into a Spotify Slaylist, and in doing to to lovingly cobble them together in an order that somehow tries to make sense of the wildly differing styles that constitute the genre these days. Wish him luck….

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20 Years Of Black Metal Evolution – Part #4

March 1st, 2012

In the final part of his look at the Black Metal evolution over the past 20 years, today Tom Dare is examining the murkier and more indistinct realms of “post”-Black Metal band, as well as those bands who might’ve moved beyond the boundaries of Black Metal musically, still remain within the genre in spirit, at least….

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Live: Enslaved @ London Camden Underworld – 22 April 2011

April 28th, 2011

Having recently won their fourth consecutive Spellemannprisen for last year’s astounding Axioma Ethica Odini, Enslaved have firmly cemented their place at the very top of Norway’s musical exports alongside the likes of Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon and Immortal. We thought we’d head down to the Underworld to celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend in true (tr00/trve) Viking style.

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Album: Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra

October 13th, 2010

Dimmu Borgir
Abrahadabra
Nuclear Blast Records
27 September 2010

by Tom Dare

The ever-divisive Dimmu Borgir have, with no small fanfare, finally released Abrahadabra. Whatever else may be said about them, their ability to construct albums of grandiose darkness is very clearly undimmed. Shagrath, Silenoz, Galder and their associates have delivered on their promises with this, their ninth album. [Read more →]

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