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Album: I Am The Avalanche – Wolverines

March 28th, 2014

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I Am The Avalanche
Wolverines
Rude Records
17 March 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Vinnie Caruana has the sort of musical CV to put many of his peers to shame. Between emo cult icons The Movielife, hardcore side project Peace’d Out, his solo acoustic EP, and punk stalwarts I Am The Avalanche, he is one guy with a pretty impressive back catalogue of tunes. The release of a new I Am The Avalanche album in the form of Wolverines sees Caruana looking to strengthen his status as one of the best song writers in contemporary punk.

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The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2013

December 12th, 2013

2013 AOTY Thrash Hits Albums of the Year

Like any artform, music is not a competition. There is only good and bad music and that categorisation in itself is all down to subjective taste. However, in a bid for scientific rigour; some quantitative analysis to fortify the qualitative spiels, we’ve asked all the Thrash Hits contributors to list their favourite albums of 2013. Yeah, it’s here to boost our egos by claiming what we say is best and it’ll surely get some good clicks and you may (rightly) point out that it’s just another list but, at the very least, you might see an album that you’ve never heard of and think about buying it. That would be cool.

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Vans Warped Tour UK @ London Alexandra Palace – 16-17 November 2013

November 27th, 2013

After he returned from his weekend at the UK’s version of Warped Tour, Gavin Lloyd requested special dispensation to write a 1400-word missive on his experience at Ally Pally with a few thousand other grebos. If you’re an emo, feel free to call this longform journalism. If you’re not… go and read a real website.

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As a teenager I spent many summers flicking through music magazines in awe of the Warped Tour. It was always a dream of mine to head over to the States and take in this travelling punk rock circus in person. Alas, I never actually got to go and I watched as the Warped Tour evolved into something of a mismatched monster. While they’d still invite the likes of The Bouncing Souls along out of what I guess is a sense of respect, things were different. The internet gave birth to ‘crunkcore’ bands being booked and isanyoneup.com getting stalls in the merch village. Still, it’s not all bad, Katy Perry played one year. With that in mind, I welcomed the fact that Warped now comes to the UK’s shores and headed along to Alexandra Palace to check it out, obviously disappointed Katy Perry wasn’t present.

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Revisiting Funeral For A Friend’s seminal Between Order and Model EP from 2002

October 16th, 2013

With the impending re-release of Funeral For A Friend‘s 2002 EP, Between Order and Model we sent Tomas Doyle along to reminisce with the Welsh quintet’s singer, Matt Davies-Kreye about that seminal debut release as well as discuss the impact it’s had since.

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A little over ten years ago a small Welsh band called Funeral For a Friend release their debut EP Between Order and Model. It was an exciting time for rock music, as we moved out of the nu-metal explosion there were a host of new sounds filling young ears up and down the country. Emo and hardcore were developing into the mainstream forces that we know them as today and the time was right for a UK band to step up and take on the baton.

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Live: Paramore @ London Highbury Garage – 05 April 2013

April 8th, 2013

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If we had to describe Tom Doyle, we probably would come up with a better description of him than “the fastest phone user in the world”. But he was quick enough to snag a ticket for Paramore’s super-exclusive sold-out-in-seconds micro-show at the Highbury Garage, where the band (who let’s be honest, normally play to thousands) showcased their 2013 material – and some old classics – to a crowd of less than 600 people.

Six Things we learned when we saw Paramore play the Highbury Garage:

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Album: Basement – Colourmeinkindness

October 16th, 2012

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Basement
Colourmeinkindness
Run For Cover Records
23 October 2012

by Alex Andrews

It sounds like a cliché, but bands like Basement don’t come around too often. In their short life span, the five kids from Ipswich toured three continents, recorded two albums and managed to sell out  their last ever show – happening at the Camden Underworld next month – in less than 10 minutes. Beyond the hype, though, was a band capable of charming even the most jaded with their heavy-hearted take on melodic hardcore that channelled all the bookish innocence of a distant emo scene.

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Album: Heart In Hand – Only Memories

June 1st, 2011

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Heart In Hand
Only Memories

Siege Of Amida
25 May 2011

by Andy Parker 

Released back in May, this debut album for Heart In Hand details the progressive nature of what’s been evolving within the South coast hardcore scene over the last few years. Produced by Andy Hayball (who’s engineered previous releases by Bring Me The Horizon) this progressive hardcore from recent SGR signing Heart In Hand in the vein of Polar, The Comanche Cipher and Devil Sold His Soul.

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The Great Escape 2011: see some good bands in Brighton this weekend

May 11th, 2011

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It’s time for The Great Escape 2011 so we’re off to Brighton for a few days to drink beer and get a dry face and fuzzy ears from watching bands while standing near to a large, salty body of water.

Because TGE is a big thing, there’s not very much metal going on so we thought we’d point out the token gigs of heaviness for you and list all the bands that we think are noteworthy PLUS when and where they’re playing.

There is nothing here that resembles a Turisas song.

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Photos: We Are The Ocean, Lower Than Atlantis + Vera @ London Camden Electric Ballroom – 28 April 2011

May 2nd, 2011

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Our resident London photographer, Ben Gibson is a massive emo. This has led to him being in love with Essex emos, We Are The Ocean. They released their second album, Go Now And Live last week and they coincidentally played a headline show in Camden last week as well with Watford emos, Lower Than Atlantis and French hardcore lot, Vera – the odd ones out by not being even vaguely wet sounding. Ben went and took photos.

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