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Thrash Hits TV: Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho & Henkka Seppälä pick their favourite tracks from Halo Of Blood

May 29th, 2013

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Those Finnish widdlers of all things guitar, Children of Bodom, have a new studio album coming out next month. It’s their eighth LP. Eighth! It’s called Halo Of Blood, and they’re pretty damn pleased with it. So much so that they sent us a video of frontman/guitarist Alexi Laiho and bassist/backing vocalist Henkka Seppälä telling us what their favourite individual tracks from the album are.

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.8: Tom Dare mouths off about Nightwish spliting with Anette Olzon

December 27th, 2012

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One thing we’ve tried to do in 2012 is post a few more long-form articles, stripping away the webhit-harvesting buzzword nonsense from heavy metal’s burning issues, and concentrating on the the bigger picture that other sites are missing in amongst the hullabaloo. One such article was Tom Dare’s analysis of why Nightwish parting ways with Anette Olzon – the band’s lead vocalist since 2007 – wasn’t perhaps necessarily as big of a deal as some fans thought.

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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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POLL: Finland is exporting a TV show where rock stars invade your house, do some DIY, and fix your miserable lives. Which rock star do you want it to be?

October 15th, 2012

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Okay, so last week we gave you some advice about how to spruce up your shabby home – but what if you live in an absolute pit of squalor? What if your wretched hovel is so far gone that even the artwork of Valient Himself won’t sort it out? Well, if a Finnish TV production company gets their way, you might be lucky enough to get a local rock star to come round, smash your place up, then help rebuild it in an altogether snazzier and sharper style.

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Why Nightwish spliting with Anette Olzon is a bigger deal than you think

October 2nd, 2012

​Thrash Hits’ ​Tom Dare​ loves Nightwish. He’s barely put his memories of the Tarja Turunen era behind him and they’ve gone and shed Anette Olzon. Here’s what he made of it after he stopped crying.

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Nightwish have parted ways with singer Anette Olzon. While parts of the the UK is sniggering in adolescent fashion at the very mention of these Finns, and large swathes America is looking over the water, scratching it’s head and asking “Who?”, in Europe, this is bloody huge news.

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Album: Amorphis – The Beginning Of Times

May 18th, 2011

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Amorphis
The Beginning Of Times
Nuclear Blast
27 May 2011

by Tom Dare

The phrase “new Amorphis album” is one of the most reassuring things you can hear in modern metal. You can pretty much guarantee that it’s going to be one shade of good or another, and it quickly becomes apparent that Amorphis have truly exceeded even their own consistently high standards in every aspect with The Beginning Of Times.

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Album: Symfonia – In Paradisum

March 18th, 2011

Symfonia
In Paradisum
Edel Music
04 April 2010

by Tom Dare

There’s a band I’m not going mention in this review. In fact there’s a box with their name on it, and every time I do I have to put a quid in for the Thrash Hits Christmas party. It’s the band Timo Tolkki used to be in, and I don’t want anyone comparing Symfonia to them in any way. Why? Because Symfonia’s first album In Paradisum stands up on its own without needing the association. New band, new members, new bundle of joy. Clear? Good.

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Album: Turisas – Stand Up And Fight

February 10th, 2011

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Turisas
Stand Up And Fight
Century Media
28 February 2011

by Tom Dare

It’s been four years and a rather famous cover since the warpainted, fur-clad horde Turisas last released a record. Their version of Boney M’s ‘Rasputin‘ is perhaps what the band are most well-known for, and being famous for a cover is not exactly a ringing endorsement of their original output. With Stand Up And Fight, they attempt to put the mad Russian monk to bed.

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Album: Omnium Gatherum – New World Shadows

February 7th, 2011

Omnium Gatherum
New World Shadows
Lifeforce Records
07 February 2011

by Tom Dare

In the litany of bands that have failed to live up to the promise of their debut, Omnium Gatherum are perhaps one of the most glaring examples from the Noughties. Thankfully, alongside football pundits making sexist remarks within earshot of a microphone, Omnium Gatherum’s place on that list can now be firmly dumped in the bin of Noughties ideas best done away with. New World Shadows sees the band re-emerge as the force they hinted at nearly a decade ago.

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Album: Stratovarius – Elysium

January 27th, 2011

Stratovarius
Elysium
Edel Music
14 January 2011

by Tom Dare

There are returns to form, and there is cynically seeking refuge in the time people liked you and bought your records that leave you rather cold. With this, their thirteenth album, Stratovarius have firmly and triumphantly returned to form in the best possible way. Time to practice your air keytar. [Read more →]

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