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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.

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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.

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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #2 – A Djentlemen’s Guide to SxSW

April 4th, 2011

After the awesomeness of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith‘s first column about Djent and self-indulgence, he checks in from on the road – the prog-metallers are currently on their second US tour – with his second column all about how to party hard at South By South West

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Sitting on the washing machine in a launderette is a great place to be when on tour. With no Wi-Fi and the mellowing rumble of the drums, it’s a serene place to reflect on times past, and what a crazy week I’ve just had. I’m at the start of the TesseracT tour with Protest The Hero and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster which is awesome, and I’ve just come from Austin, Texas and the South By South West festival.

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2008 into 2009: The Fuel Girls

December 16th, 2008

The Fuel Girls are “the most kickass fuckin’ rock chicks you will ever meet”. They said it. We know it. The beautiful Lora Leigh took some time out from riding fire-spitting buggies around arenas to tell us about her mad year.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Fuck we have so many! We drove the US Gumball Rally with David Hasselhoff in KITT (Yes THE Kitt – fuckin’ Knight Rider, yeah!), we went trophy truck racing just outside Vegas with Carey Hart and Travis Pastrana for their new MTV show, we have travelled the world, been on the Masters Of Dirt FMX Tour, performed at Download Festival, helped host the Golden Gods Awards, and our new UK TV show started on Playboy TV! All of those things have been highlights!

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Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2008: winners list and hot gossip

June 17th, 2008

Last night Thrash Hits .com partied with our good friends at Metal Hammer at their annual Golden Gods awards ceremony. Here’s all the gossip and the full list of winners.

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Performing at the ceremony at London’s indigO2 were some of the stars of Download Festival: Testament, Apocalyptica, In Flames, Children Of Bodom and Disturbed.

Hanging around in the VIP bar however, the likes of Kerry King from Slayer (pictured above with Thrash Hits .com editor, Raz) and Phil Demmel from Machine Head were drinking up the copious free drink on offer. The Golden Gods were hosted by Oderus Urungus of GWAR.

Watch Oderus Urungus from GWAR backstage at the Golden Gods

Unconfirmed reports that Frank Carter from Gallows had shunned the Golden Gods in favour of a night in tattooing his knob and playing Call Of Duty 4 were confirmed by his band members. The Hemel Hempstead hardcore heroes were up for Best Live Band. They didn’t win.

Rumours were flying around about various drugs being snorted off some incredibly peachy bums. Those rumours refused to go away once the quite wonderful Fuel Girls (pictured above with Thrash Hits .com editor, Raz) started breathing fire and spraying milk at the crowd at the raucous, suitably debauched afterparty at Sin. They definitely know how to party.

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Most importantly, however, lots and lots of members of the heavy metal hierarchy were honoured with a Metal Hammer Golden God award. Here is the full list of winners.

Best Breakthrough: Apocalyptica
Best Underground Band: The Black Dahlia Murder
Best UK Band: Iron Maiden
Metal For The Masses: William Gledhill
Best Live Band: Machine Head
Best Video: Dimmu Borgir – The Serpentine Offering
Best Metal Label: Roadrunner Records
Spirit Of Hammer: Max and Igor Cavalera
Best Debut: Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
Icon Award: Eddie
Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award: Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)
Event Of The Year: Hard Rock Hell
Riff Lord: Dave Mustaine
Best Album: Testament – The Formation Of Damnation
Best International Band: In Flames
Golden God: Kerry King, presented by Kat Von D

Check out some interviews with Kat Von D at The Lipster and also at Metal Hammer, where they have a video interview with Kerry King as well.

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