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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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Happy (?) World Goth day 2013

May 22nd, 2013

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It’s the 4th annual World Goth Day today, 22 May 2013 (5th in total) and, just as we do every year, we thought we’d celebrate by celebrating goths with a few re-posts and as much new goth stuff as we can think of. This is what it’s all about, if you don’t know…

“World Goth Day is exactly what it says on the wrapper-a day where the goth scene gets to celebrate its own being, and an opportunity to make its presence known to the rest of the world. This day falls on 22nd May of every year. The purpose of this site is to centralise as much as possible everything you would need to make World Goth Day a success, and therefore make the goth scene a success in your part of the world.”

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EP: My Dying Bride – The Manuscript

May 20th, 2013

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My Dying Bride
The Manuscript
Peaceville Records
13 May 2013

by Daniel Cairns

Whilst peers like Paradise Lost and Anathema have gone through a litany of musical changes, experimenting with Depeche Mode style electronics and glorious anthemic rock songs, My Dying Bride have mercifully continued to wallow in their Keats-meets-Castlevania misery, writing melodic dirges for those moments at four in the morning when you’re not miserable enough for Khanate, but still feel a bit naff anyway.

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Album: Katatonia – Dead End Kings

July 17th, 2012

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Katatonia
Dead End Kings
Peaceville
27 August 2012

by Tom Dare

There aren’t many bands 20 years into their career producing their very best work, but Katatonia’s creativity curve has been consistently on the rise for the last decade. Their previous album, Night Is The New Day, was widely hailed as their career-best, despite their move in more melodic, less metallic directions. Three years on, they’ve changed subtly directions again with ninth album Dead End Kings, and it’s probably not what you might think.

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Album: Swallow The Sun – Emerald Forest and the Blackbird

January 25th, 2012

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Swallow the Sun
Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
Spinefarm Records
13 February 2012

by Tomas Doyle

Finland’s Swallow The Sun ply a well worn Nordic furrow of gloomy, doomy atmospheric metal that brings to mind snow drifted forests and months without celestial light to brighten moods or music. Their’s is a potent brand of ear candy which pitches the more melodious side of death and pseudo-doom metal alongside truly mellifluous set pieces carried with aplomb by main man Mikko Kotamäki’s hauntingly rich vocal timbre.

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Interview: Anathema – Danny Cavanagh on inspiration, evolution and being awesome

March 15th, 2011

Just before we saw Anathema live in London at King’s Cross Scala, we caught up with the Liverpudlian Goth-turned-Prog rockers for a chat about stuff. Lead guitarist and songwriter, Daniel Cavanagh was the one who sat down with Amit Sharma to chat in-depth about all sorts from their latest album, We’re Because We’re Here to future plans.

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