It’s time for another Thrash Hits festival splash page – and this time it’s for Hammerfest 2014. All of our coverage from the weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. Yep. That means individual band coverage (photos, setlists and so on), all the dodgy rumours and awful gossip our team overhears, and every single photo of Wales-based debauchery that Gary Wolstenholme and Jenn McCambridge snap will be here.
March 16th, 2014
February 3rd, 2014
Triumph and Power
31 January 2014
by Rob McAuslan
Grand Magus have proven they know what makes for a good heavy metal record more than a few times already, with the likes of Iron Will and Hammer Of The North displaying a band so well-versed in the art of The Mighty Riff. Triumph Of Power may not mess too much with what’s become a bit of a formula, but that doesn’t matter in the face of what they present us with each and every time.
August 11th, 2012
Look at the beard. LOOK AT THE BEARD! There are none more hirsute than Grand MAgus at Bloodstock Open Air 2012.
February 21st, 2011
Oh yes. Hammerfest 3 – headlined by Accept, Entombed and Satyricon – is taking place at Pontin’s in Prestatyn Sands, North Wales between Thursday, 17 March 2011 and Saturday, 19 March 2011. We’ve got four (4) (FOUR) tickets to give away. That means that if you win, you can take three (3) (THREE) friends with you. That’s pretty good, eh?!
November 30th, 2010
Remember that volcanic ash cloud that balls’d up every plane flight in Western Europe earlier this year? Tom Dare does – the bloody thing stopped Arch Enemy coming to town. Last weekend he busted down to their rescheduled gig.
I have a dream. That one day, rock writers may go to a gig at The Kentish Town Forum and not bitch about sound problems. That every band will come on and sound crystal clear and at a respectable volume. That day is not today, however – and is probably further away than the day The Horned One toddles off to work driving a snow plough whistling ‘I Feel Pretty’ – but most of the bands come as close to overcoming these problems as you could really ask of them.
October 6th, 2010
We have already thoroughly analysed the metal credentials of The Owl and The Penguin, inspired by Kvelertak and GU Medicine respectively. We are now inspired by the album artwork of Grand Magus and the t-shirts of Watain to take you further into the ferocious world of the animal kingdom by bringing you…
June 28th, 2010
Hammer Of The North
21 June 2010
by Tom Dare
On first glance, Grand Magus’ recent move to Roadrunner might raise an eyebrow or two. Yet within 20 seconds of their first release under that powerhouse label’s banner, you immediately realise why the home of Trivium, Killswitch Engage et al wanted them. By the end of Hammer Of The North, it is likewise clear why they wanted to be there. Although they may not necessarily fall into the stylistic brackets you might normally equate with one of the world’s biggest metal labels, one listen to this reminds you of the strength and breadth of their appeal, and how they have they could be so much bigger, given the right backing.
August 14th, 2008
Witchsorrow are one of those bands where you either like what they do or you have no idea that they exist. Mark McQueen talks to frontman Necroskull about what it is that they do and why.
It is perfectly understandable if you haven’t heard of Witchsorrow, they aren’t quite on the cover of Q magazine, or on constant rotation on Kerrang! TV.
That’s why Thrash Hits .com is here to enlighten you in the ways of this highly talented, up and coming doom metal band in this interview with Necroskull, lead singer of Witchsorrow.
When and where did you form the band?
Emily Witch and I have been a couple for almost ten years. I came up with the idea for a doom band about 3 years ago while I was in a grindcore band and Emily said she wanted in. We’re both nuts about doom bands like Saint Vitus, Trouble and Reverend Bizarre, so we knew what we wanted to play before we even got together with Morrellhammer.
I first met him when my grind band played with his punk/sludge/hardcore/drunk twat band, Koresh, and one night when I was looking for a drummer I found him on MySpace and decided to ask if he’d be interested.
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Witchsorrow are a doom metal band. Could you give a more in-depth description of your sound?
Arcane doom metal, crawling horror played through slow, heavy riffs with occasional fast bits. I think true doom is probably the best description. Name a doom band and we owe them some royalties, probably! Any band who plays slow heavy metal is in there somewhere.
You seem to have a fascination with witchcraft and witch trials, why does this subject intrigue you so much?
The witch trials were so unfair, and so ludicrous, that to have been the subject of one must have been worse than death. You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. You end up with a slow, torturous death. Just the thought of having that kind of accusation thrown at you would have been terrible. You’d be completely fucked.
It’s similar to ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ by Iron Maiden. What’s going through someone’s mind when they’re being dunked in water to test if they’re a witch?
Do you tend to get positive crowd reactions?
Generally, yeah. I can’t ever see fuck all during a gig because my eyes are full of hair, but people always cheer at the end of songs. On the occasions that I do get a chance to look up, there’s always people headbanging, which is a victory in my book.
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What is the best gig you have ever played?
Our first gig was killer. We supported Blood Island Raiders the week before Christmas, and there were loads of our mates there, lots of Christmas cheer, and it just felt like a really good time.
The Doom Metal Inquisition in Bradford last month was absolutely amazing. It was a proper doom gig. I’ve been to all-dayers before when you spend most of the day counting down the hours ‘til the band you like come on, but every single band at that were awesome, particularly Warning and The Lamp Of Thoth.
Looking forward to playing at the ever growing Bloodstock festival later this month?
Absolutely. It’s an honour and a pleasure to be playing with Akercocke and Napalm Death. Bloodstock has a special place in my heart, it’s something I look forward to every summer. I have made a lot of friends there. I get to see people I should see more often and playing is just a good way of getting in for free!
You can listen to some of the mighty Witchsorrow on their Myspace.
Witchsorrow perform at Bloodstock Open Air Festival on 15 August 2008 and with Turisas at the London Camden Barfly on 20 August 2008
Band photo courtesy of Tim Ebdon.