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Album: Vallenfyre – Splinters

May 21st, 2014

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Vallenfyre
Splinters
Century Media
12 May 2014

by Pete Long

A psychologist could probably draw all sorts of conclusions from the fact that when Gregor Mackintosh, one of Britain’s most prominent doom mongers, looked for a way to channel his grief at his father’s passing, he chose raw and brutal death metal. Three years on from the somewhat sad inception of Vallenfyre, Mackintosh and his group of hyper-talented friends are back once again to explore both loss and grief, via Mackintosh’s own musical heritage from the 80s.

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Sunday Slaylist: Earache’s Metalizer Spotify App

January 27th, 2013

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The thing about all the ways that it’s possible to listen to music these days is the paralysis of too much choice. We turn on Spotify some mornings and we’re just overawed by the vast amount of music we can listen to. We bet a bloody great number of you have exactly the same problem – that’s why you come and check out our curated Slaylists, right? They’re the kind of thing that gives you just enough of a nudge to listen to new or unexpected things, right?

Well, it seems Earache Records think that too, as this week they launched a bloody marvellous Spotify App by the name of the Metalizer.

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Album: Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas

October 19th, 2012

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Anaal Nathrakh
Vanitas
Candlelight Records
15 October 2012

by Tom Dare

With a (completely deserved) reputation for being one of the planet’s most scathing and nihilistic bands, grinding black metallers Anaal Nathrakh have subtly shifted moods for album number seven. While not standing still is always to be praised, the resulting album Vanitas has ended up sounding slightly at odds with itself. [Read more →]

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Guest Column: Grind To Death’s Alex Layzell on Fastcore (Part 2)

July 27th, 2012

A while ago Alex Layzell, head-honcho over at the excellent Grind To Death, wrote a column for us on the subject of Fastcore. It went down so well, we asked him back to write part 2….

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Around the world in 80 days? Bah, give me some fastcore and I will power-walk that distance twice over and still make it back in time for tea, bringing with me a fresh batch of mangos for pudding and half a dozen third world kids to hand over to any post-colonial guilt suffering celebrity. If you have no clue what fastcore or the magical properties it possesses  is then I recommend checking out my first amateur mini expose on the matter here on Thrash Hits, and for those who have already read it please continue. Once again I recommended being tightly strapped/ seat belted into a bolted chair before letting any of these feast for the ears turn you into voluntary epileptic.

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Top 6: Most Necro Song Titles Of 2012 So Far

June 20th, 2012

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With extreme metal having a bit of a blinding year so far, we thought this would give us the perfect opportunity/excuse to celebrate/poke fun at some of the most mortally offensive, blasphemous, gory, violent, sadistic and generally nasty song titles 2012 has thrown up. It also gives us a chance to put together one of our thoroughly researched, essential Top 6s. There’s probably a load of nasty shit we’ve missed or that’s not around yet, so leave any suggestions down the bottom and we’ll do another one come the end of the year with any we overlooked. And yes, of course Cannibal Corpse made it into the list.

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Guest Column: Grind To Death’s Alex Layzell on Fastcore

March 27th, 2012

A while ago we asked Alex Layzell, head-honcho over at the excellent Grind To Death, whether he’d like to do a guest column for us here at Thrash Hits. Take it away, Mr Layzell…

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So the cyborg/monster mesh that is Thrash Hits’ Deputy Editor (no one can listen to that much metal, without assimilating with it) sent me a Morse code telegram a while back asking me to do a guest post on this Mecca of review sites: Thrash Hits. Now, to do a little exposé on metal will be insulting to your intelligence, on the assumption since you are reading this you therefore read Thrash Hits; and are thus well informed and to a higher standard well beyond my primitive gonzo-journalistic comfort zone. So what can I write about? My usual praises and slanders resides in the grindcore/powerviolence spectrum of crimes against music, but today I am going to treat you to something special: Fastcore.

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Pig Destroyer to play their first UK show in EIGHT YEARS at Damnation Festival 2012

March 26th, 2012

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OH YEAH. Damnation Festival have confirmed their first band for 2012 – and by heck, is it a beast. The almighty force of nature that is Pig Destroyer will be playing their first UK show in eight years at this year’s Damnation Festival, taking place in many months time in November.

PIG DESTROYER. PIG DESTROYER. PIG DESTROYER. YESSSSSS.

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Throats want you to download their entire discography for FREE, and will help you do it too.

February 15th, 2012

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Throats were one of those bands that burned hard and burned fast. In the three of so years of the band’s lifespan, everyone kinda took them for granted. The band had shrugged off the “hipster grind” tag that their less-imaginative critics loved to throw at them, and had started to become a real force all of their own, when in and then in December 2010 they announced in December 2010 that they were splitting up. Which sucked.

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