Amber / Locktender
Halo of Flies
01 April 2014
by Ruth Booth
With a growing list of lauded notches on their belt (notably last year’s Light Bearer album), Halo Of Flies have release this vinyl showcase of two of their most promising acts.
David Keevill studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge. That means he knows his stuff when it comes to actual, really-real Vikings. Since both we and he are pedantic sorts, we browbeat him into writing an explanation as to on why anti-Christian imagery in Viking Metal is a horrible anachronism. Yeah, serious intellectual stuff! Bet you weren’t expecting that on Thrash Hits, right?
We’ve shown you what Raz and Hugh’s albums of the year are, but they’re not the only ones responsible for the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011. Oh no. We’ve got a whole load of contributors – writers, photographers, and miscellaneous behind-the-scenes types – that help keep Thrash Hits running smoothly, and the albums they loved the most from 2011 matter just as much as those favoured by the boss men.
The votes are in, the arguments have been settled, and the fights concluded without too much bloodshed – The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011 list is here. We polled all of our writers, photographers, and contributors as to what their favourite records of the year have been, and through a series of complex mathematical formulae, we’ve calculated the 20 albums that have come out on top.
You’ve got to hand it to Mikael Åkerfeldt. Moving away from the heavier side of Opeth’s music must have taken some serious balls, especially when that’s what won them their initial fanbase. We thought we’d head down to Brixton and get our prog fix.
19 September 2011
by Amit Sharma
If there was ever a band the saying ‘slow and steady wins the race’ could apply to, that band would be Opeth. The Swedish progressive metal titans have had a very natural growth over the course of their 21 years and by doing so have established one of the most loyal fanbases around.
With the upcoming release of their tenth studio album Heritage, Mikael Åkerfeldt will be testing this fanbase more than ever before – moving away from the heavier end of metal and into more 70’s prog territory. You’ve probably heard that this record will feature no scream vocals but if you think you already own this album (in the form of Damnation) think again…