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Interview: Ville Valo of HIM talks Hallowe’en and Satanism

November 7th, 2013

Sometimes the planets align. Hallowe’en was such a night for our resident Finnophile, Catherine Morris as she sat down with Ville Valo to talk about the relationship between HIM and Satanism on the eeriest of evenings…

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What most people don’t know about the Finnish love metallers, HIM is that at the heart of the band, underneath all that soppy stuff, is a deep love and appreciation for all things weird and dark. That started in singer and principal songwriter, Ville Valo’s youth and continues to permeate both the band’s aesthetic and sensibilities to this day.

With that in mind, and with it also being Halloween, I sat down with Ville before the band’s sold out show at KOKO and decided to pick his brain about Satanism, the occult, and the celebrated day itself. Here’s what he had to say on the subject. (Clue: a LOT.)

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 025: Download Festival 2013 preview

June 6th, 2013

Thrash Hits Podcast Download Festival 2013

Download Festival 2013 is just around the corner, so for this week’s podcast, Raz and Hugh got together to talk about the bands they’re looking forward to, the worst clashes on the bill, the bits of the festival we’re dreading, and about what Thrash Hits is going to be doing this year at Donington Park: HINT: It’s going to be awesome.

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Album: HIM – Tears On Tape

April 29th, 2013

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HIM
Tears On Tape
Razor & Tie
29 April 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

My earliest memory of HIM was seeing the cooler older kids at school wearing the now infamous Heartagram hoodies. Naturally this perked my interest and upon hearing ‘The Funeral of Hearts’ for the first time it became abundantly clear what all the fuss was about. HIM were the natural successors to 90s dark pop pioneers Savage Garden. Similar to the likes of Refused and At the Drive-In, Savage Garden released very little material but became hugely influential, and while he list of bands who owe their existence to them is massive, but perhaps the band who owe the most to them are HIM. Therefore I decided the best way to tackle reviewing new album Tears On Tape is to not skirt around the issue but ask how does it compare to the Aussie trailblazer’s seminal debut record.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 017: Airwaves, Damnation, Download, and the death of Mitch Lucker.

November 6th, 2012

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This week, Raz and Hugh discuss their respective recent festival activites at Iceland Airwaves and Damnation Festival in Leeds, break down the latest clutch of bands announced for Download Festival 2012 (except A Day To Remember, who got announced on Scuzz just after the first run of new band announcements), and look back on the life of Mitch Lucker from Suicide Silence following his death last week.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 017: Airwaves, Damnation, Download, and the death of Mitch Lucker.

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Download Festival adds SEVEN more bands to their 2013 line-up

November 6th, 2012

Last night on BBC Radio 1 and Scuzz TV, Download Festival announced another seven bands for their 2013 line-up – Queens of the Stone Age, HIM, 30 Seconds To Mars, Mötorhead, The Gaslight Anthem, A Day To Remember, and Alice In Chains.

If you want our reaction to this announcement, you’ll just have to download episode 017 of the Thrash Hits Podcast that’s coming at you later this morning .BLOODY WELL AVAILABLE NOW. Well, that is unless you’re already subscribed to the podcast via iTunes, in which case you’ll have it already. Technology!

Future Hits 098: Endless Dark

October 10th, 2011

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Endless Dark
From: Ólafsvík, Iceland
Lazy Equation: (Bring Me The Horizon + Enter Shikari) x #ICELANDICM0SH
URL: Facebook // Twitter

Thrash Hits Verdict:
You might think that all Icelandic music “sounds like a glacier” or that it’s kooky and weird à la Björk and Sigur Rós but they also do crabcore pretty well as well. Endless Dark are young but they’ve already played Sonisphere Festival in 2010 so they might even play the UK again. Who knows, but we saw them at Iceland Airwaves 2010 and thought they were one of the most polished Icelandic rock bands we’ve seen for a while. We’re about to see them again at the same event and they’ll more than likely bring the flat-brimmed New Era mosh all over again.

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