Yesterday Bastions released the video for ‘Augery’, and by gosh, is it a slick looking affair. The second video to be made for a track from 2011’s incredible Hospital Corners, it’s very much in the vein of Slipknot’s video for ‘Before I Forget’.
Thrash Hits verdict: The crafty folk at In At The Deep End Records blackmailed us into listening to all nine minutes of History Of The Hawk’s OCEAN EP in 2011 but they don’t need to keep blackmailing us. IATDE know what they’re doing and they know who they’re signing. Any fans the absolutely fucking amazing Bastions album will enjoy HOTH. Melding 90s DC hardcore with 90s UK hardcore is hardly anything new but not all bands manage to make it sound as vibrant and energetic as these guys. Similar to Bastions and Hospital Corners, that OCEAN EP has a slightly medical meaning. It’s an acronym: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism – the five big personality indicators when diagnosing a patient in modern psychology. We had a chat to History Of The Hawk singer, Nathan Coyle about what’s what. You should read this and then listen to their music. You will not regret it.
Remember Bastions? That band that we’ve told you about many, many times before, the band who we’ve urged you again and again to make the effort to go and see play live, ASA-‘effing-P? Well tonight they’re kicking off their first ever European tour. No longer are we urging just our British readers to get off their arses to go check out one of the best new British bands in years. Oh no. Now we’re urging the whole of bloody Europe to do so.
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.