Talking in broad strokes, black metal is all about emotion. It uses it to steamroller your senses and the ability of a successful black metal band in parlaying said emotion is an impressive one. It’s difficult to play a guitar incredibly fast but you can learn to do that much more easily than learning to convey your emotions. That’s why we knew Morð were the real deal when we saw them playing live at Eistnaflug Festival earlier this summer.
November 6th, 2012
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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October 19th, 2011
Thrash Hits Verdict:
We can think of no better way than Muck of celebrating our centenary of celebrating new bands. This is the kind of band that you just hope you’ll stumble across in a grotty biker bar in a weird country. We saw these guys last week in a grotty biker bar at Iceland Airwaves 2011 in their hometown of Reykjavik and they blew our frozen cotton socks off. This band has everything: the songs, the attitude, the desire. Every time we reflected upon them doing something awesome (like playing slide guitar with a Macbook) they did something even more awesome (like play ‘Mother’). This band needs to be heard by everybody.
October 16th, 2011
Iceland Airwaves is traditionally a very cool festival with very cool bands. Iceland’s got loads of awesome metal bands though, and they’re more often the ones that tour overseas. That’s what WE care about. Luckily, Saturday had a whole day of it in a biker bar called Amsterdam. And yes, there’s an Iceland Chapter of the Hell’s Angels.
October 15th, 2011
October 14th, 2011
It’s the morning of Day 03 so it’s time to try and remember all the terrible things that went on yesterday in our non-waterproof trainers. If there was ever a country you want to be wearing shoes that don’t leak, it’s Iceland. Damn our soggy feet and all the awesome parties they made puddles in.
Also, we got a ride into town with Endless Dark and they played us some new songs. We had a mini #carm0sh.
October 13th, 2011
Oh, Reykjavik, how we’ve missed you. The rain, the wind, the fizzy, fizzy lager and the inevitable hangover. Obviously we trivialise our awful, globe-trotting, rock-watching lives by focusing on the things people moan about on Twitter every day but Iceland Airwaves 2011 is here. We are there and we’ve already seen some bands and drunk beers. Lots of expensive beers.