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Future Hits 186: Morð

November 6th, 2014

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Morð (Morth)
From: Reykjavik, Iceland
Lazy equation: Íslenska svartur málmur með einhverjum gróp
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp

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.

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Album: The Vintage Caravan – Voyage

January 17th, 2014

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The Vintage Caravan
Voyage
Nuclear Blast
13 January 2014

by Karma Bertelsen

What do Bjork, Sólstafir and a cloud of ash all have in common? They’ve all been churned out by Iceland, a country known as much for its arduous to pronounce names and its air-traffic stopping volcanos as its music. A new name to add to that list are psychoactive hard rock trio The Vintage Caravan who have just crawled out of their teens and are paradoxically procreating 70s retro blues-rock. [Read more →]

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.7: Finland being officially the most metal country in the world

December 21st, 2012

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Facts. Stats. Graphs. Maps. DATA. These are the all the kind of thing we love but don’t actually talk about on Thrash Hits because a) we’re a metal blog, and b) we’re the only ones nerdy enough to care about stats, facts, maps and graphs around here.

Unless of course said facts, stats and data have been used to make a map that charts precisely how metal a country is per 100,000 people, depending on how many metal bands it has. Yep.

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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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Live & Photos: Eistnaflug Festival @ Neskaupstaður, Iceland – 12-14 July 2012

August 6th, 2012

You probably reckon you know about all the best metal festivals but you’ve almost certainly never heard of Eistnaflug. No, that wasn’t a sneeze. Vasilis Panagiotopoulos travelled to the east of Iceland to witness the eighth installment of this awesome festival.

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Neskaupstaður is a small town built on the fringes of an isolated fjord that lies 700km from Reykjavík. Steep mountains, endless green valleys, persistent fog and inhospitable seashores complete the imposing Icelandic scenery. The 24-hour daylight adds to the location’s mesmerising wilderness. Such an unconventional and extreme destination is home to a fittingly extreme event: Eistnaflug – Iceland’s prime heavy rock and metal festival.

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Future Hits 102: Angist

November 3rd, 2011

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Angist
From: Reykjavík, Iceland
Lazy equation: (Arch Enemy + more death metal) x Iceland
URL: Facebook // Twitter

Thrash Hits Verdict:
This is what we said about Angist when we saw them on the final night of Iceland Airwaves 2011.

This is Angist. It’s dark, thrashy, black metal and it’s bloody brilliant. You will struggle not to headbang to their music. Their major selling point, however, is always going to be their singer. Edda is one of the most terrifying people I’ve ever seen on a stage. Obviously, she was absolutely lovely offstage but she commands her stage incredibly well.

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Future Hits 100: Muck

October 19th, 2011

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Muck
From: Reykjavik, Iceland
Lazy Equation: Sonic Youth + (Dillinger Escape Plan x Converge)
URL: Facebook // Tumblr // Buy songs

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.

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