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Live & Photos: Defenders of the Faith @ London Brixton Academy – 04 December 2011

December 16th, 2011

We love a bit of metal so we went down to Brixton Academy to see Trivium headline Metal Hammer’s Defenders of the Faith tour with In Flames, Ghost and Rise To Remain in tow. Insense played as well but they played really, really early and Gary didn’t even manage to take photos of them up in Manchester. There are loads of photos. Go click on them and then go visit Gary’s website because he’s awesome.

Six things we figured out whilst watching all the metal in Brixton:

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Sonisphere Festival 2011: Interviews, Photos, Setlists – it’s all here

July 27th, 2011

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Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here.

All our work from Sonisphere Festival 2011 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Individual band coverage (interviews, photos, setlists and some tiny reviews), rumours, drinking games, stage times, dodgy photos of as many sexy ladies in various states of safe-for-work undress as we can legitimately get away with? It’s all here.

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In Flames cancel UK & Ireland tourdates

February 18th, 2009

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Swedish metal gurus In Flames have been forced to cancel their upcoming April/May tourdates for the UK and Ireland with Cancer Bats.

UPDATE! Cancer Bats are still intending on coming over here and playing some shows though. We’re guessing it’s because their flights are booked and their lives have been put on hold, they may as well get over here and cause some carnage!

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2008 into 2009: 36 Crazyfists

December 9th, 2008

There was this one time when Brock Lindow stood between us and the sun. We were plunged into darkness but the massive 36 Crazyfists frontman won’t be giving us The Fear this time. Oh no. Piss off, you giant Alaskan! Ha!

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Hanging with Testament at Download.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Touring in a van for five months.

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Album: Gojira – The Way Of All Flesh

October 12th, 2008

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Gojira
The Way Of All Flesh
Listenable Records/Prosthetic Records
13 October 2008

by Salvadore Fernandez

After breaking through with their astounding third album, From Mars To Sirius, the well-read French quartet are back with another crushing slab of progressive death metal. And yes, once again there is a profound message underneath their mesmeric tones.

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Slayer: Reign of Fear

July 18th, 2008

Slayer have been heading up the thrash metal scene for a quarter of a century. Frontman Tom Araya tells Joel McIver that it may soon be time to rethink the band’s future and defends the forthcoming Unholy Alliance III tour with Trivium.

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This autumn, the UK’s bigger clubs will be quaking to their foundations thanks to the latest instalment of the Unholy Alliance tour, headlined by Slayer and featuring Trivium, Mastodon and Amon Amarth on the bill.

Previous jaunts included Slipknot and In Flames and received much acclaim, but there’s a sneaking feeling among Slayer’s rabid fanbase that perhaps some space on the bill could have been allocated to newer, more extreme bands this time around. Thrash Hits .com put this to Tom Araya this week, as well as asking him to clarify his band’s future.

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Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2008: winners list and hot gossip

June 17th, 2008

Last night Thrash Hits .com partied with our good friends at Metal Hammer at their annual Golden Gods awards ceremony. Here’s all the gossip and the full list of winners.

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Performing at the ceremony at London’s indigO2 were some of the stars of Download Festival: Testament, Apocalyptica, In Flames, Children Of Bodom and Disturbed.

Hanging around in the VIP bar however, the likes of Kerry King from Slayer (pictured above with Thrash Hits .com editor, Raz) and Phil Demmel from Machine Head were drinking up the copious free drink on offer. The Golden Gods were hosted by Oderus Urungus of GWAR.

Watch Oderus Urungus from GWAR backstage at the Golden Gods

Unconfirmed reports that Frank Carter from Gallows had shunned the Golden Gods in favour of a night in tattooing his knob and playing Call Of Duty 4 were confirmed by his band members. The Hemel Hempstead hardcore heroes were up for Best Live Band. They didn’t win.

Rumours were flying around about various drugs being snorted off some incredibly peachy bums. Those rumours refused to go away once the quite wonderful Fuel Girls (pictured above with Thrash Hits .com editor, Raz) started breathing fire and spraying milk at the crowd at the raucous, suitably debauched afterparty at Sin. They definitely know how to party.

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Most importantly, however, lots and lots of members of the heavy metal hierarchy were honoured with a Metal Hammer Golden God award. Here is the full list of winners.

Best Breakthrough: Apocalyptica
Best Underground Band: The Black Dahlia Murder
Best UK Band: Iron Maiden
Metal For The Masses: William Gledhill
Best Live Band: Machine Head
Best Video: Dimmu Borgir – The Serpentine Offering
Best Metal Label: Roadrunner Records
Spirit Of Hammer: Max and Igor Cavalera
Best Debut: Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
Icon Award: Eddie
Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award: Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom)
Event Of The Year: Hard Rock Hell
Riff Lord: Dave Mustaine
Best Album: Testament – The Formation Of Damnation
Best International Band: In Flames
Golden God: Kerry King, presented by Kat Von D

Check out some interviews with Kat Von D at The Lipster and also at Metal Hammer, where they have a video interview with Kerry King as well.

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