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Top 6: Reasons why Adam from FACT loves Taylor Swift

October 31st, 2014

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Did you know that Adam Graham, self-confessed Token White Guy in Japan’s almighty FACT, is a secret Taylor Swift fan? Actually, that’s not true at all. Adam makes absolutely no secret of his Taylor Swift fandom whatsoever. With the world’s biggest popstar releasing her new album 1989 this week, we asked Adam to explain himself – so take it away, Adam…

Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels, doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings; these are a few of my favourite things (actually, scrap the noodles). I have a wealth of favourite things, a veritable cornucopia one might say. However, floating above them all on a cloud of angel’s hair and baby’s breath, a beauteous and radiant Aphrodite in human form, is the indomitable, the inimitable Miss Taylor Swift.

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Zebrahead and the art of advertising “self-love” aids: Adam Graham from FACT is our man in Japan

October 15th, 2013

Here’s the second column from Adam Graham – the “token white guy” (his words, not ours) in Japanese mosh heroes, FACT. For content, our man in Japan is still banking on Japan being weirder than what you’re used to. It appears to be working. We’re hopeful of plenty more too…

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Japan’s a funny old country. I don’t mean this in a sneering, xenophobic, “Oh, look at the silly foreigners,” kind of way – I am extremely fortunate to live here and enjoy the hospitality of the country and its people. What I mean is that from a completely objective standpoint a lot of things go down here that seem to teeter on the edge of sanity.

I’m talking Pepsi-flavoured Cheetos and nightmare-inducing “cute” mascots (can you guess what this fella is selling?!). Oh and hey, you’re worried about a little bit of horsemeat finding its way into your hamburger? What about if it found its way into your ice cream? ON PURPOSE.

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Future Hits 155: Palm

September 10th, 2013

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PALM
From: Osaka, Japan
Lazy equation: All Pigs Must Die, Trap Them, Black Breath etc
URL: Facebook // Bandcamp // Twitter

Thrash Hits verdict: Japanese bands of the heavy inclination are few and far between, but when they’re good, they’re bloody amazing. Think of Envy, Crossfaith and FACT, for instance. Palm are absolutely the heaviest of the bunch and they play searing, crusty hardcore in the vein of those bands up there, influenced by the likes of “Slayer, Pantera, Entombed, early Sepultura, early Cave In [and] Neurosis”. They recorded an album, My Darkest Friends with Alan Douches (Baroness, 3 Inches of Blood) and had the cover designed by Converge’s Jacob Bannon. It all fits together.

While bassist, Yoshiyasu Morita, drummer, Kenta Nakanishi and vocalist, Toshihiko Takahashi have now been together for a decade, guitarist, Ryouta Sugimoto joined the band a couple of years ago and Palm have been on an upward trajectory ever since. The singer, however, is the sole remaining founding member, so we had a chat to him about Palm.

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Cod Sperm Sacs and BabyMetal: Adam Graham from FACT is our man in Japan

August 5th, 2013

Here are two entirely unrelated pieces of information. Our developer, Will, went to Japan earlier this year and brought back a book of photos of women licking doorknobs. Our friend, Adam Graham, plays in the band FACT as the “token white guy” (his words, not ours). What’s our framework for this? Well, Japan can be strange, and we’ve got a man right in the middle of it. BRING ON THE GUEST COLUMN.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the first instalment of what may or may not become a semi-regular column about the weird world of metal in Japan, popping up unexpectedly amongst the hallowed electronic pages of Thrash Hits, like cod sperm sacs amidst an otherwise harmless array of bar snacks (this happened). I only hope that revisiting this column at your leisure proves to be a less violently gut-wrenching experience for you than revisiting said sperm sacs was for me, mere hours after originally consuming them.

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EP: Dir En Grey – The Unraveling

May 1st, 2013

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Dir En Grey
The Unraveling
Firewall/SMEJ

03 April 2013

By David Keevill

The Japanese metallic monolith that is Dir En Grey have had a fairly minimal penetration into the tight-knit UK music community considering the number, and calibre, of their records over the course of the last sixteen years. 2013 sees the release of an EP called The Unraveling, a seven track record that, despite increasing momentum into a metal scene dominated by Western publicity machines, is more a retrospective consolidation of their swollen discography than a push towards a greater consciousness.

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Live: Weezer + NOFX @ Punkspring Festival – Osaka, Japan – 30 March 2013

April 5th, 2013

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Most of our readers might not be familiar with the name Will Beardmore, but he’s the guy working feverishly behind the scenes on the long-awaited, much-trumped, and forever-delayed Thrash Hits redesign (and boy, is it looking good). He’s on holiday right now, mucking about over in Japan, so when he said he’d been to Punkspring festival out there….well, what sort of a music website would we be if we turned down a review?

6 Things We Learnt When We Saw Weezer Headline Punkspring Festival in Osaka, Japan:

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Album: Sigh – In Somniphobia

March 23rd, 2012

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Sigh
In Somniphobia
Candlelight Records
12 March 2012

by Von

Sigh’s latest album, In Somniphobia, has wrinkled my brain. After reviewing a bunch of straight up metal albums, I’m suddenly faced with a barrage of instruments, genres, concepts, soundscapes, and yes, even a saxophone solo. Suddenly I have to think about things. Catchy riffs and sing along choruses are no longer the order of the day – we’ve gone far beyond that. Imagine black metal with, well, everything bolted on.

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Vintage Video: Aerosmith – Pink

November 21st, 2011

Something of a classic this: The Bad Boys From Boston showed no hesitation at having a bit of fun with CGI back in 1997 for their video ‘Pink’. The track remains the biggest fan favourite from the Nine Lives album and this video went on to win an MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video. All factoids aside, its just a video that’s impossible not to smile at… go ahead, give it a try…

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Live: Envy @ London XOYO – 26 October 2011

November 2nd, 2011

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The first line of their Wikipedia entry calmly states: “Envy is a rock band from Japan.” Yes, they are. It’s absolutely correct but they’re so much more than that. Getting on for two decades as a band, the Tokyo quintet brought their expansive post-hardcore to Shoreditch for a rare appearance. As if we’d miss it.

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Tour Diary: Between The Buried And Me and The Red Chord blitz Japan

April 16th, 2010

Last month Between The Buried And Me went to Japan for the first time ever, with their buds The Red Chord playing in support. Our man in Japan, Mike Strata, went along for the ride. And he kicked all their asses at Mario Kart.

What do progressive/tech/death metal, preposterous amounts of Mario Kart, masturbation eggs, and the delights of the McGriddle have in common? The answer is (of course) nothing, but for 6 short days, these seemingly disparate elements were thrown together on a trek from one end of Japan to the other as Between The Buried And Me and The Red Chord descended upon the land of the rising sun and went hog wild on a whistlestop tour of its major cities.

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