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PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #10 – Getting to Download Festival? As easy as riding a bike…

June 11th, 2013

It’s fair to say James Monteith has been a bit busy releasing TesseracT‘s excellent second album, Altered State. That’s why this is his first post in eight months, but he’s already taken up a new challenge – cycling to Donington. From London. Hopefully without vomiting. Yeah, right…

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Just over two months ago I was minding my own business, scratching my balls, watching the clock count down to 27 May (Altered State release date), when Prog editor, Jerry Ewing emailed me about The Heavy Metal Truants bike ride. At first I thought it was a joke – especially coming from Jerry, who doesn’t look like he’s ever sat on a bike, let alone up for a 161-mile bike ride – but after a few days of harassment I realized it was for real, and after reading about the event and the charities it supports, I was very intrigued and decided I had to get involved.

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Album: Sirenia – The 13th Floor

January 14th, 2009

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Sirenia
The 13th Floor
Nuclear Blast
23 January 2009

by Jerry Ewing

If you listen to Morten Veland, the brains and driving force behind this Norwegian symphonic metal gang, he’ll bang on at length about how unfair it is that Sirenia’s fourth album, The 13th Floor will be viewed by many as a work riding in on the coat tails of the likes of Nightwish, Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil. And that how he formed the similar Tristania (for whom he sang, played guitar and wrote most of the music and lyrics) at the same time as most of the aforementioned started, even if he was unceremoniously dumped from their ranks to breath life into Sirenia in 2001.

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Album: The Devil’s Blood – Come, Reap

January 13th, 2009

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The Devil’s Blood
Come, Reap
Van Records
10 November 2008

by Jerry Ewing

Heavy metal, horror and the occult have walked hand in hand since the first notes of Black Sabbath’s debut cranked out of whatever archaic stereograms were the order of the day back in 1970. And not much has changed some 40 years down the line.

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Listen to Thrash Hits on Total Rock Radio at Download Festival 2008

June 10th, 2008

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As if you hadn’t heard the news already, this weekend sees the sixth annual Download Festival plug in at Donington Racetrack. Thrash Hits .com has been kindly invited by the great Jerry Ewing to pop in to the Total Rock studios and have a chat this weekend.

You’ll be able to find loads of cheeky backstage interviews and photos as well as live shots from loads of the bands performing over the weekend right here on Thrash Hits .com

Total Rock Radio will be broadcasting live from Download Festival 2008 as the official radio station at Donington. The station will be staying true to its “24/7 Rock And Metal Radio” tagline as it broadcasts from 12 noon on Wednesday, 11 June 2008 all the way through to 12 noon Monday, 16 June 2008.

If you’re driving to the festival you should keep your car radio tuned to 87.7 FM in the Midlands and then keep your portable radio tuned to it all the time you’re on-site. However, if you’re not going to the festival at all, you can listen online at TotalRock.com.

Tune in to Total Rock Radio between 3pm and 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to hear the latest goings on at Download Festival 2008.

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