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Throw the horns – it’s the International Day of Slayer

June 6th, 2009

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We shouldn’t need to tell you how much Thrash Hits loves Slayer. If Slayer was a lady, we would love them in a sexy way. If Slayer was a man, we’d be having a full-on bro-mance with them. Well, we would, but we suspect Kerry King would probaly beat us round their head with a BC Rich and feed us to his snakes. So you can bet your bottom dollar that Thrash Hits is gonna be playing Tom Araya and co as loud as our stereo will go today, in honour of the fourth International Day of Slayer.

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Behind The Hits 003: Joel McIver (again)

May 1st, 2009

Thrash Hits has always been fond of an existential paradox (who isn’t?), so we asked the renowned author Joel McIver to interview himself about his two new books on Tool and Metallica’s late bassist Cliff Burton…

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So, Mr McIver. Weren’t you called “the world’s premiere heavy metal journalist” by an American magazine last year?

I was, but that doesn’t necessarily make it true, and I write about lots of other kinds of music too. Still, it looks good on the business card.

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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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Behind The Hits 001: Joel McIver

July 14th, 2008

After releasing a best-selling tome on Metallica in 2004, Joel McIver (pictured) seems to have given Slayer the same treatment this year. Joe Shooman chats to the metal guru about what he’s seen along the way.

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First time you discovered the band (as a fan and as a journalist)?
I didn’t actually pick up on Slayer until South Of Heaven in 1988, but then quickly went back to their previous stuff and acquainted myself. I’d heard so much about Reign In Blood that when I finally got to hear it, it felt like a major occurrence in my life – a door that I was about to walk through that couldn’t be closed again!

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