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Album: Anacondas – Sub Contra Blues

October 16th, 2013

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Anacondas
Sub Contra Blues
Prosthetic Records
14 October 2013

by Raziq Rauf

It’s been a while coming, but this is the end product of the heavy riffing that Johnny Truant guitarist, Stuart Hunter was chugging out during the death throes of the Brighton metallers’ demise. It’s a three-pronged attack that post-hardcore, sludge metal and shoegaze. Anacondas is a wonderfully chaotic beast.

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Label Profile 005: Shelsmusic

May 27th, 2013

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We’ve always had a soft spot for labels who think differently. Shelsmusic – born in the UK, bred in California – has made its name on atmosphere, from tremulous folk and consciousness-expanding walls of sound, to muscle-shredding, gut-pounding metal. Albums from artists as diverse as Black Sheep Wall and Ancients make regular dents our end of year top tens. In recent months, they’ve not only expanded into production, through their Purple Buffalo Studios, but to mark their 10th anniversary, they’re re-releasing Mahumodo’s cult record Waves on vinyl. High time to catch up with label head and *shels frontman Mehdi Safa, we reckoned…

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Album: Whitemare – Snider

November 4th, 2011

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Whitemare
Snider
BlackDream Records
11 November 2011

by Alex Andrews

When exactly did hardcore develop swagger? It wasn’t too long ago that the genre was crawling with mild-mannered vegans too scared to drink beer, but much like The Bronx, Brighton’s Whitemare are a band who clearly know their way around a guitar lick and presumably a bottle of Jack Daniel’s as well. They’re a far more ferocious beast than their Californian counterparts, though; all snapping, snarling and buoyed up on bravado.

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Future Hits 084: Whitemare

July 6th, 2011

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Whitemare
From: Brighton, England
Lazy Equation: (Motorhead x Zeke) + Winnebago Deal
URL: Facebook/WhitemareUK

Thrash Hits Verdict:
Sometimes with all the sub-genres and the effort put in, it’s nice to just shove on a bit of balls-to-the-wall hard rock. It’s music that, once you’ve finished getting down to it, makes you hope that that wall was painted. Otherwise, you’ll have sore balls. Whitemare don’t seem to write long songs which is good for people with short attention sp

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Thrash Hits Top 10 Albums of 2008

December 4th, 2008

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1. Rolo Tomassi – Hysterics
2. Amon Amarth – Twilight Of The Thunder God
3. Gojira – The Way Of All Flesh
4. Metallica – Death Magnetic
5. Cancer Bats – Hail Destroyer
6. Johnny Truant – No Tears For The Creatures
7. Bring Me The Horizon – Suicide Season
8. Testament – The Formation Of Damnation
9. Torche – Meanderthal
10. The Bronx – The Bronx (III)

Win Rip Curl Boardmasters tickets and Vans goodies

July 31st, 2008

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Rip Curl Boardmasters festival is Europe’s biggest surf and skate and music festival and its hitting Newquay on 4-10 August 2008, this year in association with Relentless energy drink and Vans, who are giving some swag away.

You can watch the world’s best surfers and skateboarders and stuff during the day and then go watch wicked bands like The Ghost Of A Thousand, Johnny Truant and Gallows in the evening. And bands like Kids In Glass Houses and Pigeon Detectives too. There’s something for everyone.

You’ve got to remember that because there will be loads of surfers, there will be a load of buffed, tanned bodies floating around so it’s probably the sexiest festival in the UK. It beats the tens of thousands of fat, hairy dudes that descend upon Donington every June for Download Festival.

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Vans is going to offer one lucky winner a pair of VIP tickets to the Rip Curl Boardmasters festival as well as a Vans hoodie, a Vans t-shirt and a pair of Vans shoes. Not too bad.

There is a picture of a hoodie, a t-shirt and a pair of shoes above but the ones on offer are actually different ones. That’s just a pretty badly Photoshopped picture

To enter this competition to win a pair of VIP tickets to the Rip Curl Boardmasters festival and a Vans hoodie, a Vans t-shirt and a pair of Vans shoes, just enter the competition by answering the following question.

Where does the festival favourite VW campervan originate?

Email your answer with your name, address and a contact telephone number to competition@thrashhits.com with “Van” as the subject. The closing date for general entries is 10am Monday, 4 August 2008. The winner will be notified by telephone or email.

Hard Rock Hell II lineup finalised

July 2nd, 2008

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The lineup for the second annual Hard Rock Hell, niftily sub-titled “The Dragon’s Ball”, has been finalised and it has shaped up magnificently.

The 48-hour maelstrom of rock and metal at the UK’s will take place on 5-7 December 2008 at the only rock ‘n’ roll bootcamp, located at Pontin’s, Prestatyn Sands in North Wales.

There are few things more fun that hard rocking whilst hard boozing in a Pontin’s – especially when you don’t need to worry about your parents finding out. We know this from last year’s inaugural and hugely successful HRH.

While we have the mighty Black Label Society and Thin Lizzy headlining the Classic Rock Stage, there are some very exciting developments on the Radio 1/Metal Hammer Stage as the Radio 1 Rock Show’s Daniel P Carter curates.

Carter is going to showcase some Thrash Hits .com favourites from the emerging rock scene including sets from Canadian rising stars Cancer Bats as well as Brighton heavyweights Johnny Truant and the mighty The Ghost Of A Thousand.

Tickets, including entry to the festival, accommodation and car parking, start from as little as £90 if you are prepared to share (destroy) a chalet with six other headbanging buddies. Find out more at HardRockHell.com.

Hard Rock Hell II Lineup:

Friday 5th Dec

Classic Rock Stage
Thin Lizzy
Budgie
Glyder
Benedictum
Doro
Tigertailz

Radio 1/Metal Hammer Stage:
Cancer Bats
Johnny Truant
The Ghost of a Thousand
Textures
The Plight
Cry for Silence
Hexes

Young Blood Stage:
Big Linda
Attica Rage
TBC

Saturday 6th Dec

Classic Rock Stage:
Black Label Society
Clutch
Wildhearts
Hawkwind
Orange Goblin
Viking Skull
Logan
Pilgrim Fathers

Born Again Stage:
Spit Like This
Praying Mantis
Pride Tiger (UK Debut)
Tygers of Pan Tang
Waysted

Porshamar Stage:
Battlelore
Korpiklaani
Alestorm
Outcry Fire
Ravenscreed
This is Menace
Powerquest
Firewind
Blitzkrieg

Clive Aid Stage:
Beholder
Hecate Enthroned
Million$ Reloaded
Pig Iron
Tokyo Dragons
Warrior Soul
Chariot

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Download Festival – Saturday 14 June 2008: Interviews and photos

June 14th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com is backstage at Download Festival 2008 getting all the latest gossip from as many bands as we can lay our hands on. Check out a few interviews and some great live photos below.

Download Festival Saturday

Saxon – Biff Byford
Download #3
What are you looking forward to the most at Download Festival 2008?
You always look forward to the gig and hope that people have a good time. To be a band that plays festivals, you have to try and get the audience to lose where they are; to really get into the band and have a good time.
What is your main aim when you’re playing a festival?
I don’t really think festivals are about promoting a new album or anything like that. It’s all about all the fans together having a great time and the band just playing some great fucking rock and roll.

Brigade – Will Simpson
Download #1
How’s Download Festival 2008 been for you so far?
We’re so looking forward to playing in front of so many people that we wouldn’t get the chance to play for normally. It’s a hell of an opportunity.
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
Fighting With Wire. Not in a homoerotic way. We’ve been out on tour with those boys and they’re just absolutely crazy. The antics that they pulled out were some of the finest tour pranks I’ve ever seen.

Sign – Zolberg
Download #2
What’s been your best Download Festival 2008 experience so far?
Seeing Kiss was pretty amazing with the zipline and the fire-breathing. He was spitting blood.
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
Ace Frehley. I’d like to get him drunk and make him tell us jokes. I hear he’s quite a funny guy.

The Wildhearts – Ginger and Scott
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What’s been your best Download Festival 2008 experience so far?
Scott: Rob Halford.
Ginger: Yeah, Scott enjoyed Rob Halford. He screamed, then he talked, then he continued to scream. Otherwise, seeing the Wildhearts tshirts out already. It’s great seeing them so early.
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
Ginger: Get Girls Aloud on the bill. No? Get Rammstein on the bill then. They would be the best headliner of Download if they played.

Johnny Truant – Ollie Mitchell
Download #3
What’s been your most memorable Download Festival 2008 experience so far?
Someone tried to break into our van last night while we were sleeping in it – a girl. We chased her off with a belt. We’re still here and haven’t had anything stolen. We’re pretty stoked that it’s our third Download and we’re one of those bands that keeps getting asked back.
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
I’d choose Biffy Clyro. They’re seem like rad dudes and they party. They’re from the same soil.

The Ghost Of A Thousand – Memby Jago
Download #4
What’s been your best Download Festival 2008 experience of the day?
I vomited last night. Today I’ve been walking around all the campsites because I didn’t know where I was going. I saw Madina Lake today. The hair was good. The drummer had a special needs moment when he grabbed his head and just started wiggling about!

Kids In Glass Houses – Shay
Download #2
What’s been your best Download Festival 2008 experience of the day?
I’ve only been here an hour. It’s all changed around but it’s all good. At the moment we’re much more concerned with the alcohol situation.
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
It would have to be Incubus for Brandon Boyd! He’s a good-looking boy with the voice of an angel.

Skindred – Benji
Download #3
How’s Download Festival 2008 been for you so far?
This is some scary weather man. Here’s the sun! Here’s the rain! What’s going to happen?
If you could share a hotel room with any band tonight who would you choose?
Seether. I know they’re good guys and have a lot of fun. They know when to start and they know when to stop.

Album: Johnny Truant – No Tears For The Creatures

June 3rd, 2008

Johnny Truant

Johnny Truant
No Tears For The Creatures
United By Fate Records
02 June 2008

by Ryan Williams

With their third album, Johnny Truant may well have hit the heavy metal jackpot. While their two previous records seemed either one-dimensional or failed to reach potential at times, No Tears For The Creatures delivers everything that the Brighton metalcore monsters have always threatened to. [Read more →]

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