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Album: Bury Tomorrow – The Union Of Crowns

August 3rd, 2012

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Bury Tomorrow
The Union of Crowns
Nuclear Blast
13 July 2012

by Jon Kerr

Just as the metalcore has really started to show itself up as becoming passé, Bury Tomorrow have come along with The Union of Crowns – a record which takes the unification of England and Scotland as its concept. It’s a bold idea from these new flag bearers of British proponents of the genre, but musically is there anything truly innovative in between all the genre’s usual cliches and hallmarks?

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Sunday Slaylist: Metal from the Middle East

April 15th, 2012

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The Middle East is a perpetual presence in world affairs – at the time of writing, the ceasefire between Syria’s government and rebel forces rests on a knife edge, Egypt’s first truly free presidential elections in decades is already mired in controversy, and the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran continue to prove inconclusive. It’s against this background of uprising and upheaval that Jon Kerr offers up this week’s Spotify Slaylist as a “horns-up” to all our Middle Eastern metal brethren.

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Album: Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral

February 14th, 2012

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Mark Langen Band
Blues Funeral
4AD
06 February 2012

by Jon Kerr

The history of rock and blues have been so mixed and muddied together over the course of history that attempting to pick apart their various genomes and how they all interact with each other is almost a failed endeavour from the start. Now that the former Screaming Trees vocalist, Mark Lanegan, has somewhat audaciously thrown disco into the mix as well with his new album, we’re even less sure where to begin….

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Retrospective Review: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

January 1st, 2012

When we asked our contributors to tell us their albums of the year, we also offered them the opportunity to retrospectively review any of their Top 10 list that we hadn’t reviewed already. Jon Kerr took us up on that offer.

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Foo Fighters
Wasting Light
RCA Records
11 April 2011

by Jon Kerr

Twenty years after Nevermind, Butch Vig finally produces a Foo Fighters album. In Dave Grohl’s garage. On tape. And Krist Novoselic plays bass on it. Whether you think the “Nevermind-effect” on the rock industry was a good or bad thing is one of the divisive questions for rock fans of a certain age, making this collaboration one that was destined to raise both ears and eyebrows.

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Top 10s of 2011: Our Contributors

December 10th, 2011

Thrash Hits 2011 Albums of the Year

We’ve shown you what Raz and Hugh’s albums of the year are, but they’re not the only ones responsible for the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011. Oh no. We’ve got a whole load of contributors – writers, photographers, and miscellaneous behind-the-scenes types – that help keep Thrash Hits running smoothly, and the albums they loved the most from 2011 matter just as much as those favoured by the boss men.

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Album: Wayne Static – Pighammer

October 3rd, 2011

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Wayne Static
Pighammer
Dirthouse Records
04 Oct 2011

by Jon Kerr

During the 12 years
 since the release of Wisconsin Death Trip, Static-X have maintained a rigid one-album-every-two-years output and, despite following an industrial-by-numbers format, their following – the Cult of Static, as referenced on their sixth album – has barely Wayned (sorry) until the band’s went on hiatus in 2009. Which is how we come to Pighammer, the debut solo album from Static-X’s leading man, Wayne Static. [Read more →]

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Smells Like Super Deluxe!

September 29th, 2011

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Being one of the most talked about songs, cover designs, hidden tracks and bridges in all of rock, Nirvana’s Nevermind is re-issued this week. The format to look out for is the Super Deluxe with the original Butch Vig mix of the entire album, the unheard ‘The Boombox rehearsals’ and much more. Jon Kerr answers the burning questions…

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