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End of the Decade: bits & bobs celebrating the 2000s (Noughties?)

December 31st, 2009

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Linkin Park are the biggest selling band of this decade, nay, century. That’s a statement that really hurts, isn’t it. They’ve sold more records than Metallica, Iron Maiden or even The Beatles. Yes, feel free to weep because there doesn’t seem like much to celebrate. Right? WRONG!

There really have been some amazing bands, albums and songs that have have had an amazing effect over the past ten years and we’re going to focus on them with loads of celebratory articles about them. And this is where you can find all of them. Handy, eh?

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A to Z of the Noughties: Judas Priest to Rock Band

November 13th, 2009

Where were you on the night before the dawn of the New Millennium? Jon Kerr was getting a pit going in Jilly’s Rockworld, Manchester. We’ve asked him to summarise the ten years since then in all things metal in a handy A to Z

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Judas Priest
As if one seminal British vocalist returning to his former band wasn’t enough, Rob Halford followed suit in 2003 and re-joined Judas Priest. Angel of Retribution followed and Priest celebrated their 30th Anniversary whilst touring it. 2008’s double concept album Nostradamus became Judas Priest’s 16th studio effort and was no less than a masterpiece. With Priest on such good form, it has indeed been a decade to savour. [Read more →]

2008 into 2009: Onslaught

December 17th, 2008

Classic Bristolian thrashers Onslaught may be in their second stint, but they’re still touring hard and they’re going as strong ever. We got the lowdown on 2008 from hot porn star-loving drummer Steve Grice

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Playing Bang Your Head festival, Germany with Judas Priest.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
The unexpected death of my best mate.

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Video: Testament – ‘More Than Meets The Eye’

December 12th, 2008

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Bay Area thrash heavyweights, Testament, have released a video for their rollicking beast of a track, ‘More Than Meets The Eye’. No, they’re not writing songs about Transformers – it’s about overcoming your inner demons and stuff.

You can tell it is “well metal” as the video has people being struck by lightning, demon creatures underneath Testament’s skin, and a volcano exploding. THAT’S METAL.

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Album: Fightstar – Alternate Endings

August 1st, 2008

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Fightstar
Alternate Endings
Institute Recordings
11 August 2008

by Pete Lockey

Fightstar return, almost a year on from their last full length release, with a collection of b-sides, rarities and one new track. With the band only having two albums and an early EP to their name it could be seen as something of a gamble.

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Sebastian Bach: “I’d rather hear Skid Roses than Stone Temple Roses”

July 28th, 2008

Sebastian Bach is never knowingly understated. Sian Wynne talks to the former Skid Row frontman about forming a super-supergroup with Slash and the joys of chicks whipping their tits out whilst on tour.

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There aren’t many musicians with the wherewithal to open an interview with a screamed “YEAH!”, but Thrash Hits .com was not surprised to discover that Sebastian Bach is one of them. And we like to think he had his fist in the air when he said it.

Down a crackly hotel phone line two weeks into a US tour with Poison, the former Skid Row frontman could not sound more enthusiastic.

“I’m having the time of my life. It’s 2008, I have a new CD, I’m selling out arenas and it’s fun,” he laughs. “I’m having a great time!”

The silky-haired Axl Rose sympathiser and serial reality TV star has finally got it together for a UK release of his latest solo effort Angel Down this week. It’s no middle-aged ballad fest. At times more Judas Priest than Skid Row, it was bashed out in a measly two weeks in the studio between legs supporting Guns N’ Roses.

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“The first Skid Row album we recorded at the Playboy resort in Wisconsin,” he tells. “We went jet skiing by day and recorded by night, and played a hell of a lot of tennis.”

“But for this album it was a pressurised situation, we had to get it done. There was no messing around. And it has that feel of a live band kickin’ ass. Not playing tennis…”

With Rose on board for three memorable duets – a cover of Aerosmith‘s ‘Back in the Saddle’ included – it would appear the high profile friendship is still on track.

“I read so much misinformation about Axl,” he says. “It makes me angry because I know the dude and what he is really like. He’s not motivated by money or fame – he’s got more than enough of both.”

Having unsuccessfully auditioned for Velvet Revolver (“But I’d rather hear Skid Roses than Stone Temple Roses”), rumours continue to circulate that another Slash/Bach project is on the cards.

“Here’s the deal: I was contacted by one of the biggest musicians in rock and roll – bigger that Skid Row, bigger that Guns N’ Roses – some other mystery guy,” says Bach. “He was putting together a supergroup with Slash on guitar and he wanted me to sing.”

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“It looked like it was going to happen, but it is not happening now. It may happen in the future, but it is not happening now. I want to make that clear.”

So let’s not rule it out all together.

He may have a guest role in The Gilmore Girls but it’s not all comfy armchairs and lemonade for Bach just yet.

“Last night we sold out an arena in Pikeville, Kentucky – 12,000 people,” he says. “And I’ve never heard of Pikeville, Kentucky. I didn’t know there was a Pikeville in Kentucky.”

“It’s just fucking hilarious. It’s like every chick feels compelled to whip her tits out. What a great life this is,” he laughs. “We are talking the finest women in the world. Someone actually said this to me once – Poison and Sebastian Bach on the same bill? Even chicks are getting hard-ons. Wow. For the first time in history. That’s a pretty cool thing.”

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