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2008 into 2009: The Defiled

December 22nd, 2008

London metallers The Defiled have been trawling the circuits for a while now, piling up legions of fans in the process. We had a little chat with bassist, Drex Exel about what and WHO he wants for Christmas…

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Kiss at Download. Any show that has a 50-year-old man flying across the audience on a zip-wire is good in my books!

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Breaking my bass in half whilst supporting Malefice at The Underworld – rest in pieces Frank.

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The Return of Carcass

July 9th, 2008

Reformed Carcass have been re-releasing their back catalogue and playing every metal festival around this year. Bob Mulhouse meets Michael Amott – the man responsible for practically the whole of modern extreme metal.

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“It’s been a lot of fun,” says Michael Amott, guitarist with Carcass (temporarily) and Arch Enemy (permanently). “We had our first show the other night – and there were some fuckups, but it was basically fine. “Y’know, my motto has always been ‘Loud, wrong and confident’. There were some little things where your brain goes, ‘Hmm, what’s next?’, but you throw a few shapes and you’re OK!”

Carcass, for those who’ve been hibernating for the last two decades, are responsible for a hell of a lot. Starting life in parallel with Napalm Death, whose early grindcore sound evolved out of the underground punk scene in the early ’80s, the band recorded two albums of grind for the Earache label before Amott joined them in 1990.

Mike, a British-born Swede who had got to know the band through the tape-trading scene, was a perfect recruit for them, already playing in a death metal band, Carnage, which he’d formed on the back of his love of punk and extreme metal.

Watch the video to ‘Heartwork’ by Carcass

“I started with Kiss, then moved towards the Sex Pistols and Discharge,” he recalls. “I loved anything with shouting and lots of aggression. As a young kid I was into the speed of it, so when Metallica came along it just clicked for me: they had the aggression and speed of hardcore punk with the tightness, heaviness and guitar tone of metal. Then I was into Slayer – and from then on, it was all about trying to find the next, most evil band, which took me into the death metal scene.”

“It was great,” he adds, “because we were all 16 or 17 and finding out about Morbid Angel and Obituary when they were just doing demos. Death’s first album came out then, too, and there was all the German stuff – Kreator and Destruction – which I loved and which also fed into the death metal movement. It was crude, not as well played as the American stuff, and therefore it was much more harsh and violent, which I loved. I thought ‘Fuck yeah, this is it!’”

However, Amott was also a huge fan of hard-rock guitarists such as Michael Schenker and John Norum of Europe – and brought a newfound melodic awareness to the band. The first Carcass album on which he appeared was Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious (1991), which featured a prototype of what we now recognise as melodic death metal.

Watch the video to ‘Incarnated Solvent Abuse’ by Carcass

Fans were split between shock at the departure of the old, grindcore style and elation at this new, technical sound – but almost two decades later, Necroticism is almost universally recognised as a classic.

After another album, the superb Heartwork (1993), Amott departed to Arch Enemy, where he remains today. Carcass themselves split three years later, but demand always remained strong for a reunion – and with the international melodic death metal scene now a commercial reality, there’s been no better time to do it than now.

“I don’t hold myself responsible for anything!” laughs Amott modestly – but we know better. Carcass changed everything, if you were a death metal fan – see them while you can. The reunion won’t last forever.

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Download Festival – Friday 13 June 2008: Interviews and photos

June 13th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com is at 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 take a look at some great live photos below.

Download Festival Friday

Rival Schools – Ian Love
Download #1
What has been your Download 2008 highlight?
Getting my hair cut backstage and getting loads of free hair products.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
What bands have got females in? Rolo Tomassi are too young so… The Subways or Judas Priest. I like to experiment.

Rolo Tomassi – Ed
Download #1
Who are you looking forward to seeing?
Rival Schools. Several years ago myself and James, the keyboard player went to see them but it was raining so hard the venue was leaking so the gig was cancelled at the last minute, so we really want to see them.

The Ghost of a Thousand – Memby Jago
Download #4
What’s the most memorable Download 2008 experience
I got attacked by a bouncer for sneaking young girls in backstage. The sad thing was she was, and still is a lesbian.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
Motorhead because they might teach me a few lessons. Lessons in love, lessons in life.

Blackhole – Richard Carter
Download #1
What’s your Download 2008 highlight so far?
We got attacked by some guy last night shouting, “Municipal Waste will fuck you up!” They probably will.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
We’re actually all camping so we are getting the full experience, especially with all the aircraft. We’d probably like to share a hotel with Municipal Waste though haha.

Kill Hannah – Matt and Greg
Download #1
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
I really want to see Pendulum but I recently saw Gene Simmons’ sex tape and it really turned me on. I want to find Gene Simmons because we would be able to make a sex tape with him.

Madina Lake – Matthew
Download #1
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
We’re sharing a bus with Dillinger and that is really good for credibility [laughs]. We already had a conversation about shit and I told Greg that I got hit in the head with some shit when I was younger. Maybe it was him. Shit is really, really heavy.

Slaves To Gravity – Tom
Download #2
What’s your Download 2008 highlight so far?
Just driving around and around whilst attempting to get here, having a few Spinal Tap moments in the van.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
Are there any girl bands playing? Or we’ll take Kiss’ groupie scraps.

In Case Of Fire – Colin
Download #1
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
We’d love to share a hotel room with Biffy Clyro because we’ve met them before and they’re really nice guys and a lot of fun and we got on well with them.

Stone Gods – Richie Edwards and Toby MacFarlaine
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What’s your Download 2008 highlight so far?
Richie: Walking onstage and playing a gig was easily the best thing that’s happened today.
Toby: I can’t wait to get backstage to the free tattoo parlour – as soon as I finish talking about myself.
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
Toby: Is there a heavy metal version of Girls Aloud…er.
Richie: Otherwise Judas Priest because they’re from just down the road from me in Birmingham so we can talk about all sorts of things.

Fall Of Troy – Thomas
Download #1
What’s the most memorable Download 2008 experience
It’s been a massive fight so far. We had loads of our gear stolen last night so we really took it out onstage today. It’s been nice to be able to tell my kids some day that we played with Motorhead and Kiss. Yeah, right!
Which band would you most like to share a hotel room with?
I’d like to share a hotel room with Incubus because we know those guys and we get along with them. We’ve got the same kind of West Coat vibe going on.

What the Daily Mail make you forget about My Chemical Romance

May 30th, 2008

As a legion of My Chemical Romance fans prepare to march to the offices of the Daily Mail, Pete Fear looks at why the hell anyone would care. It’s because of the music, man!

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance are the most horrific, potently nasty and unpleasant thing that will ever happen to the Daily Mail: a cranked up rock band that will turn your children into devil worshippers and invite Eastern European asylum seekers into your home.

But forget that, because even the BBC and The Guardian know this. All of the coverage of this Saturday’s Dacre-baiting march has focused on the black hair, the Converse slip-ons, the scars and the straight edge tattoos. No one has mentioned that My Chems are one of the finest rock bands to emerge from the States this decade.

Emerging from the ashes of a Thursday-aping hardcore world (via Eyeball RecordsI Brought You Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love), it was the Lifetime-meets-John Hughes movies sounds of Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge that launched MCR as both a damn great band and a sociological case study.

Three Cheers… is a landmark record, a quick-shot blast of sharp turns of phrase and punk rock guitars. From the faux-Spanish tongues and chuggy Radiohead-isms of ‘The Jetset Life Is Going To Kill You’ to the pop-is-pain mega choruses of ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’, Three Cheers… is Fall Out Boy’s From Under The Cork Tree’s less saccharine sister, positioning them as this generation’s Queen to FOB’s Air Supply.

The songs – and more importantly the album as a whole – make the current consternation of the Lord Rothmere-owned organ and its hatebred middle aged readers irrelevant.

The fact that My Chemical Romance have been derided as much as bands such as Kiss (Knights in Satan’s Service) is down to the fact that Three Cheers…, and The Black Parade, with its pompous Mercury/May-influence, are as full of hope and rock stomp as records like Destroyer (Detroooit Rock City!!)

Gerard Way has become a genuine New Jersey success story; not for any crusade against the newspaper backlash, but for being in a band that blows the bloody doors off, every time.

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