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Sólstafir @ Damnation Festival – 01 November 2014

November 5th, 2014

Solstafir at Damnation Festival 2014 by Kirsty Garland Thrash Hits

We couldn’t get in the room to review Sólstafir properly when they played Damnation Festival 2014. Not only were security having to operate a one-in-one-out policy to cope with the popularity of Icelandic four-piece, but by the time we made it to the PHD stage, the queue was spiralling out of site up a nearby staircase. What we could hear by lurking near the doors sounded pretty damn great, but we’re going to have to let our photographer Kirsty Garland’s photos do the talking for this one.

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Orange Goblin @ Damnation Festival – 01 November 2014

November 5th, 2014

Orange Goblin at Damnation Festival 2014 by Kirsty Garland Thrash Hits

Believe it or not, 2014 was only Orange Goblin’s second time performing at Damnation Festival, the other time being back in 2007. Yep, it surprised us too. We thought that given that Ben Ward and co. are among the most long-running British stoner-doom types, they’d have occupied the stage more often than that at one of the UK’s now longest-running indoor festivals. Still, they were here for Damnation’s 10th birthday blowout and boy, did they bring it with both barrels.

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Album: That Fucking Tank – A Document of The Last Set

September 30th, 2013

That Fucking Tank promo photo Thrash Hits

That Fucking Tank
A Document of The Last Set
Gringo Records
23 September 2013

by Ollie Connors

That Fucking Tank are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, and the Leeds-based duo have decided to chronicle their decade of particularly clangorous brand of instrumental noise/math-rock with a “best-of” of sorts, which is a somewhat ironic move on their part. With a name as vehemently antithetical to the mainstream as That Fucking Tank, what’s more mainstream than a “Greatest Hits” record?

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Sunday Slaylist: Damnation Festival 2013

September 22nd, 2013

Damnation Festival 2013 Thrash Hits

It’s just a few short weeks away now – Damnation Festival 2013 is (once again) going to be the heavy music event of the Winter here in the UK. We’re going to be heading up to Leeds University in force come 02 November, but until then, we’ve put together a Sunday Spotify Slaylist to hype us up for what’s (once again) one of the best one-dayer metal fest line-ups the UK has ever seen.

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EP: Hawk Eyes – That’s What This Is

August 16th, 2013

Hawk Eyes 2013 promo photo by Danny North Thrash Hits

Hawk Eyes
That’s What This Is
In One Ear Industries
19 August 2013

by David Keevill

Another EP, yet another way for Hawk Eyes to prove that the biggest melodic hooks don’t necessarily come in the most obvious packages. Over their last few releases, the Leeds four-piece have moved away from brontosaurus-sized riffs and into much more alternative dizzying territories; the band have learned how to fit pathologically insane licks into even the most disjointed of passages, with a healthy dose of brazen cheek thrown in for good measure.

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Sunday Slaylist: Reading & Leeds Festival 2013

August 11th, 2013

Reading & Leeds Festival 2013 Thrash Hits

With the August Bank Holiday weekend rapidly approaching, Reading & Leeds Festivals are once again upon us. As with every year, Reading & Leeds have a bit fat dollop of heaviness in among the landfill indie, so for this week’s Sunday Slaylist we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of the hardest and heaviest from their 2013 line-ups.

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Photos: Misfits + Goldblade @ Leeds Academy – 04 April 2013

April 8th, 2013

Misfits live at Leeds Academy - 04 April 2013 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

When are the Misfits not the Misfits? Well, legally speaking, the Misfits are the Misfits as long as founder member and bassist Jerry Only is performing in the band. After all, he and Glenn Danzig fought legal battles over this stuff years ago. That’s why the band that have just finished touring the UK bears very little resemblance to any of the classic line-ups of the band that have come over to these shoes before. They don’t even have Michael Graves as a vocalist anymore.

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