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Top 6 bands to see at Reading & Leeds Festival 2014

August 11th, 2014

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There are over 200 artists performing at Reading Festival. Assuming you’re not one of those pricks that goes to a festival just to see the headliners, that’s a hell of a lot of bands you don’t (yet) give a shit about to trawl through in the hope of finding your new love. Plus, you’ve got a job, pubs exist and you don’t even have a tent yet, so time is in short supply. That’s why we exist. We’re here to make sure that you don’t settle on wandering around in a field, blindly hoping to stumble upon greatness but settling on Deaf Havana or, even worse… Mallory Knox. Here are our top tips. Some are new bands and others are just great. Also, there are 12.

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The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2013

December 12th, 2013

2013 AOTY Thrash Hits Albums of the Year

Like any artform, music is not a competition. There is only good and bad music and that categorisation in itself is all down to subjective taste. However, in a bid for scientific rigour; some quantitative analysis to fortify the qualitative spiels, we’ve asked all the Thrash Hits contributors to list their favourite albums of 2013. Yeah, it’s here to boost our egos by claiming what we say is best and it’ll surely get some good clicks and you may (rightly) point out that it’s just another list but, at the very least, you might see an album that you’ve never heard of and think about buying it. That would be cool.

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Thrash Hits’ Favourite Gigs of 2013

December 12th, 2013

2013 thrash hits favourite gigs of the year

Part and parcel of being opinionated music lovers is that we go and experience lots of music in its natural habitat – on a stage – and then we decide how good it was. Some spectacles are so powerful that they evoke emotions strong enough to form memories through the drunkenness. It’s a rarity but that’s why some here have to name several before deciding upon their Favourite Gig of 2013. There is zero reason for you to be reading this but if you’ve read this far, you’ll get at least halfway down before clicking the cross.

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Thrash Hits Writers’ Top Albums of 2013

December 11th, 2013

2013 thrash hits writers albums of the year

As much as it’s The Right Thing to say that music isn’t a competition, it’s also fair and correct to point out that music is not your children. You’re allowed to have a favourite and you usually do. That’s why we like to focus on our favourites. here are some brief explanations as to why our contributors’ favourite albums are their favourite albums.

Of course, all of these favourite albums were compiled and democratised into an overall Thrash Hits Album of 2013. If you’d like to read TH Editors, Raziq Rauf and Hugh Platt‘s Top 3 albums of 2013, you should click here. They’re special and one of them is writing about himself in third person right now.

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The Thrash Hits Albums of 2013 In Numbers

December 10th, 2013

2013 AOTY Thrash Hits Albums of the Year

If you’re on this page, you really should have seen the Thrash Hits Albums of the Year 2013 list already. If you haven’t, you should click that link or this link and sort that out. This piece will attempt to delve into some vague statistical analysis of the results. This is really only interesting if you care deeply about either the Thrash Hits Top 20, any old statistical analysis or both, so the chances are you’ll have clicked through to something else by now. Anyway…

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Album: Stray From The Path – Anonymous

September 16th, 2013

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Stray From The Path
Anonymous
Sumerian Records
16 September 2013

by Raz

This is the seventh album from the New Yorkers and Anonymous threatens to take Stray From The Path to the forefront of their scene. From the first memorable refrain in ‘False Flag’ of, “F. E. A. Are you listening,” Andrew Dijorio spits various lyrics detailing the entire gamut of anti-establishment-oriented views with righteous punk fury. The next song is called ‘Badge & A Bullet’. You get the vibe and it’s as convincing a political statement as you’re going to hear this year.

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Album: Ivy League TX – Transparency

August 13th, 2013

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Ivy League TX
Transparency
Fist in the Air Records/6131 Records
05 August 2013

by Tomas Doyle

Apparently everyone has been touting (and indeed condemning) Ivy League TX as “Title Fight 2.0”. That’s cool, everyone’s got to pigeonhole new bands, right? I mean, it’s important to do that so we can make sense of the musical landscape. Put everything in a neat little box and then dismiss it if something else was already in that box (or what you perceive to be that box). That’s exactly how it should be. Right? RIGHT?!
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Interview: Jason Butler of letlive. talks about The Blackest Beautiful

June 4th, 2013

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letlive. popped up at the tail end of 2010 with their third album, Fake History. It blew the socks off a lot of people. We interviewed Jason a couple of years ago via email and he sent us back some of the most hilariously ridiculous answers we’d ever seen. This time, there was no hiding behind a keyboard for him. Last night, the internet was awash with the slightly unwieldy hashtag #theblackestbeautiful. There were enigmatic photos posted from the likes of Every Time I Die and Pierce The Veil as well as friends, family and influential industry folk. letlive. have begun the marketing campaign for their new album in earnest and there is almost no doubt that The Blackest Beautiful is going to be the album everyone’s going to be talking about for the next couple of months so we sat the wily frontman down to talk about the new album.

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Album: Your Demise – The Golden Age

March 28th, 2012

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Your Demise
The Golden Age
Visible Noise
26 March 2012

by Tomas Doyle

The most telling moment of  Your Demise’s fifth studio album comes right at the end of its third song, ‘Born a Snake‘. Vocalist Ed McRae yells “MOTHERFUCKER!” into the mic with all the force he can muster before breaking out into a childish giggle. Y’see, Ed isn’t taking it too seriously, and Hell, why should he? Mid 20’s guy rockin’ and rollin’ with his buddies in a young punk band – The Golden Age of his life? You better believe it. So if Ed isn’t taking it too seriously, why on earth is everyone else?

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