Yes, we know the Mercury Prize is just a marketing vehicle for the NME and the Guardian and we’ve genuinely given up complaining about rock and metal not being included in there – even as a token gesture, like they occasionally do with avant garde and jazz artists – but it’s a bloody good excuse to have a little celebration of the excellent British music that has been released over the past year.
April 25th, 2013
Altor: The King’s Blacksmith
26 April 2013
by Daniel Cairns
There was once a time in my life where I thought power metal was absolutely worthless as a genre. I attended Bloodstock Open Air 2009 which was pretty power metal heavy, and the only fond memory I have of it is hearing some guy on speed in a stall selling shutter shades playing Stagger Lee by Nick Cave. It was the musical highlight of a festival largely full of fucking guff like Blind Guardian and Battlelore. I had a falafel wrap too, that was pretty nice.
February 14th, 2013
Hey! It’s Valentine’s Day? Is that a rubbish enough segue into a Bullet For My Valentine interview? Probably not. Oh well. As regular readers of Thrash Hits know, Bullet For My Valentine are most definitely a band we have opinions (fast forward to 33mins 13 secs…) that sometimes get us in to a bit of trouble with them. So when Nick Hagan emailed us late last year telling us that he had some time interviewing Michael “Padge” Paget from thet band (that’s him lurking behind Matt Tuck above and looking like he might bite your throat out), we said “yeah, okay,” with all the enthusiasm that two-word response implies.
That said, we do wonder what Padge would say to us now after we published Raz’s drunken 6/6 (ahem) review of Temper Temper….
December 19th, 2012
There has only been one instance in the near-five year history of Thrash Hits that we’ve hesitated before clicking the ‘Publish’ button out of fear for our physical safety. And that was earlier this year, when Hugh Platt wrote a ‘Dear John…’ letter to TRC, explaining why he wouldn’t be writing about them anymore after witnessing their then-latest promo video for ‘Temptation’. Mainly because he was scared one of TRC would uppercut his head clean off his shoulders backstage at Download Festival or something like that.
December 17th, 2012
With 2012 drawing to a close, our album of the year lists done and dusted, we’re turning out attention this week to Thrash Hits’ own, personal Greatest Hits of 2012. We’re talking about the things we published that got the biggest reactions, the most views, that stirred the pot the most, and quite frankly, the articles we got a buzz out of publishing. For the first of this week’s look-back, we’re winding back all the way to January, for Tom Doyle’s review of Blessed By A Broken Heart’s Feel The Power.
June 25th, 2012
You can break buskers in London down into approximately four distinct groups. You’ve got the slightly down-on-their-luck violinist/classical music buskers, you’ve got the really-crap-sub-Ocean-Colour-Scene-guitarists-covering-The-Beatles types, you’ve got those guys playing frickin’ panpipes, and you’ve got those guys playing saxophones over a backing track so complex, you wonder whether they’re just miming themselves.
What you don’t get so often is angry young men barking a capella heavy metal songs. And we’re not talking about clean-vocal stuff, either.
This is the one time when we talk about “the dwarves in the photo with James Hetfield” that we won’t be referring to Lars and Kirk
May 12th, 2012
March 27th, 2012
Do you know how ideas become clichés? It’s because at some point, people far and wide found them to carry enough recognisable truth that they became hackneyed concepts. Do you know why American bands always used to rag on how bad food in the UK is? That’s because it was – and indeed, in some places, still is – uniformly awful. Which is why when we asked the guys in Diamond Plate to give us a Top 6 during their recent run of shows here in the UK, all they could think about was the sneaky tricks they’ve learnt when it comes to making cheap tour grub that can sustain them when they’re on the road.
(As an aside, thanks to this interview, we found out that orange squash apparently doesn’t exist in the USA? How can that be true? Ridiculous).
Maintaining the fine-tradition of Literal Video Treatments: Five Finger Death Punch have a new promo out
February 20th, 2012
We’ve previously joshed Five Finger Death Punch about their tremendously literal music videos, and we know that plenty of bands do similar things, but there’s something about 5FDP’s dedication to really relentlessly hammering their already thunderously-unsubtle point home with a nuance-free music video that gets us right in the heart, every time.
Oh look, everyone! Five Finger Death Punch have got a new video out! For their track, ‘Remember Everything’! I wonder how it’s turned out?
Dear TRC, I think we need to have a little talk about our “relationship” in light of your video to ‘Temptation’
February 15th, 2012
In the spirit of the “Dear John letter” concept, one of our writers just had to get something off his chest (following several minutes of dumbfoundedness) after watching the mesmeric new video from TRC. Warning: This post contains a TRC video.
I’m terribly sorry that I’ve had to do this through a letter. I couldn’t bear to make a scene in public. Also, I’m a physical coward and I think you might actually punch me in my wimpy, middle-class liberal face. I know we could never describe our “relationship” as being that a close one, but this afternoon I saw your promo video for ‘Temptation’, I thought it best we make a clean break of it before it develops any further.