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Live: Mutoid Man @ Los Angeles The Echo – 19 March 2014

March 26th, 2014

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It’s nice seeing a band comprised of musicians that you have incredible respect for but it’s bittersweet when it’s a band that, for a variety of reasons, not many people will ever get the chance to see. This was the situation when Raz went down to see Mutoid Man, who have members of Converge and Cave In in their midst, supported by Black Mare in LA.

Six things we learned while watching Mutoid Man in LA…

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Sunday Slaylist: Hammerfest IV – The Hammer of Thor

March 11th, 2012

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This time next week, our intrepid representatives at Hammerfest IV – The Hammer of Thor, will be slowly trying to recover from a weekend where the level of attention paid to the many heavy metal bands playing is directly (and inversely) proportional to the levels of booze being imbibed by them. How do we know they’ll be getting smashed rather than getting their mosh on? Well, because even if you headline your event with Anthrax and Skindred, we know for a fact that whenever more than one Thrash Hits contributor ends up in the same room at Pontin’s in Prestatyn, someone ends up puking. That’s not us trying to sound like a bunch of lads-on-tour kerrrrayyyzzzyy drunks either – that’s the raw statistics of Hammerfest talking.

In any case, we figured we’d put together a Hammerfest-themed Spotify Slaylist to start getting them in the mood nice and early.

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Why My Chemical Romance fans really don’t like the Daily Mail

May 31st, 2008

Thrash Hits .com talked to a few My Chemical Romance fans, who were at Marble Arch peacefully protesting against the Daily Mail, about exactly what they’re protesting about.

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Yasmin Malik, 16, Romford & Hannah Malik, 14, Horsham
Yasmin: “I’m here to support my favourite band. I think it’s absolutely awful that the newspapers have blamed MCR for the suicide especially as all the time the band is saying that you should absolutely never do that to yourself and throw away your life.”
Hannah: “I’m proud of the fans and I hope the band is proud of us too. MCR have the best fans.”
Favourite MCR Song: (Yasmin) I love ‘Kill Your Friends’ but I think that’ a bad song to say today! (Hannah) ‘Famous Last Words’
Favourite MCR Member: (Yasmin) All of them. (Hannah) Ray

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Lauren, 22, Portsmouth
“I got up at 5am! I’ve been running events for the Sophie Lancaster Memorial Fund. I really don’t believe the national press should be discriminating against sub-cultures or should actually be encouraging the kind of mentality that is causing people to be murdered or beaten up when they’re walking home. Discrimination is not OK.”
Favourite MCR Song: ‘Demolition Lovers’
Favourite MCR Member: Gerard Way is so inspirational.

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Toby Lynch, 19, West London
“I’m here to support MCR because the Daily Mail have done this three times now and it’s just getting ridiculous. Emo’s not about suicide. MCR don’t like suicide.”
Favourite MCR Song: All of them
Favourite MCR Member: Gerard Way

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Sam Crosby, 20, West London
“I’m here to support MCR and show the public that it’s not what the Daily Mail says it’s about. It’s about good music and enjoying yourself.”
Favourite MCR Song: ‘Desert Song’
Favourite MCR Member: He loves them all

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Hayley Kennedy, 18, Eastcote
“I don’t believe it’s right that people can stereotype that people commit suicide because of music when the music actually promotes the opposite.”
Favourite MCR Song: ‘Vampires Will Never Hurt You’
Favourite MCR Member: Mikey Way

Check out the first photos of the protest right here on Thrash Hits .com as well as the following montage video. Are you in it?

The Black Parade marches against The Daily Mail: In Pictures

May 31st, 2008

Documented across the mainstream press over the past few days, hundreds of disgruntled My Chemical Romance fans descended upon central London today to protest against The Daily Mail‘s coverage earlier this month.

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Thrash Hits editor Raziq Rauf was there with photographer Abbi London.

At 9.50am on Saturday, 31 May 2008 a group of around 100 My Chemical Romance fans congregated at Marble Arch, in what is the final weekend of the half-term holiday for many, to peacefully protest against the Daily Mail’s “War On Emo”, and more specifically, it’s consistent attacks on My Chemical Romance.

By 10.15am the group had swelled to around 200 and there was a celebratory atmosphere as would be expected with such a large group of like-minded individuals. We must remember, of course, that everyone here thinks that My Chemical Romance are great.

We took some photos and will be updating this gallery throughout the day as well as bringing you interviews with some protesters.

We spoke to 16-year-old event organiser, Anni Smith – a proud My Chemical Romance fan and sufferer of depression herself.

“It’s been so amazing. We’ve achieved more than we thought we would and I’m so proud of our fans. The Daily Mail should take a look around.

“It was reported that My Chemical Romance created all this themselves but it’s not so much the power of the band as much as it is the power of the fans.

“We want to raise awareness of My Chemical Romance’s real message that when you’re feeling suicidal and depressed you should get professional help.

“We want people to understand how serious an issue depression is. It’s not a fashion trend.

Check out this montage video of the protest and see if you’re featured in it.

Find out more details at the official website.

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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!

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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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