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Album: Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No.

February 25th, 2014

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Destrage
Are You Kidding Me? No.
Metal Blade Records
03 March 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

Eclecticism – it’s great, isn’t it? Well in theory it is, however more often than not those whacky boundary pushing buggers are not very good. The kind of people who claim to like iwrestledabearonce are often just try hard musos out to impress each other. If you really want to get people’s attention, why not just make outlandish claims about the size of your genitals? It’ll get you plenty of attention and also free up your time to listen to music that doesn’t suck.

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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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Album: Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

October 3rd, 2012

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Converge
All We Love We Leave Behind
Epitaph/Deathwish, Inc.
08 October 2012

by Dan Pelic

Despite existing as a band for nearly 25 years, Converge rarely – if ever – disappoint. They’ve managed to become increasingly relevant; whereas most bands fade further into obscurity with age, maybe breaking up once, twice, or seven times, only to reunite and play whichever back album marked their careers.

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Top 6: Reasons we’re not (too) sad that Jeff Tuttle has left The Dillinger Escape Plan

August 18th, 2012

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Okay. That blog title is a massive piece of misdirection. When the news came in yesterday that Jeff Tuttle had decided to part ways with The Dillinger Escape Plan, we were really bummed out. We frickin’ love DEP, and we frickin’ love what Tuttle brought to the band. Although he didn’t appear on Ire Works, Tuttle had been in the band since they started touring that release, and his contributions to 2010’s Option Paralysis – which was Thrash Hits’ Album of 2010 – can’t be understated either.

However, rather than despair that a member of our favourite bands has decided to leave, we’re giving this one a positive spin. Which is why we’ve gone and put together….

Six we’re not (too) sad that Jeff Tuttle has left The Dillinger Escape Plan:

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Album: Narrows – Painted

January 10th, 2012

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Narrows
Painted
Deathwish Inc
28 February 2011

by Tomas Doyle

Whilst there has been much written about the Mayan prediction of the destruction of the world this year, there has be relatively little discussion about what the soundtrack to that impending apocalypse will be. Well, I humbly submit that with their second full-length, Painted, Narrows have produced a record that would amply accompany any armageddon that our central-American predecessors may have called on. That’s not because it is the heaviest album you will this year, nor is it the nastiest or even the most gruellingly dissonant (though it does score highly in all these categories) – but rather because of its remorseless, unrelenting, soul emptying bleakness which refuses to abate throughout the eight tracks on offer here.

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Album: Textures – Dualism

September 14th, 2011

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Textures
Dualism
Nuclear Blast
26 September 2011

by Ruth Booth

It’s the name. That’s it. Granted, there’s few better for a Textures album, with their penchant for taking threads of djent’s polyrhythmic metal and ambient sounds, and winding them ever tighter since 2003 debut Polars. You could talk about its applications to Cartesian philosophy, political theory, Yin and Yang, Thanatos and Eros, and the psychic war innate to every human being since time began. If that’s your bag.

But ‘Dualism’? It’s like Tom Waits releasing an album called Gravelly-voice Man, or Muse naming theirs Matt read this great theory about aliens in Machu Picchu. Or a Metallica record called Pissed-off Men, or Kings of Anger, or… oh. Right.

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EP/Split: Lavotchkin & End To Empires

April 19th, 2011

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Lavotchkin & End To Empires
Split/EP
Thirty Days Of Night Records
17 April 2011

by Andy Parker

Before the dawn of Napster, when Steve Lemaq had a voice worth listening to and Jo Whiley was ear candy for pubescent boys in need of a mother figure to tell them what to buy the following morning in Our Price, there was this thing called “vinyl”. Record labels regularly released split singles and label samples across these curiously grooved devices, which played on a thing called a “record player”. In the UK, we were spoilt for choice with these labels, and their all-too-keen ears for new sounds. What better way to reach a wider audience than your home town than to hook up with one from somewhere else and bang out a stonker of a appetiser?

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Album: iwrestledabearonce – It’s All Happening

September 16th, 2009

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iwrestledabearonce
It’s All Happening
Century Media
31 August 2009

by Luke Morton

You could be forgiven for giving iwrestledabearonce a pass from their name alone; or just another screamy-electro band who are ‘down with the kids’. Fusing grinding screams with powerful singing – plus the odd jazz interlude thrown in for good measure – iwrestledabearonce are alongside the likes of HORSE The Band in terms of musical style and feel.

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