Last week we kicked off our new series of genre-specific columns with Prog, and this week we’re turning our attention to things a little nastier. We’ve asked Cheryl Carter to give us her insight to the past month (well, month and a bit – we’re just getting into the swing of this whole “regular schedule” thing, after all) in Black Metal…
January 30th, 2013
Lightning Swords Of Death
21 January 2013
by Tom Dare
It’s been a rough couple of years for black metal albums. A few major bands have fluffed their lines, a few others have been away from the studio, and the relentless mediocrity of far too much of the rest has only been briefly punctuated by the genuine class of Altar Of Plagues, God Seed and a couple of others. But hopes are high for 2013, with promising releases on the horizon. Are Lightning Swords Of Death back to kick things off with a bang? Well… no. They’re a symptom of exactly why the last two years have been a bit poo.
August 18th, 2012
Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here. All our work from Bloodstock Open 2012 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Interviews, photos, setlists, rumours, and who knows? – maybe even some tiny reviews – it’s all here. [Read more →]
August 12th, 2012
Hands down, Attila Csihar from Mayhem was far and away the scariest motherfucker at Bloodstock Open Air 2012. Just look at that photo – would you mess with a guy who looks like that? Or in any of the other incredible photos Gary Wolstenholme shot of him and the rest of Mayhem that you can see in the gallery after the jump? EXACTLY.
April 5th, 2012
26 March 2012
by Tom Dare
If you read my pieces on the evolution of black metal here on Thrash Hits recently, you could be forgiven for missing the mention of Borknagar. They’ve been slightly overshadowed by some of their more celebrated compatriots – the price of being Norwegian is the instant mental comparisons to Emperor, Enslaved and the like, which is deeply unfair – and they’ve never quite got their dues. But with the black metal big guns rather quiet on the album front just now, does Urd represent their opportunity to finally be recognised for their considerable merits?
March 4th, 2012
All this week, Tom Dare has been guiding you through how Black Metal has evolved over the course of the last two decades (check out parts one, two, three and four if you haven’t already). Now, as the week draws to a close, we’ve asked Tom to put together the songs that have made it happen into a Spotify Slaylist, and in doing to to lovingly cobble them together in an order that somehow tries to make sense of the wildly differing styles that constitute the genre these days. Wish him luck….
March 1st, 2012
In the final part of his look at the Black Metal evolution over the past 20 years, today Tom Dare is examining the murkier and more indistinct realms of “post”-Black Metal band, as well as those bands who might’ve moved beyond the boundaries of Black Metal musically, still remain within the genre in spirit, at least….
February 27th, 2012
With Sunday just past marking the 20th anniversary of the release of Darkthrone’s A Blaze In The Northern Sky (and therefore being pretty much the closest thing to a birthday that black metal can claim to have), over the coming week we’re letting Tom Dare off the leash to run his mouth about one of metal’s most controversial off-shoots. But instead of rehashing the same-old same-old tales from the genre’s torrid history, we thought we’d get him to look at how the genre’s evolved since those first, frosty releases two decades ago. Take it away, Mr. Dare…
February 26th, 2012
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Darkthrone’s seminal second album, A Blaze In The Northern Sky. As this pretty much makes today the closest thing to a birthday that black metal can claim to have (for the sake of clarity we’ll ignore the first wave, yeah?), we’re going to be marking the occasion in with a Spotify Slaylist seeped in old necro evil.
January 24th, 2012
Bloodstock Open Air has added Ancient Egypt-obsessed death metallers, Nile, and historically-extremely-important-although-not-really-as-good-as-they-used-to-be black metallers, Mayhem, to its 2012 line-up. And…errr…that’s about it. Both bands are making their Bloodstock debuts, and both bands are going to be UK festival exclusives for Bloodstock this year, but then again we doubt there were many other festivals fighting to be first ones to knock either band’s booking agent’s doors.