Thrash Hits verdict: As with pretty much all new bands, they formed from the ashes of a couple of bands from within the same local scene and Shrine did just that. With drummer, Liam Kearley and bassist, Andrew Gosden putting the band together with Joe Gosney, guitarist and today’s interview subject, they started putting music together. When Will Gardner’s band, Lithurgy parted ways, he added vocals. The result is a proggy, math riff-oriented mix of rock and metal that knows how long to linger on the melodies and when to descend into darker, sludgier ways. They’re releasing a new EP on 07 April 2014 but we’re streaming it below. Listen to it.
January 23rd, 2012
Thrash Hits Verdict: 8 songs. 11 minutes. They’re the basic facts about HOLY’s debut, self-titled EP – out today. If that doesn’t tell you exactly why they piqued our interest then all might be lost. There’s rawness about their music that really hits home. The anger in their songs is so bloody furious that you can’t help but take notice. And they’re Italian. We love pizza. Brutal pizza.
January 11th, 2012
I Am Heresy
From: Delaware/Maryland/New Jersey, United States
Lazy equation: Angry dads + Their angry kids = Tech Metal + Hardcore
Thrash Hits Verdict: Boysetsfire teases us with a reunion tour, even playing at Reading Festival 2011 and retreat back to the ether. The Casting Out calls it a day shortly after signing to Eyeball Records, Chambers unleash but one album, discharge their vocalist, and fizzle out. What does this mean? It means a bunch of dudes with jack shit to do.
Thankfully, this group of men (and boys) managed to reach out and touch one another to bring us a head-on collision of Boysetsfire and Chambers. It’s heavy metal enjoined with the youthful vigor of Nathan Gray’s own 17-year-old son, Simon, and BSF band mate, Josh Latshaw’s son, Jonah.
So far, we’ve been offered two tracks (download them below) ahead of an upcoming album on Magic Bullet Records. The music is certainly rooted in traditional metal and hardcore, but the twisted wreckage of bands gone past gives us a fusion worthy of original praise. We speak to Nathan Gray about his new project…
November 23rd, 2011
From: Madrid, Spain
Lazy equation: (QotSA + The Hives) – Spain
Thrash Hits Verdict:
You can count the number of notable Spanish rock bands on one hand so we’re always interested when one starts doing things over here. There’s a kind of International Shit Band Filter that means only good bands get this far so we figured Layabouts must be ok. We gave it a listen and we weren’t wrong! What’s more, you can listen to the Spaniards’ third album, Savage Behavior yourself in the listening post below. Fancy!
October 10th, 2011
Madina Lake are releasing their third album today. It’s called World War III and we thought it wise to catch up with Matthew Leone and ask him about the last album in the Adalia trilogy, the band’s plans for their future and just find out how he’s getting on after the horrific attack on him in 2010.
September 21st, 2011
Thrash Hits Verdict:
Like something out of 2001, we heard Stillpoint rocking out on the the RADIO. Yeah, crazy talk isn’t it. Obviously, these days we find bands via MySpace all the time… Anyway. This Northern Irish trio even sounded a bit like they were from ten years ago, but not in a bad way. More in a way of all those awesome British rock bands (Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes, Reuben, etc) who were emerging around the turn of the millennium. In an awesome way. Check them out.
September 21st, 2011
All Pigs Must Die
God Is War
04 September 2011
by Danny Montana
There’s a bunch of these super, super heavy bands knocking around at the moment. They call it “crust punk”, “grindcore” and “proto-thrash” but it’s inspired by the furious punk metal of Discharge and the classic death metal of Entombed. Featuring members of Converge and The Hope Conspiracy, All Pigs Must Die are certainly one of them. Unsurprisingly, God Is War is a great reason for this effort in brutality to exist.
August 8th, 2011
Largely Welsh metallers, Anterior are going to release their second album, Echoes Of The Fallen via Metal Blade Records on 29 August 2011. That’s pretty cool. Even better is being able to hear the third and final single, ‘To Live Not Remain’ EXCLUSIVELY here on Thrash Hits. Click and listen.
**UPDATE** You can now stream the entire of Anterior’s album, Echoes Of The Fallen, c/o Metal Blade Records. Pretty sweet, right?
April 19th, 2011
BMG / 7pm Records
25 April 2011
by Amit Sharma
There is no doubt that Skindred are one of the most exciting live acts the UK has produced in the past decade. Even your most purist, elitist and holier-than-thou of metalheads would struggle to fault their consistently explosive stage performances. That said, whilst it’s commonplace for most bands to sound better live than on record – the incongruity is at its most severe with Skindred. The three albums that precede Union Black have showcased how innovative this Welsh quartet can be, though never quite captured the absolute intensity of what they are capable of. After years of touring and proving their worth to the masses, will this be the record that does them justice?
April 14th, 2011
They only released their AMAZING Diplo-produced second album, Cosmology last summer but Rolo Tomassi are unleashing a two-CD collection of b-sides and rarities called Eternal Youth on 18 April 2011. You can listen to and download the delightfully-named sixteenth track, ‘Fuck The Pleasantries, Let’s Rock’ right here for free. Hooray!