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Future Hits 170: Shrine

March 31st, 2014

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Shrine
From: Brighton, UK
Lazy equation: Oceansize + Mastodon
URLs: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

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.

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Future Hits 109: HOLY

January 23rd, 2012

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HOLY
From: Milan, Italy
Lazy equation: (xHCx x Italy x very short songs) + veganism
URL: Facebook // Twitter

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.

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Future Hits 107: I Am Heresy

January 11th, 2012

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I Am Heresy

From: Delaware/Maryland/New Jersey, United States
Lazy equation: Angry dads + Their angry kids = Tech Metal + Hardcore
URL: Facebook

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…

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Future Hits 104: Layabouts + listen to their album, Savage Behavior

November 23rd, 2011

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Layabouts
From: Madrid, Spain
Lazy equation: (QotSA + The Hives) – Spain
URL: Facebook

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!

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Future Hits 094: Stillpoint

September 21st, 2011

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Stillpoint
From: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Lazy Equation: (Funeral For A Friend + My Vitriol) x Biffy Clyro
URL: Facebook // Bandcamp

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.

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Album: All Pigs Must Die – God Is War

September 21st, 2011

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All Pigs Must Die
God Is War
Southern Lord
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.

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EXCLUSIVE! Listen to Anterior’s new single, ‘To Live Not Remain’ + tour details

August 8th, 2011

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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?

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Album: Skindred – Union Black

April 19th, 2011

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Skindred
Union Black
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?

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