In just four weeks time, arguably the “most metal” (whatever that means) of the UK summer festival season takes place: Bloodstock Open Air. To get ourselves in the mood for a weekend of wearing denim vests and drinking mead out of horn, we’ve put together a gigantic Sunday Spotify Slaylist, featuring the best of this year’s line-up.
April 4th, 2012
The Fatal Feast
13 April 2012
by Tom Dare
Municipal Waste are an odd band to try and review. There should probably be a media-wide agreement not to say a word about their records until we’ve lived with them for six months, as that’s the only point you can really make a conclusive judgement on them – not because they’re unusually complex, but because they can have a rather short shelf-life. But as that hasn’t happened and you lot won’t give a toss what we say in six months time, here goes.
March 16th, 2012
Hevy Festival have made their second line-up announcement for 2012, adding nineteen more bands to their bill- including the identity of their Sunday night headliner: Descendents. Not only will the legendary punk band be headlining the punk and hardcore fest, but it’ll be the only UK festival show they’ll be playing all year.
June 7th, 2011
Back Through Time
03 June 2011
by Tom Dare
Pirate metallers Alestorm stand accused not of piracy on the high seas, but of being insufferably shite. However, innocent until proven guilty and all that. So, by the power invested in me by my keyboard, I present to you the latest evidence: Back Through Time. And may God have mercy on my ears.
May 25th, 2010
From: Boston, USA
Sounds like: Municipal Waste ramming Torche with speed
Thrash Hits verdict: If there is one thing better than the blazing sun, it’s thrash – a musical genre scientifically proven to be the more fun that a swimming pool full of beer. It is in this humble spirit that Thrash Hits present to you Ramming Speed: a five-headed rock monster straight outta Boston, for those who like their music fast, their solos harmonised and double, nay triple denim. On a mammoth European tour this summer check out their recent album Brainwreck for a slice of no-nonsense musical mayhem.
January 23rd, 2010
When Municipal Waste aren’t thrashing till they puke, fall over, or fall over and puke, they like to eat pizza. Except it seems they’re the kind of indecisive son-of-a-guns who hold up everyone else’s order while they umm and ahh over the menu, unable to decide if they want a Meat Feast or a Hawaiian.
July 6th, 2009
The pureblood thrash of Warpath has already won them the top spot of Terrorizer Magazine‘s latest annual readers’ poll. That’s a mark of a band destined for Future Hits right there – and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Richard Goss, and lead guitarist Pete Hawthorne, both agree.
From: Cardiff, UK
Sounds like: Megadeth, Testment, fours guys who take absolutely no shit from anyone.
Thrash Hits verdict: Warpath don’t give two tugs of a dead dog’s cock about fad-thrash, ironic nostalgia, or most of the people of Swansea. What they do care about are all the things that made thrash great in the first place – riffs so fast they blur at the edges, snarling vocals that seethe with raw aggression, and the righteous banging of heads.
July 1st, 2009
Are we really half way through 2009 already? Apparently so. Feeling confused about the six months just gone, and the six left to go? Thrash Hits is here to guide you – well, through the next four weeks, at least.
For those of you lucky enought to live alongside Thrash Hits in London town, tonight sees the launch of Someone’s Yelling Fire, a new punk/hardcore/metal/screamo/emo night at the recently-reopened Highbury Garage. Get there early enough and you’ll be able to catch live sets from The Xcerts, Save Your Breath and Flood of Red. Get their later, and you get to see Thrash Hits staffers collapse at the bar following an excess of beers. Double trouble! And just a fiver to boot.
December 21st, 2008
Floridian extreme metallers Order Of Ennead might be a side project but with an album in the can, they’re already making waves. We spoke to bassist, Scott Patrick (Resurrection) and guitarist, Kevin Quirion (Council Of The Fallen).
What was your highlight of 2008?
S: Getting Order Of Ennead up and running.
K: It was a great year. We signed to Earache in May, recorded our debut at Audio Hammer in June. We got to share the stage with Deicide, Hate Eternal, Municipal Waste and Adrift. And our second album is already in the demoing stages, so we were very productive this year.
What is your funniest tour story of 2008?
K: Scott, while in Italy, was so smashed. He just laid his backpack down and then immediately started asking where it was. Later he passed out and Glen Benton started taking pics of him. The guy looked like a corpse he was so out of it. Jack Owen is hilarious as well.
December 16th, 2008
They say it themselves: Municipal Waste will fuck you up. It’s true! Drummer, Dave Witte and frontman, Tony “Guardrail” Foresta talk getting fucked up by kidney stones and knives.
What was your highlight of 2008?
D: Playing on the At The Gates reunion tour.
T: So many to list! South by South West, Hellfest in France, Fun Fun Fun Fest, touring with At The Gates, and still having a lot of down time to spend with family and friends.
What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
D: A kidney stone – the worst pain I’ve ever felt.
T: Losing someone really close to me.