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The future of British rock and metal festivals

April 1st, 2014

With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?

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What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallica still be headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.

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The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2012

December 13th, 2012

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Well, it’s all been leading to this. The votes are in, the results have been tabulated, calculated, and any other kind of mathematically something-lated you can think of. This is the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2012.

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Albums of the Year 2012: Raziq Rauf

December 12th, 2012

Thrash Hits Albums of 2012

So we’ve already published part 1, part 2 AND Dep Ed, Hugh Platt’s Albums of the Year lists, so now it’s time for the next stage of #RaziqRaufsReignOfTerror. Here’s the eclectic and ridiculous list of Raziq Rauf.

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Album: Neurosis – Honor Found In Decay

October 23rd, 2012

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Neurosis
Honor Found In Decay
Neurot Recordings
29 October 2012

by Tom Dare

One of the most influential, lauded bands of the last twenty-plus years. Who acts as fapped-over as Mastodon and Enslaved can’t say enough good words about. One of the heaviest bands ever to exist. Album number ten, five years since the last one. Screw any more extraneous preamble: here’s why you need Neurosis in your life. [Read more →]

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Sunday Slaylist: A crash course in Neurosis

September 23rd, 2012

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A lot of new music has been getting us excited recently – in the past weeks, new music has emerged from the likes of Converge, Deftones and Pig Destroyer to name b but three – but nothing has gotten us quite so excited as the new Neurosis track that the band released into the wilds of the world wide web this week. Not only is ‘At the Well’ an killer appetiser for Honor Found in Decay, but it sent us spiralling back through Neurosis’ extensive back catalogue, to remind ourselves just why a) this gaggle of Californians are so important, and b) just why we love them so damn much.

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Sunday Slaylist: Adios, Hydra Head Records….

September 16th, 2012

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As we reported on Tuesday, Hydra Heads Records bossman Aaron Turner announced this week that the label was to effectively close, with the label to transform little more than an administrative arm for the label’s existing catalogue before the year is out. This news was understandably greeted with howls of despair from all corners of the metal world, given the incredible pedigree of artists that Hydra Head has had through its doors over the last two decades.

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Album: Enslaved – RIITIIR

September 7th, 2012

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RIITIIR
Nuclear Blast
28 September 2012

by Tom Dare

The perpetual evolution of Enslaved has established themselves as arguably the most accomplished band still going from that Norwegian rush of the early 90s. The sonic foci have changed over time but the quality has been hugely consistent, with the last four albums have seen them depart their black metal routes even further, and also enjoy their best run of creativity in their history. So they’re not going to screw things up with album twelve, are they?

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Album: Ageless Oblivion – Temples Of Transcendent Evolution

January 28th, 2011

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Of Transcendent Evolution
Siege Of Amida
7 February 2011

by Tom Dare

Ageless Oblivion are it. This is what makes metal great. This is the sound of a band emerging from the shadows and kicking the unholy shit out of everything in its path. This is a band willing to do new things, to take risks. That the result is as buttock-clenchingly brilliant as Temples Of Transcendent Evolution is just reward for one of the best new bands these shores have seen in fuck-knows how long.

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ISIS split up? More like ISN’TISN’T then…

May 19th, 2010

You probably know this already, but ISIS have split up. While some are mourning the loss of one of their favourite bands, others could suggest that splitting up is the most interesting thing that ISIS have done since helping to reform the alt.metal world at the start of the decade.

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