Thrash Hits verdict: If you like your fast, furious, emotional hardcore with frills on, Weathered Hands probably aren’t going to be your bag. This particular bag has no frills. If you want a frilly bag, find another, frillier band. What this Hereford quintet lacks in frills, however, it more than makes up for in thrills. Yeah, you see what we’ve done there.
May 23rd, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: Employing the Death From Above 1979 template of doing away with guitars, North Wales two-piece, Beard of Wolves produce dirty rock ‘n’ roll propelled by pounding drums and fuzzy bass lines. They also share a similar penchant for combining the bizarre with pop sensibilities as fellow Welsh men Future of the Left and McClusky before them.
May 2nd, 2013
From: Olympia, Washington, USA
Lazy equation: Old school death metal + a soupcon of extreme hardcore
Thrash Hits verdict: When we first heard Bone Sickness via a couple of crummy YouTubings of a house show, we knew that they were a great prospect. Once we got in touch and did this interview it was clear that their no-nonsense death metal is as influenced by not wanting to do certain things as it is by their musical heroes. In terms of what their influences are, we’ll do you the service of not listing the 100 bands they gave us and just assure you that their knowledge of death metal is vast, deep and loving. The elements of grindcore and extreme hardcore found in their music add something extra; something special. This quartet, all in their early-to-mid-20s could really be onto something. Keep your ears peeled.
April 19th, 2013
The Physics House Band
Horizons / Rapture
Blood and Biscuits
15 April 2013
by Ollie Connors
As I’m sure a lot of you out there were pretty bummed out earlier this year when The Mars Volta called it a day. While they never reached any kind of consistency or accessibility through their 12-year lifespan, they were always able to produce jaw-dropping moments, and the first two full-lengths are still utterly astonishing pieces of music. It’s with extremely apt timing, then, that Brighton trio The Physics House Band bring out their debut EP, Horizons / Rapture, as this couldn’t sound anymore like The Mars Volta if the cover was wearing an afro wig.
February 16th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: They’re from Norway and they sound like Kvelertak. It’s an easy comparison but, luckily, it’s a very true one. We think their debut album, Idiokrati is excellent so we caught up with guitarist, Erlend Sætren.
February 7th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: This Irish quartet isn’t exactly new but they’re on the verge of doing something. Progressive metal or Djent or whatever you want to call it has become exceptionally popular over the last five years and Shattered Skies have a curiously melodic take on the genre. You won’t find many other unsigned bands that sound this good. Yes, they’re unsigned. We speak to guitarist, Ian Rockett.
February 7th, 2013
Man The Machetes
28 January 2013
by Raziq Rauf
It’s going to be difficult for Man The Machetes to avoid the comparisons with their Norwegian compatriots, Kvelertak. This is mainly because they make the same kind of driving, metal-inspired hardcore punk ‘n’ roll. And they’ve toured together. And they’re both Norwegian. And they’re both fucking great.
November 14th, 2012
Thrash Hits verdict: The best recommendations for music come from your friends, right? We got an email from Hugh from Astrohenge the other week, recommending Darkshaft to us. Being big fans of both the ‘henge records to date, we headed over to Darkshaft’s website and got an earful of calculated discordance We caught up with Michael Triponel, guitarist (and co-vocalist) of the duo, and we managed to do so without making even one lazy Flight Of The Conchords joke.
November 7th, 2012
Thrash Hits verdict: Being long-time fans of Hang The Bastard (we’ve still got a serious soft spot for their Raw Sorcery EP – yeah, we’re those pricks who say “we prefer the earlier stuff”), when we got an email from their former frontman, Chris Barling, about the new band he’s formed with various ex- and current members of Centurions Ghost and A Long Time Dead, yeah, our interest was piqued. It was doubly-piqued when we gave the band’s debut release – a self-titled EP – a spin. Cue us bundling up some Future Hits questions and firing them over to Chris to get the lowdown on MINE.
October 22nd, 2012
From: Union, NJ, USA
Lazy equation: A pissed off Tom Waits + Sleazy Rock N Roll + serious bitterness towards exs (+ Ugly Kid Joe) = Violently styled lyrics over steamy, down-tempo riffs.
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Thrash Hits Verdict: We’ve got one EP of all but four songs to go by, and they’re all winners. HOORAY! As dark and disturbing as the tunes can get, there is also a shameless, exaggerated air to the music and the band itself. I mean, the band’s press photo consists of five pale shirtless dudes slathered in baby oil. In this day and age new bands have to whore themselves out a bit for attention, though, right?