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Hey Americans! Come to Super Snake’s Thanksgiving Eve Hurricane Sandy Benefit show

November 14th, 2012

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Unless you’re some kind of cave dwelling troglodyte (and hey, we know not all our readers are virgin neck-beards), you can’t help but know about the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused across the Caribbean and much of the East Coast of the USA. Among one of the areas most badly hit in the USA was New Jersey, home state of our US writer, Dan Pelic. Dan has witnessed the carnage wrought by Hurricane Sandy up close and personal, and in an effort to help raise money for the relief efforts for those still affected by the after-effects of the hurricane, Dan is throwing a benefit show on Thanksgiving Eve.

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Live: The Bamboozle Festival @ Asbury Park, NJ – 18-20 May 2012

May 23rd, 2012

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It’s nice having a genuine fist-pumping, bridge and tunnel New Jersey boy in our ranks. That Dan Pelic is one of our writers means that we can review things like The Bamboozle Festival with ease. Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and… Skrillex headline the three-day event and it’s on A BEACH. Cool.

WARNING: Dan’s in a bad mood.

Six things we noticed at the “scene-est” of all music festivals in Asbury Park, NJ

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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 070: Something About Death Or Dying

December 8th, 2010

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Something About Death Or Dying
From: New Jersey, USA
Lazy equation: (Norma Jean x Doomriders) – The Gaslight Anthem
Website: Myspace, Facebook

Thrash Hits verdict: We live for fresh music and this is it right here. We love, love, loved Chambers’ debut album earlier in 2010 and The Gaslight Anthem speak for themselves so a combination of the two was never going to be bad but we really weren’t preparaed for just how good SADOD were going to be. Groovy, tumultuous riffs that rise and fall with speedball energy, rounded off with vocals that carry an unbridled ferocity. Alex Rosamilia’s guitarwork is unrecognisable from his other band and Dan Pelic’s voice is one of the truest portrayals of anger you’re ever going to hear. It’s inspirational stuff.

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Album: Burnt By The Sun – Heart Of Darkness

September 8th, 2009

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Burnt By The Sun
Heart Of Darkness
Relapse Records
19 August 2009

by Mike Strata

It’s not quite time yet to look back in retrospect on the good, the bad and the ugly albums 2009 has served up to us, but one thing is abundantly clear – 2009 has been the year of the comeback. From the monolithic crunch of Coalesce’s Ox, to Cave In’s sparkling return to form with their Planets Of Old 12 inch, some of the late 90s and early 00s’ most influential and downright incredible bands have crawled out of hiding to hit us full in the face with a flurry of the year’s best releases.

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Future Hits 040: Chambers

August 17th, 2009

Having played their second ever show in a sweatpit basement with Gallows in last month, we thought it might be nice to have a chat with the chaps from monstrous, new New Jersey hardcore mob, Chambers. They’re pretty special.

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From: New Jersey, USA
Sounds like: Gallows, The Ghost Of A Thousand, hardcore rock ‘n’ roll
Website: www.myspace.com/ChambersRock

Thrash Hits verdict: It’s rare that you instantly ‘get’ a band – especially so early on in their career but a couple of plays on their MySpace and we were hooked on their refreshingly beefy take on a now well-thumbed blueprint. The next step is getting their sweaty arses over to this side of the pond for some mad touring.

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Goth Cruise (The Movie) hits The Sunshine State

July 30th, 2008

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When 150 Goths take an unlikely cruise with 2500 regular cruise afficionados, someone has to film it. This is how Goth Cruise came to be.

Goth Cruise is a feature film studying the enduring allure of Goth culture in the UK and USA. Filmed on board a 5-day cruise from New Jersey to Bermuda and back in October 2007 it looks bloody great.

English director Jeanie Finlay began the project by asking some key questions about Goth culture such as, “How do grown up Goths earn a living, raise families and have fun?” Intriguing, but not as intriguing as, “Just what the hell happens on a Goth Cruise?”

She came out of filming the ‘Gothumentary’ having learnt a few things like “Goths love karaoke and hot tubs and cocktails”, “every woman should make room in their wardrobe for at least one corset” and “little old ladies from Jersey love Satan”. That’s what happens on a Goth Cruise.

Watch the trailer for Goth Cruise (The Movie)

There are no plans for a UK release as of yet but there will be a special sneak preview screening at The Cuban Club Theater in Ybor City, Florida on 8 August 2008 at 8pm.

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