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The Year in Prog with David Keevill – 2014

January 2nd, 2015

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December is an empty month, filled with too many cash-in re-releases and tedious album-of-the-year content to make our monthly genre-columns thing really work. That’s why we asked David Keevill to give us a retrospective of the Big Things that happened in Prog in 2014, before getting back to the serious business of 2015 next month…

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.8: Tom Dare mouths off about Nightwish spliting with Anette Olzon

December 27th, 2012

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One thing we’ve tried to do in 2012 is post a few more long-form articles, stripping away the webhit-harvesting buzzword nonsense from heavy metal’s burning issues, and concentrating on the the bigger picture that other sites are missing in amongst the hullabaloo. One such article was Tom Dare’s analysis of why Nightwish parting ways with Anette Olzon – the band’s lead vocalist since 2007 – wasn’t perhaps necessarily as big of a deal as some fans thought.

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Is Wintersun’s new album the most important metal release of 2012?

November 26th, 2012

Thrash​ Hits’ resident Euro metal geek ​Tom Dare​ ​is having great fun with the long, long, long-awaited second album from Finnish widdlers ​Wintersun​. But he thinks it’s much more than that – he thinks it’s a landmark.

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When Wintersun announced back in 2006 that work  composing album number two was underway, hopes were high. But as the years rolled by, Time seemingly joined the likes of Chinese Democracy and the mythical third Necrophagist record in the “when hell freezes over”-stakes when it came to a realistic ETA, fears increased. “Were they polishing a turd?”, we wondered. Had they been far too ambitious for their own good? So what a shock it was when Time I finally arrived, not just seriously good, but as one of the most important metal releases of its generation. [Read more →]

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Why Nightwish spliting with Anette Olzon is a bigger deal than you think

October 2nd, 2012

​Thrash Hits’ ​Tom Dare​ loves Nightwish. He’s barely put his memories of the Tarja Turunen era behind him and they’ve gone and shed Anette Olzon. Here’s what he made of it after he stopped crying.

Nightwish promo photo 2011 Anette Olzon Thrash Hits

Nightwish have parted ways with singer Anette Olzon. While parts of the the UK is sniggering in adolescent fashion at the very mention of these Finns, and large swathes America is looking over the water, scratching it’s head and asking “Who?”, in Europe, this is bloody huge news.

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Download Festival 2012: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

June 28th, 2012

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It’s that time of year again – it’s the return of the Thrash Hits Download Festival splash page for 2012! All of our Download coverage from across the entire weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. That means individual band coverage in the form of photos and setlists, as well as reviews of each day’s highlights, every scandalous rumour and dirty bit of gossip that we overhear, and every outrageous photo of muddy debauchery that our photographers can get their lenses on.

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Album: Epica – Requiem For The Indifferent

March 8th, 2012

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Epica
Requiem For The Indifferent
Nuclear Blast
09 March 2012

by Tom Dare

Proving that heavy metal still has much further to go than it thinks in shedding its chauvinistic image, Epica have for some odd reason been clumped under that dreadful “female-fronted metal” definition. It’s a label so meaningless it geta applied to everyone from Nightwish to Arch Enemy. And it’s stopped Epica for getting credit as widely as they should for quite how distinct they are.

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Download Festival confirms Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, NOFX, Opeth, Nightwish and Shinedown for 2012 line-up

February 16th, 2012

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Another day, another festival announcement…today it’s Download Festival, who’ve confirmed a further six names for Donington this year. The five entirely fresh names are Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, NOFX, Opeth, and Nightwish, with “official” confirmation also coming through on Shinedown, who had previously leaked their presence on the bill a few weeks back.

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Album: Swallow The Sun – Emerald Forest and the Blackbird

January 25th, 2012

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Swallow the Sun
Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
Spinefarm Records
13 February 2012

by Tomas Doyle

Finland’s Swallow The Sun ply a well worn Nordic furrow of gloomy, doomy atmospheric metal that brings to mind snow drifted forests and months without celestial light to brighten moods or music. Their’s is a potent brand of ear candy which pitches the more melodious side of death and pseudo-doom metal alongside truly mellifluous set pieces carried with aplomb by main man Mikko Kotamäki’s hauntingly rich vocal timbre.

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Top 10s of 2011: Our Contributors

December 10th, 2011

Thrash Hits 2011 Albums of the Year

We’ve shown you what Raz and Hugh’s albums of the year are, but they’re not the only ones responsible for the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011. Oh no. We’ve got a whole load of contributors – writers, photographers, and miscellaneous behind-the-scenes types – that help keep Thrash Hits running smoothly, and the albums they loved the most from 2011 matter just as much as those favoured by the boss men.

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