If you’re on this page, you really should have seen the Thrash Hits Albums of the Year 2013 list already. If you haven’t, you should click that link or this link and sort that out. This piece will attempt to delve into some vague statistical analysis of the results. This is really only interesting if you care deeply about either the Thrash Hits Top 20, any old statistical analysis or both, so the chances are you’ll have clicked through to something else by now. Anyway…
August 21st, 2013
19 August 2013
by David Keevill
For a reluctant office-worker stuck on life’s treadmill, suffering from an almost complete apathy towards anything in his day-to-day routine, Årabrot will be a hard sell. Social lives consisting of little more than evenings spent slouched in a Sam Smith’s pub and a once-a-week visit to Nandos seem a little out of touch with Årabrot, who recently returned to society having withdrawn to an abandoned church in Sweden to play “mind games with the devil” and formulate ideas for their sixth, self-titled studio album.
June 10th, 2013
We’ve been fans of Blood Command for a couple of years now. They’re part of the Norwegian mafia that’s brought us the likes of Kvelertak, Wolves Like Us and Man The Machetes in recent times but these guys appear to be stepping up their onslaught of the UK over recent months. Interesting…
6 things we learnt when we saw Blood Command in Camden:
May 9th, 2013
Verden Er Enkel
06 May 2013
by Gavin Lloyd
In recent years Norway has slowly become a hot bed for some finest new punk talent. Alongside Kvelertak’s genre-twisting owl-wearing antics and Blood Command showing the world that not all female fronted bands are Paramore clones, the latest export looking to prove their peninsula has a lot more to offer than just high-brow BBC4 crime dramas are a bunch of teenagers going by the name of Honningbarna.
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 11th, 2013
The Underground Resistance
25 February 2013
by Tom Dare
In a funny way, you have to feel sorry for Darkthrone. Every time they’ve done something different, avoid what’s cool and flip humanity the finger, whatever they’ve done has, sooner or later, become trendy in metal circles. Unluckily for Darkthrone, ’80s speed metal and crust have both made a comeback. Everyone who spat their dummy out over The Cult Is Alive and F.O.A.D. incorporating both is now falling over themself to praise The Underground Resistance. So is this just hipster froth (well… some of it is, but is all of it?) or is album fifteen genuinely one of the Norwegians’ better moments? [Read more →]
February 11th, 2013
It appears that Finland is the most metal country in the world, but Norway is unquestionably the home of black metal, which is pretty metal. Norway is also home to By:Larm Festival, which is occurring on 13-16 February in Oslo. It’s a great place for showcasing the finest in fresh Scandinavian talent of all genres, but obviously there’s loads of metal there.
We’d have made a nifty “Thrash Hits goes to By:Larm” header, but we’re not going. However, while you don’t need telling to go and see bands like Blood Command, Turbonegro and Shining, we can still suggest some other bands you should go and see. So…
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.
January 30th, 2013
Thrash Hits verdict: These five youngsters take none of the black metal influences from their hometown. Clearly a product of the modern age, they’ve learnt their music from the internet. They sound like Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada. Filled with all sorts of minor harmonics and arpeggios, it’s #m0sh or screamo or whatever you want to call it and it’s pretty good. We speak to singer Joakim Vindenes to get his take.
GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.9: Tom Dare goes on and on and ON about the 20 year evolution of Black Metal
December 28th, 2012
We’ve got a fairly loose system when it comes to organising submissions from our contributors. They email us an idea, we tell them if it’s good or rubbish, then they go off and write it. Nice and simple. So when Tom Dare emailed us with a pitch for a retrospective on how Black Metal has evolved in the twenty years since the release of Darkthrone’s A Blaze In The Northern Sky, we just let him get on with it.
We just didn’t reckon he’s write quite so bloody much.