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Sunday Slaylist: Johnny Morrow and Iron Monkey – gone but not forgotten

June 23rd, 2013

Johnny Morrow RIP updated Thrash Hits

Yesterday marked the 11th anniversary of the death of Johnny Morrow, vocalist and frontman of Iron Monkey. His death from heart failure  aged just 28 years old shocked the entire UK metal scene. Iron Monkey were arguably one of the most influential underground bands to come out of the UK, and it’s for that reason that this week’s Slaylist is dedicated to Johnny and the works of Iron Monkey.

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Midweek Bootleg 003: Pitchshifter – Un-United Kingdom (live at Reading ’99)

November 1st, 2012

If there’s one band from the pre-Millenial Brit-metal set that everyone seems to have a story about, then it’s Pitchshifter. With Guy Fawkes’ Night a few days away, Hugh Platt takes a look at ‘Un-United Kingdom’.

Pitchshifter old promo photo Thrash Hits

So Halloween is over. Done. No Halloween-flavoured bootleg this week. Nosiree. Instead, we’re going to be looking at an altogether more British affair: Guy Fawkes’ Night. Well, more specifically, a song that references it once in its lyrics. Yep, that’s the level of topicality we’re maintaining with Midweek Bootleg. Long-time readers of Thrash Hits might remember a guest column I wrote for the ladies over at Reign In Blonde way back in 2010 on this subject, and yeah, I’m cribbing the focus of this week’s bootleg – Nottingham’s perennial reunion band, Pitchshifter – from that very column.

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EXCLUSIVE! earthtone9 reform – interview & photo gallery

May 27th, 2010

Yep, you read that right – earthtone9 have reformed. Andy Parker found himself invited into their not-so-secret rehearsal space for an afternoon of Lo-Def(inition) Discord. WOOO!

By the time an aggravated tourist flew a plane into a skyscraper in New York in 2001, earthtone9 were struggling with the transition from the minor league underground stars to the major league of  UK metal. Despite being one of the most significant British metal bands of the past decade, it proved a gap they were unable to bridge. Their 2000 masterpiece, arc’tan’gent – a record which garnered universal critical praise, interest from across the pond, and saw them spend several years on the road – would prove to be their last full-length album.

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