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Photos: Therapy? @ Manchester O2 Academy 2 – 03 April 2014

April 5th, 2014

Andy Cairns - Therapy? by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Has it really been twenty years since the release of Troublegum? The Mercury Prize-nominated Therapy? album that went on to help define their entire career? Yes, yes it has. That’s why they’ve released a deluxe boxset re-release of the album, and are currently on tour across the UK playing that album in full. We sent our man Gary Wolstenholme over to the Manchester to dodge wave after wave of crowdsurfers that piled over the barrier at the O2 Academy 2 when the band played ‘Screamager’.

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Bands

Photos: Crossfaith, Nekrogoblikon + Baby Godzilla @ Liverpool O2 Academy – 09 February 2014

February 20th, 2014

Kerrang! Tour 2014 Thrash Hits

Sometimes, things go wrong. Things went wrong when we sent our man in Liverpool, Matt Thomas, along to photograph the Limp Bizkit-headlined Kerrang! Tour 2014. Some wires got crossed somewhere, and whole everyone else in Liverpool with a camera was allowed into the photopit to snap Fred Durst and co., we were barred and only allowed to snap the support acts – Crossfaith, Nekrogoblikon and Baby Godzilla.

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Photos: Killswitch Engage + Trivium @ Manchester O2 Academy – 01 February 2014

February 3rd, 2014

Killswitch Engage live in 2014 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Dual-headliner tours are always a weird one. No matter what fancy-pants arrangements the bands come to, no matter if they have a stricty-enforced on-off switch for who plays last every night, naturally one band rises above the other. And so it goes with Killswitch Engage and Trivium, who are currently enacting this age-old conflict at venues up and down the length of the UK. Our snapper in the North, Gary Wolstenholme, was on hand in Manchester to shoot both bands when they brought that unspoken conflict to the O2 Academy.

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Photos: Lamb of God, Decapitated + Huntress @ Birmingham O2 Academy – 17 January 2014

January 20th, 2014

Lamb of God by Gobinder Jhitta Birmingham O2 Academy 17 January 2014 Thrash Hits

It’d be fair to say that 2013 is probably a year that Randy Blythe from Lamb of God would like to forget, having spent much of it dealing with his trial and subsequent acquittal for manslaughter of Czech fan of his band, Daniel Nosek. They’ve certainly not wasted any time getting their 2014 off to a running start, hitting Europe for a 14-date extension to their long-running Resolution tour. We sent Gobinder Jhitta down to Birmingham to catch Randy and co.

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Photos: Amon Amarth + Carcass @ Manchester O2 Academy – 13 November 2013

November 18th, 2013

Amon Amarth by Gary Wolstenholme Inventory Photo Manchester 2013 Thrash Hits

Metal Hammer’s annual Defenders of the Faith tour is usually a bloody good excuse to catch a whole crop of excellent bands all in one place – this year’s line-up was particularly impressive, with headliners Amon Amarth being backed up by the likes of Carcass, Hell, and Bleed From Within. We got our principal photographer, Mr Gary Wolstenholme, to head on down to Manchester to catch one of the last big metal tours of 2013 do its dirty business all over the O2 Academy.

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Photos: The Jägermeister Music Tour @ Sheffield O2 Academy – 18 March 2013

March 21st, 2013

Ghost at Sheffield O2 Academy by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Although they’re forced to call themselves “Ghost B.C” in America now, here in the UK the Jägermeister Music Tour is still headlined by a band called Ghost. There’s no legal issues so far as we or anyone else we know can think of regarding Gojira and The Defiled being forced to use different name when stateside, so how about we cut all this introductory chit-chat and get right to the photos, okay?

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Photos: Sylosis, Hang The Bastard + Chapters @ Liverpool O2 Academy 2 – 01 May 2012

May 16th, 2012

Sylosis live at Liverpool O2 Academy 2 on 1st May 2012 c/o Matt Thomas Thrash Hits

Those not-nearly-as-praised-as-they-ought-to-be Reading metallers, Sylosis, finished their final UK tour before releasing their as-yet-untitled third studio album. Okay, so Sylosis do get a lot of praise, but that’s because they a) awesome, and b) they keep getting more awesome, which means c) that they deserve even more praise than they get already.

Anyway, we made sure our Liverpool snapper, Matt Thomas, was in place to snap the whole shebang when it rolled into his hometown.

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