Thrash Hits

one

Album: TesseracT – Altered State

May 28th, 2013

Tesseract 2013 band promo photo altered state Ash O Hara james monteith acle kahney amos williams jay postones

TesseracT
Altered State
Century Media
27 May 2013

By Ruth Booth

When doom-mongers spoke of the world’s end in 2012, TesseracT may have felt a tiny bit paranoid. Their lauded debut One had seen them branded standard-bearers of UK Djent, but a cancelled major tour, and the departure of their second vocalist in 12 months left TesseracT struggling to tread water. That they reached the end of the year with both new album Altered State in the can and the New Blood Prog Award must have left them wondering if they were victims of some great cosmic joke.

[Read more →]

Tags
Bands

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.

[Read more →]

Top 10s of 2011: Raziq Rauf

December 9th, 2011

2011 end of year raz albums of the year raziq rauf thrash hits

I’ve spent 2011 harping on about one band: Trap Them. It’s unlikely you could have had a conversation with me about music without me saying “Darker” and “Handcraft” at some point. I may have just spoilt the incredible fun of reading my list. Anyway… the other nine albums on this list are wicked as well. Buy them all.

Raz

[Read more →]

Thrash Hits’ Top 20 Albums of 2011

December 7th, 2011

Thrash Hits 2011 Albums of the Year

The votes are in, the arguments have been settled, and the fights concluded without too much bloodshed – The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011 list is here. We polled all of our writers, photographers, and contributors as to what their favourite records of the year have been, and through a series of complex mathematical formulae, we’ve calculated the 20 albums that have come out on top.

[Read more →]

PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #2 – A Djentlemen’s Guide to SxSW

April 4th, 2011

After the awesomeness of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith‘s first column about Djent and self-indulgence, he checks in from on the road – the prog-metallers are currently on their second US tour – with his second column all about how to party hard at South By South West

Progtology with James Monetieth Thrash Hits

Sitting on the washing machine in a launderette is a great place to be when on tour. With no Wi-Fi and the mellowing rumble of the drums, it’s a serene place to reflect on times past, and what a crazy week I’ve just had. I’m at the start of the TesseracT tour with Protest The Hero and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster which is awesome, and I’ve just come from Austin, Texas and the South By South West festival.

[Read more →]

Album: TesseracT – One

March 28th, 2011

TesseracT promo photo Thrash Hits

TesseracT
One
Century Media Records
21 March 2011

by Raziq Rauf

After signing to the American office of major indie label, Century Media last year, this resolutely British quintet has been as busy on both sides of the Atlantic. After a low-key release in 2010, however, TesseracT are hoping to bring their melodic djent sound to as many people as possible with their debut album, One. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s been worth the wait.

[Read more →]

Tags
Bands

Metallica’s new album: the verdict

June 5th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com was yesterday treated to a preview of a selection of tracks from Metallica’s forthcoming new album. Henry Cutmore reports on their ninth studio effort.

Metallica

Shrouded in the type of secrecy normally reserved for military operations, we were lead into a darkened room and followed in by a man in black muttering something about Metalica having previously issues with “illegal downloading problems – you may have heard about it?”, and who then proceeded to play a number of songs to us at great volume.

Initial listenings suggest that it is a vast improvement on 2003 album St Anger, the making of which provided the subject for the band’s infamous documentary Some Kind Of Monster.

Watch a clip from Some Kind Of Monster

Informally described by the Metallica camp as “9 epics in one album”, the quartet’s new material has been produced by Rick Rubin as is currently at the mixing stage.

Though all the tracks are currently untitled we can confirm that most songs clock in at seven or eight minutes in length – including the lead single, which takes a more down-beat approach than most of the material on the album and has shades of their Grammy-winning epic 1990 breakthrough single ‘One’.

We can also report than it is unlikely Metallica fans will be disappointed with the new material, which contains arguably their most complex, multi-layered arrangements yet and sees a definite return to the bludgeoning, relentless galloping riffs of their Kill ‘Em All / Ride The Lightning era.

Watch the video to ‘One’ by Metallica

The drums sound a lot stronger this time too, while Rob Trujillo’s bass lines feature more prominently in the mix and there even touches of Eastern-tinged guitars. The ten songs that will comprise the finished album clock in at 75 minutes in length.

It is not known whether ‘performance enhancement coach’ Dr Phil Towle was involved in the making of this album.

We suspect not.

Metallica’s new album is scheduled for release in September.


Tags
Bands
Keep up with Thrash Hits. Click like and follow.
X