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Album: This Will Destroy You – Another Language

September 9th, 2014

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This Will Destroy You
Another Language
Suicide Squeeze Records
15 September 2014

by Ruth Booth

Imagine you’ve only ever commuted to a single song, selected by some dictatorial public transport commission. One day, you get on the bus – and nothing. No sound. Confused, you take your seat in silence. Then someone coughs, and your senses pop. Small things are thrown into relief – the engine stutters rabid complaints, there’s a tart stink of old fish’n’chips somewhere – and was there always that beech tree on the corner of X and Y? The ordinary has become extraordinary. Listening to Another Language, the new album from This Will Destroy You, is something like this.

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The Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2013

December 12th, 2013

2013 AOTY Thrash Hits Albums of the Year

Like any artform, music is not a competition. There is only good and bad music and that categorisation in itself is all down to subjective taste. However, in a bid for scientific rigour; some quantitative analysis to fortify the qualitative spiels, we’ve asked all the Thrash Hits contributors to list their favourite albums of 2013. Yeah, it’s here to boost our egos by claiming what we say is best and it’ll surely get some good clicks and you may (rightly) point out that it’s just another list but, at the very least, you might see an album that you’ve never heard of and think about buying it. That would be cool.

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The Thrash Hits Albums of 2013 In Numbers

December 10th, 2013

2013 AOTY Thrash Hits Albums of the Year

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…

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Album: Pelican – Forever Becoming

October 17th, 2013

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Pelican
Forever Becoming
Southern Lord
14 October 2013

by David Keevill

Pelican’s fifth full-length, Forever Becoming, has one of those nebulous and noncommittal titles that progressive instrumental bands tend to choose, presumably for the merit of not having to set their stall thematically. It’s indicative of a movement that the band have made with this album though; even for an act whose second nature is to push forward with the exploratory scope of their music, is this a step too far away from their roots?

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Album: 65daysofstatic – Wild Light

September 19th, 2013

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65daysofstatic
Wild Light
Superball Music
16 September 2013

by Raz

In a bizarre coincidence, 65 per cent of all articles written about 65daysofstatic feature the word “unstoppable” in them. It may be a direct quote of the sample in ‘Retreat! Retreat!’ from the Sheffield post-rockers’ debut album, The Fall of Math or it may be cleverly sculpted into a different slab of hyperbole, there to indicate that 65dos can do no wrong. That’s lazy journalism, that is. And you can say that line about stats being made up in your own head.

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EP: Cult of Luna – Vertikal II

September 17th, 2013

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Cult Of Luna
Vertikal II
Indie Recordings
23 September 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Cult of Luna’s latest EP came as one hell of a surprise , given the length of time it took for them to get around to the devastating, electronica-spattered masterpiece that is Vertikal. “More of that could only be a good thing!” We thought. It kind of is and it kind of isn’t, and which end of that you sit at will depend very much on you. There’s a shift of focus here that may make you very uncomfortable indeed.

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Album: Deafheaven – Sunbather

May 22nd, 2013

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Deafheaven
Sunbather
Deathwish Inc
10 June 2013

by Raziq Rauf

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being made fun of? That unease where some obnoxious prick knows something that you don’t and you don’t really know what to do because you’re not sure. They’re being too subtle, but you know it’s not quite right – it’s too unfamiliar. You don’t know quite how to fight back because you know that if you say the wrong thing, they’ll just laugh at you.

Those obnoxious pricks are Deafheaven. Their weapon of torment is Sunbather. It’s bloody great.

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Album: Cult Of Luna – Vertikal

January 11th, 2013

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Cult Of Luna
Vertikal
Indie Recordings
25 January 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s been the best part of five years since Cult Of Luna last attempted to simultaneously both scare the shit out of and crush the brains out of their audience. It doesn’t take long for sixth album Vertikal to establish the same broad mission statement. Or for the massed ranks of Swedes to re-establish themselves as one of the most vital, evocative and purposefully heavy bands around. [Read more →]

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Happy (belated) birthday, Finelines by My Vitriol

March 6th, 2012

Yeah, so this is a day late but I was either stuck on the London Underground or I was walking home for most of the day because someone left a bag unattended on the Tube. Attend to your bags, please.

Eleven years ago, a cool band called My Vitriol released their debut (and only) album, Finelines. Before I embarked upon my day-long waste of time, I noticed that it was 05 March 2012 whilst talking about Hundred Reasons on Twitter – another band from the same era.

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Album: Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar

October 9th, 2011

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Sólstafir
Svartir Sandar
Season Of Mist
14 October 2011

by George Fernandez

Iceland. Famous for collapsing banks, one of the hardest languages to learn in the world, volcanoes, glaciers and one-time Chelsea striker Eidur Guðjohnsen. What it’s less famous for is heavy metal. Perhaps that’s for the best. If more people knew about the power of Sólstafir, the fuss kicked up by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull would seem like a minor affair, and Svartir Sandar is a shining example.

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