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Album: Kaledon – Altor: The King’s Blacksmith

April 25th, 2013

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Kaledon
Altor: The King’s Blacksmith
Scarlet Records
26 April 2013

by Daniel Cairns

There was once a time in my life where I thought power metal was absolutely worthless as a genre. I attended Bloodstock Open Air 2009 which was pretty power metal heavy, and the only fond memory I have of it is hearing some guy on speed in a stall selling shutter shades playing Stagger Lee by Nick Cave. It was the musical highlight of a festival largely full of fucking guff like Blind Guardian and Battlelore. I had a falafel wrap too, that was pretty nice.

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Photos: Sabaton @ Sheffield Corporation – 11 November 2012

November 12th, 2012

Sabaton by Gary Wolstenholme at Sheffield Corporation - 11 November 2012 Thrash Hits

SABATON! We’re pretty sure we used the exact same intro text last time we wrote about a photo gallery of their live shows here on Thrash Hits. SABATON! Doesn’t it just roll off the tongue? SABATON! In fact, the only thing that’s really new about this photo feature is the line-up of the band, given that Joakim Brodén is the only member of SABATON still in the band from when we last featured them.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2012: Freedom Call @ Ronnie James Dio Stage – 10 August 2012

August 13th, 2012

Freedom Call at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Thrash Hits has been going to Bloodstock Open Air since 2008, so we feel fairly qualified to suggest that 2012 had a greater percentage of female attendees than any year we’ve been previously. The fact that Freedom Call were the only real power metal band on the main stage this year is, of course, an entirely unconnected co-incidence to this fact. #TrollingTomDare

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Sabaton part ways with FOUR band members, and confuse the hell out everyone while they do it

March 31st, 2012

Sabaton 2011 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Well, here’s a confusing bit of news. People have spent the last 18 hours left debating whether or not sure this news was the result of a website hack, an April Fools’ joke that got splurted out a day early, or whether it’s just the result of some good old-fashioned miscommunication. However, this morning the Swedish military fetishists and all-round OTT metallers, Sabaton, have confirmed the rumours that have been making the rounds all week – that not one, not two, not three, but FOUR of their line-up have left the band, mere weeks before the band’s seventh studio album is released.

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Album: Nightwish – Imaginaerum

November 1st, 2011

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Nightwish
Imaginaerum
Nuclear Blast Records
02 December 2011

by Danny Montana

Saying 2007’s Dark Passion Play was a hit is a bit of an understatement. After selling two million copies – a rare feat for a metal band – everyone was wondering what Nightwish had up their sleeves for Imaginaerum, their seventh album. A thirteen-track concept album with a made-up title that will eventually be accompanied by a feature film? Why not?

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Album: Falconer – Armod

June 2nd, 2011

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Falconer
Armod
Metal Blade
07 June 2011

by Tom Dare

The ever-entertaining Falconer are usually a safe bet to return with a plethora of hooks and a collection of songs to warm the cockles whenever they announce a new album. The difference this time is that those hooks are all entirely sung in Swedish, and their wander across stylistic borders has gone even further afield.

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Album: HammerFall – Infected

May 17th, 2011

HammerFall
Infected
Nuclear Blast
20 May 2011

by Tom Dare

In a dark time, the noblest order of heavy metal was laid low. And lo, from the darkness, in a land of the far North, didst a warrior emerge to do battle with the minions of the night and raise high the banner of hope and glory. And thus power metal kept alive by the broad back and lusty lungs of HammerFall. Yet that once-mighty hero of yore hath shown their skills to be dulled by Time’s inexorable passage.

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Album: Symfonia – In Paradisum

March 18th, 2011

Symfonia
In Paradisum
Edel Music
04 April 2010

by Tom Dare

There’s a band I’m not going mention in this review. In fact there’s a box with their name on it, and every time I do I have to put a quid in for the Thrash Hits Christmas party. It’s the band Timo Tolkki used to be in, and I don’t want anyone comparing Symfonia to them in any way. Why? Because Symfonia’s first album In Paradisum stands up on its own without needing the association. New band, new members, new bundle of joy. Clear? Good.

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Album: Stratovarius – Elysium

January 27th, 2011

Stratovarius
Elysium
Edel Music
14 January 2011

by Tom Dare

There are returns to form, and there is cynically seeking refuge in the time people liked you and bought your records that leave you rather cold. With this, their thirteenth album, Stratovarius have firmly and triumphantly returned to form in the best possible way. Time to practice your air keytar. [Read more →]

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