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Photos: Hard Rock Hell Prog & AOR – 6 + 7 April 2013

April 18th, 2013

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We can’t get enough of festivals here in the UK. Summer festivals, Winter festivals, and – right now at least – Spring festivals. Earlier this month, Hard Rock Hell hosted the very first Hard Rock Hell AOR and Hard Rock Hell Prog, and we were naturally on hand to photograph the whole shebang.

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Album: Steak Number Eight – The Hutch

March 12th, 2013

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Steak Number Eight
The Hutch
Indie Recordings
22 April 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

Steak Number Eight have been a name slowly seeping into more and more people’s consciousness as of late. Following an impressive support slot on these shores recently to Feed The Rhino, they find themselves as quite the buzz band. While not many scenesters go-to band of choice, the (depressingly) young Belgium scamps breed of sludgey come stoner tinged metal has seen them attracting a wealth of approving head nods and beard strokes up and down the country.

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Swanny from Monuments talks Djent, conspiracy theories, and the rejection of bourgeois concepts regarding spiritual and social fulfilment.

October 29th, 2012

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While we get a lot of funny things sent to us in the mail, we get a Hell of a lot stranger things sent to us by email. This column by AdamSwanny’ Swan, bassist of Brit-djentsters, Monuments, on the disaffection of British music youth in the face of mass media music and tired, predictable 4/4 beats, is definitely one of the latter. That’s him second from the left up above. Yeah, him with the dreadlocks. The boy’s certainly got a lot on his mind….

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Album: Enslaved – RIITIIR

September 7th, 2012

Enslaved
RIITIIR
Nuclear Blast
28 September 2012

by Tom Dare

The perpetual evolution of Enslaved has established themselves as arguably the most accomplished band still going from that Norwegian rush of the early 90s. The sonic foci have changed over time but the quality has been hugely consistent, with the last four albums have seen them depart their black metal routes even further, and also enjoy their best run of creativity in their history. So they’re not going to screw things up with album twelve, are they?

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Album: Ihsahn – Eremita

May 29th, 2012

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Ihsahn
Eremita
Candlelight Records
18 June 2012

by Tom Dare

Given the seemingly everyday occurrence of yet another band reuniting, it’s perhaps a little surprising that you don’t hear too much clamour for an Emperor reunion. Despite their legendary status, near-perfect back catalogue and (by black metal standards, anyway) popularity, it’s not speculated about or demanded with regularity or vigour. Perhaps it’s because Ihsahn’s solo albums are so bum-clenchingly good, there’s no need for nostalgia – the present’s too good to get misty-eyed about bands past.

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Album: Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion

May 7th, 2012

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Storm Corrosion
Storm Corrosion
Roadrunner Records
07 May 2012

by Tom Dare

What happens when two of the most inspired, talented, and generally superb musicians in progressive metal get together? What have Opeth genius, Mikael Åkerfeldt, and Porcupine Tree maestro Steven Wilson birthed when mixing their mighty musical chromosomes? I’ll save you the piss-poor attempts at suspense: it’s one of the most brilliant records you’ll hear all year. That’s not the surprising bit. What you couldn’t predict is how strikingly different Storm Corrosion is.

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We’re streaming the ENTIRE 7 Horns 7 Eyes’ debut album, Throes of Absolution, for you to listen to for FREE

April 20th, 2012

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We first started banging on about 7 Horns 7 Eyes over a year ago, when their brand of prog-inclined-but-still-moodily-crushing metal caught our attention with sufficient force for us to violently thrust our Future Hits column in their direction. So when the chaps over at Basick Records dropped us a line and asked if we’d like to host a European-exclusive (insofar as anything on the internet is “exclusive”, these days) stream of their debut album, Throes of Absolution, the weekend before it even goes on sale, we…well, you can guess the rest, can’t you? Why are you still reading this? Click that [Read More] link now and go and listen to it!

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20 Years Of Black Metal Evolution – Part #2

February 28th, 2012

In this second part of his four-part feature into Black Metal’s sonic evolution over the last two decades, Tom Dare is setting his sights on two aspects of the genre’s evolution that almost seem to run counter to the musical tenets of its early years. Today he’s looking at how Black Metal has come to embrace both its proggier and more ambient sides….

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Thrash Hits TV: Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders talks guitar heroes

January 5th, 2012

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If there’s one member of the Thrash Hits team guaranteed to get along with Tosin Abasi, the guitar virtuoso at the heart of Animals As Leaders, it’s our man, Amit Sharma. The pair of them giggled like children as they traded stories about Frank Gambale, Guthrie Govan, and the wonders of 7- and 8-strong guitars. We suspect if our video camera hadn’t been there, they might’ve even gotten a little fresh with each other.

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