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The Thrash Hits Podcast 017: Airwaves, Damnation, Download, and the death of Mitch Lucker.

November 6th, 2012

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This week, Raz and Hugh discuss their respective recent festival activites at Iceland Airwaves and Damnation Festival in Leeds, break down the latest clutch of bands announced for Download Festival 2012 (except A Day To Remember, who got announced on Scuzz just after the first run of new band announcements), and look back on the life of Mitch Lucker from Suicide Silence following his death last week.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 017: Airwaves, Damnation, Download, and the death of Mitch Lucker.

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Download Festival adds SEVEN more bands to their 2013 line-up

November 6th, 2012

Last night on BBC Radio 1 and Scuzz TV, Download Festival announced another seven bands for their 2013 line-up – Queens of the Stone Age, HIM, 30 Seconds To Mars, Mötorhead, The Gaslight Anthem, A Day To Remember, and Alice In Chains.

If you want our reaction to this announcement, you’ll just have to download episode 017 of the Thrash Hits Podcast that’s coming at you later this morning .BLOODY WELL AVAILABLE NOW. Well, that is unless you’re already subscribed to the podcast via iTunes, in which case you’ll have it already. Technology!

Interview: Brant Bjork of Kyuss Lives! – “The last time I spoke to Josh Homme was six years ago, and he told me never to talk to him again”

June 7th, 2012

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Kyuss Lives! is one of those projects that has been divisive right from the off – something we’ve made no bones about here at Thrash Hits. Despite inital reports that he was okay with the project, things got even more controversial back in March, when Josh Homme, former guitarist with Kyuss, filed a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement, misrepresentation, and a whole heap else besides. We caught up with Brant Bjork (that’s him in the hat up above), the band’s drummer and principle Kyuss songwriter after Homme, to talk about what’s really going on both in – and out – of the courtroom when it comes to all things Kyuss.

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Kyuss Lives!…but for how much longer? Josh Homme files lawsuit against former bandmates

March 10th, 2012

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Uh-oh. Remember when John Garcia and Brant Bjork announced their plans to tour the world under the Kyuss Lives! moniker, playing songs written when they were both members of Kyuss? They even recruited Nick Oliveri on bass (until he, err, decided to take on an LA SWAT team in that is) on bass to make it seem even more legit.

Well, news has arisen today that Josh Homme, the only absentee member of the classic Kyuss line-up not included in Kyuss Lives!, and Scott Reeder, the Kyuss bassst who KL! recruited after Nick Oliveri…err…decided to pick a fight with an entire LA SWAT team, have filed a lawsuit against their former Kyuss bandmates alleging trademark infringement, misrepresentation, and a whole heap else besides. Oo-er!

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Album: Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral

February 14th, 2012

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Mark Langen Band
Blues Funeral
4AD
06 February 2012

by Jon Kerr

The history of rock and blues have been so mixed and muddied together over the course of history that attempting to pick apart their various genomes and how they all interact with each other is almost a failed endeavour from the start. Now that the former Screaming Trees vocalist, Mark Lanegan, has somewhat audaciously thrown disco into the mix as well with his new album, we’re even less sure where to begin….

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Kyuss are back (but without Josh Homme): The Argument AGAINST

November 3rd, 2010

Our ih-house surly bastard, Hugh Platt, greeted the news that “Kyuss” were reforming by sighing too much, and pulling a face that makes Droopy look happy. What exactly is his problem with ‘Kyuss Lives!’…?

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Sorry, but this ain’t Kyuss. Not even close.

Sure, click over to the band’s Wikipedia page, scrool down and Lo! John Garcia, Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri are among the list of former members of Kyuss. And that’s three out of four roles filled, right? By anyone’s estimation, 75% of a band’s line-up can be counted as legit, right? Right?!??

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Kyuss are back (but without Josh Homme): The Argument FOR

November 3rd, 2010

Back in July, Amit Sharma returned to us like a stoner with ten coffees in him. The reason? He’d just hung out with his hero, John Garcia at his London show. Kyuss reformed this week, minus Josh Homme. Words ensued…

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You may have heard that “Kyuss” are reforming for some European dates in Spring next year. After witnessing the immensity of the Garcia Plays Kyuss tour back in July, I think these reunion shows have the potential to be life changing, particularly for anyone that wasn’t lucky (or old) enough to catch them back in the day.

Except… hang on a minute! The artist performing isn’t being billed as Kyuss but actually under the moniker of ‘Kyuss Lives. What does that mean? Do we get to see the band or not?

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Interview: John Garcia – “Hopefully one day we might do another Kyuss record”

July 20th, 2010

Is ‘living legend’ an over-used phrase? Not when you’re talking about John Garcia it isn’t. We sent Amit Sharma to interrogate stoner rock’s standard-bearer when he played at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, earlier this month.

Sometimes, even with the benefit of hindsight, it seems almost impossible to gauge the true impact of a band. Kyuss are a classic example of that. For mainstream rock audiences, the name is nothing but a footnote in the pre-Queens of the Stone Age career of one Josh Homme. For fans of music just a little heavier, Kyuss was the keystone of an early 90s renaissance in stoner riff-worship. It’s the strength of that legacy that has seen John Garcia, former frontman of the band, touring Europe this summer playing nothing but Kyuss songs.

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Album: Barn Burner – Bangers

February 18th, 2010

Barn Burner
Bangers
Metal Blade
16 February 2010

by Tom Dare

Canadians Barn Burner have delivered a debut album that does exactly what it says on the tin. What we have here is a collection of banging rock songs. What they want you to believe is that they present an original, unique rock vision. On this front, they fall well short – but don’t be put off, as there’s a good slab of rock to be had here.

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