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The Thrash Hits Podcast 015: What’s in a label?

September 28th, 2012

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This week, Raz and Hugh tackle the somewhat-thorny subject of the role record labels have to play in the modern metal scene. From Warner Bros. Roadrunner Records cull, to Hydra Head’s decision to close, through to Century Media’s digital litigationathon and the power of modern micro-labels, we’ve gone at it from all angles. We also throw out some brief reaction to the news of Slipknot being booked as the third and final headliner for Download Festival 2013.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 004: Albums of the Year (So Far)

June 29th, 2012

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Raz is back in “the studio” for this week’s podcast, where he joins Hugh in looking back at the best albums of 2012 so far. There’ll be bands you’ve heard of, bands you’ve never heard of, and bands you’ve criminally under-rated up until now because they had stupid names. We’ve got the lot.

The Thrash Hits Podcast 004: Albums of the Year (so far)

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Album: Daath – The Hinderers

March 19th, 2007

Daath
The Hinderers
Roadrunner Records
19 March 2007

by Raziq Rauf

Daath are not all that they appear to be.

On the surface they’re just another death metal band but scratch that surface, however seething and angry it might seem, and you find concepts and thoughtfulness rarely seen in such depth. The lyrical content of The Hinderers is heavily influenced by the Jewish belief system, the much-publicised Kaballah and Da’at in particular.

That’s all well and chin-strokingly good, but heavy metal’s all about being a beer-swilling meathead and rocking the hell out. Right? Of course not, but while Daath [pronounced ‘Doth’, as in GOTH] seem to have their ideologies and designs well mapped out, do they have the rock chops to match?

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Album: Opeth – Ghost Reveries

August 29th, 2005

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Opeth
Ghost Reveries
Roadrunner Records
29 August 2005

by Raziq Rauf

Opeth are not only the ultimate Swedish prog-doom merchants of recent years – difficult niche to reach the pinnacle of, I know – but also one of the most important heavy rock bands around today, having arguably never released a bad album. Returning with their eighth album, Ghost Reveries is an eight-track, 66-minute celebration of all that ambitious black metal can be when the boundaries are pushed at. Here, Opeth try to meld their sound with other genres with all the ceremony and showmanship seen in the 1970s wave of prog rock that included such greats as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

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