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Thrash Hits TV: Raging Speedhorn – new album EXCLUSIVE!!1!

November 28th, 2014

Ahh, it’s like an early Christmas gift! We’ve made no secret how much we’re fanboys for Raging Speedhorn. We’ve gone on about them so much that they sent us a little video message before they head out on their first UK tour in damn-near nearly a decade kicks off next week. The whole bloody band pipes up to discuss their comeback, their upcoming tour, and – BEST OF ALL – some details about the brand new music coming from the band in 2015.

Yes, WE ARE VERY EXCITED.

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Interview: Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates on crafting the most anticipated album of 2014

November 13th, 2014

There’s no way around it – At The Gates releasing their first new material in over 18 years was a big deal. We sent Pete Long along to find out from Tomas Lindberg, the band’s frontman, just why it took so long.

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When Tomas Lindberg talks about the “One thousand, two thousand people” waiting for At War With Reality, it seems he might be selling himself a little short. It’s not that he’s unaware of the affection that Slaughter of the Soul is held in, it’s just that nobody in At The Gates is the type of guy to spend too much time thinking about the album’s legacy. Considering the effects that the level of expectation could have had on them, it’s probably just as well.

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Album: Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves

March 21st, 2014

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Autopsy
Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves
Peaceville Records
21 April 2014

by Rob McAuslan

For all the talk that gets bandied around, you’d be forgiven for thinking that every band needs to be on some ceaseless quest for progress. It simply isn’t true; not everyone wants to ‘push the boundaries of what’s possible in music’, or whatever other guff gets spouted around this conceit. Autopsy did their innovating as one of the very earliest bands at the birth of the death metal scene, and their particular brand of gore-flecked nastiness has proven hugely influential for the best part of thirty years. Why fix what’s already broken in the best possible way?

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Album: Carcass – Surgical Steel

August 5th, 2013

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Carcass
Surgical Steel
Nuclear Blast
16 September 2013

by Rob McAuslan

This is what you call A Really Big Deal. The last couple of years have seen a rash of reformations, with the overwhelming majority of them ending in disappoint and woeful live appearances. Of the ones that have even got as far as producing new music, barely any have been worth the time to listen to (how are you all getting on with 13, by the way?) So, a new Carcass album after 17 years  can’t be a good thing, right?

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EP: American Head Charge – Shoot

July 2nd, 2013

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American Head Charge
Shoot
Self-released.
23 July 2013

by Daniel Cairns

You don’t hear this a lot and it’s a travesty: American Head Charge made one of the best albums of the whole nu metal era with the Rick Rubin-produced The War of Art. Oh, and they weren’t even Nu Metal either really. They were always more Ministry than, er, Methods of Mayhem. They were a bit Faith No More too, if Faith No More were into steampunk and nasty sex things. Which they were, now that I look back.

Anyway it’s been a while, but AHC have a new thing out. As an aside, by some wild coincidence I’ve started watching WWE again. American Head Charge and WWE. It’s like the last 12 years didn’t exist or something. Gawd, I wish they didn’t.

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.8: Tom Dare mouths off about Nightwish spliting with Anette Olzon

December 27th, 2012

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One thing we’ve tried to do in 2012 is post a few more long-form articles, stripping away the webhit-harvesting buzzword nonsense from heavy metal’s burning issues, and concentrating on the the bigger picture that other sites are missing in amongst the hullabaloo. One such article was Tom Dare’s analysis of why Nightwish parting ways with Anette Olzon – the band’s lead vocalist since 2007 – wasn’t perhaps necessarily as big of a deal as some fans thought.

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.5: Breaking down the real reasons behind the Black Sabbath/Bill Ward split

December 20th, 2012

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Our analysis of the real (i.e., financial) reasons for the Black Sabbath/Bill Ward split is another article you can file in the Thrash Hits no-one-else-could-publish-this folder. Most websites don’t have the stones to analyse anything deeper than 200 words, and no music magazine was going to seriously tackle this topic – after all, why sacrifice their chances of securing a coveted Black Sabbath cover feature just for the sake of some trouble-making?

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INTERVIEW: Andrew Kline from Strife – “I’d rather have someone be true to themselves instead of living to uphold a commitment they made when they were 16 years old.”

November 22nd, 2012

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C’mon kids, pull up a chair and sit down by the fireplace. We’re going to talk to you about a band who were making killer albums of straight-up aggressive hardcore long before every scene kid with a snapback-sized chip on their shoulder had even dreamed of getting an ugly neck tattoo. Let’s talk about Strife.

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Sunday Slaylist: Finch – What It Is To Burn

October 21st, 2012

Earlier this week in a statement made via Altpress, influentioal post-hardcore types Finch announced they would be reforming n order to perform the entire of their 2002 debut, What It Is To Burn, to mark the 10th anniversary of its release. They’re even bloody well getting their original drummer, Alex Pappas, back on drums, and he hasn’t played with them since 2004. Yep, it’s safe to say, this is going to be a pretty special occasion.

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Why Nightwish spliting with Anette Olzon is a bigger deal than you think

October 2nd, 2012

​Thrash Hits’ ​Tom Dare​ loves Nightwish. He’s barely put his memories of the Tarja Turunen era behind him and they’ve gone and shed Anette Olzon. Here’s what he made of it after he stopped crying.

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Nightwish have parted ways with singer Anette Olzon. While parts of the the UK is sniggering in adolescent fashion at the very mention of these Finns, and large swathes America is looking over the water, scratching it’s head and asking “Who?”, in Europe, this is bloody huge news.

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