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EP: Wild Throne – Blood Maker

February 26th, 2014

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Wild Throne
Blood Maker
Brutal Panda Records
04 March 2014

by Pete Long

If your band is called Dog Shredder, you have one of two options. 1) Keeping it, which will make people think you’re a Grindcore band that loves Beavis and Butthead. 2) Change it. That’s what Wild Throne chose to do, and Blood Maker is the first EP released since the name change.

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Album: Conan – Blood Eagle

February 24th, 2014

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Conan
Blood Eagle
Napalm Records
03 March 2014

by David Keevill

Nostalgia is a soft-edged, sepia tinted arcadia that has increasingly been used by musicians to swerve listeners away from the rapid self-consumption of the metal world. For the less inspired, vapidly imitating the past rarely produces anything other than a cheap Instagram effect that lies on top of average music like an oil slick on water.

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Album: Grand Magus – Triumph and Power

February 3rd, 2014

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Grand Magus
Triumph and Power
Nuclear Blast
31 January 2014

by Rob McAuslan

Grand Magus have proven they know what makes for a good heavy metal record more than a few times already, with the likes of Iron Will and Hammer Of The North displaying a band so well-versed in the art of The Mighty Riff. Triumph Of Power may not mess too much with what’s become a bit of a formula, but that doesn’t matter in the face of what they present us with each and every time.

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Album: Kylesa – Ultraviolet

May 31st, 2013

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Kylesa
Ultraviolet
Season of Mist
27 May 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s interesting that two of the most notable alumni of that Georgia sludge scene – Baroness and Mastodon – have moved a little away from their more crushing roots in recent years, and had success by doing so. Another distinguished graduate, Kylesa, have found their own, very different path for sixth album Ultraviolet. It’s individual, distinctively theirs and not quite what you expect.

It’s also bloody heavy and pretty metal.

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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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Future Hits 115: Black Moth

March 26th, 2012

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Black Moth

From: Leeds, UK
Lazy equation: (High On Fire + Yeah Yeah Yeahs) ± (The Stooges + Pentagram).
URL: Website // Facebook

Thrash Hits Verdict: Once again, Leeds is putting the rest of the UK to shame. Black Moth are the latest in a line of superb bands coming out of the North of England right now – you’ll be seeing even more Future Hits from Yorkshire over the coming weeks. Black Moth caught our attention when we found out they had been taken under the wing (pun intended) of Gentlemans Pistols‘ frontman and guitarist, James Atkinson. Our interest was cemented when we heard their quite frankly awesome blend of riffs and wails. We caught up with the band’s vocalist, Harriet Hyde, to find out just what it is about the North that keeps producing such killer bands.

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Album: Sworn Amongst – Severance

February 3rd, 2010

Sworn Amongst
Severance
Rising Records
15 February 2010

by Tom Dare

Who says American bands have all the best riffs? Who says British bands can’t bring the groove as well as their counterparts from across the pond? Those who do clearly have not listened to Sworn Amongst’s second record Severance – either that or they have assumed they are from California, rather than Hull.

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Every Time I Die: “We had the word ‘Die’ in our name before anyone else.”

June 8th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com decamped to Oxford for the evening last time Every Time I Die were in town. Raziq Rauf talks to guitarist Andy Williams about making a great record and wearing just swimming trunks and braces on film.

Every Time I Die

In September 2007 Every Time I Die released their fourth full-length album, The Big Dirty. It was well-received across the board, as was their breakthrough effort, Hot Damn!. It was the record in the middle that confused everyone. The added rolling, twanging Southern-sounding riffs to their traditional hardcore sound didn’t quite seem to fit together.

“We weren’t really trying anything new on Gutter Phenomenon. I think we just over-thought everything,” Williams explains. “We only spent three months on Hot Damn!. With Gutter Phenomenon, ‘Easy Tiger’ was the first riff I wrote for Gutter Phenomenon. Seven months later, we finished the song.

The Big Dirty took just over four months to write and record,” Williams recalls, shifting in his seat. “Usually your first intuition is the best and, with us, that’s definitely true.”

Watch ‘We’rewolf’ by Every Time I Die

If you look at any heavy music bill these days, you are more than likely to see a band performing that has the word ‘die’ in their name. It’s something that Andy Williams has definitely noted.

“It’s been ten years already. We were a band five years before bands like As I Lay Dying and the rest of them. I’m not taking credit for it,” Andy smirks, “But we definitely had the word ‘die’ in our name before anyone else.”

Aside from band names, ETID have always tried to do something different within their admittedly limited genre. “I definitely think that we’ve shaped things and that bands have been influenced by us,” he says. “It feels good when I walk into a place and some young kid in a hot new band comes up to me and says, ‘Hey your music changed my life.’

Indeed, some current megastars are amongst Every Time I Die’s biggest fans. “There are dudes in My Chemical Romance that literally wouldn’t be where they are unless they saw Every Time I Die in 2000 – when they weren’t even a band.”

When asked how it feels to have Gerard Way’s voice on Gutter Phenomenon, Williams merely says, “It’s very flattering”.

Andy Williams’ Top Tips

  • Saviours are my shit right now. It’s the best name for that band because I hope they save music. They’re just a great band.
  • Gallows are bringing a British swagger to a really distilled American crowd and it woke people up on the Warped Tour last year. If a band’s going to shake things up then more power to them.
  • Torche – Meanderthal. Listening to that was like listening to Nevermind by Nirvana. It’s a band that can really shake things up along with The Sword and Saviours.

The Buffalo, NY band is completed by vocalist and master lyricist Keith Buckley, his guitarist brother Jordan, drummer Michael ‘Ratboy’ Novak and their seventh and hopefully final bassist Josh Newton but there was a sixth member for the first time on the recording of Gutter Phenomenon.

“We busted our asses for six months writing that shit and then the producer tells us it’s not good enough,” Williams complains. “He wasn’t being an asshole, he was just trying to make it sound better – that’s what a producer does.”

Complaining, however, is not something that Andy Williams takes lightly. “Bands who stress about being in a band are just not cut out for it,” he proclaims. “There’s always some dude on the tour who is moping around and complaining. If you’re in a band there’s no fucking reason you should be on any sort of anti-depressant pill. I play guitar for a living and I’m in England right now, riffing.” And riff he does.

As a result, Every Time I Die have built a reputation of being a fun band and this extends all the way through to their music videos. “If someone gives us $30,000 and a camera, of course we’re going to take full advantage of it,” Williams laughs. “We don’t want to be in a warehouse with some dudes, looking hard. We want to be in a house that looks like it’s in the ‘70s having a party.” See the results below.

Watch ‘The New Black’ by Every Time I Die

From images of the master guitarist in a pair of Speedos at a retro house party to the future, Andy Williams remains matter-of-fact throughout. “I hope there’s another ten years of Every Time I Die,” he ponders. “It’s all going really well right now but we are all starting to get really fucking old.”

Every Time I Die are playing the Warped Tour across the United States from 20 June 2008.

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