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Album: Cyclamen – Ashura

October 15th, 2013


Realising Records
14 October 2013

by Ruth Booth

It’s kind of difficult to define a difficult second album when it comes to experimental metal. Essentially, it’s the difference between wilfully unaccessible and accidentally unaccessible – which is akin to finding the bit between scalding hot and freezing on a shower dial. If you like the Yin Yang swing that comes with eschewing genre purity you’ll be amongst fierce fans of 2010’s Senjyu. How you’ll feel about Cyclamen’s far darker follow-up, Ashura, is another matter.

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Album: TesseracT – Altered State

May 28th, 2013

Tesseract 2013 band promo photo altered state Ash O Hara james monteith acle kahney amos williams jay postones

Altered State
Century Media
27 May 2013

By Ruth Booth

When doom-mongers spoke of the world’s end in 2012, TesseracT may have felt a tiny bit paranoid. Their lauded debut One had seen them branded standard-bearers of UK Djent, but a cancelled major tour, and the departure of their second vocalist in 12 months left TesseracT struggling to tread water. That they reached the end of the year with both new album Altered State in the can and the New Blood Prog Award must have left them wondering if they were victims of some great cosmic joke.

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Interview: Mehdi Safa and Arif Driessen from *shels on throat-singing, The Neverending Story, and gigging in a city where night never comes

July 13th, 2012

*shels live at Manchester Ruby Lounge c/o Ruth Booth Thrash Hits

Devil Sold His Soul, March of the Raptors, Akercocke, Ancients, Eden Maine, Mahumodo – the various component parts of post-metal super-collective *shels makes for impressive reading. With the band’s core band members usually separated by the Atlantic ocean, when the band toured the UK for the first time in five years, Ruth Booth ambushed frontman Mehdi Safa and trumpeteer Arif Driessen and for her trouble received a demonstration of some of their special skills…

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Live: *shels, Cyril Snear, Tall For Jockeys + The Kites of San Quentin @ Manchester The Ruby Lounge – 24 June 2012

July 6th, 2012

*shels live at Manchester Ruby Lounge c/o Ruth Booth Thrash Hits

If you listened to our podcast this week, you’ll have heard that Tom Doyle wasn’t too impressed by *shels‘ London performance. One show doesn’t necessarily represent the performance of an entire tour though, and that’s why we sent Ruth Booth to Manchester’s Northern Quarter in the hopes of finding the lesser spotted epic alternative…

Six things we learned when we saw *shels in Manchester:

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DVD: Devin Townsend Project – By A Thread – Live In London 2011

July 2nd, 2012

Devin Townsend plays Addicted Thrash Hits

In November 2011, Devin Townsend (and friends) came to London to treat fans of the Devin Townsend Project’s four album concept to the whole shebang. That meant four shows across four nights, featuring august djent, seething progressive metal whales, gothic cheerleaders, soft shuffle blues, presidential campaigns, glorious power metal, and pretty much everything in between. And they filmed it. We asked Ruth Booth to check out whether By A Thread is as good to watch back as she remembers it being at the time.

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Top 6… Reasons not to be miffed about missing Download Festival 2012

June 11th, 2012

Download Festival 2012 logo Thrash Hits

Download Festival. It’s the biggest event on 2012’s metal calendar. But for every festival goer moshing in the mud and torrential rain, there’s some poor (clean, dry and warm) sod stuck at home. Some of you may be raging against whatever machine you’re tied to this weekend. Others may just be sticking on The Black Album and having a cry.

Fuck that. Whether you’re too broke or just couldn’t make it this year, here’s six reasons not to be miffed about missing Download 2012…

Top Six: Reasons not to be miffed about missing Download 2012

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Album: Matt Skiba and The Sekrets – Babylon

May 15th, 2012

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Matt Skiba And The Sekrets
Superball Music
07 May 2012

by Ruth Booth

Regular readers of Thrash Hits will remember we ran this photo a while ago, with a certain amount of disbelief. With his penchant for wry, dark romance, if Alkaline Trio’s frontman took a cue from any Lost Boys, our money would’ve been on these ones. But, aside from possible sponsorship by the local bird sanctuary, this photo told us two crucial things about Matt Skiba’s new project.

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Album: Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora’s Piñata

April 30th, 2012

Diablo Swing Orchestra 2012 promo photo Thrash Hits

Diablo Swing Orchestra
Pandora’s Piñata
Candlelight Records
22 May 2012

by Ruth Booth

When you hear the words “Jazz Metal”,  you probably think of Meshuggah, TesseracT, or some other league of extraordinary Djentlemen. You’re less likely to imagine some hybrid of 1920s prohibition and nineties alt-metal, like Valkyrie flapper girls doing the Charleston to gut-crunching guitar. And yes, Diablo Swing Orchestra are that Other Jazz Metal, a name they made for themselves with their 2009 cult hi,t Sing-Along Songs for the Damned and Delirious. With their third record, Pandora’s Piñata, they’re heading south of the border.

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