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Live: Motionless in White @ London Kentish Town Forum – 21 September 2013

September 24th, 2013

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The triple threat of Motionless in White, The Defiled and Glamour of the Kill might give some people nightmares about bad haircuts and too much make-up, but for others it’s a goth-fuelled dream. Those people were all in Kentish Town watching the gig with Gavin Lloyd, who’s also bang up for dreaming about goths. And then writing about them.

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New gigs and tours roundup – 12 June 2008

June 12th, 2008

Bullet For My Valentine

The enormous autumn metal tours have started rolling in. This week we’ve heard news about a couple of consortiums making their way across the Atlantic – one rather massive and one not so – as well as a couple of other big hitters hitting the UK from not quite as far away.

The hot ticket this autumn will be the painfully metal Unholy Alliance. 2006’s European leg had Slayer, In Flames, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed making your ears implode.

This year’s thrash-fest will see Slayer joined by co-headliners Trivium with prog-metal masters Mastodon as the first announced special guests. The final support act is to be confirmed shortly.

October
27
Manchester Arena
28 Birmingham NEC
30 London Hammersmith Apollo
31 London Hammersmith Apollo

November
02
Cardiff CIA
03 Glasgow SECC

The mighty Swedish prog-death metal superstars Opeth will be following up the release of their latest masterpiece Watershed with a November tour. They’ll also be performing at Bloodstock Open Air Festival on 15 August 2008 if you can’t wait until then. Thrash Hits .com certainly can’t, so expect a review of Bloodstock right here.

November
17
Glasgow ABC
18 Dublin Vicar Street
19 Birmingham Academy
20 London Shepherds Bush Empire
21 Bristol Academy
22 Nottingham Rock City
23 Manchester Academy

Welsh megastars Bullet For My Valentine will also be hitting the road in November as they aim to consolidate the phenomenal success their Top 5-charting album, Scream Aim Fire with some big, big shows.

November
09
Edinburgh Corn Exchange
11 Plymouth Pavilions
12 Birmingham Academy
15 London Alexandra Palace
16 Manchester Apollo

For all you heavy, heavy metalcore fans, Summer Slaughter is about to cross the pond and absolutely demolish the UK with a six-band bill that is guaranteed to blow your socks off. Suicide Silence are headlining with support from As Blood Runs Black, Abigail Williams, Born Of Osiris, Annotations Of An Autopsy and The Berzerker. If you’ve not had enough fun after Reading & Leeds Festival, this is where to go.

August
29
Liverpool Barfly
30 Glasgow Garage
31 Wrexham Central Station

September
02
Sheffield The Corporation
03 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
04 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
05 Oxford The Zodiac
06 London Islington Academy
07 Brighton Concorde 2

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Metallica’s new album: the verdict

June 5th, 2008

Thrash Hits .com was yesterday treated to a preview of a selection of tracks from Metallica’s forthcoming new album. Henry Cutmore reports on their ninth studio effort.

Metallica

Shrouded in the type of secrecy normally reserved for military operations, we were lead into a darkened room and followed in by a man in black muttering something about Metalica having previously issues with “illegal downloading problems – you may have heard about it?”, and who then proceeded to play a number of songs to us at great volume.

Initial listenings suggest that it is a vast improvement on 2003 album St Anger, the making of which provided the subject for the band’s infamous documentary Some Kind Of Monster.

Watch a clip from Some Kind Of Monster

Informally described by the Metallica camp as “9 epics in one album”, the quartet’s new material has been produced by Rick Rubin as is currently at the mixing stage.

Though all the tracks are currently untitled we can confirm that most songs clock in at seven or eight minutes in length – including the lead single, which takes a more down-beat approach than most of the material on the album and has shades of their Grammy-winning epic 1990 breakthrough single ‘One’.

We can also report than it is unlikely Metallica fans will be disappointed with the new material, which contains arguably their most complex, multi-layered arrangements yet and sees a definite return to the bludgeoning, relentless galloping riffs of their Kill ‘Em All / Ride The Lightning era.

Watch the video to ‘One’ by Metallica

The drums sound a lot stronger this time too, while Rob Trujillo’s bass lines feature more prominently in the mix and there even touches of Eastern-tinged guitars. The ten songs that will comprise the finished album clock in at 75 minutes in length.

It is not known whether ‘performance enhancement coach’ Dr Phil Towle was involved in the making of this album.

We suspect not.

Metallica’s new album is scheduled for release in September.


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