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Live: Propagandhi, Comeback Kid + Shai Hulud @ London Electric Ballroom – 17 April 2013

April 19th, 2013

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Propagandhi, Comeback Kid and Shai Hulud playing on the same bill is as good a punk line-up as 2013 gigs are likely to see. With that in mind, we sent Tom ‘You Are Not Better Than Pop Music‘ Doyle along to review said line-up when it came to London earlier this week.

Six Things we learned when we saw Propagandhi headline in London:

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Album: Shai Hulud – Reach Beyond the Sun

February 26th, 2013

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Shai Hulud
Reach Beyond The Sun
Metal Blade
19 February 2013

by Tomas Doyle

There is much to be said for judging art independently of reputation, the blind tasting that lets you make your decisions based on what is there, not what your expectation teaches you to pre-empt. It is both a curse and a blessing for a long-lived band with a powerful legacy that people will rarely asses their latest offering on it’s own merit, it will invariably be seen as part of and subsumed into an epoch, compared as ‘not as good as xxx’ or ‘better than the last album xxx’. More or less every review you will read of Shai Hulud’s new albumwill make mention of their truly brilliant back catalogue, their position as one of the defining melodic metallic hardcore bands of the last fifteen years, and even the fact that one of New Found Glory is backing doing vocals for them.

So let’s not do any of that – let’s listen to Shai Hulud like they are fresh faced kids out promoting their first record; it’ll be more fun that way.

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Hevy Festival 2012 confirms Descendents and 18 other bands in second line-up announcement

March 16th, 2012

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Hevy Festival have made their second line-up announcement for 2012, adding nineteen more bands to their bill- including the identity of their Sunday night headliner: Descendents. Not only will the legendary punk band be headlining the punk and hardcore fest, but it’ll be the only UK festival show they’ll be playing all year.

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2008 into 2009: Your Demise

December 22nd, 2008

Hertfordshire, UK is quite the hardcore hotbed, don’t ya know. We got Sikth, Cry For Silence, Gallows AND Enter Shikari. Now we have Your Demise as well. We had a chat with vocalist, George Noble.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Touring with Comeback Kid and Shai Hulud with a week’s notice was outrageous.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
It’s been a pretty good year to be honest.

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2008 into 2009: Misery Signals

December 21st, 2008

Ultra-technical hardcore troupe, Misery Signals released their third album in 2008. We spoke to Stuart Ross about playing guitar and headbanging with the Milwaukee natives whilst planning a trip to Fuck City for New Year’s.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
My personal highlight of 2008 was the Through The Noise tour with Misery Signals, Comeback Kid, Bane, Shai Hulud, Outbreak and Grave Maker. It was such a great time having a handful of some of my favourite bands all on one tour. Every night was a party.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Nothing really. haha, I had pretty good luck this year (knock on wood). I’m bummed I missed the Hot Water Music reunion show in Chicago.

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EP: The Comanche Cipher – Ludovico Technique

August 14th, 2008

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The Comanche Cipher
Ludovico Technique EP
Basick Records

by Jack Pitt

With a market saturated with a wealth of similar sounding metallic hardcore bands, to really justify attention a band must possess a distinct sound that makes them stand out from the also-rans. On the evidence of this debut EP, do The Comanche Cipher have it? Not really.

That’s not to say this is a bad EP by any stretch of the imagination, and it’s not to say they are without potential either. The band clearly have an ear for an effective hook and chugging riffs, and are technically proficient and polished, but its all been done before, and it’s been done better.

Dillinger-esque time changes are utilised well, but these songs just draw heavily from acts like Architects and Poison the Well. That’s not a bad thing as such and if you are a fan of such bands, there will be enough to keep you occupied for sure, but it’s certainly not original and lacks the spark that will keep you going back to it.

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Standout track ‘Fall Of The Beloved’ hints at an ability to do something more, but the tracks are too derivative at the moment to really make you sit up and take notice. It just sounds like there something lacking, and leaves you hoping for something extra.

With metal influenced hardcore bands such as Converge still putting on blistering live shows, and metalcore legends Shai Hulud, also releasing a new effort, there’s still evidence that metallic hardcore can be innovative, and can be fresh.

It is of course harsh to expect such stellar standards from complete newcomers, but if the Comanche Cipher are to do something of note, they need to create a more distinct sound, and be unafraid to experiment, and to innovate. It’s what this scene is crying out for.

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Ludovico Technique by The Comanche Cipher is released on 18 August 2008 on Basick Records

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Win Comeback Kid tickets and swag

May 28th, 2008

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Canadian hardcore troupe Comeback Kid are returning to the UK for Download Festival and a July tour with Floridian metalcore five-piece Shai Hulud, Long Island punks Crime In Stereo and UK hardcore merchants Dead Swans in tow. See below for the full list of dates.

Thrash Hits .com is giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Comeback Kid performing live in London on Tuesday, 8 July 2008, but that’s not all. The wonderful folk at Victory Records are going to throw in a goody bag which includes a CD, a tshirt and some rather fetching gym shorts.

To enter this great competition to win a pair of tickets to see Comeback Kid live at the Carling Academy in Islington, London on Tuesday, 8 July 2008 and a CBK goody bag, just enter the competition by answering the following question.

“Comeback Kid” is also a nickname for which former President of the United States?

Email your answer with your name and a contact telephone number to competition@thrashhits.com with “Comeback Kid” as the subject. The closing date for entries is 10am Friday, 4 July 2008. The winner will be notified by telephone.

June
13 Download Festival

July
08 London Carling Academy
09 Manchester Academy 3
10 Sheffield Corporation
11 Newport TJs
12 Plymouth White Rabbit

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