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Album: Adrenaline Mob – Omertà

April 6th, 2012

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Adrenaline Mob
Omertà
Century Media
19 March 2012

by David Keevill

The arrival of a heavyweight supergroup usually causes one of two reactions. On the one hand, this is this perfect opportunity to see all of your favourite musicians come together in a “dream team”-style scenario, and if by chance this magic formula works, then they’re probably one of few lucky amalgamations not to be utter smegma. In the other, much more swollen bracket, are the musical unions that give way a group of musicians whose heads struggle to fit into one room and whose cock measuring activities take priority over pretty much everything else.

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Top 10s of 2011: Our Contributors

December 10th, 2011

Thrash Hits 2011 Albums of the Year

We’ve shown you what Raz and Hugh’s albums of the year are, but they’re not the only ones responsible for the Thrash Hits Top 20 Albums of 2011. Oh no. We’ve got a whole load of contributors – writers, photographers, and miscellaneous behind-the-scenes types – that help keep Thrash Hits running smoothly, and the albums they loved the most from 2011 matter just as much as those favoured by the boss men.

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Album: Symphony X – Iconoclast

June 30th, 2011

Symphony X
Iconoclast
Nuclear Blast
17 June 2011

by Tom Dare

If you’re going to spend a long time on every album, it’s generally a good idea if it’s worth the wait when you finally release it. Four long, barren, desperate years out from the stellar Paradise Lost, Symphony X return with eighth album Iconoclast. Has all the anticipation been for nothing?

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Future Hits 079: MaYaN

May 13th, 2011

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From: Reuver, The Netherlands
Lazy equation: Epica + Therion x Opeth
URLs: facebook.com/mayanband // MySpace.com/mayanofficial

Thrash Hits verdict:
A more-than-slightly mental project masterminded by Epica guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen playing crazy symphonic extremity and featuring many guests? Marvelous! Mark and guitarist Frank Schiphorst (also of Symmetry) kindly agreed to introduce us to their new project.

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Album: MaYaN – Quarterpast

May 12th, 2011

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MaYaN
Quarterpast
Nuclear Blast
20 May 2011

by Tom Dare

Symphonics in metal have long-since ceased to be limited to the exceptionally evil (Emperor) and the excessively heroic (Blind Guardian et al) and ventures into the totally insane (Therion) aren’t unheard of in the modern era. But Marc Jansen of Epica’s new sideproject MaYaN is one of the most barking mad to have reared it’s twitching head for a while.

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Sunday Spotify Slaylist: Power Metal

March 21st, 2010

Normally we leave it up to our Deputy Editor to cobble together our Slaylists when he’s one shade or another of hungover. Not so this week – step forward Tom Dare with his Slaylist of EPIC proportions…

In a world where metal rules (“and if you don’t like it die” Paul Baloff), one nation consistently ignored one of the finest styles of metal. That nation was the UK, and that style was power metal. One man began a quest to expose some of the ultimate greatness displayed by power metal bands.

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