In the third of our Download Festival 2013 mini-podcasts, we talk to Kyle Shutt from The Sword, and the one and only Vinnie Paul from Hellyeah (and, of course, formerly of Pantera) about just what it is that makes their home state of Texas so great.
June 5th, 2013
10 June 2013
by Raziq Rauf
It was just in April that Invisible Oranges announced that re-thrash is dead. It was a big statement seeing as the thrash revival has thrown up such names as Municipal Waste and Havoc in its time as the gumby’s best friend. While it’s certainly accurate to point at Entombed-core being the metalhead’s most favourable mode of headbanging these days, that guy clearly hadn’t heard Manifest Decimation, the debut album from Power Trip.
May 16th, 2013
A few weeks ago, I got an invite to go to David Draiman’s house in Texas. He was going to provide food from the best barbecue joint in Austin. The catch? I had to listen to the new album from his new project, Device. Mmmm, barbecue. How bad could it be, right? Mmmm, barbecue.
‘Mad’ David Draiman. He’s the singer from Disturbed. He made that weird monkey noise in rock club floor-filler, ‘Stupify’. He’s the guy with those massive lip piercings. He tweets in 100 PER CENT CAPITAL LETTERS on Twitter. He’s right up there with Fred Durst and Coby Dick as a premier larger-than-life nu metal personality – ostensibly macho and totally metal. There’s a lot to make fun of and cynical old me? I’m sceptical about this whole shebang.
March 6th, 2013
South By Southwest is a wonderful place where Foo Fighters play on the patio of a bar and Kvelertak play five shows in three days and we see them all by dumb luck. While the big picture says SXSW is about bands for radio, the underground says it’s all about metal. That’s why the pizza shop on 6th St is called Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza and has a dozen metal bands playing in its backyard every day. There are also some excellent bands flying over to Austin from the UK. Here’s a rundown of the seven that we could find.
April 11th, 2012
So James Monteith, intrepid TesseracT guitarist and Thrash Hits columnist found himself in Austin, Texas for the South By Southwest music festival again. He didn’t puke, but he did drink tequila, see a load of cool bands and hang out with loads of cool people. Cool. He’s written about it AND answered a question from the postbag. Whoop.
After another eventful SXSW, I thought, “It’s time to write another column.” If you read my SXSW column last year (or have seen the countless comments referring to the incident), you may be aware of my minor vomit spillage on Thrash Hits Editor, Raz’s shoes in the Dirty Dog bar. As one who enjoys a little nostalgia, the temptation to relive the moment in the same venue at the Metal Hammer showcase, standing in the same spot as last year, was overwhelming.
September 1st, 2011
Cut The Noose
People Like You Records
22 August 2011
by Andy Parker
Get your mohawks out.
April 4th, 2011
After the awesomeness of TesseracT guitarist, James Monteith‘s first column about Djent and self-indulgence, he checks in from on the road – the prog-metallers are currently on their second US tour – with his second column all about how to party hard at South By South West
Sitting on the washing machine in a launderette is a great place to be when on tour. With no Wi-Fi and the mellowing rumble of the drums, it’s a serene place to reflect on times past, and what a crazy week I’ve just had. I’m at the start of the TesseracT tour with Protest The Hero and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster which is awesome, and I’ve just come from Austin, Texas and the South By South West festival.
October 12th, 2009
Bowling For Soup
Sorry For Partyin’
12 October 2009
by Luke Morton
Back with their seventh studio album, Sorry For Partyin’ once again sees Bowling For Soup happier than a puppy eating candy floss and makes about as much sense. Since forming in 1994, the Texan pop-punkers have been consistently fun, juvenile and light-hearted in their music which seems to have gone pretty well for them so far. But aren’t they getting a bit too old for it all now?
October 3rd, 2009
Brand New Eyes
Fueled By Ramen
28 September 2009
by Mike Strata
Contrary to popular belief, Hayley Williams’ incomprehensibly cringe-inducing appearance on the latest Set Your Goals album did not bring about the end of music. We’re all still here, the hits keep on coming, and a few months on from Ms Williams last indiscretion we have a new Paramore album to digest.
March 20th, 2009
Austin, Texas. That’s where everyone is this week at SxSW festival. We mean EVERYONE. Even Metallica are there doing a “secret show” that’s about as secret as the secret that beer makes you drunk.
The Sword are from Austin. The Sword have been touring with Metallica and now they’re re-releasing Gods Of The Earth and Age Of Winters in a fancy boxset package thing on April 6th. There’s a sticker in there too.