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Best of 2013: Top 6 Opinion

January 14th, 2014

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By pretty much any metric we care to think about, 2013 was a great year for Thrash Hits. If we look over the raw numbers, it was our most successful year ever, with more people reading the site, more people coming back to the site, and more people sticking around and actually reading our stuff than ever before. Seeing how every other website these days seems to be degenerating to nothing more than clickbait listicles with “You won’t believe…”-style headlines, we think that last point is of particular importance.

Before we really get our teeth into 2014, we thought we’d make our holiday slacking last another couple of days by looking back at the content from the last twelve months that helped make it our best ever year. First up: our top 6 opinion pieces.

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Album: Kylesa – Ultraviolet

May 31st, 2013

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Ultraviolet
Season of Mist
27 May 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s interesting that two of the most notable alumni of that Georgia sludge scene – Baroness and Mastodon – have moved a little away from their more crushing roots in recent years, and had success by doing so. Another distinguished graduate, Kylesa, have found their own, very different path for sixth album Ultraviolet. It’s individual, distinctively theirs and not quite what you expect.

It’s also bloody heavy and pretty metal.

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Album: Drowning Pool – Resilience

April 18th, 2013

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Resilience
EMI
09 April 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s easy to be an elitist dickhead. You pre-order everything Profound Lore put out, pretend Nuclear War Now is your favourite label and never let anyone know that you secretly love that one song by SOiL everyone knows. But sometimes, much as you hate to admit it, something comes along that makes your narrow-minded viewpoint understandable. Right on cue: Drowning Pool.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 020: It’s a question of Britishness

February 15th, 2013

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This week Hugh and Tom Dare sit down to tackle the subject of Britishness in metal, taking care to avoid going on about tedious, tub-thumping, nationalist nonsense, and instead concentrating on some of the more unusual quirks and trends that Britishness has inadvertantly lent to British rock and metal over the years – how it affects not just how bands sound, but how we think about bands, and even how we come to cover certain bands at all in the first place.

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Album: Rotting Christ – KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY

February 12th, 2013

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KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY
Season Of Mist
01 March 2013

by Tom Dare

For all the black metal bands happy to stand still, there are those resolved to change with every album, to never repeat themselves and constantly give you something new. That doesn’t always guarantee quality – evolution comes with both higher risks and potentially higher rewards. Rotting Christ are a classic example.

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Album: Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance

February 11th, 2013

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The Underground Resistance
Peaceville
25 February 2013

by Tom Dare

In a funny way, you have to feel sorry for Darkthrone. Every time they’ve done something different, avoid what’s cool and flip humanity the finger, whatever they’ve done has, sooner or later, become trendy in metal circles. Unluckily for Darkthrone, ’80s speed metal and crust have both made a comeback. Everyone who spat their dummy out over The Cult Is Alive and F.O.A.D. incorporating both is now falling over themself to praise The Underground Resistance. So is this just hipster froth (well… some of it is, but is all of it?) or is album fifteen genuinely one of the Norwegians’ better moments? [Read more →]

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Album: Lightning Swords Of Death – Baphometic Chaosium

January 30th, 2013

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Baphometic Chaosium
Metal Blade
21 January 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s been a rough couple of years for black metal albums. A few major bands have fluffed their lines, a few others have been away from the studio, and the relentless mediocrity of far too much of the rest has only been briefly punctuated by the genuine class of Altar Of Plagues, God Seed and a couple of others. But hopes are high for 2013, with promising releases on the horizon. Are Lightning Swords Of Death back to kick things off with a bang? Well… no. They’re a symptom of exactly why the last two years have been a bit poo.

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Album: Cult Of Luna – Vertikal

January 11th, 2013

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Vertikal
Indie Recordings
25 January 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s been the best part of five years since Cult Of Luna last attempted to simultaneously both scare the shit out of and crush the brains out of their audience. It doesn’t take long for sixth album Vertikal to establish the same broad mission statement. Or for the massed ranks of Swedes to re-establish themselves as one of the most vital, evocative and purposefully heavy bands around. [Read more →]

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.9: Tom Dare goes on and on and ON about the 20 year evolution of Black Metal

December 28th, 2012

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We’ve got a fairly loose system when it comes to organising submissions from our contributors. They email us an idea, we tell them if it’s good or rubbish, then they go off and write it. Nice and simple. So when Tom Dare emailed us with a pitch for a retrospective on how Black Metal has evolved in the twenty years since the release of Darkthrone’s A Blaze In The Northern Sky, we just let him get on with it.

We just didn’t reckon he’s write quite so bloody much.

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