Thrash Hits

Tomas Doyle

Album: Emmure – Eternal Enemies

April 14th, 2014

Emmure 2014 promo photo Thrash Hits

Emmure
Eternal Enemies
Victory Records
14 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

Let the record show it and let it show it clearly: the opening track on Emmure’s new album Eternal Enemies was due to be called ‘Bring A Gun To School‘. But, after some (understandable) backlash, on the final version of the Connecticut deathcore quintet ‘s sixth studio effort it is simply listed as ‘(Untitled)’. The question is left begging then – which one is it guys? Are you edgy controversialists who don’t give a mother fuck what people think, or the sort of band who coquettishly say Stuff That Will Get People’s Backs Up only to run away screaming when – surprise surprise – it gets people’s backs up. It’s a universal truth: the only thing worse than a shit-stirrer is a coward without the guts to stand by their shit-stirring ways.

[Read more →]

Tags
Bands

EP: Winnebago Deal – Bail Out

April 2nd, 2014

Winnebago Deal 2014 promo photo Thrash Hits

Winnebago Deal
Bail Out
Dry Heave Records
19 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

If you remember Winnebago Deal from the first time around (they formed in 1999, toured with everyone from Blood Brothers to Mondo Generator and had the spirit of punk rock etched into their veins while still picking up major plaudits) then chances are you won’t need telling how brilliant they were, and now continue to be. If, after a four year absence, this review merely serves to give you a heads up that the barnstorming duo are back then you are welcome. Enjoy – shit’s as good as it ever was.

[Read more →]

Tags

Album: Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

March 24th, 2014

Steel Panther 2014 promo photo Thrash Hits

Steel Panther
All You Can Eat
Open E Records
01 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

The first thing to remember when reviewing a Steel Panther album is that, really, Steel Panther aren’t a band. Def Leppard are the band, Bon Jovi are the band, Van Halen are the band, Mötley Crüe are the band – Steel Panther are a parasitic sideshow on the hulking belly of stadium rock. A satire, a send up, a comedy façade performed by four apparently libidinous geriatrics in wigs and based on all of cock rocks most ludicrous traits. So the real question when reviewing the new Steel Panther record is this: Is their shtick still funny after three (THREE!) albums?

[Read more →]

Tags

Album: Earth Crisis – Salvation of Innocents

March 4th, 2014

Earth Crisis 2011 promo photo Thrash Hits

Earth Crisis
Salvation of Innocents
Candlelight Records
03 March 2014

by Tomas Doyle

If you turn on the news, you will see an earth crisis: storms, war, remorseless lack of respect for our planet. That is nothing new of course; as a species we’ve been ripping ourselves apart from the inside and buttfucking the environment for as long as we’ve had conscious thought. Similarly, if you head down to your local record store you will see a new album by Earth Crisis.

[Read more →]

Tags

Malevolent Creation and the state of homophobia in metal

February 27th, 2014

Malevolent Creation are Massive Dickeheads Thrash Hits

Earlier this week, 25 year veteran death metal band Malevolent Creation parted ways with their drummer, Gus Rios. He was their eighth drummer, so why is this news? Well, the fact that confirmed this separation by some old-fashioned Facebook homophobia. It prompted us to ask our man Tomas Doyle to take aim and unload with both barrels on a topic that’s been bugging us all for a long time now. Take it away, Tomas

[Read more →]

Album: Skindred – Kill the Power

January 31st, 2014

Skindred2012ThrashHits

Skindred
Kill The Power
DoubleCross Records
27 January 2014

by Tomas Doyle

Some things just aren’t meant to go together: chalk and cheese, mirrors and vampires, Richard and that droop-faced dipstick Judy. On paper at least reggae and metal fall firmly into this category of rubbish combinations – like pouring a bottle of Levi Roots sauce over a bag of nails. Yet in their 16 years as a band Skindred have more often than not come up with the goods, even if their reputation as a great live act who have never quite achieved their potential persists. Indeed, after more than a decade and a half ripping up stages on the periphery, you fancy that new full length Kill The Power might represent their last chance to really take things up a gear or two. So, is it Buju Banton or steaming pile of poo-ju Banton?

[Read more →]

Tags
Bands

Album: You Me At Six – Cavalier Youth

January 29th, 2014

YouMeAtSix2013ThrashHits

You Me At Six
Cavalier Youth
Virgin Records
27 January 2014

by Tomas Doyle

God bless those cheeky scamps in You Me At Six. Growing up in the public glare ain’t easy, especially when your Myspace account acquires you the sort of fame at 15 that plenty of old pub rockers are still craving long into their 30s. But in the hermetically-sealed dome of next generation e-fame, every move is scrutinised, and every misstep recorded. Quite literally everyone can hear you scream. Or not of course, because the quintet from Weybridge have always been the poppiest of pop punk acts. Not quite Mcfly, but for a long while not too far short.

[Read more →]

Tags

Album: After The Burial – Wolves Within

January 20th, 2014

After The Burial 2013 promo photo Thrash Hits

After The Burial
Wolves Within
Sumerian Records
17 December 2013

by Tomas Doyle

Here’s something I never understood about Djent: you learn to count when you’re in nursery school, so why is twanging away in one arbitrary number over some other arbitrary number considered more impressive than, say, being the milk monitor? The reason, you suspect, is that for virginal bedroom wankers everywhere, numbers represent a measurable and concrete thing. Each Djent-ist can see who is doing better than the rest because of what difficult integers they are crowbarring their riffs in to. You can’t argue with stats.

[Read more →]

Tags

Best of 2013: Top 6 Opinion

January 14th, 2014

BEST-OF-2013-Opinion

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.

[Read more →]

Keep up with Thrash Hits. Click like and follow.
X