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WIN! A hexagonal (!) picture disc from The Sword

May 6th, 2011

Austin stoner metallers, The Sword have just released the third video of their Warp Riders Trilogy and are about to tour the UK. Totally related to this, you can win a crazy hexagonal vinyl thing that will play ‘(The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire’ on it if you put it in your record player. Fancy. Win it. Watch the video. Go see them play. Standard.

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Interview: Benji Webbe of Skindred talks about Union Black, Papa Roach and his dreadlocks

April 20th, 2011

Welsh ragga punks, Skindred are releasing their fourth album, Union Black on 25 April 2011. We thought it would be a good idea to ask frontman, Benji Webbe a bunch of questions about the album. It’s a good idea!

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Expectations are very high for the new Union Black record. What were the main differences when writing and recording this album?
It was killer to record our fourth record in the UK, with British producer James “Le Rock” Loughrey. All our other albums have been recorded in the States with an American dude producing, so it’s different working over here in the snow and cold rather than the sun of LA and Florida. It’s UK all the way this time baby.

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Lavotchkin, Crocus + run,WALK! announce Thrash Hits-sponsored UK tour for June 2011

April 18th, 2011

Read the title again. Lavotchkin, Crocus and run,WALK!. Three great bands driving around the UK playing gigs together. We are happy about this. If you’re not happy about it, you’re a fool.

Lavotchkin/Crocus/run,WALK! June 2011 tourdates
07 Sheffield The Earl
08 Edinburgh The Banshee Labyrinth
09 Newcastle The Northumberland Arms
10 Leeds The Well
11 Kingston The Cricketers
12 Southampton Crushtival @ The Hobbit
13 Brighton The Hydrant
14 London The Old Blue Last
15 Birmingham The Flapper

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Interview: Joey Tempest of Europe on playing to death metal fans, a new album and the secret to his smooth skin

February 8th, 2011

If you think that ‘The Final Countdown’ is the only thing Europe are famous for then you really ought to just get out. Alternatively, you could read Amit Sharma‘s in depth interview with smooth-skinned frontman, Joey Tempest.

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It’s great to see Europe have grown from strength to strength since reforming in 2003. What has been your highlight so far from the ‘Last Look At Eden’ tour?

“Well Last Look At Eden has been one of those albums that’s connected well with so many people and we’ve done about 100 shows now. There’s been so many but the Sonisphere and iTunes Festivals were both very special for us because we grew up listening to a lot of British music. Touring here is always amazing and there’s a strong connection whenever we play in the UK, so we are coming back for the ‘Balls N Banners’ tour and hopefully again in 2012.”

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Interview: Funeral For A Friend’s Ryan Richards talks about the band in 2011

January 24th, 2011

With a mammoth tour of the UK’s dives approaching and a brand new album (their fifth!), Funeral For A Friend are taking this year by the scruff of its neck. It was only reasonable to ask drummer Ryan Richards some stuff about it all

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19 dates? That’s surely one of the longest UK tours you’ve done for a while?
It’s a hefty one alright. We’ve been talking about adding a few more dates as well so it may just end up extending even further – possibly into the longest UK tour we’ve ever done. With the new lineup and new album – it feels like the perfect time to do it.

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Future Hits 063: Talons

October 20th, 2010

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From: Hereford, UK
Sounds Like: Instrumental, meandering heavy rock that aspires to a massive sound.

Thrash Hits verdict: We first came across Talons in June 2009 when we took part in the Big Scary Monsters 5-a-side football tournament as part of the victorious Fear & Records team. We beat Talons along the way so decided to listen to their CD as consolation. We like it and now here they are with a record which is as ambitious as it is unorthodox. They have no singer?!? CRIPES! We caught up with bassist Chris Hicks to chat about stuff and things related to his band, Talons.

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FREE STUFF: Japanese Voyeurs give away ‘Smother Me’ ahead of UK tour

October 4th, 2010

They’ve been off recording their debut album with Gggarth but Japanese Voyeurs are giving away a whole song for FREE ahead of their cancelled tour with Against Me and F*cked Up. You can get ‘Smother Me’ for nish, as long as you whisper your email address into their ear. As long as you understand that by ‘whisper’, we mean ‘type’ and by ‘ear’ we mean ‘mailing list’. Durr.

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