Dual-headliner tours are always a weird one. No matter what fancy-pants arrangements the bands come to, no matter if they have a stricty-enforced on-off switch for who plays last every night, naturally one band rises above the other. And so it goes with Killswitch Engage and Trivium, who are currently enacting this age-old conflict at venues up and down the length of the UK. Our snapper in the North, Gary Wolstenholme, was on hand in Manchester to shoot both bands when they brought that unspoken conflict to the O2 Academy.
September 20th, 2013
14 October 2013
Of the big four metal bands of the modern era (Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Five Finger Death Punch, and Trivium) it is Trivium who are the most worthy. They don’t have the cheesy emptiness of the Welshmen, they’ve stopped ripping off Metallica quite as blatantly as Avenged Sevenfold are doing now and they’re not political knuckle-draggers like Five Finger Death Punch.
Basically, as fashionable as it is to suggest that none of them are metal enough to be spoken of in the same breath as the likes of Metallica and Pantera, Trivium, by simply being a bunch of metallers playing metal for metallers, have got the least to dislike about them. By a long way.
PROGTOLOGY with James Monteith of TesseracT: #10 – Getting to Download Festival? As easy as riding a bike…
June 11th, 2013
It’s fair to say James Monteith has been a bit busy releasing TesseracT‘s excellent second album, Altered State. That’s why this is his first post in eight months, but he’s already taken up a new challenge – cycling to Donington. From London. Hopefully without vomiting. Yeah, right…
Just over two months ago I was minding my own business, scratching my balls, watching the clock count down to 27 May (Altered State release date), when Prog editor, Jerry Ewing emailed me about The Heavy Metal Truants bike ride. At first I thought it was a joke – especially coming from Jerry, who doesn’t look like he’s ever sat on a bike, let alone up for a 161-mile bike ride – but after a few days of harassment I realized it was for real, and after reading about the event and the charities it supports, I was very intrigued and decided I had to get involved.
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.
June 28th, 2012
It’s that time of year again – it’s the return of the Thrash Hits Download Festival splash page for 2012! All of our Download coverage from across the entire weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. That means individual band coverage in the form of photos and setlists, as well as reviews of each day’s highlights, every scandalous rumour and dirty bit of gossip that we overhear, and every outrageous photo of muddy debauchery that our photographers can get their lenses on.
June 9th, 2012
We remember back in 2006 when Trivium were third from the top of the bill on the Main Stage. They all had long hair back then. Now only Corey Beaulieu has long hair, and 50% of the rest of the band are bald. World, keep on turning…
December 16th, 2011
We love a bit of metal so we went down to Brixton Academy to see Trivium headline Metal Hammer’s Defenders of the Faith tour with In Flames, Ghost and Rise To Remain in tow. Insense played as well but they played really, really early and Gary didn’t even manage to take photos of them up in Manchester. There are loads of photos. Go click on them and then go visit Gary’s website because he’s awesome.
Six things we figured out whilst watching all the metal in Brixton:
December 10th, 2011
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.
November 26th, 2011
A few years ago some funny person on the internet created a hastily-animated interpretation ‘Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr’ by Trivium. It is the LOLs.
October 26th, 2011
We were just thinking about how awesome it’s going to be to see Trivium live in December so we thought we’d head over to their YouTube channel and watch some videos. After going through literally the first two videos, we settled upon 2005’s ‘A Gunshot to The Head of Trepidation’ from Ascendancy, because it’s awesome.