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Thrash Hits’ Favourite Gigs of 2013

December 12th, 2013

2013 thrash hits favourite gigs of the year

Part and parcel of being opinionated music lovers is that we go and experience lots of music in its natural habitat – on a stage – and then we decide how good it was. Some spectacles are so powerful that they evoke emotions strong enough to form memories through the drunkenness. It’s a rarity but that’s why some here have to name several before deciding upon their Favourite Gig of 2013. There is zero reason for you to be reading this but if you’ve read this far, you’ll get at least halfway down before clicking the cross.

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 022: We’ve Gone Transatlantic

April 1st, 2013

The Thrash Hits Podcast 022

We’re at the mercy of modern technology for this episode of the Thrash Hits Podcast – Raz has decamped to the USA for a few weeks for SXSW and some California sunshine, leaving the rest of us here in miserable old England. With possibly the dodgiest Skype connection imaginable, Hugh and Raz discuss how SXSW has changed over the years, as well as speculating on how two very different kinds of hype affect bands – that currently being felt by Ghost (or Ghost BC, if you’re an American) and the kind that surrounds Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats.

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Live: Cancer Bats, Turbowolf + Brutality Will Prevail @ London KOKO – 15 March 2013

March 18th, 2013

Cancer Bats 2012 promo photo B Thrash Hits

If you don’t like  Cancer Bats, we’re not sure we can stay friends. If you also don’t like Turbowolf, well…let’d not even talk about that. If you don’t like Brutality Will Prevail…okay, we;ll let that one pass. Anyhow, all three of them packed out London’s KOKO on Friday night for Cancer Bats’ largest UK headline show to date. That’s why we’re going on about them in a spurious intro paragraph, obviously. We sent Gavin Lloyd along to see if the Bats were up to the challenge. (HINT: they were).

Six things we learnt watching Cancer Bats play their biggest UK headline show to date:

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Future Hits 125: Big Naturals

October 16th, 2012

Big Naturals promo photo Thrash Hits

Big Naturals
From: Bristol, UK.
Lazy equation: (Necro Deathmort – the pure dischordance) x wildly distorted walls of riffs
URL: Facebook / Bandcamp / Soundcloud

Thrash Hits verdict: One of the best ways we’ve found to discover new music is to pay attention to what our favourite bands are listening to. Now whole everyone thinks that they’ve got a good handle on what good music is, we’ve found that the people who’s very existence is rooted in making tunes are by far the best source of recommendations – which is why when Turbowolf guitarist, Andy Ghosh, started talking about Big Naturals…well, we pricked up our ears. And then promptly filled them with their wall-of-sound approach to blending odd samples, post-rock song structures, and flat-out grubby guitar noises. Jesse Webb, the drumming/electronics half of the duo, was on hand to answer out questions.

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Live: Turbowolf, Black Moth + Wet Nuns @ London Highbury Garage – 10 October 2012

October 11th, 2012

Turbowolf promo photo 2011 by Tom Bronowski Thrash Hits

We don’t write about every tiny band in the world in a hope to one day claiming that we wrote about them first. Take a look at our Future Hits section if you want proof. We DID however tip Turbowolf, Black Moth AND Wet Nuns, though. They played a gig together in London so of course we sent David Keevill down to watch them whilst feeling unnecessarily smug to ourselves.

 Six things we learnt from Future Hits alumni in Highbury:

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Download Festival 2012: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

June 28th, 2012

Download Festival 2012 logo Thrash Hits

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.

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Top 10s of 2011: Our Contributors

December 10th, 2011

Thrash Hits 2011 Albums of the Year

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.

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