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Live + Photos: The Unholy Alliance – Slayer, Trivium, Mastodon, Amon Amarth @ London Hammersmith Apollo – 30 October 2008

November 6th, 2008

Who said Slayer were old school? There seemed to be an Unholy curse on our technology! Our video camera chewed up our tape and our camera packed up halfway through. Hugh Platt still managed to remember some…

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With a beard so mighty it increases his hair swing per headbang by at least 40%, Johan Hegg’s Swedes open the Unholy Alliance in raucous style. Amon Amarth’s viking anthems are so heavy, one audience member literally shits himself and is carried out in shame. So begins The Unholy Alliance.

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Slayer: Reign of Fear

July 18th, 2008

Slayer have been heading up the thrash metal scene for a quarter of a century. Frontman Tom Araya tells Joel McIver that it may soon be time to rethink the band’s future and defends the forthcoming Unholy Alliance III tour with Trivium.

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This autumn, the UK’s bigger clubs will be quaking to their foundations thanks to the latest instalment of the Unholy Alliance tour, headlined by Slayer and featuring Trivium, Mastodon and Amon Amarth on the bill.

Previous jaunts included Slipknot and In Flames and received much acclaim, but there’s a sneaking feeling among Slayer’s rabid fanbase that perhaps some space on the bill could have been allocated to newer, more extreme bands this time around. Thrash Hits .com put this to Tom Araya this week, as well as asking him to clarify his band’s future.

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New tours and releases roundup – 26 June 2008

June 26th, 2008

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A whole bunch of new albums have been announced these past few days. The most exciting has to be Trvium’s fourth full-length effort, Shogun. Unleashed on 29 September 2008 through Roadrunner Records ahead of their co-headline Unholy Alliance tour with Slayer, early reports suggest that they’re back to actually sounding like Trivium and that it’s rather a good album.

Undoubtedly less exciting but definitely more unit-shifting is the announcement that dour, 12 million-selling alt-metallers Staind have joined the Roadrunner stable. Their sixth album, The Illusion Of Progress is released on 8 September 2008, just before they tour arenas with their new labelmates, Nickelback (inexplicably pictured above).

September
12
Belfast Odyssey
13 Dublin RDS Simmonscourt
15 Manchester MEN Arena
16 Sheffield Arena
18 Birmingham NEC
19 London O2 Arena
21 London Wembley Arena

Something that Thrash Hits .com is definitely looking forward to is the debut album from Rolo Tomassi. Recently signed to Hassle Records – home to Alexisonfire, Cancer Bats and Juliette & The Licks among others – Hysterics will be released on 22 September 2008 with a sweat-drenched free launch party that day at London’s Old Blue Last.

The best tour that we’ve heard about has Australian metalcore masters Parkway Drive and Boston legends Unearth headlining it this November. The Never Say Die Tour also has Architects, Protest The Hero, Whitechapel and Carnifex frequenting some odd parts of the country.

November
10
Yeovil Westland
11 Manchester Academy 2
12 Glasgow Arches
13 Sheffield Corporation
14 Peterborough Cresset
15 London Forum

Thin Lizzy are releasing a 15-track live album from their historic UK Tour ’75. The full set will be released on deluxe CD with a 20-page booklet of previously unseen live photos and liner notes on 8 September 2008 through MLP.

Tracklisting:
‘Fighting My Way Back’
‘It’s Only Money’
‘Wild One’
‘For Those Who Love To Live’
‘Still In Love With You’
‘Showdown’
‘Suicide’
‘Rosalie’
‘The Rocker’
‘Sha La La’
‘Baby Drives Me Crazy’
‘Me And The Boys’
‘Cowboy Song (Derby Blues)’
‘Little Darling’
‘Sound Check Jam’

Canadian gym-metallers Blessed By A Broken Heart are going to release their much-anticipated debut album Pedal To The Metal on 18 August 2008 and will follow it up with a UK tour almost four months later with I Am Ghost, Devil’s Gift and Fei Comodo in tow.

December
04
Cardiff Barfly
05 London ULU
06 Poole Mr C’s
07 Wrexham Central Station
08 Liverpool Barfly
09 Glasgow Cathouse
10 Birmingham Barfly
11 Nottingham Rock City
12 York Fibbers
13 Brighton Concorde 2

Kentucky’s Black Stone Cherry are a band that are clearly hitting both sides of the rock fence. Having performed at both Isle Of Wight and Download Festival on the same weekend, they have announced a new album, Folklore And Superstition to be released on 18 August 2008 via Roadrunner Records. Currently supporting Def Leppard and Whitesnake on their arena tour, BSC have announced winter dates.

December
5
Manchester Academy
6 Newcastle Academy
7 Glasgow Barrowlands
9 Sheffield Octagon
10 Birmingham Academy
11 Bristol Academy
13 Oxford Academy
14 London Brixton Academy

Emo kings Hawthorne Heights are staying busy in preparation for the release of their third album, Fragile Future on 4 August 2008 through Victory Records. They will be touring with Linkin Park on the Projekt Revolution tour across the US from 16 July to 27 August. A UK tour is threatened later in the year.

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New gigs and tours roundup – 12 June 2008

June 12th, 2008

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The enormous autumn metal tours have started rolling in. This week we’ve heard news about a couple of consortiums making their way across the Atlantic – one rather massive and one not so – as well as a couple of other big hitters hitting the UK from not quite as far away.

The hot ticket this autumn will be the painfully metal Unholy Alliance. 2006’s European leg had Slayer, In Flames, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed making your ears implode.

This year’s thrash-fest will see Slayer joined by co-headliners Trivium with prog-metal masters Mastodon as the first announced special guests. The final support act is to be confirmed shortly.

October
27
Manchester Arena
28 Birmingham NEC
30 London Hammersmith Apollo
31 London Hammersmith Apollo

November
02
Cardiff CIA
03 Glasgow SECC

The mighty Swedish prog-death metal superstars Opeth will be following up the release of their latest masterpiece Watershed with a November tour. They’ll also be performing at Bloodstock Open Air Festival on 15 August 2008 if you can’t wait until then. Thrash Hits .com certainly can’t, so expect a review of Bloodstock right here.

November
17
Glasgow ABC
18 Dublin Vicar Street
19 Birmingham Academy
20 London Shepherds Bush Empire
21 Bristol Academy
22 Nottingham Rock City
23 Manchester Academy

Welsh megastars Bullet For My Valentine will also be hitting the road in November as they aim to consolidate the phenomenal success their Top 5-charting album, Scream Aim Fire with some big, big shows.

November
09
Edinburgh Corn Exchange
11 Plymouth Pavilions
12 Birmingham Academy
15 London Alexandra Palace
16 Manchester Apollo

For all you heavy, heavy metalcore fans, Summer Slaughter is about to cross the pond and absolutely demolish the UK with a six-band bill that is guaranteed to blow your socks off. Suicide Silence are headlining with support from As Blood Runs Black, Abigail Williams, Born Of Osiris, Annotations Of An Autopsy and The Berzerker. If you’ve not had enough fun after Reading & Leeds Festival, this is where to go.

August
29
Liverpool Barfly
30 Glasgow Garage
31 Wrexham Central Station

September
02
Sheffield The Corporation
03 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
04 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
05 Oxford The Zodiac
06 London Islington Academy
07 Brighton Concorde 2

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