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Album: Allegaeon – Elements of The Infinite

June 30th, 2014

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Allegaeon
Elements of The Infinite
Metal Blade
23 June 2014

by Pete Long

In 2012 Allegaeon released Formshifter, their second album, and it was a thing of no little beauty. Coming out of Colorado, Allegaeon displayed an impressive talent both in terms of technical virtuosity and riff writing and, as a result, produced one of the freshest sounding melodic death metal albums heard in some time. It was as if Dark Tranquillity and Children of Bodom had both gone back to their peak, then had a slightly less-talented love child.

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Album: Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves

March 21st, 2014

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Autopsy
Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves
Peaceville Records
21 April 2014

by Rob McAuslan

For all the talk that gets bandied around, you’d be forgiven for thinking that every band needs to be on some ceaseless quest for progress. It simply isn’t true; not everyone wants to ‘push the boundaries of what’s possible in music’, or whatever other guff gets spouted around this conceit. Autopsy did their innovating as one of the very earliest bands at the birth of the death metal scene, and their particular brand of gore-flecked nastiness has proven hugely influential for the best part of thirty years. Why fix what’s already broken in the best possible way?

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The Thrash Hits Albums of 2013 In Numbers

December 10th, 2013

2013 AOTY Thrash Hits Albums of the Year

If you’re on this page, you really should have seen the Thrash Hits Albums of the Year 2013 list already. If you haven’t, you should click that link or this link and sort that out. This piece will attempt to delve into some vague statistical analysis of the results. This is really only interesting if you care deeply about either the Thrash Hits Top 20, any old statistical analysis or both, so the chances are you’ll have clicked through to something else by now. Anyway…

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Album: Armed for Apocalypse – The Road Will End

June 13th, 2013

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Armed for Apocalypse
This Road Will End
Candlelight Records
22 July 2013

by Daniel Cairns

Black Sabbath have released a new album, did you notice? Four old dudes who should have buggered off years ago are clinging on to past glories, because metal heads feel they’re owed some kind of fealty for starting the whole horrid mess in the first place. Plus if there was no Ozzy Osbourne there’d be no Zakk Wylde, so double screw Black Sabbath for that.

It’s a shame, because the fact they won’t piss off now detracts from younger, better and more deserving bands, like Armed for Apocalypse. Armed for Apocalypse are really bringing nasty, grinding sludgy metal forward, not waxing over all nostalgic about the guy that did a reality show with his awful family.

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Future Hits 141: Bone Sickness

May 2nd, 2013

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Bone Sickness
From: Olympia, Washington, USA
Lazy equation: Old school death metal + a soupcon of extreme hardcore
URL: Facebook

Thrash Hits verdict: When we first heard Bone Sickness via a couple of crummy YouTubings of a house show, we knew that they were a great prospect. Once we got in touch and did this interview it was clear that their no-nonsense death metal is as influenced by not wanting to do certain things as it is by their musical heroes. In terms of what their influences are, we’ll do you the service of not listing the 100 bands they gave us and just assure you that their knowledge of death metal is vast, deep and loving. The elements of grindcore and extreme hardcore found in their music add something extra; something special. This quartet, all in their early-to-mid-20s could really be onto something. Keep your ears peeled.

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Album: Hatebreed – The Divinity of Purpose

February 19th, 2013

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Hatebreed
The Divinity of Purpose
Nuclear Blast
28 January 2013

by David Keevill

It’s a question as old as Gandalf’s liver-spotted inner thigh, but one worth asking again; do Jamie Jasta and co. breed hate or are they themselves bred from the stuff? Either way you look at it, with the arrival of this, their seventh studio album and the advent of yet another record that you’d entirely expect from the fivepiece, you’re set to thinking; how many liberties can one band take with a name? More importantly, do we care enough to find out if The Divinity of Purpose can answer this question for us? Of course we do (but probably shouldn’t).

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WIN! A copy of The Armed’s incredible Spreading Joy EP on sexy 7″ vinyl

February 12th, 2013

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We like The Armed. We like them a lot. We like how they give away free, lossless digital versions of all their music just because they want to. We love that they do this so their music can be unrestrained by anything even slightly approaching commercial concerns. We love that they sound like the angriest bits of The Dillinger Escape Plan roaring bitter fury at a tornado. We like The Armed so much that we bought extra copies of the sexy 7-inch vinyl version of their latest EP, Spreading Joy, for the express purpose of giving them away to YOU.

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