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Album: Emmure – Eternal Enemies

April 14th, 2014

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Emmure
Eternal Enemies
Victory Records
14 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

Let the record show it and let it show it clearly: the opening track on Emmure’s new album Eternal Enemies was due to be called ‘Bring A Gun To School‘. But, after some (understandable) backlash, on the final version of the Connecticut deathcore quintet ‘s sixth studio effort it is simply listed as ‘(Untitled)’. The question is left begging then – which one is it guys? Are you edgy controversialists who don’t give a mother fuck what people think, or the sort of band who coquettishly say Stuff That Will Get People’s Backs Up only to run away screaming when – surprise surprise – it gets people’s backs up. It’s a universal truth: the only thing worse than a shit-stirrer is a coward without the guts to stand by their shit-stirring ways.

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Album: Counterparts – The Difference Between Hell and Home

July 24th, 2013

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Counterparts
The Difference Between Hell and Home
Victory Records
23 July 2013

by Tomas Doyle

Hardcore as a community, in 2013, sucks. In its pseudo-overground form it has become a scene characterised by bullshit misogyny, knuckle-dragging idiocy, poser-ish aggro and the sort of popularity cult that would put most college sororities to shame. An elitist club for those who are supposed to hate elitism. A merch stall with a music genre attached. A sham. Sonically too, large swathes of the “hardcore establishment” seem content to cannibalise their own musical tropes, reducing everything to the most digestible, banal building blocks.

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Future Hits 120: Wretched

May 24th, 2012

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Wretched
From: Charlotte, North Carolina USA
Lazy equation: (old Suicide Silence + new Job For A Cowboy) x the sound of small animals being stomped on
URL: Facebook // Twitter // YouTube

Thrash Hits verdict: Wretched are not a new band. They’ve been around for years in fact. We’re not going to pretend we’re so-far-ahead-of-the-curve that we were fans of the band since Day 1, but what we do know is that when we stuck their new record, Son of Perditio, into our stereo the other day, we liked what we heard. We liked it a lot. And what’s the point of having a Future Hits column if we;re not going to use it to tell people about bands we’ve just heard of? We fired an email off to the band’s vocalist, Adam Cody, asking him to tell us why we shouldn’t just restrict our Future Hits columns to the young ‘uns.

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Interview: Emmure’s Frankie Palmeri on ex-band members, internet haters, and bangover cures.

May 18th, 2012

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When Emmure’s PR emailed us and offered us an interview, we umm-ed and ahhh-ed over whether to take them up on the offer. After all, on the one hand, we had our carefully maintained rep as snobbish internet musical neckbeards to maintain, and interviewing a band like Emmure runs pretty contrary to the conditions of our membership of the No Fun Club. On the other hand, the impish pricks among us couldn’t resist the opportunity to metaphorically poke the bollocks of the band’s often controversial frontman, Frankie Palmeri, in the hope he’d say something controversial.

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Interview: Doc Coyle from God Forbid on getting old, recording without a plan, and what makes their album, Equilibrium, better than the rubbish film of the same name

May 17th, 2012

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If you asked us to put together a list of the most genuine, the coolest, and generally most all-round solid dudes that we’d interviewed here at Thrash Hits, then Doc Coyle, guitarist from God Forbid, would be right there at the top. When we chatted to him a few years ago at Download, he put up with our amateur-hour questioning like a pro, and when we sent him an email the other day with a load of snide questions about Equilibrium, his band’s recently-released sixth studio album, he once again took it all in his stride. Doc, sir, as far as Thrash Hits is concerned, you’re one of the good guys.

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WIN: loads of CDs and t-shirts from Emmure, God Forbid, Taproot and Wretched.

May 2nd, 2012

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Everyone loves free stuff. We love free stuff. It’s the incentive that keeps us posting snide and snarky missives on the internet, after all. Sometimes though, people want us to give you free stuff though – as is the case with the guys and gals over at Victory Records, who’ve given us a big ol’ bag of CDs and t-shirts to give away to our readers.

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Album: Comeback Kid – Symptoms + Cures

August 19th, 2010

Comeback Kid
Symptoms + Cures
Victory Records
31 August 2010

by Mike Strata

For a moment there it looked for all the world like Comeback Kid were heading down the same career path as late 90s/early 00s melodic hardcore heroes Stretch Arm Strong. Fast, catchy, posi sound? Check. Breakout album leading to more “mainstream” success? Check. Revolving door of member ins and outs? Check.

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Album: Taproot – Plead the Fifth

June 24th, 2010

Taproot
Plead the Fifth
Victory Records
11 May 2010

by Andy Parker

The world has become niche. And a niche in itself is cliche, far more cliche than the mainstream with the same old lines, the same hooks and to many metalheads’ dismay – a chorus that kicks ass. So in steps Taproot – remember them?

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EP: A Day To Remember – Attack of the Killer B-Sides

May 31st, 2010

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A Day to Remember
Attack of the Killer B-Sides
Victory Records
25 May 2010

by Tomas Doyle

The first thing to note about Attack of the Killer B-sides is how lightweight it appears to be as a release. Of the four tracks here two are cover versions (both of which have appeared on previous releases) and another is just an acoustic version of a previously-released song. As a result there is only one song that fans of A Day To Remember probably haven’t already heard and you can’t help but wonder what value for money this represents as a purely musical proposition.

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