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Interview: Sonisphere Festival promoter, Alan Day on Metallica, Glastonbury and cancelling a festival

June 4th, 2014

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Metallica are headlining the Sunday evening of Sonisphere Festival 2014 so Raziq Rauf took a few minutes to talk to festival booker, Alan Day about the metal legends, the cancelled event of 2012 and what to look out for at Knebworth this year. You can also WIN a pair of Sonisphere tickets and a goody bag. Decent.

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Interview: Erik Danielsson from Watain on Satan, songwriting, and the true nature of black metal

January 29th, 2014

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While Watain’s Erik Danielsson is an affable, articulate and charming character, it’s very clear that to him black metal is life and death. For some, that kind of confidence is both disturbing and off-putting. For Danielsson, who grew up and into a scene that at the time was much reviled and demonised, it makes sense that he would have such strong and personal opinions on how black metal and in particular, Watain is viewed. We asked Cheryl Carter to sit down with Danielsson prior to his band’s December show here in London, to ponder those issues at length.

They conducted this interview in the dark. Fitting.

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Live: Watain + Coltsblood @ London Camden Electric Ballroom – 08 December 2013

January 17th, 2014

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We’re not sure if Erik Danielsson was casting an unholy spell on the audience at Watain’s show at the Camden Electric Ballroom. He seems like the type. He’s certainly got all the smoke and fire and stench to carry out all manner of rituals. We asked Cheryl Carter if she could resist the hexes long enough to write a review which we’re only posting now because we lost it down the back of sofa, or whatever the digital version of that excuse may be.

6 things we learnt at watching Watain in London:

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Thrash Hits’ Biggest Surprises of 2013

December 12th, 2013

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One of the best things about music is its unpredictability. Sometimes, those moments can cause true horror but the best moments are just ace. That’s why we spend so much time caring so much – for those moments. It’s worth the risk. Most of the time. Here are all of the Thrash Hits contributors’ biggest surprises of 2013. They’re mainly bad, actually, but whatever…

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Thrash Hits’ Favourite Moments of 2013

December 12th, 2013

2013 thrash hits favourite moments of the year

Life is funny. Music is fun. Life is serious. Music is serious. As in life, it is in music. There are moments that are hilarious and others that are much less so. Either way, they stick in your mind. Whether you revel in having fun or in poking fun, you will have had a Favourite Moment in 2013 and that’s what this list is. Some of them are utter abominations of class and style but that’s why you’re on this pitiful excuse of a website. Hooray.

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Album: Watain – The Wild Hunt

September 4th, 2013

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The Wild Hunt
Century Media
19 August 2013

by Lee MacBride Parker

You don’t need to mention the name Watain to many headbangers to conjure up a range of divisive opinions ranging from the nothing-more-than-a-Dissection-tribute accusers, to the fanatical shit-your-pants best-black-metal-band-in-the-world fanboys. There’s no question that the black metal trio have made a name for themselves; they’ve carved out their position within the genre’s elite, so to speak, on the back of hard graft and infamous live performances – a veritable orgy of pigs’ blood, Satan and a shitload of fire.

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Album: Lightning Swords Of Death – Baphometic Chaosium

January 30th, 2013

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Lightning Swords Of Death
Baphometic Chaosium
Metal Blade
21 January 2013

by Tom Dare

It’s been a rough couple of years for black metal albums. A few major bands have fluffed their lines, a few others have been away from the studio, and the relentless mediocrity of far too much of the rest has only been briefly punctuated by the genuine class of Altar Of Plagues, God Seed and a couple of others. But hopes are high for 2013, with promising releases on the horizon. Are Lightning Swords Of Death back to kick things off with a bang? Well… no. They’re a symptom of exactly why the last two years have been a bit poo.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2012: Interviews, Photos, Setlists – it’s all here

August 18th, 2012

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Is there anything better than a Thrash Hits Festival Splash Page? Yeah, loads of things but you won’t find the best online festival coverage on any of them. You’ll find that right here. All our work from Bloodstock Open 2012 is going be linked to from this page (eventually), so give it a bookmark or just don’t close it, because it’s all you’re going to need. Interviews, photos, setlists, rumours, and who knows? – maybe even some tiny reviews – it’s all here. [Read more →]

Album: Marduk – Serpent Sermon

May 28th, 2012

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Serpent Sermon
Century Media
28 May 2012

by Tom Dare

If you plotted Marduk’s career output on a bar chart rating them on quality, the picture would look like a city centre planned by a complete lunatic. Starting out playing some of the (then) most acerbic music around as one of Sweden’s earliest post-Bathory black metal bands, they began a worrying decline, only to completely revive their fortunes three albums back. Serpent Sermon, their fourth album with vocalist Mortuus and their twelfth in all, aims to continue their blasphemous campaign of hate.

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