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November 25, 2008

Music review – Darkthrone – Dark Thrones and Black Flags

Filed under: Black metal,Music,punk,Review,Thrash,Writing — gazzabazza @ 5:53 PM
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New review published on Blogcritics today. It’s for the latest Darkthrone record which is amazing. The review is a bit hefty at about 600 words so I’ll just post the direct link insted.

Read it here.

If you get a chance to buy the album then definitely look through the booklet thoroughly. Some of the pictures are great and by that I mostly mean the wonderful scenery. Scandinavia at its most beautiful.

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November 4, 2008

Weekend record buying session

Filed under: Music,punk,Thrash — gazzabazza @ 3:46 PM
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While everybody is bitching about the weather and staying indoors, I decided to catch a train to Brighton and spend time walking around the record stores. It was a good day out once I got there but the problem was that I decided to do this on a Sunday, the day when the rail companies cancel trains in order to do “engineering work” which will never be noticed and bring in replacement buses. Horrendous, old double deckers with no leg room and coincidentally enough, no seating space left since I had decided to use one. Can somebody that practises witchcraft please put a curse on Southern Railways?

Anyway, I got some bargains in one of the record stores.(Stupidly enough I can’t remember the name of it but will update)

– Motorhead – “Iron Fist”

– Motorhead – “Bomber”

– Poison Idea – “We must burn”

All these for less than £10. Brilliant. Back home early enough to blast through all of them and put on the iPod. I’ve had worse Sundays, despite the shitty travel arrangements.

I also watched a great gig on Friday. Doomriders at the Bar Academy in Islington, supported by Tortuga and SSS. Of course I bought a T-shirt, and their album. Great gig all round even though I am gutted that they only tour with Disfear in mainland Europe, leading to me missing the mighty punk pigs.

October 9, 2008

New review, new site to write for

Filed under: Music,Review,Thrash,Writing — gazzabazza @ 2:39 PM
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I have just started writing for a new site; Jersey Beat Magazine. It’s an American site, based in New Jersey, as you already might have guessed, brilliant citizens that you all are.

Anyway, it’s a pretty cool website and it definitely deserves to be checked out. There is some good reading to be done and great bands to discover there. My first review published there is of the new Toxic Holocaust album “An overdose of death” which was rip-roaringly brilliant. I love thrash metal and it was a real pleasure to review this, after the slightly painful experience of having to listen to power metal last week (see previous post).

A few more pieces of writing are to come quite soon, possibly before the end of the week.

Here is the Toxic Holocaust review in all its lifechanging glory. Check it out on Jersey Beat as well and have a browse around the site.

Toxic Holocaust – An Overdose of Death (Relapse)

by Mirza Gazic

There are a few modern thrash metal bands that need to be mentioned when the recent revival of that classic scene is discussed. These bands have undeniably spearheaded the new wave and are at the forefront of it these days. Municipal Waste is on of them. Brazil’s Violator is another group of young musicians taking it to the next level.

Boston’s one man show Toxic Holocaust also belongs in the upper echelon. Young Joel Grind has already earned plenty of underground credibility through his previous two recordings, which were raw and visceral creations. He now has the backing of Relapse records, Jack Endino has produced, and Donny Paycheck from legendary loonies Zeke is playing the drums on An Overdose of Death.

It’s an exhilarating listen from start to finish. “Wild dogs” instantly gets the blood rushing with its fast tempo and solid drive. The barbed wire vocals also add more menace to an album that is already steeped in evil vibes. This is not complicated music but relies on pure energy and riffs that are, for lack of a better word, catchy. This is not meant in a soft, poppy way but simply means that they are instantly memorable and made to be experienced live.

The reason that Toxic Holocaust is so good can be traced to one simple premise; that all good metal has a solid punk backbone. This is unmistakeably thrash metal but the energy and the pace here belongs in old hardcore punk and rock’n roll. “Future shock” and “The lord of the wasteland” are two tunes that even sound more like Motorhead than they themselves have done for the past decade.

An Overdose of Death is a brilliant metal album and shows that thrash is in safe hands for some time to come.

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