Do you live in China? No, of course you don’t. We can see where you live because this is the internet. Whatever. Tom Gibbons lives in China though, which is why we sent him to catch The Ocean Collective when they played a tiny venue in a Triad-run neighbourhood in Hong Kong.
On this week’s Cloudcast, we’ve got taster-tracks from four of this week’s best new releases, as well as this week’s Future Hits inductee, Palm, and a song connected to he biggest news story in metal this week: Robb Flynn throwing his toys out the pram at Avenged Sevenfold.
This week’s playlist:
Norma Jean - ‘“The Potter Has No Hands”’ (http://bit.ly/Wrongdoers)
Satyricon - ‘Nocturnal Flare’ (http://bit.ly/13mIaMr)
Balance And Composure - ‘Tiny Raindrop’ (http://bit.ly/13xE4yG)
Fit For An Autopsy - ‘Tremors’ (http://ow.ly/nVlUS)
Palm - ‘The Neighbour’ (http://www.thrashhits.com/?p=44015)
Machine Head - ‘From This Day’ (http://bit.ly/s0XIjx)
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REVIEWED: Balance And Composure - The Things We Think We’re Missing
Thrash Hits verdict: Japanese bands of the heavy inclination are few and far between, but when they’re good, they’re bloody amazing. Think of Envy, Crossfaith and FACT, for instance. Palm are absolutely the heaviest of the bunch and they play searing, crusty hardcore in the vein of those bands up there, influenced by the likes of “Slayer, Pantera, Entombed, early Sepultura, early Cave In [and] Neurosis”. They recorded an album, My Darkest Friends with Alan Douches (Baroness, 3 Inches of Blood) and had the cover designed by Converge’s Jacob Bannon. It all fits together.
REVIEWED: Dream Theater’s S/T album - http://www.thrashhits.com/?=44336
MINE have expanded vastly on early promise and delivered four tracks that establish the Caps Lock fans as yet another band to make emotive post-hardcore fans’ jeans tighten slightly. If MINE are this good at this stage of their career, we may have something truly special on our hands.
The career of Kids in Glass Houses has not been one of linear and constant success. While their debut full length, Smart Casual, brought them near to the forefront of a class led by You Me At Six, an ill-fated collaboration with Roadrunner Records produced two albums which failed to catapult them into the big leagues and saw them dressing like pillocks. Despite 2011′s Gold Blood being a more “grown up” affair (lyrical narrative about a distopian future, if you please) there was a real sense that the Welsh lads are at their best when they’re knocking out fun-time, ear worm choruses. Fortunately, they seem to have decided the same and the evidence is all over Peace.
This week we let our web developer, Will Beardmore, out of his box to come join Hugh on our Cloudcast. This week we celebrate Avenged Sevenfold getting a UK no.1, mourn the death of Joey LaCaze, and spin some tracks from this week’s notable new releases and tours.
This week’s playlist:
Avenged Sevenfold - This Means War (http://bit.ly/17e5t6h)
Nine Inch Nails - Disappointed (http://bit.ly/11jJHLL)
Ministry - Perma War (http://amzn.to/1dIcEgu)
God Damn - Like Meat To Morrissey (http://bit.ly/SEINHJ)
The Ocean - Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams (http://bit.ly/13rPC7q)
Eyehategod - Serving Time In The Middle Of Nowhere (http://bit.ly/YQWDO6)
And So I Watch You From Afar - Like A Mouse (http://bit.ly/VNAj3O)
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The thing I love about debut albums is that they give me hope. It’s a new band and, assuming I’m enjoying the album, it allows me to believe that Iron Maiden and Metallica aren’t going to headline every rock festival ’til the end of time. All I really need from a debut album is enough excellent songs to ensure that I can definitely recommend a song to someone, for instance. Acoda have definitely got enough excellent songs on Yours To Defend.