Every week we’ll be inviting some of our favourite bloggers to get involved with Last.fm and write a guest post. It’s a great opportunity to hear something new from some of the most celebrated tastemakers in the blogosphere, this week we’ve invited Thrash Hits to share three acts they’ve been loving lately.
Calling yourself the world’s loudest rock music website is a big statement, but if anyone has the rights to the title, not many could argue against Thrash Hits. Formed May 2008 in the UK by Raziq Rauf and Hugh Platt, since then they have been nominated twice for a Record of the Day Award in the ‘Best Blog’ category. Focusing on all things heavy, we spoke to Hugh about three acts he’s been listening to lately.
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Black Moth – Chicken Shit
Leeds is proving to be one of the most fertile grounds for UK heavy music right now, and Black Moth are one of the dark little nuggets of nasty right at the heart of this resurgence. Think Queens of the Stone Age fronted by Karen O, only with Josh Homme’s ego and O’s tendency to over-squeak respectively redacted and replaced with riffs big enough and sharp enough to cut down trees. In October they’re touring the UK in support of Turbowolf – another killer band you need to check out – so Brits have got even fewer reasons not to get on board with this band ASAP. The most popular track from Black Moth’s recently released debut album ‘The Killing Jar’, is titled ‘Blackbirds Fall’, with 1,706 Listeners.
History Of The Hawk – Old Wounds
In At The Deep End are one of those labels that have had a consistent eye for up and coming talent over the last decade – bands like Architects, Gallows, The Defiled, Bastions and Feed The Rhino all put out early releases through them. That’s why we paid close attention to History Of The Hawk when they signed them, it’s why we quickly fell in love with the way they take the fire’n’fury of classic DC Hardcore and put it through the grinder of modern UK Hardcore, and it’s why we’re hosting their album release show at the Old Blue Last in East London in November. With only 82 listeners on Last.fm, it’ll be interesting to see how that rises once their debut album is out.
The Armed – Liar
You can shove all your pretensions about the meaning of punk up whatever holes you have the sun ain’t ever shined in – The Armed, from Detroit, are ten times more punk than whatever you think “punk” is. So DIY they might as well record in B&Q, they give all their records away for free via TheArmed.com, but sound harder, faster, and more pissed-off than the mathcore Botch copycats cluttering up your record collection. It’s no surprise you’ll find Kurt Ballou from Converge, as well as Chris Pennie and Jeff Tuttle, both formerly of The Dillinger Escape Plan, among The Armed’s past co-conspirators. The as-yet-untitled new record they’ve got coming out before the end of 2012 is going blow your head off! The six-piece have built up an impressive 123,975 scrobbles on Last.fm from only 3,600 fans, meaning each fan has listened to the band (on average) 34 times!