Preview – Derby Alt Fest

Derby Alt Fest is only days away, and organiser and Unearthed main man Liam Barlow and the team in association with The Hairy Dog have once again pulled a blinder in pulling together a weekend of talent from across the metal and alternative scene to tear your ears off, for each and every day…. but this is UK Thrashers and for us the day that really matter is THRASH THURSDAY!!

This years Thursday night is stacked with talent, with Bloodstock Alumni from this year and years gone by a plenty coming together to deliver the riffs, we. caught up with all of the bands to get a little tease of what to expect… and give you our own views on what we are looking forward to!

Opening the night on Thursday are West Midlands Technical Death Thrashers Elyrean, as a previous Bloodstock Metal To The Masses Winner, these lads know how to put on a show, but this is the first time we will of caught them without our pal and former reviewer Asa on the mic we will be excited to see what the new line up sound like in the wild!!

We are so excited and honoured to be sharing a stage/festival with so many incredible bands, we would like to thank the organisers for inviting us to play!

For anyone who has seen us before, you know we bring the Thrashy riffs, shredding leads and harsh vocals, but with a couple of brand new songs, a new bassist and Will (Lead Guitar) taking over vocal duties, we like to think we bring a new exciting level to Thrash!

Elyrean 2022
Follow us into the tunnel…….

Next up is Kent Metal heads – Enquire Within’ now I’ve never managed to catch the band live before, but we know they have been gigging heavy and really honing their craft, so looking forward to popping my Enquire Cherry and see what all the noise is about!!

We’re really looking forward to playing at Alt Fest – it’ll be the first time we’ve played at The Hairy Dog and it’s been on our list of venues to play at for some time. We’ve played with Hellfekted & Thrasherwolf before when they helped us launch our 2nd album ReBirth in London last year and we can’t wait to catch up with them again. We’ve chosen a really heavy set and have a treat for everyone with our final song.

Rob – Enquire Within’ 2022
It’s clobbering TIMEEEEEE……

Next up is our good friends Thrasherwolf, the London pack continue their growth as they have been gigging hard since Covid to make up for lost time, we last caught them at our Moshin’ The Roof On launch party also in The Hairy Dog. As part of the Trifecta (all playing this weekend) we know they will be howling at the crowd to get us all moving in the pit!

Thrasherwolf cant wait to bring the pack to raise hell for the amazing Derby ALTFEST, sharing the stage with some of the undergrounds top talents we aim to truly howl the roof down.

We adore this festival and it really means the world to be on the bill, love ALTFEST, love Unearthed, love The Hairy Dog and big up to Liam Barlow for putting it on and always making it a superb event every year 🤘 see you all there for ear blistering thrash and neck breaking carnage!

Dan – Thrasherwolf 2022
Just another brick in the wall…..

If you like your Old School Death Metal then the next band are going to get your spidey sense really tingling… All Consumed are HAF… that’s HEAVY AS FUCK, they’ve been slamming your ears with blast beats and riffs for 10 years now and they are not backing down, we’re expecting some deep and neck breaking pits!!

It’s great to play at the Hairy Dog, it’s an awesome venue and has always been a good night. It’s our first Alt fest and promises to be a grand affair with lots of talented bands of which we are proud to be amongst. We’ve changed our set by adding brand new heavier, faster tracks that will feature on the new album, there’s still a couple of the old favourites still in there though. Bring on the pits 🤘

All Consumed 2022

On the back of their Bloodstock Morning Mosh, Hellfekted are one of those bands that keep going from strength to strength, blending traditional thrash, death metal and modern thrash, we are sure the blackened thrashers will set the crowd moving, heads banging and body’s slamming…. watch out for those Walls of Death, and repeat after me … ‘DEATH OF IRONNNNNNNNN’

We’re really excited to get back to Derby Alt fest and Thrash it up!!!

So many great bands on this festival especially the Thursday which you all should come down 

Come mosh and get wasted with us it’s going be a good one! SEE YOU IN THE PIT!

Liam – Hellfekted 2022
Beware of the Goblin King!!!!

Finally the Thursday night headliner..and what a headliner they are, Cage Fight are part of the spearhead of the hardcore/thrash crossover scene in the UK, along with bands like Malevolence and Guilt Trip, Cage Fight blend the genres with ease, giving us the riffs that us thrashers expect and the breakdowns that make the hardcore kids bust out their best moves – we caught their set in the S.O.P.H.I.E. Stage at Bloodstock and can’t wait to see them in a venue situation

We are delighted to be playing ALT fest with so many great bands. We guarantee to bring the fire and intend to set the pit off

Cage Fight 2022
Alt Fest 2022 Destruction Team!!!

And thats it, as we said at the top the Unearthed team have put on a blinding opening night that is becoming a must in any self respecting metal heads calendar, we can’t wait for Thursday… see you in the pit!!

Ex-Savage Messiah member joins Ashen Crown

Midlands Extreme Metallers, Ashen Crown have announced a change in their ranks. 

After the departure of guitarist Jay Rogers, they faced a huge task in finding a replacement who was a good fit both musically and in personality and immediately got to work on finding a guitarist to cover upcoming shows. Sy Taplin (Wired THC, Ex-Savage Messiah, Ex-L-Sol-Tace) was approached by the band, having performed with him previously and being well aware of his playing ability and pedigree, to initially stand in temporarily. After a successful headline set at Beermageddon Metal Festival, Sy and the band agreed that they would like to make it a permanent fixture 

Ste Fowkes, guitarist of Ashen Crown said “In one rehearsal, we instantly realised he was a perfect fit musically, the vibe was right and the collective decision to offer him the spot full time was unanimous – We are massively excited to begin injecting Sy’s creativity in to AC and working to deliver a strong follow up for Obsolescence.”

Sy Said:

“About a month ago I received a message off Ste asking if I would fill in on guitar due to Jay leaving the band. Initially, I replied back by asking for a day to think about it, an hour later I responded back to confirm. Being in Wired THC I had already seen Ashen Crown play. My first show live in over 10 years was playing with Ashen Crown so I got to see what the guys were all about. I’m super excited to be announced as the lead guitarist for Ashen Crown!”

Ashen Crown have now set their sights on writing and recording the follow up to their 2019 album ‘Obsolescence’.

You can catch Ashen Crown on; 24.09.22 at Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend for ‘Sarcoma Fest’ and 30.09.22 at The Flapper, Birmingham for ‘The Attack’.


Less than 6 weeks to go till the ‘The Attack’, which will take place at The Flapper in Birmingham on the weekend of Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October.


Including some of the best Rock and Metal bands in the UK, DC Sound Attack are proud to be celebrating their 1 year anniversary alongside the following:














🎟 WEEKEND – £18 (plus booking fee)

🎟 FRIDAY (only) – £10 (plus booking fee)

🎟 SATURDAY (only) – £12 (plus booking fee)

💸 Now on sale at


‘The Attack’ will also be raising money for Young Minds, a fantastic charity that raises awareness and supports young people who suffer with their mental health. Check out their amazing work at

There will be donations being collected over the weekend and we will also be raffling off some goodies, who doesn’t love a good raffle?

💸 We have also set up a Just Giving page, here is the donation link

✅️ Finally dont forget to click attending on the event page for more updates


Onslaught – Metal Hall Of Fame


British Thrash Metal pioneers Onslaught will be Inducted into the 2022 Metal Hall of Fame, during their on-stage performance at  Maryland Deathfest, May 28, 2022.

“We are excited to Induct British thrash metal pioneers Onslaught into the 2022 Metal Hall of Fame during their performance on stage at Deathfest Maryland,” says Metal Hall of Fame President/CEO Pat Gesualdo. “Thrash Metal is a crucial part of the entire spectrum of Heavy Metal, and also a huge foundation for the Metal Hall of Fame. We are very proud to have Onslaught represent this genre that we all love so much.”  

Nige Rockett – Onslaught guitarist / founding member comments:

“Wow, What can we say, this has come completely out of the blue…! 
We are truly honoured to receive this extremely prestigious recognition and join a list of so many awesome and respected names from the world of metal music.
This has to be right up there with the best of accolades that this band has ever received in our in our long and illustrious career, it’s a great day for ‘Thrash Metal’ and a great day for the ‘UK Metal scene’. This award could not have arrived at a more perfect time as we celebrate ’40 years of raising hell’, it really is a true validation of ‘Onslaught’ past and present.. This one is for the fans..! Thank you all.!”

Nige Jeff Wayne James Dave

Anthrax – 2022 Tour Announcement

Still celebrating their 40-year tenure as one of music’s premier thrash metal bands, Anthrax announces their first European/UK tour since the summer of 2019. Kicking off on September 27th 2022 in Birmingham, UK, the band will play 28 dates in 16 countries, wrapping up in Zurich, Switzerland on November 5th. Crossover thrash band Municipal Waste will support on all dates.  

“It sure has been a long time since we rock’n’rolled in the UK and Europe,” said Anthrax’s Charlie Benante“but we’re coming back soon to bring the noise to all of you guys. Being that we can’t get over there until 2022, we’re going to make sure that every show will be an eventful one. We won’t just be playing four decades of songs to celebrate our ongoing 40th anniversary – hey, we’ll be giving YOU some history! – but we just might have some brand new ones for you as well. Can’t wait to see all your happy, smiling faces!!!”

On this tour, fans can expect Anthrax – Joey Belladonna/vocals, Scott Ian/rhythm guitar, Frank Bello/bass, Charlie Benante/drums, and Jon Donais/guitar – to draw from all four decades – fan favourites and deep cuts –  for their nightly setlist.

“There’s just something special about Europe,” said Belladonna. “Our fans there have always had a full-fledged excitement about our shows, and I enjoy performing more than anyone can imagine, so we’re really looking forward to this tour.”

Tickets will go on sale this Friday 20th August at 10am BST here:

ANTHRAX – UK/European Tour 2022
w/ Special Guests Municipal Waste

27.09.22  UK  Birmingham @ O2 Academy
29.09.22  UK  Manchester @ Academy
30.09.22  UK  Glasgow @ O2 Academy
01.10.22  UK  Newcastle @ O2 City Hall
03.10.22  UK  Leeds @ O2 Academy
04.10.22  UK  Nottingham @ Rock City
06.10.22  UK  Bristol @ O2 Academy
08.10.22  UK  London @ O2 Academy Brixton

10.10.22  BE  Brussels @ Ancienne Belgique
11.10.22  NL  Tilburg @ 013
13.10.22  FR  Paris @ Bataclan
14.10.22  DE  Oberhausen @ Turbinenhalle
15.10.22  DE  Leipzig @ Werk 2
17.10.22  DK  Copenhagen @ Vega Main Hall
18.10.22  SE  Gothenburg @ Tradgarn
19.20.22  SE  Stockholm @ Annexet
21.10.22  FI  Oulu @ Tullisali
22.10.22  FI  Turku @ Logomo
23.10.22  EE  Talinn @ Kultuurikatel
25.10.22  PL  Warsaw, @ Stodola
26.10.22  DE  Frankfurt @ Batschapp
27.10.22  DE  Stuttgart @ LKA Longhorn
29.10.22  CZ  Brno @ Sono
31.10.22  HU  Budapest @ Babra Negra
01.11.22  HR  Zagreb @ Culture Factory
02.11.22  AT  Vienna @ Arena
04.11.22  IT  Milan @ Alcatraz
05.11.22  CH  Zurich @ Komplex   

Elimination – Victims By Design

Our pals in Elimination have broken cover early with the first new track and video from their upcoming album ‘Echos Of The Abyss’ check out the single ‘Victims By Design’ on Youtube Below

Pre-Order the album from their Big Cartel Shop as you will NEED this album.. its already spinning on the review decks in the Thrash Dungeon!!

Directed and Produced by Eric Revill-Dews FX: Elle Bryden and Alice Nichols

The Cultist- Leigh Pettit

The Crucified- Mick Jackson

With thanks to: Chris Williams, Jo Jackson, Joe McNeice, Jarrad Lee, Lauren Hilary and Steve and Elaine Hill

Music by David Hill and Leigh Rumsby

Lyrics By Neil Stevens

Mixed and Mastered by Jack Helliwell

Filmed on location in Norwich, UK.

Stop Chasing Ambulances…

This August UK zombie thrashers Send More Paramedics will hit the studio to record a new album – their first in 15 years! The band will be recording at The Stationhouse Studio, home to recording maestro James Atkinson (Voorhees, Gentlemans Pistols). “We’ve created a monster – nine prime slices of our most savage thrash to date – with plenty of the creepy atmospherics and punky singalongs our benighted fans have come to crave”, reports vocalist B’Hellmouth.

The album is set for release in autumn 2021, to coincide with the band’s near-sold-out run of one-off reunion shows in Leeds and London this Halloween. No decision has yet been made on a label for the release. Follow SEND MORE PARAMEDICS on social media for more info!

Riptide – Inhuman Race (Single)

UK Thrashers Riptide featuring newly acquired Evile guitarist Adam Smith release a new single ‘Inhuman Race’ tomorrow (12th March).

This is the first track the trio has released since last September, and the new track will be released on “Thrashed TV” – ex-Jhofffilms’ Chris Soustsos’ brand new YouTube Channel as well as all the streaming services.

I have been holding onto “Inhuman Race” for a very long time. I wrote it when I was 15, back in 2015, and I have been wanting to release this since then. It is a punchy, ferocious track full of crushing riffs and dynamic progressions. 

Adam Smith

Working with the bands Bassist and producer Sean who adds

I am incredibly happy with the way the new track has come out.  It took a while but I’m really glad we have been able to finally release “Inhuman Race” to the world! It is actually the 3rd time we had tried to record and finish the song, but we had quite a few production issues which were then magnified when Covid halted our plans, almost indefinitely. 

Sean Xavier

So we took a listen ahead of tomorrows launch and here’s what we thought –

Riptide are back, with the third long awaited single from their latest run, following on from Fatal Retribution and Smoke, and whilst everyone wants to see an album from the lads, the fact that every single is given its own space to breath and live makes all releases a bit of an event.

The track is typical Riptide, and although it was written a few years ago, it doesn’t sound naive or outdated, in fact its a pretty bruising pummelling nasty little fucker, that once again does a really good job capturing the high energy and intensity of a live Riptide show

Adams vocals are spit out in that nice blend that he achieves that have a classic UK sound, but are internationally coherent, the guitar work and solos are as always spot on and Sean and Drummer Jason really lock in and help this song ground itself… right into a mosh pit!

As always it’s over to soon, but as always, it gets us excited to hear what’s next from the Huddersfield lads, as well as itchy to go and catch them live again soon.

Check out Inhuman Race from Riptide in all the normal places on Friday!