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16 June 2014

Johnny Main

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In the year that Metallica are announced as headlining the iconic Glastonbury Festival, in addition to Sonisphere (the 40th anniversary of gigs at Knebworth) Universal Music is celebrating 30 years of Thrash music by re-issuing seminal albums from the founding fathers of this sub-genre for the ThrashBack campaign.

The Thrashback campaign features a wide range of classic albums from key bands including some special edition coloured Anthrax vinyls which are set for release on Monday 14th July 2014. The albums, 'Among The Living', 'Spreading The Disease', 'State of Euphoria' and 'Persistence Of Time' are available exclusively at the ThrashBack store and are available for pre-order now.

Thrash music has generated album sales of over 200,000,000 copies and has been responsible for one of the world's biggest bands in Metallica. 80s rock music was dominated by Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax - the so called "Big Four". These bands helped shape the world of heavy music and to this day still have a substantial influence in modern Metal music.

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Faster than lightning and louder than war, thrash was the mutant lovechild of Metal's fist-in-the-air bravado and punk rock fury, and for a generation of 80s dropouts it was the ear-splitting antidote to the high-gloss sheen of pop, cold war hysteria, and the decade of greed. The ThrashBack campaign is a 21-gun salute to a sound and a scene that, 30 years later, is still as heavy as it gets.

Developed in the early 80s in the U.S, Thrash Metal represents the evolution of the so-called "New Wave Of British Heavy Metal". The bands borrowed the core elements of British Heavy Metal and added aggressive sounds, low-register guitar riffs and fast-tempo melodies. The genre quickly spread worldwide, with European bands such as Celtic Frost & Kreator becoming essential to the scene.

Thrash continues to be a strong force in contemporary rock music with a host of new acts emerging all the time.

The ThrashBack campaign kicked off with the inaugural "Wear Your Thrash T-Shirt To Work Day" on the 6th June 2014. This encouraged thrash fans all over the UK to sport their favorite Thrash band T-shirt and upload the picture through their social media avenues. The hashtag, #ThrashTshirtDay, was used in 226 posts, reaching over 800,000 unique users and generating over 2 million impressions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Entries came from offices, shops, schools and cafés. Weirder entries came from the job centre, a piercing studio, a radio station, the This Morning Studio and an ambulance station. You can check out all of the entries here.

The Thrashback campaign also features a wide range of classic albums from key bands :

Metallica - Kill 'em All / Ride The Lightning / Master Of Puppets / ... And Justice For All / Metallica
Slayer - Show No Mercy / Hell Awaits / Reign In Blood / South Of Heaven
Anthrax/ - Fistful Of Metal / Spreading The Disease / Among The Living / State Of Euphoria / Persistence Of Time
Megadeth - Killing Is My Business ... And Business Is Good! / Peace Sells ... But Who's Buying? / So Far, So Good ... So What! / Rust In Peace / Countdown To Extinction

Plus other releases from key artists of the genre including: Exodus, Warbringer, Sacred Reich, Possessed, Heathen, Onslaught, Forbidden, Death Angel, Nuclear Assault, Manowar, Diamond Head, Danzig, Venom, Black Sabbath and many more

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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