JAN­U­ARY

The year started with the re­turn of FALL OUT BOY, SLAYER call­ing time, and TOOL start­ing to tell any­one who would lis­ten that their lon­gawaited new al­bum was nearly done. Two of these things would yield ac­tual ev­i­dence. The other would be­come the big­gest

Kerrang! (UK) - - 2018 Review -

“Get­ting into a fight, tak­ing acid, hear­ing Motör­head for the first time… it changes you.” the mean­ing of life, as told by WATAIN front­man ERIK DANIELS­SON

Af­ter dust­ing our­selves off from the roller­coaster of 2017 and pat­ting our bel­lies af­ter a pro­tracted time of sheer fes­tive glut­tony, we couldn’t wait to see what 2018 had in store. Our bet we put on there be­ing ‘rock’ turned out to be a banker, and we were only just in Jan­u­ary… Black Veil Brides’ Andy

Bier­sack ap­peared on the cover of the first is­sue of 2018, start­ing the year with a bang by re­veal­ing that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has ruf­fled his feath­ers and in­spired a track on the band’s new al­bum, Vale. “I’m not some­one who writes po­lit­i­cal songs, but it was very hard for me not to feel a sense of anger and an­guish to­wards what was hap­pen­ing in our coun­try, post­elec­tion,” said Andy of the track Dead Man Walk­ing (Over­ture II). “And now there’s the feel­ing that you have to be able to rise above that stuff.”

And Andy wasn’t alone. Axl Rose re­vealed that he was not a fan of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ei­ther, tweet­ing: “The [White House] is the cur­rent U.S. gold stan­dard of what can be con­sid­ered dis­grace­ful.”a com­ment that surely brought Trump to his ‘ Shana-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-knees.’ Fred Durst also tweeted the or­ange clown, al­beit in a more po­lite man­ner and asked 45 to “raise the bar” fol­low­ing his whing­ing about CNN’S “un­fair­ness”. “We un­mis­tak­ably need a role model and leader for the now, and the fu­ture,” said Fred. “This isn’t the way.” And as we all know, it’s Fred’s way or the high­way.

Away from trolling Trump, the year’s first ‘What-the-ac­tual-fuck?’ mo­ment came when Slayer an­nounced they were em­bark­ing on their fi­nal world tour. “The end of days is near,” they de­clared in a video to, pre­sum­ably, loads of tears from the band’s no­to­ri­ously del­i­cate fans around the globe. We’d have to wait un­til May to find out whether the UK fig­ured in their last, un­holy hur­rah, but way to start the year on a low, lads.

Talk­ing of break-ups, Ville Valo found him­self at a loose end fol­low­ing the dis­so­lu­tion of his band HIM . He had an un­usual way of look­ing at his sto­ried ca­reer. “The band has been the Imod­ium to my di­ar­rhoea,” he said. “It’s kept me bal­anced, it’s helped me func­tion along the way. How would I sum my time? I’ll let you know once I’ve re­ally fig­ured it out. I’ll send you a post­card.” We’re still wait­ing for the card, although Ville did start work­ing with Fin­nish gui­tarist Esa Pul­li­ainen on new mu­sic.

Speak­ing of ag­o­nis­ing waits, Tool drum­mer Danny Carey said that fans could ex­pect a new al­bum in 2018. “It def­i­nitely sounds like Tool, but it’s an evo­lu­tion,” he ex­plained of their new ma­te­rial. “You have to wait and hear it. Hope­fully it’ll be a mind-melter… oth­er­wise I bet­ter quit.” Tick tock, Mr Carey…

Not ev­ery­one was as slack with new ma­te­rial as Tool, though, with Marmozets de­liv­er­ing a 5K stun­ner in the shape of Know­ing What You Know Now. In a pos­i­tively froth­ing re­view, we said, “Marmozets were never any­thing less than swag­ger­ingly am­bi­tious and mu­si­cally rest­less, and there­fore an LP of big­ger scope and bolder in­tent was al­ways on the cards.” Also get­ting bolder were Fall Out Boy with the bonkers MA­NIA, which prompted us to call its mad mu­si­cal di­ver­sions, “A record that dis­re­spects the rock rule­book. And it’ll win a shed­load of new fans in do­ing so.” It also prompted us to spend the next 12 months tear­ing our hair out ev­ery time we had to type that stupid, spacey ti­tle.

Over the pond, Ma­chine Head’s Robb Flynn in­vited Ker­rang! to their Oak­land re­hearsal space (get us with our travel) ahead of the re­lease of their new al­bum, Cathar­sis. “I want to keep chal­leng­ing our­selves and our fans,” he roared at us, “be­cause I fuck­ing love it.” Hmm, let’s wait un­til a lit­tle later in the year to see how your band­mates feel about that… This year’s GRAMMY Awards threw up a great many rock mo­ments, with Foo Fight­ers and Mastodon each tak­ing home a gong. Code Or­ange , mean­while, were up for Best Metal Per­for­mance, which gui­tarist Do­minic Lan­dolina cel­e­brated by ar­riv­ing on the red car­pet in a bal­a­clava. As you do. In­side, Body Count per­formed Black Hoodie at the cer­e­mony, with Ice-t ded­i­cat­ing the per­for­mance to Trayvon Mar­tin and vic­tims of po­lice bru­tal­ity. Krist Novoselic chat­ted to us about the new al­bum from his band Gi­ants In The Trees , and we found the Nir­vana bassist to be in an ebul­lient mood. “At the start, peo­ple were com­ing to see us just to see me,” he said, “but they’re stay­ing to watch us. I have to say I’m pretty happy.” But you know what would make us happy, Krist? A Nir­vana show of sorts with you and Dave Grohl play­ing to­gether again. Hey, we can dream, right? But if you wanted a re­union right now, The Dis­tillers an­nounced their re­turn and booked their first show in over a decade at At­lanta’s Shaky Knees Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in May. More mys­te­ri­ously, three of the orig­i­nal mem­bers of Smash­ing Pump­kins were pic­tured in the stu­dio to­gether. But where was bassist D’arcy Wret­zky ? Maybe we’ll find out later (spoiler: no we won’t). Jan­u­ary was also tinged with sad­ness, as we said good­bye to Motör­head gui­tarist and last sur­viv­ing found­ing mem­ber ‘Fast’ Ed­die Clarke , who passed away fol­low­ing a bout of pneu­mo­nia, aged 67. We also bid farewell to Babymetal’s vir­tu­oso gui­tarist Mikio Fu­jioka , who died fol­low­ing a fall from an ob­ser­va­tion deck. He was just 36. Out­side of the rock world, Friends was made avail­able on Net­flix and ev­ery­one re­alised how dated it looked. In space news, mean­while, a to­tal lu­nar eclipse hap­pened, and The Moon rein­vented it­self as a Su­per­moon for one cy­cle. De­spite its new name, it had no spe­cial pow­ers, other than ap­pear­ing mas­sive. Sort it out, Moon…

ANDY BIER­SACK: Pho­to­copy­ing his face was a great ideaCODE OR­ANGE: There was no em­bar­rass­ing ‘same out­fit’ mo­ment for them at the GRAM­MYS VILLE VALO: Wait­ing for the Imod­ium to kick in…

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