Re­mem­ber­ing that time AR­CHI­TECTS stormed Ally Pally, we met the hottest new band of 2018 and there was some gen­uinely heroic ac­tiv­ity from THE GHOST IN­SIDE. It was re­ally cold, too…

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“I’m a nice guy, even if I tend to fall asleep at fam­ily events” Myles Kennedy fails to get a high score on come dine with me

Heavy snow wreaked havoc in Feb­ru­ary, as The Beast From The East – sadly not a Maiden live al­bum – hit the UK. Trains were up Shit Creek, and the army were called to res­cue scores of stranded mo­torists. And as if that wasn’t enough to be get­ting on with, a “small” earth­quake also hit Wales, mea­sur­ing 4.4 on the Richter scale. Some­thing equally fierce hit Alexan­dra Palace, as Ar­chi­tects stormed the place for their big­gest head­line show to date. An emo­tion­ally-charged, retina-sear­ing night, we awarded it a full 5Ks, say­ing, “Few bands can stand toe-to-toe with them on this form, [and] nights like this need to be cel­e­brated. For 90 min­utes on a soggy Feb­ru­ary evening, they make Alexan­dra Palace seem like the cen­tre of the uni­verse, and 10,000 peo­ple feel as though noth­ing else in the world out­side mat­ters.”

You’d be for­given for think­ing Don Broco were go­ing to sud­denly get sim­i­larly heavy on their new al­bum, af­ter front­man Rob Dami­ani told us that Tech­nol­ogy had a dark streak run­ning through its 16 tracks. “I wanted to write an al­bum that didn’t have such a shiny op­ti­mism,” he said. “I didn’t want to sug­ar­coat any­thing.” He then spent the rest of 2018 cock­ing about and hang­ing out with Mike Shinoda, if his In­sta­gram is any­thing to go by. Also do­ing a fair bit of a silly were A Per­fect Cir­cle , who an­nounced – via the cover of K!, nat­u­rally – that they had a new al­bum. But that wasn’t the silly bit – that came when they claimed that gui­tarist Billy How­erdel was cryo­geni­cally frozen in 2004, thanks to an ex­per­i­men­tal col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween “Dairy Queen and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” ac­cord­ing to May­nard James

Keenan . “He’s re­ally ex­cited about pro­mot­ing the new al­bum on Mys­pace.” In other Tool -re­lated news, drum­mer Danny Carey re­leased the Leg­end Of The Seag­ull­men al­bum with Mastodon’s Brent Hinds. That new Tool al­bum is still com­ing though, yeah?

It was al­right, though, be­cause Turn­stile re­leased their sec­ond al­bum, Time & Space. “They’ve made a record that will blow minds as surely as it will el­e­vate them from be­yond an em­bold­ened, resur­gent and vi­tal scene,” we said, and we were right. It was re­cently crowned our Al­bum Of The Year; am­ple proof, if needed, that we know a clas­sic when we hear one.

There was also sad­ness this month, as Ju­das Priest gui­tarist Glenn Tip­ton an­nounced that he was step­ping down from tour­ing due to the pro­gres­sion of the Parkin­son’s he’d been liv­ing with for a decade. In clas­sic Priest fash­ion, how­ever, he re­mained strong in the face of ad­ver­sity, hav­ing de­liv­ered a blis­ter­ing ‘fuck you’ to his con­di­tion in the shape of the band’s Fire­power al­bum. And though he wasn’t tour­ing, he wasn’t all done live.”i don’t rule out the chance to go on­stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest,” he de­clared. Hero.

In Me­tal­lica news, late bassist Cliff Bur­ton ‘s home­town of Cas­tro Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia of­fi­cially de­clared Feb­ru­ary 10 – what would have been the big man’s 56th birth­day – to be ‘Cliff Bur­ton Day’. The an­nounce­ment came af­ter a Change.org pe­ti­tion, which re­ceived nearly 6,000 sig­na­tures. On the James Het­field front, the front­man landed a role in Ex­tremely Wicked, Shock­ingly Evil, And Vile, about se­rial killer Ted Bundy. Papa Het plays po­lice of­fi­cer Bob Hay­ward in the movie, di­rected by Joe Ber­linger. Yes, the same one who co-di­rected Some Kind Of Mon­ster. Hope­fully there isn’t a scene where Lars yells, “Fu­u­u­u­uck” into his face this time. And seem­ingly be­cause they weren’t busy enough, the band re­vealed they were the re­cip­i­ents of this year’s Po­lar Mu­sic Prize. “It’s a great val­i­da­tion of ev­ery­thing that Me­tal­lica has done over the last 35 years,” said Lars, adding the gong to the pile in his shed. Non-me­tal­lica news now, and Mal­lory Knox parted ways with vo­cal­ist Mikey Chap­man af­ter he de­cided trav­el­ling was more him than, um, tour­ing. “2018 for me is the start of new ad­ven­tures, projects and ex­pe­ri­ences that lead me down a new life path,” tweeted the front­man. “I can’t wait to see what comes around the cor­ner.” Safe trav­els, sir!

Mean­while, the most-sweary fam­ily on Earth, The Os­bournes recorded the first in a se­ries of pod­casts. The 10-part se­ries saw Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack look back on their re­al­ity TV show, which ran from 2002 to 2005. In the in­au­gu­ral episode, the fam­ily chat about Ozzy meet­ing El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, Ker­mit The Frog and the Queen Of Eng­land. Or, what they’d prob­a­bly call ‘Tues­day’ in their house. We got some very good news from The Ghost In­side this month, too. Two years on from the bus crash in which he sus­tained in­juries that led to hav­ing his right leg am­pu­tated be­low the knee, drum­mer An­drew Tkaczyk re­leased a new EP on­line, un­der the name Coma Vi­sions. “To have gone through what we did and get to this point now is such an ac­com­plish­ment,” he said. You don’t need to tell us, friend.

And fi­nally, Feb­ru­ary was the month in which the Smash­ing Pump­kins re­union prop­erly got into gear, with the an­nounce­ment of a U.S. tour and the prom­ise of new mu­sic. And al­most im­me­di­ately things got pub­lic as to why D’arcy wasn’t in­volved, with both sides claim­ing the other was the stum­bling block. Weirdly, while D’arcy ac­cused Billy Cor­gan of “throw­ing away some­thing that is so pre­cious,” he was spied at Dis­ney­land with his kids, hav­ing a no­tice­ably bet­ter time than last time he was seen on a roller-coaster…

TURN­STILE: They al­ways went to the laun­drette to­gether A PER­FECT CIR­CLE: The spe­cial ‘be­fore and af­ter’ K! dou­ble cov­ers… JAMES HET­FIELD: Af­ter mu­sic failed to work out, he fell back on trusty Plan-b…

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