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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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…
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