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“An Englishman, an Irishman and Ray Toro walk into a bar…”

HELLO,READERS,and welcome toThe Greatest Rock Magazine in the galaxy! Big-headed? Maybe.But when you’reTHE ONLY rock magazine that the biggest rock band on the planet will speak to,it’s hard not to be a bit full of yourself.Yes, after a three year absence,we welcome Green Day back to our cover – and what a story they have to tell! Check out Nick Ruskell’s astonishing interview with Billie,Mike andTré on p16.Nick’s the only UK rock journalist to have heard the new album,too – and he says it’s incredible.These are exciting times,people! Enjoy the issue.

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ONTHE COVER: BOOM! 5 Seconds Of Summerr stormWarpedTour 2016 (p4).Plus,Jonathan Davis tells us about Korn’s dark new album (p6) and Moose Blood talk fame and Rammstein… (p8)

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ONTHE COVER: GREEN DAYARE Y BACK.Stop what you’re doing and read our exclusive cover feature with Billie Joe,Mike andTré (p16).That’s all beforeAlice Cooper and Chrissy Costanza open up the big Rockstar Book Of Jokes (p24),and we come face-to-face with one of 2016’s biggest breakthrough bands,Waterparkss – led by MrAwsten Knight (p28). On top of that,we have Joey Jordison telling us about the songs that saved his life (p58)!

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ONTHE COVER:FINALLY! Frank Iero brings Death Spellss to the UK (p62)!And it’s amazing.Elsewhere,Don Broco (p64) revisit their debut record in full for a sweaty night in London and Descendentss and more destroy Blackpool for Rebellion Festival (p65)!

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ONTHE COVER: To celebrate the deluxe vinyl reissue of blink-182’s landmark albumTake Off Your PantsAnd Jacket,we get Neck Deep’s Ben Barlow to write our very special guest review (p66)! Elsewhere,Judas Priest (p69) tell us the incredible story of their classic album Defenders OfThe Faith.

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TAKING A BREAK FROM the band’s epic Stateside Sounds Live Feels Live tour, 5 Seconds Of Summer singer/guitarist Luke Hemmings ditched huge sold-out arenas in favour of the Pomona Fairplex last week, making a surprise guest appearance at the Vans Warped Tour. The Aussie pop-punk joined Arizona rockers The Summer Set onstage in California on Sunday, August 7, to make his short-but-sweet Warped debut – lending his pipes to a verse of TSS’ Lightning In A Bottle. Also enjoying a bit of Warped action that day – albeit just as a fan – was 5SOS guitarist Michael Clifford. Before the set, which (understandably) caused quite a stir both online and on-site, The Summer Set frontman Brian Logan Dales had previously hinted that fans could be in for a treat, posting on Instagram, ‘Pomona! Let’s get down. We play at 7:20 tonight so pace yourselves. We might be full of surprises tonight…’ Following on from his teasing social media update, the singer then welcomed his ‘little brother and best friend, Luke Hemmings’ on to the Journeys Left Foot Stage for a storming verse of LIAB, taken from the group’s 2013 album, Legendary. ‘Sang a song with Brian Logan Dales from The Summer Set today,’ Luke tweeted after the set. ‘Had an awesome time.’

It’s a surprise that it’s taken this long for 5SOS to show up and perform at Warped, really, with members of the band professing their love for artists on the bill on numerous occasions, and becoming mates with the likes of Good Charlotte, Sum 41 and fellow Aussie pop-rockers With Confidence – who

are all playing on this year’s bill. Having never performed at the travelling tour before (although they did show up as punters at the UK’s 2013 Warped – check out a brilliant video of Luke and drummer Ashton Irwin watching Rise Against on Instagram), it’s about time that Warped Tour and 5 Seconds Of Summer finally became properly acquainted. And from Michael accompanying his teenage heroes All Time Low onstage in LA as part of their Back To The Future Hearts U.S. tour in 2015, to Good Charlotte twins Joel and Benji Madden playing Girls & Boys live with 5SOS in Irvine, California, this isn’t the first time that the Sydney quartet have gate-crashed a band’s set and caused mass hysteria. The real question is: who could be next? Ashton drumming with Slipknot? Calum Hood slapping the bass for rock titans Green Day? Dave Grohl inviting the guys up for backing vocals on tour? We have no idea, but fingers crossed we haven’t seen the last of their unexpected live collaborations. In the meantime, however, 5SOS will plough on with the remaining dates of their Sounds Live Feels Live world tour, picking back up at Tulsa’s BOK Center, and eventually heading home for four shows in their native Australia in September and October. And beyond that? World domination continues. Obviously.


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FRONTMAN JONATHAN DAVIS OPENS UP ABOUT THE PRIVATE DESPAIR FUELLING KORN’S EAGERLY-AWAITED 12TH ALBUM, THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING… WARNING: IT’S GOING TO BE HEAVY

HI, JONATHAN! WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE ROTTING IN VAIN AS THE FIRST SINGLE FOR THE NEW ALBUM? JONATHAN DAVIS (VOCALS):“There’s a lot of great songs on the album – in fact, there were a couple of others we were considering for the first single, but that one felt like it had everything a Korn fan would want in one song.There’s melody, heaviness, there’s what I call ‘boomshakkas’ – my crazy scatting.”

WHEN DID YOU REALISE IT WOULD BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO BUST OUT SOME… BOOMSHAKKAS? “I just felt it was time, I guess. I’d done it on other records but it wasn’t really featured [in the songs]. It’s the same with bagpipes – if I kept doing it on every fuckin’ record, it would cheapen it. It would go off. I sprinkle that shit lightly over records. Our producer Nick Raskulinecz [Foo Fighters,Alice In Chains] said,‘Do that boomshakka shit.’ And I was like,‘No!’ And he replied,‘C’mon, it would be perfect for this!’ So I tried and it worked!”

THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING IS CERTAINLY A BOLD TITLE. WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THOSE SPECIFIC WORDS? “Those words worked because they wrapped up the album as whole… as well

as my life. I’ve been in such a dark place for so long. I have a lot of happy things, don’t get me wrong, it’s not like the Jonathan Davis of the ’90s when I was outta my mind. But I’ve been in this place so long, being happy seems odd to me. The Serenity… is me feeling safe when I’m down because it became such a big part of my life. I think anyone suffering from depression would get that – it’s a battle that goes on for so long. It’s alien to do happy stuff when you’re struggling.”

COREY TAYLOR GUESTS ON THE TRACK A DIFFERENT WORLD. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH HIM? “We were talking about anyone else we might want to sing and the only person that I wanted to do anything with was Corey, because he was the biggest Korn fan back in the day and still is! Plus, I love his band. I texted him and he said,‘Hell yeah!’ He flew out to Nashville and recorded there with Nick after I’d done my vocals.When I got it back, I was blown away – it fit and worked perfectly.”

CAN YOU TELL US WHAT THE SONG IS ACTUALLY ABOUT? “The song is about being in horrible situations and facing pain, wanting to escape to a different place, a different world.A place where that shit can’t find

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you, that’s the gist of the song. Corey came in and did some backgrounds on my choruses. It’s really cool how the song works – it starts and you hear Corey creeping in more and more until the bridge where he sings, and then it’s just full-on after that.”

DID ANYTHING GO WRONG WHILE MAKING THE ALBUM? “Making it was a battle against myself because I didn’t fuckin’ get the music… I wasn’t feeling a lot of the songs. So I was kinda fighting myself. I had writer’s block, basically.And the only time that happened before was on Untouchables [2002], which came out amazing. So I knew it was gonna be good, I just had to trust my band and producer. It was a fuckin’ weird experience! Luckily the fog lifted and I’m excited to be back.We’re ready to smash everyone in the face again.”

YOUR DEBUT ANNIVERSARY SHOWS WENT DOWN A STORM LAST YEAR. THERE’S MANY OF US THAT NEVER IMAGINED WE’D SEE YOU SINGING DADDY [ABOUT BEING ABUSED AS A CHILD] LIVE ON A STAGE… “I didn’t think I would, either, but I had to for the fans. It sucked and I won’t ever, ever do it again. I fucking won’t. I told everyone,‘No more.’ It dug up all the scars and, ugh, it sucked. I couldn’t wait to play a Korn show without that song.The others are fun, but that shit is painful.”

BUT THAT’S THE HEART OF KORN – EMOTIONAL SINCERITY. YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN BRUTALLY HONEST… “I guess that’s my thing.And it’s really hard.You give up a lot of shit to be that brutally honest. I guess I was built with that switch where I don’t care – that’s just how I get the fucking shit out. If it can help people, that’s good.”

The Serenityy Of Sufferingg is out on October 21 via Roadrunner Records

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JONATHAN DAVIS HAS been to some dark, dark places with Korn. Over the years, he’s always been one to let art imitate life in a way that has never failed to chill to the bone.And with the release of their 12th full-length record, The Serenity Of Suffering, due in October, we decided it was about time we check in with him to find out what demons he will be wrestling with this time. Reaching him in St. Louis during Korn’s co-headline run with Rob Zombie, the frontman promises that Korn’s next chapter is going to be one of the most intense of their career…

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WITH MOOSE BLOOD’S NEW ALBUM, BLUSH, GATE-CRASHING THE UK CHARTS, WHAT BETTER TIME TO CATCH UP WITH EDDY BREWERTON AND MARK OSBORNE TO TALK FAME, ACCLAIM AND SURFING THE HYPE TSUNAMI?! HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THE RESPONSE TO BLUSH SO FAR? MARK OSBORNE (GUITAR): “It’s blown us all away.We didn’t really expect it.We were excited to get the record out, but we were also quite nervous about it.The way that it’s been received and the lovely things people have said has blown us away!”

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CAN IT REALLY HAVE BEEN NERVE-RACKING WITH A SET OF SONGS THIS GOOD? EDDY BREWERTON (VOCALS/GUITAR):“I think for our own sake we wanted to make a record we could be as proud of, or prouder of, than the last one.We put more pressure on ourselves because of that. So, yeah, it was nerve-racking, but we’re so proud of it!” THE UK ROCK SCENE IS THRIVING RIGHT NOW WITH BANDS LIKE YOU, MILK TEETH AND CREEPER – WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? EDDY: “It’s to do with brilliant bands making brilliant records.” MARK:“Maybe it’s just about better bands now. Not to include ourselves in that pool, but those are bands that we’re into, too. But maybe it’s not better bands. We’ve seen a lot of bands who’ve missed out on that sense of recognition. Do I think a group of bands coming up like this can be mutually beneficial? Maybe.

We’ve done a lot of stuff with Creeper and Boston Manor, and I think that maybe helped with awareness. Maybe things have just come full circle! I think that it’s just great to be here with a good bunch of bands that we’re friends with and fans of. It’s a really good feeling and it feels like this British music scene is really, really healthy at the minute.”

“IT FEELS LIKE THE BRITISH SCENE IS REALLY HEALTHY” MARK OSBORNE SPEAKING OF POSITIVE THINGS, YOU’VE GOT YOUR BIGGEST-EVER TOUR COMING UP IN OCTOBER. FEELING NERVOUS? MARK:“It’s terrifying! [It has been] ever since it was first mentioned, or even suggested that we could do a tour of that size. But we are so excited to do it, and we can’t wait for it to happen. It’s just that it’ll be the most terrifying thing we’ve ever done. Just the fact that we’re playing in the [Camden] KOKO and it sold out has meant that it’s already got that vibe for us that it could be something special. But to tour the UK in

venues of that size is just really exciting.We still can’t believe it’s something that’s possible for us to do!” PLUS YOU’RE GETTING TO SPREAD THE MOOSE BLOOD GOSPEL WORLDWIDE, TOO… EDDY:“It’s incredible, really. It just blows our minds that we get to tour around the UK. But getting to go to other countries, and to the other side of the world, blows our minds.We couldn’t feel luckier, really!” HOW BIG DO YOU BELIEVE MOOSE BLOOD COULD BECOME? MARK:“Maybe something like the next Rammstein? That sort of production, yeah (laughs)!” FINALLY, WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO FANS WHO’VE SUPPORTED BLUSH? MARK:“We can’t thank those people enough.To have people come see us at the in-stores, or to spend their money buying our records, watching us play or listening to our records couldn’t really make us any more grateful.This is what we want to do, and we couldn’t do it at all if people didn’t come out to shows and buy records.We couldn’t be more thankful!”

Moose Blood tour the UK in October. See the Gig Guide

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CURE FOR HEARING LOSS?

ANTICHRIST TV STAR! Marilyn Manson has revealed a teaser clip of his role as barber/ y in surgeon Thomas Dinley the forthcoming third series of creepy 17th Century thriller Salem. Following his roles in Sons Of Anarchy r y and Eastbound & Down o , the God Of Fuck’s continued journey into the world of acting finds him being even creepier and weirder than usual, playing the man to whom Salem residents go for everything “from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up.” Oh, and he’s – spoiler alert – in collusion with The Devil. And, DOUBLE OH, he snacks on a leech off a patient’s face in the trailer.

THIRTY SEXY-ONDS D TO MARS TO And you already thought Jared Leto was busy.Well, now he’s done laughing it up and sending his co-stars dead rats and used condoms in the post while playing The Jokerr in Suicide Squad, he’s revealed that Thirty Seconds To Mars’ fifth album is coming along nicely. Cryptically, the frontman described the sound of the music so far as being, “Very sexual”.Which makes us think that the follow-up F ITH to 2013’s LOVE LUST FA + DREAMS is going to have a hairy chest and a giant porno moustache. Could happen, could happen.

“WHO THE HELL INVENTED D N ROUNDABOUTS A DO TO WHAT DO I HAVE THEY TO MAKE SURE TED GET REINCARNA H?” CKROARICS INTOLYANNCO GUNN, PV

A scientist working on a treatment for Alzheimer’s may have found a cure for hearing damage. Dr Albert Edge of Dutch medical company Audion Therapeutics has discovered that delicate fibres in the ear can be treated using cell regrowth methods being trialled for dementia. But he’s still miles off, so keep your earplugs in for now.

IOMMI’S CANCER: IN REMISSION Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has announced the very welcome news that the cancer he’s been fighting since 2012 is officially in remission. Everyone at Kerrang! is delighted to hear it, and wish you all the very best, Iron Man.

E “I HAVE HAD FIV DY REA COFFEES AND AM YONE N A T TO FISTFIGH THE WHO THREATENS MY F SOVEREIGNTY O FRIES” FRENCH , K HOPPUS MAR BLINK-182

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WHOA! ALEX GASKARTH GIVES US THE SCOOP ON ALL TIME LOW’S UPCOMING RELEASE, STRAIGHT TO DVD II: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE HEARTS… WORDS: MATT ALLEN

SO, ALEX, WHAT’S IT LIKE REVIEWING THE LAST FEW YEARS ON THE DVD? ALEX GASKARTH (VOCALS/ GUITAR): “It wasn’t that weird at the time – there was a lot to cover and a lot to talk about. But, at the same time, it’s kind of a blur. It wasn’t until we saw cuts of the actual DVD that we thought, ‘Oh wow, there’s that, there’s that,’ you know? It was one thing after another. It’s pretty insane to see how much went into three years. Three years is a long time, but I feel like so much has happened and we’ve come a very long way in three years. It’s pretty wild seeing it come together.” DOES IT FEEL LIKE YOU LIVE A LIFETIME BETWEEN EACH ALBUM? “Yeah, I would say so. There’s definitely been an insane growing process between each album, and for varying reasons depending on the circumstances. The last DVD was just before we signed to a major label and put out Dirty Work, which

was a journey in and of itself, and was a massive learning experience for the band, career-wise. And then, from there, we made Don’t Panic before we even resigned [with Hopeless] and took a fresher DIY approach with things. It’s been a roller-coaster, it really has.” HAVE YOU LEARNED ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF BY WATCHING ALL THE FOOTAGE BACK? “We didn’t know what the true face of All Time Low was. Recently it feels like we’re very keyed into that, which is great for any band. But it was hard for us. We were doing it all by ourselves, no-one was telling us how to do it and we were doing it from a very young age. We’ve grown up physically and creatively as a band in the public eye. People have seen us make mistakes and they’ve seen our successes and they’ve seen the missteps and the things that have worked. That’s an interesting thing to share with an audience.”

Alex: always so quick to answer his own question of “Who knows what I’m playing next?”

IF YOU LIKE TO GAMBLE, LEMMY’S STILL YOUR MAN Following on from those Jack Daniel’s Lemmy y tribute bottles, casino video game company NetEnt have revealed the trailer for their Motörhead online slot machine. Due for launch next month, the 76-line slot will feature a load of ’Head songs and references, in honour of the big man’s famed love of slot machines, boasting that, “It’s time to turn on the speakers, crank up the volume to the max and experience the excitement of Motörhead Video Slot!”

ANDY BLACK LAYS THE SMACKDOWN! Wrestling fans, rejoice – the soundtrack to the forthcoming WWE 2K17 game rocks. Curated by – who else? – rapper P. Diddy, the compilation brings together a load of hip-hop jams, and tunes Andy Black, Sabbath, twe pilots, Travis and more. Th is out on Oct Expect to se fingerprints instalment o Metal Blad Records’ Metal Massacre series. Maybe…

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The Megadeth frontman holds a black belt in both Taekwondo WTF and Ukidokan Karate. “I have rank in three different martial arts styles,” says MegaDave. “I like to play golf, but golf isn’t a metal sport. My kid used to play hockey, and I helped coach him a little bit, but I was never a great player. My hobby right now is just martial arts…”

As a young ’un, Tyler played basketball for his school team, Worthington Christian High School. They bagged second place in the Division IV state Tournament in 2008. That’s a reasonably big deal. He also later got offered a scholarship offer from Otterbein University. That’s a really big deal. But luckily for us, music was his true calling.

Although he gave up competing in tournaments aged 23 – at that point he was ranked seventh in Britain! – Bruce still finds time to indulge his passion. In 2013 he was given the opportunity to face 2012 Olympic silver medalist Bartosz Piasecki. “He’s kick-ass!” said the Olympian. “He looked like Rocky when he arrived!”

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The man born Vincent Damon Furnier isn’t just awesome at golf – he claims it saved his life, too. “Some people turn to God, I turned to golf,” he told The Telegraph in 2007 of his recovery from rock’n’roll excess. Check out Alice’s book Golf Monster: My 12 Steps To Becoming A Golf Addict from the same year. And never, ever challenge him to a game – he has a handicap of just 5.3!

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In Leipzig, i in the thenGerman Democratic Republic, sport was a seriouss deal. Within this climate, the future Rammstein man competed in the 1978 European Junior Swimming Championships. He was later shortlisted to go to the 1980 Moscow Olympics – until injury intervened. “I never liked the sport,” Till grumbled. “It was very intense.”

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BILLY MARTIN, GOOD CHARLOTTE HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE BACK IN THE ROCK CHART WITH NEW GC MUSIC? “It feels awesome! You never know, when a band takes a break for as long as we did, if the fans will be there when you get back. The reception to the new songs and the crowds at the shows is on a new level for us.” ARE YOU EXCITED TO HAVE YOUR NEW ALBUM OUT? “It’s kind of crazy to think

WILL GOULD, CREEPER IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THE SONG THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW? “The line ‘You sip your coke, I barely breathe / You’re sweet to me but you rot my teeth’, was originally written for our friend Eddy [Brewerton] from Moose Blood to sing.”

we finished this album last summer and we all sat with it for a long time before it was finally out. So, to know it’s actually out there for our fans to check out is awesome!” WHAT IS 40 OZ. DREAM ABOUT, THEN? “It’s that classic GC sarcasm. We grew up in a time where MTV was everything. It was where you learned about new music and it pretty much shaped pop culture for our generation. The song is really just reflecting on those days.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES FROM RECORDING IT? “Our producer, Neil Kennedy, at one point suggested putting in a harmony to make it go fully Jesus Christ Superstar.” WHAT INSPIRED THE SONG? “The middle section was inspired by David Bowie’s cover of Let’s Spend The Night Together.”

SEE/HEAR THE OFFICIAL KERRANG! ROCK CHART! The Official Kerrang! Rock Chart is made up of airplay across Kerrang! Radio, Kerrang! TV and specialist rock stations.The show airs on K! Radio every Saturday at 10am with Loz Guest, and also on K! TV Thursdays at 4pm. Tune in and listen up!


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THIS HONEST ALT.ROCK TRIO HAVE COME THROUGH THE WILDERNESS TO TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY… DUN-DUN-DAAAANG! DA-DUN-DUN-DAAAANG!… HANG ON, THESE AREN’T FOXY LADIES… Well, no.You won’t hear Jimi Hendrix serenading Black Foxxes (for understandable reasons), but their guitar wizard Mark Holley grew up fascinated with showmen like Hendrix and Neil Young.As Mark recalls,“At six, I would play to my toys and record sets on my tape player, as if I was playing Wembley!” It’s only natural he ended up onstage, but it was once bassist Tristan Jane and drummer Ant Thornton joined the fledgling (or cub) Black Foxxes that Mark felt “free to write about things others rejected”. WHAT SORT OF THINGS WOULD THAT BE? You see, Mark draws heavily from experience to fuel the cathartic chaos that characterises their debut, I’m Not Well (reviewed on p68). And that includes living with Crohn’s disease, a lifelong illness Mark was diagnosed with at 21.“It suppresses my immune system and I’d get ruthless alopecia,” the 27-year-old explains.

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“It took years to find the right treatment, so during that time I couldn’t do anything.” Severe anxiety also came a few years later, something he still deals with.“These things are really important to talk about,” he adds. “Especially on this record.”

“WE’RE NOT LETTING AN ILLNESS HOLD US BACK!” WOULDN’T ALL THAT MAKE BEING IN A BAND DIFFICULT, THOUGH? Apparently not.“I’m a stubborn guy,” Mark quips.“I’ve never been scared to tell people how I feel and I’m not letting an illness or anyone hold me back.” True enough, you can hear that directness and determination all

over I’m Not Well.With Mark’s gutsy howl and unflinching lyrics, the band’s raw alt.rock effortlessly wheels from explosively feral one moment to quietly intense the next. Similarly, their dynamic nature means they can’t be pinned down to one genre. Husk boasts gorgeous pop choruses, while Pines builds into a shoegaze meltdown.“I love playing it live,” Mark enthuses.“It’s an epic wall of noise!” SOUNDS FIERCE, BUT DOES THEIR BITE MATCH THEIR BARK? You best believe it.They’ve torn up crowds with Milk Teeth, gone viral with Husk on Vevo, and now have their sights set on festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s safe to say they have a hunger that pushes them beyond their limitations.“We’re never quite satisfied as a band, and it’s probably the worst job I could have picked for my conditions,” admits Mark. “But I can’t see anything stopping us doing this in the long run.Who doesn’t want to become the biggest fucking rock band in the world?” And with this much grit and growl already evidenced, they’re on their way.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR FANS OF: Milk Teeth,, Brand New, Smashing Pumpkins. HEAR: Their astonishing debut full-length, I’m Not Well, out August 19. MORE INFO: f Blackfoxxes.com CHECK OUT: Their sets at Reading & Leeds. NOT TO BE MISSED! DON’T MISS: Black Foxx F xes and more killer new bands on Alex Fresh Baker’s Fr Blood show on Wednesdays at 10pm on K! Radio.


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BIRTHDAYFACE “18th birthday cake! I adore this thing, I really do. Too pretty to eat!” says @AmyTigershark. Well, don’t get STRESSED OUT over it…

“Here’s Gerard and Frank’s left arm” says @originsoftime.Well, the tattoo on his left arm, yeah. Imagine that, if Frank had a crying Virgin Mary instead of a normal arm with a hand on the end of it.Actually, Gerard, if you’re reading this, there’s the idea for your next comic book. For you, though, dear reader, there’s a £250 shopping spree at Amplifiedclothing.com. See? Being weird pays off!

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…ANDY EMBARRASSMENT FOR ALL “I met Andy Black and was talking about his wedding when my voice broke – so embarrassing!” says @amani_bvb.You don’t know embarrassment until you’ve let off in front of a rockstar. FYI, we’ve never done that. Ever…

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“I met Alan Ashby from Of Mice & Men. It made my day!” says a @tophatkitteh. You’re very lucky you met him when you did. Shortly after this was taken,Alan vanished for years in search of the first Jedi temple, with no contact with the rest of the universe. But don’t worry, we had a workie a few weeks ago, little round, orange and white robot fella, who had a map straight to him. Had a bit of trouble over it, but we found Alan eventually. Still had his hood up like that.Anyway, that’s where Alan’s been, if you were wondering.


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“I remember meeting Jayden and Josh from With Confidence! Best night ever,” says @amani_bvb. We have a question: was this taken in a dentist’s waiting room, when you and Josh had a really good checkup, but Josh wasn’t quite so lucky and has to go back in two weeks? And that’s why he’s not smiling so much?

“My banana art in honour of 23/9,” says @mi__llay. Awesome. But for God’s sake don’t wait until The Black Parade reissue comes out at the end of September to eat it. We can’t imagine that’ll be too a-peel-ing.

TATTOO LOOKS SO PERFECT 5SOS megafan extraordinaire @LKCliffordConran only has eyes for the Aussie foursome.And they’ve got hearts in them. Like a Time Lord, you have two.Which is a talking point, we suppose.

HAIL TO THE KING “I had to walk through hail to meet him but it was worth it,” reveals As It Is fan @space0ddity. Please tell us you had an umbrella, or next time, it’ll definitely be his turn to walk to you.And even if there’s acid rain coming down, that’ll be his tough shit.You’ve done your bit.

WALL ENSEMBLE “So many posters!” is how wall enthusiast @add1ctwithafren describes this almighty display.Yep. No arguing with that. Unless you’re

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tricking us, and it’s just one single, giant poster that takes up the whole wall, with loads of different bands on it.Which, if you are, is shocking. If not,, then this is highly impressive work.

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BFMV! All set for Bullet’s massive tour in November and December? They’re playing The Poison in Manchester and everything! Such an enormous occasion calls for more than simply losing your shit in the pit while Matt Tuck shreds through 4

BLACK AND WHITE NOISE “I drew Lynn Gunn,” says @Yelhsagreenwood.An excellent bit of artwork there. She’s got eyes that follow you around the room.

They’re almost… hypnotic. Like she’s staring into our souls.Yes, Painting Off Lynn Gunn, your wish is our com… Sorry, went a bit funny there.What were we talking about?

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nd just like that, Green Day are back. Four years after the third and final instalment of their ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! triple album, three years since they last played the UK, when they ‘Wheeey-ohhh’d the arse out of Reading & Leeds, and a lifetime since the incident at the iHeartRadio Music Festival when Billie Joe Armstrong had an onstage meltdown, resulting in him entering a clinic to overcome problems with drink and drugs, the world’s biggest punk band have a new album. And just like that, it feels like something that’s been missing from rock has just come

back on at full power, putting everyone else firmly in the shade. But Revolution Radio is not simply another clutch of three chords with a dab of lyrical wisdom and a whole lot of punk snot. It’s Green Day rediscovering their mojo and working it like men who’ve been told they’ve only got one day left to use it. Lead single Bang Bang is a hard, fast blast of searing righteousness, with its ‘I got my Vietnam / I love a lie just like anybody elsee’ refrain and Dookie-ish energy.The rest of the album is similarly energetic, from the middle-finger of opener Somewhere Now (‘I put the riot in patriot’’) to the dreamy nostalgia of Outlaws, and the jubilant, victorious cry of, ‘Fuck you, I’m from KERRANG! 17


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Oakland’’ in Youngblood, this is classic Green Day. Where its predecessors sprawled and yawned, Revolution Radio is a trim, actionpacked 45 minutes in which the Oakland reprobates get their eye back on the ball and deliver their best, most focused and most Green Day-ish performance since American Idiot in 2004. And with the world currently looking at the very real possibility of the biggest American Idiot of them all, Donald Trump, becoming president; with terrorism, shootings, and institutionalised racism in America’s police force rife; and with a general feeling that everything is utterly fucked, Revolution Radio isn’t arriving a moment too soon. This is the world’s biggest punk band reminding everyone just how they got there in the first place.This is Green Day back on form. This is Green Day rejuvenated.

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oday, that rejuvenation extends to the band themselves. In a hotel room overlooking a golf course somewhere in Orange County, a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean in which the band like to surf, everyone is excited, in a chipper mood, delighted to be back doing band business. As drummer Tré Cool adjusts the air conditioning, and bassist Mike Dirnt pours coffee for everyone, the trio look like a band of brothers. Where some bands not even 1/10th of Green Day’s size, or anywhere close to matching their 30 years at the punk mill, seem bored of one another, or where the band is the only thing they have in common, Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré and Mike seem like people who genuinely wouldn’t know what to do without one another. Not only that, they’ve all got a new spring in their step, and for Billie Joe, a new mischievous twinkle in his eye. “This record was made how it was supposed to be,” he smiles. “As friends.” “I think this is some of the best drumming Tré’s ever done,” smiles Mike, complimenting his bandmate. “I’ve really enjoyed playing with my band this time and firing off on each other.” “It’s some of Tré’s best drumming I’ve ever heard, and it was really fun to watch him play,” continues Billie. “It felt really good in the studio. I think it’s a fresh start, a new thing altogether.” And a fresh start was needed. After the iHeartRadio incident, and the continued touring that followed it, Green Day realised they needed a break, before the colossal world they had made for themselves broke them. Because since taking punk to the arenas and stadia of the globe, taking on a president with American Idiot and making it to Metallica-levels of success, they’ve never really stopped. “I think we had to take a long break and just kinda do nothing for a while,” muses the frontman.“I think the last records, I dunno, I was pretty fuzzy. It was pretty

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to taking out the garbage,” laughs Billie Joe.“It’s a completely different thing altogether. But it’s great to be back at home, to be in Oakland.” It was time Green Day used to reset their work/life balance and focus on the bits of their lives that needed attention away from the band. As well as taking out the garbage, Billie Joe wanted to try life as a regular family man. “I went out and found the biggest piece-ofshit 1962 Ford Falcon, just because I wanted to bring it back to life,” he reveals. “Every day I was in the garage with it. I got bloody knuckles and got pissed off with it and just rebuilt this car. It was fun. And then just hanging out with my family and watching my sons become young men, sitting shotgun with my wife on some of the things she does, whether it’s Project Chimps or the NRDC [Natural Resources Defense Council], that was nice.” Tré, meanwhile, got married, while Mike had to take a rather more serious break from everything. “For a little while there I went on hiatus because my wife went through breast cancer [treatment],” he reveals. “That was about eight or nine months of a hiatus, which we’re glad we’re on the other end of that. And noone’s happier to see us get back on tour and working than my wife!” In the interim, Green Day went very quiet. There were sporadic things, of course – playing live while being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame last year, a benefit show at notorious California punk dive 924 Gilman Street (“We went from one to the other – talk about going full-circle,” grins Billie), and having a day named in their honour in their native Oakland – but these were stand-alone events. One-offs. But the whole time, as he has “since I was 14 years old”, Billie Joe Armstrong continued to write songs. Not necessarily for an album, or for anyone to hear. Just songs. And suddenly one day, it was time. “We knew when it was time to come back out,” he reveals of the moment he felt something was coming for the album. “I wrote Bang Bang and Somewhere Now, and that was Wow, you weren’t lying when you said where it was kinda like, ‘Okay, now this feels the studio was small, eh, Billie… like some sort of direction…’” “The energy was just there,” explains Mike. cloudy in my head, so I can’t really remember that much “I think that’s the key.We had a nice long break and about it. It was great and I think there were some really we were ready, just to start doing music. Billie called great songs on there, but it’s…You know, we took a and said, ‘I think I got a couple of songs…’ and we said, break.We took the sort of break we needed.” ‘Well, let us know when you wanna get in a room and “We never sit still, even when we go home, and it start banging away.’” took us this long to sit still for a minute and actually go, The room they went into was Billie Joe’s own ‘Okay, thiss is what it’s like,’ ” concurs Mike.“I think we’ve studio, Otis. It was on this home turf, that Green pretended d to sit still before, but I don’t think we’ve ever Day began work on the songs that would eventually actually stopped. And this is the first time we’ve actually make up Revolution Radio, and the rediscovery of hit the brakes and made ourselves want it so much, to themselves took place. come back and play and tour.” “We didn’t even know if it was going to work, “It’s just been… It’s humbling, going from a stadium because it’s such a tiny studio,” says Billie Joe. “So

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 On the day of new album ¡Uno!’s release, Green Day play their now-infamous iHeartRadio Festival show where, in response to apparently having their set time cut, Billie Joe loses it. He soon enters rehab.

¡Tré! are released before the year’s end.

MARCH 10, 2013 Green Day play their first show since BJA’s stint in rehab at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, California.

JUNE 1, 2013 Green Day play to 60,000 people at London’s Emirates Stadium, marking the band’s first time in the UK since ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!’s release.

OCTOBER 18, 2012 Mike Dirnt admits that Billie Joe’s stint in rehab is “killing everyone”, with fans and the band awaiting his return. A planned four-month tour is cancelled, as ¡Dos! and

MARCH 15, 2013 Broadway Idiot, a documentary covering BJA’s journey from punk rock to Broadway, is aired at South By Southwest before its October release.

K! reports on the iHeartRadio incident

AUGUST 23/24, 2013 Green Day headline Reading & Leeds

Festivals, playing classic album Dookie – ahead of its 20th anniversary – in full in the middle of an already hit-packed set list. It’s brilliant, obviously.

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JULY 9, 2014 The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Mike Dirnt is set to produce indie movie Crickets, which Mike describes as a “feel good, feel bad, feel everything” film.

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JULY 22, 2014 BJA’s son, Joey Armstrong, and his band SWMRS release their Swim EP. The EP was produced by Billie Joe himself.

JULY 28, 2014 Avicii track No Pleasing A Woman, featuring Billie Joe Armstrong, is previewed online. The song was supposed to be on Avicii’s 2015 album, Stories, but ultimately never made the cut.

OCTOBER 23, 2014 Billie Joe and fellow rocker Jesse Malin play a covers set at esteemed punk photographer Bob Gruen’s birthday party.

& Roll Hall Of Fame, before Billie, Mike and Tré knock American Idiot, When I Come Around and Basket Case out of the park. In the pit at Green Day’s live return

APRIL 3, 2015 BJA opens Oakland, CA guitar shop Broken Guitars. Thankfully, the guitars they sell are in full working order.

OCTOBER 11, 2014 Tré Cool

APRIL 18, 2015 Fall Out Boy

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In one night at the House Of Blues in Cleveland, the band perform first under the name Sweet Children with ex-drummer John Kiffmeyer, before returning to the stage as Green Day. We were there, too, for our exclusive cover story (K!1565).

MAY 17, 2015 Green Day’s Gilman Street ‘ban’ is lifted, with the trio returning to the legendary punk haunt for a 22-song fundraising set. SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 Billie Joe throws his support behind then-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

OCTOBER 15, 2015 Heart Like A Hand Grenade, a longdelayed documentary that covers the songwriting and recording process of American Idiot, is released.

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APRIL 19, 2014 Demolicious, a collection of demos from the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! sessions, is released for Record Store Day. The same day, BJA steps in to help an injured Paul Westerberg as his band, The Replacements, play Coachella.


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we got in there and recorded the first song and went, ‘Well, it sounds good to me!’ I think going back with all the experiences, whether it’s playing at the Emirates Stadium or Gilman Street and any of the shows we’ve done, as well as the time off, the personal things that happened, it shapes your instinct, and I think that we really trusted our instincts on this record.We kinda know what we’re doing by now!” The frontman compares the experience to that of making the band’s 1992 album, Kerplunk – “But with a lot more time,” he smiles.The band produced themselves. Mike Dirnt, for the first time ever, took bass lessons to make him think of new ways of playing. Tré Cool even tuned his own drums in the studio. “I hadn’t done that since Dookie!” he hoots.“I had drum techs that helped out and set my drums up before, but I did all that stuff. I kinda started at square one. If you’re gonna bake a loaf of bread, you’re not gonna go and get the pre-made dough – you’re gonna make your own. It was cool; it was hands-on.” “It was really fun, and we had a good time,” continues Billie Joe.“There was that energy, of friends playing. No-one [else]’s putting this together; noone’s trying to push their own agenda. It was just us making an album together. It’s very simple. Bands have other people writing their songs for them, bands have producers doing way too much, and it can make the process perverted. “We simply thought,” he succinctly sums up,“‘Let’s just fucking be Green Day.’”

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NOVEMBER 20, 2015 Billie Joesoundtracked musical These Paper Bullets! opens at the Atlantic Theater in New York.

school cancelled their student production of the American Idiot musical. “I believe the bigger issue is censorship… And I believe the kids should be heard.”

Armstrong about an aging punk rocker coping with life after rock, is released. That same night, BJA and co-star Joan Jett take to the stage at Spring Studios in New York.

AUGUST 8, 2016 The band reveal artwork for forthcoming single, Bang Bang, with some heavy hints that the new album may be titled Revolution Radio.

DECEMBER 22, 2015 Billie Joe and Mike Dirnt announce their teaming with environmentally friendly coffee company Oakland Coffee Works.

DECEMBER 30, 2015 BJA

FEBRUARY 19, 2016 Oakland

DECEMBER 25, 2015 Green Day give us all a very surprising, but equally lovely, Christmas present, Xmas Time Of The Year, the festive song we never knew we needed.

controversially tweets, “My mission for 2016? To destroy the phrase ‘pop-punk’ forever.” He’s still got a few months on that.

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celebrates its first-ever ‘Green Day Day’. Local musicians run through Dookie at the Fox Theater, before the boys take to the stage to talk about the area’s impact on their lives.

speaks out against a school in Connecticut after the

nd fucking Green Day it is.Across its 45 minutes, there are echoes of every bit of the band’s career.The snottiness of Kerplunk, the effervescent rush of Dookie, the astute observations and ragged wisdom of Nimrod. But the world into which Revolution Radio is being released is far different to the one even the fiery, anti-Bush polemic of American Idiot knew – let alone that existed when the band started three decades ago. It’s taken certain parts of the album to a very dark place indeed; one that reflects the world around it. “Bang Bang is about American gun culture and the mentally insane, which could date back to Basket Case, really,” explains Billie Joe.“It’s about the kid that went on a shooting spree in Santa Barbara [in 2014]. I don’t want to use this to bum out anybody’s parents or family or anything like that. But to see him uploading his manifesto on Facebook and whatever else he was using, and the narcissism and this sort of psychotic behaviour, and [posting] how girls don’t like him and he was gonna get revenge. It was just like, ‘Fuck. Jesus Christ, he is psychotic.’ “That was about a particular moment but that was two years ago,” he continues.“It was way before the elections or anything. But you can definitely turn that into Donald Trump, and then just how the trend of gun culture and mass shootings keeps going up and up and up, and taking different turns. So now

APRIL 23, 2016 Geezer, a movie starring Billie Joe

The Revolution Radio and Bang Bang artwork

AUGUST 11, 2016 Green Day release Bang Bang and confirm Revolution Radio, to MUCH EXCITEMENT FROM US ALL.

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it’s about cops killing African Americans, and now it’s about psychos shooting cops. Is this fucking Batman or something? And the media paints that picture and over-hypes it, so what I wrote two years ago that was more of a metaphor has now become more literal. It’s some Nostradamus shit, I guess.” Elsewhere, on Say Goodbye, he sings,‘Teach your children well from the bottom of the well.’ “I think of Flint, Michigan and how you put people in these desperate situations, where they’re drinking toxic waste and how they’re supposed to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and the city government or the state government is so corrupt that they’re not even trying to help,” he fumes.“They’re just trying to save their own asses. It’s like,‘How do you educate people when they’re starving or being poisoned?’ And it’s one crisis after another. It makes your head spin, really, and I think that’s what the song’s about.” Although the lyrics to many of the songs on Revolution Radio were written long before it looked like he was in with a shot at having the keys to the White House, the band admit that the themes of concern and worry about life in an increasingly extreme, violent world could be transposed onto Donald Trump. Needless to say, the band are not fans, “The worst problem I see about Trump is who his followers are,” says Billie Joe.“I J actually feel bad for L I E O B I L them, because they’re poor, working-class people who can’t get a leg up.They’re pissed off and he’s preyed on their anger. He just said,‘You have no options and I’m the only one, and I’m going to take care of it myself.’ I mean, that’s fucking Hitler, man! I don’t even know how else to explain it. I wish I were over-exaggerating.And sometimes maybe I do overexaggerate with Bush. But with Trump, I just can’t wait ’til he’s gone.” For all this, Revolution Radio isn’t simply American Idiot updated for a world where, as Tré Cool puts it,“It used to be like,‘Oh my God, there’s been a shooting,’ but now you wake up and you go,‘How many?’” There are songs that are pure joy, about the free-spirited nature of youth.And there are songs that deal with Billie Joe’s recovery, too. “There’s the personal stuff, like Still Breathing, which is maybe [about] going through drug problems,” he explains.“It’s about how people feel desperate, and just taking it day by day, especially with everything that’s going on right now.Was it cathartic and helpful to put my feelings about that time down in a song?Yeah, I think so. I was pretty clear-headed throughout the process. It felt pretty good.”

go on tour so fucking bad, like we haven’t for years. We’re stoked and we’re really excited by the record. It’s great, it’s Green Day at our best and I don’t really know any other way to put it.” Mike agrees. “This record, every part of it, I feel like it’s a little kid fucking playing air guitar. I cant wait to go out there and play and see familiar faces and kick ass.” “I’m looking forward to long bus rides, soundchecks, interviews, all of it,” enthuses Tré.“I miss touring really bad. I can’t wait for the shows, and then all the stuff in between the shows. It’s a great lifestyle.” All this excitement around the record, and where they are right now, is infectious.There’s a buzzing energy in the room when the band speak about it. Despite the dark subject matter on certain parts of the record, Green Day appear to never have been happier. And that’s because, for the first time ever, they’ve had the chance to look back on their ridiculously huge achievements, and take a step back to appreciate them. “We’re coming from a place of gratitude,” agrees Billie Joe.“I think that nostalgia and looking back on what you do can be very healthy as long as you don’t stew in it. So looking back on the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, we shared the experience with not only our families, but friends that date back [to the beginning], and bands like O G N R O Operation Ivy. M S T R A O E [Rancid frontman] Tim Armstrong was there and [drummer/ punk writer] Aaron Cometbus was there. Our old drummer John [Kiffmeyer] was there. So it was just great to be able to look back and go,‘Wow, this is something that feels really special that we’re able to share,’ and it’s not just being greedy about it.And then to be able to share it with our fans, as well…” “After the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame there was a feeling of gratitude and I attributed that to the fact that after all these years we’ve never really stopped and looked backwards,” muses Mike.“We’ve always worked forward.We’ll stay in the present.We come home from tour and we practise four-to-six days a week.We finally stopped and looked backwards and went,‘Holy shit, we’ve done a lot of stuff!’ And the gratitude for me is, with all the chaos we’ve been through, in our personal lives, and all the chaos going on in the world around us, I’ve got these two guys right here who I can get into a room with and still make something really special and meaningful happen. That to me is enough reason to be grateful.” “Being able to go into an album with all of those good tidings was really something we’d never had before,” says Billie Joe in closing.“And together, we just make these bombs go off.” And just like that, Green Day are back. Renewed, refreshed, and ready to conquer the world again. Grab your radio and rip the knob off.

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ow the wheels and gears have all started working in the giant Green Day machine again,“pretty good” has turned into “fucking stoked”, as the band prepare to show their faces to the world once more. “I feel a lot of anticipation and I feel excited and I feel anxious and a little bit nervous,” reveals Billie Joe about the months between now and when the album is released on October 7.“But it’s that great cocktail of emotions where you’re so pumped.We want to

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GREEN DAY’S REVOLUTION RADIO IS RELEASED ON OCTOBER 7 VIA REPRISE

Next week! Billie, Mike and Tré take us further inside Revolution Radio in part two of K!’s enormous exclusive!

Tré didn’t really get how shadow puppets worked


A MESSAGE FROM GREEN DAY… TO YOU BILLIE JOE, TRÉ AND MIKE THA NK HING KERRANG! REA DERS FOR EVERYT “We’re grateful for everyone who follows us and buys our records and comes to see us live. You’ve stuck by us, and we didn’t have to worry that you’d desert us while we took some time for ourselves. And now we’re going to put on the best show that we can, bringing new songs and playing some old songs and everything in between. We’re just excited to get back out again. It’s the beginning of a huge celebration for us to get back together again. It’s like a fucking family reunion at this point – only you wanna see ’em! We want to get out and tour this. We’re fucking excited and we’re blessed to have this life.

“To think that all the eras that we’ve had, whether it’s, like, the 18-year olds from Dookie or the 18-year-olds from Nimrod or the 18-yearolds from American Idiot or the 18-year-olds that are coming now. I think the one thing we have in common with our fans is that we actually have grown up with you at the same time. But we definitely don’t wanna mature… not too much! ”

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What do you get when you throw a piano down a mine? A flat miner!

WILL GARDNER,

“Knock-knock.” ‘Who’s there?’ “To.” ‘To who?’ “To whom.”

SCOTT IAN, ANTHRAX

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What do coffee and Ginger Baker have in common? They both suck without Cream!

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I went on a date with a dolphin the other day and it went well. She just clicked.

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“Knock -kn ‘Who’s th ock. ere “Boo.” ?’ ‘Boo wh o “Aw, wh y are yo ?’ u cr ying ?”

How do you keep an annoying person in suspense? I’ll tell you later…

What call a French man in sandals? Filipe Filop!

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What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator!

JAYDEN SEELEY, WITH CONFIDENCE

“Knock-knock.” ‘Who’s there?’ “Europe.” ‘Europe who?’ “NO, YOU’RE E A POO!”

TIMIA GWENDOLINE, THE LOUNGE KITTENS

What’s the difference between a chickpea and a lentil? You wouldn’t pay to What’s brown and sticky? A stick!

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa’s having a terrible time getting all the presents ready.The elves are drunk and no help at all, and this fairy comes and knocks on the door.“What do you want?” Santa says as he opens it.The fairy starts to say something but he slams the door in her face and goes back to work, having to deal with the elves getting more wasted. Blitzen has even shat in the punch bowl. The fairy knocks again on the door. Santa goes over and opens it.“I’m

really sorry,” says the fairy,“but I’ve got this–” and Santa slams the door again. He goes back to work, but the fairy knocks again. He stomps over and opens the door.“I really am so sorry Mr Clause, but I’ve got this Christmas tree and…” the fairy says. “You can shove that Christmas tree right up your arse!” Santa says. And that’ss why the fairy always sits on top of the Christmas tree!

JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER, COUNTERFEIT

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A guy goes into the doctor.The doctor sits him down and says,‘Sir, you have cancer and you have Alzheimer’s.’The guy looks at the doctor and says, ‘Well, at least I don’t have cancer!’

ALICE COOPER

Why are pirates called pirates? Because that’s what they arrr!

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“Knock-knock.” ‘Who’s there?’ “Impatient Cow.” ‘Impatient cow w–’ “MOO!”

STEPH O’SULLIVAN, GREYWIND

GAVIN G V N ‘MO’ E GELEY, ED Y LONELY THE BRAVE

Why didn’t the toilet paper cross the road? It got stuck in a crack!

I would tell e k you a pizza jo r but it’s fa too cheesy

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This is a story about a man. His wife has told him that if he ever comes home drunk, she will leave him. Nonetheless, he goes out. He drinks a lot and throws up all over himself. He turns to his friend and asks what he can do. His friend is helpful. “Go home,” the friend says.“Tell your wife that someone threw up on you. And put a £20 note inside your jacket pocket. Show her the money and tell her the other man gave it to you for the dry cleaning bill.” So this he does. His wife is at first angry. But he explains. He tells her about the drunk man who threw up on him. He shows her the £20. She looks.“But why have you got two £20 notes?” she asks. “Oh,” he says.“The other one is from the man who shat in my pants.”

Did you hear the one about the broom? It’s sweeping the nation!

VIC FUENTES, PIERCE TH

There are two muffins in an oven. One muffin says to the other,“Is it hot in here?” The other muffin says, “HOLY SHIT,A TALKING MUFFIN!”

What’s the difference between an elephant and a Zippo? One’s very heavy, and one’s a little lighter…

ADAM A LA LAZZ ZARA, TAKING BACK SUNDAY

Did you hear about the sale at the boat store? It was a huge oar-deal!

CHRIS LOPORTO, CAN’T SWIM

JONNY HAWKINS, NOTHING MORE

If a quiz is quizzical, what’s a test?

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BEE KY BLOMF O FIELLD, MILK TEETH

JOE ELLLIOTT, JO DEF LEPPARD

What do you call a pile of kittens? A meow-ntain!

What’s the biggest lie told by a guitarist? “No, man, I don’t wantt to play the lead in that song.” What’s the second biggest lie told by a guitarist? “Yeah man, I already y turned my guitar down!”

NERGAL,, BEHEMOTH

What’s E.T. short for? Because he’s only got little legs!

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I can’t take credit for this, as it’s our bassist, Eugene’s joke, but… A vegan, an atheist and a cross-fitter all walked into a bar.You know how I knew? ’Cause they all told me within five minutes.

DAVID GUNN, KING 810

How many n members of Seaway does it take to screw in a light bulb? None – they’re already lit!

RYAN Y LOCKE, SSEAWAY How do you know if there’s a drummer at your door? The knocking speeds up!

JOSH WELLER, JO R THE KENNETHS

a Norwegian guy are stranded on a desert island. They find a genie in a lamp who’ll grant them three wishes – but that means only one each. So the Finnish guy wishes to be in Finland, with many beautiful women. Boom – he disappears. The Swedish guy asks to go to the northern forests of Sweden, where the reindeer roam free, to sit in a cottage by the lake. And boom – he disappears, too.The Norwegian guy turns round and says, “I’m getting a bit lonely here, can you bring those other guys back?”

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Can a kangaroo jump higher than a house? Yes – because a house can’t jump at all!

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IF THE MAKING OF THEIR NEW ALBUM WAS THE MOST STRESSFUL EVENT OF THEIR LIVES, PIERCE THE VEIL’S SUMMER IS PROVING TO BE QUITE THE CELEBRATORY BLOW-OUT. PAUL TRAVERS HOPS ABOARD THEIR TOUR BUS TO JOIN THE PARTY… PICTURES: ASHLEY OSBORN, SAMMY ROENF

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We just don’t understand these rockstar rockpaper-scissors rules

Sometimes, dressing rooms don’t get any less cramped no matter who you are Vic: slightly more pumped than his bandmates, then

“Will the owner of a white Fiat Punto…”

or most of us, the summer months provide an opportunity to take it easy, whether it’s recovering from the stress of exams, taking a couple of weeks off work or just enjoying whatever fleeting sunshine the gods happen to grant us. For Vic Fuentes, it’s an opportunity to plunge back into the whirlwind. Pierce The Veil’s summer has been a non-stop blur of shows, travel, video filming,TV appearances and interviews.They’ve barely had time to breathe and Vic, for one, wouldn’t have it any other way. “This is the next step, where you get to see the fruits of your labour,” he grins.“You get to see it bloom and explore itself.You’re excited about what’s ahead; you never know exactly what’s going to happen and you get to work it and perform for people. It’s our favourite part of being in a band.” For Pierce The Veil, summer 2016 started a little early. On May 13 to be precise, when their long-awaited and much-delayed fourth album, Misadventures, finally saw the light of day. The album’s gestation and birth had certainly not been an easy process. It was originally touted

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for a 2014 release but initial writing sessions led to agonising rewrites and Vic in particular struggled with the lyrics, flinging himself from isolation in a remote mountain cabin to a manic tour of West Coast Airbnb apartments in an increasingly desperate quest for inspiration. Did that whole process take its toll, both mentally and “ reco and reco bod anyw who I fee diffe real are tou that me A diffi

the album came out feel like a personal release? “Yeah, you can compare it to when you’re in school and you’ve been working all year towards your final exam,” he admits.“It feels so good; you feel like you’ve accomplished something in your life but you also feel like you’re ready to move onto the next thing.There are definitely a lot of personal ou t’s a ey’re ed The April ng t ord. ur een of yself Yep,Vic, it’s still there

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There’s nothing subtle about Vic’s photobombing

through crazy stuff to try not to let people down,” he expands today.“When I was at school I was always so afraid of getting bad grades that I’d work really hard and get crazy good grades. That mentality follows me into everything I do – it’s just the way my head works.” The fan response and critical reaction certainly suggests that the singer has not let anyone down with Misadventures. And, with the album having crashed into the U.S. Billboard 200 at Number 4, as well as breaking the Top 20 in the UK and denting other charts around the world, even the band’s label must be feeling somewhat mollified by now. In these days of streaming and ever-declining record sales, many are of the opinion that units sold and chart placements are more or less meaningless. Vic, however, holds the opposite view. “The label obviously wants commercial success but we just want to know that our fans are supportive and that when we go out we can still play shows and grow as a band,” he says. “But charting so high is a huge thing precisely because it shows that our fans are so supportive. You don’t have to buy albums these days.You can download it for free, you can Spotify it and I know when I buy an album myself these days it means a lot more. It means that I really want to support this band and I care about the music they’ve put out. For so many people to do that for us, it really strengthens the band.” And, of course, having the album not only out there but out there and exploding, provides the perfect springboard for Pierce The Veil to do what they love best – taking it out on the road They st b V

Own up, who filled Jaime with helium?

“Playing the new album in full is a gift to the fans”

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ierce The Veil followed that U.S. headlining run with a jaunt to South America where, if anything, the shows were even more special. “It’s amazing down there. People come to the rport, they stay outside your hotel, they send you f at the airport as you leave. No other place does at that I’ve ever seen,” he laughs. “It really shows that they appreciate the effort at you put in to come and play for them,” Vic miles.“It is a crazy thing to get your gear down and ur crew down.There’s a lot that goes into it, but hen you do it right, it’s beautiful.” Besides the shows, PTV have spent their summer omoting Misadventures via the aforementioned oustic sessions, radio appearances and TV slots.They med a video for Circles featuring former MTV DJ att Pinfield as the sleazy owner of a spooky hotel, d recently played at the MTV Fandom Awards.

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things like that, which make you feel like a kid or a local band trying to make your way in.” One of the new things they’ve brought to this cycle is playing the new album in its entirety at the shows. That’s a tactic more usually reserved for a classic, tried-and-tested fan-favourite of an album, so why do it with Misadventures? “It goes back to the pressure,” Vic explains. “There was so much pressure from people for us to come back with new music and we saw that, we felt it. It was kind of like a gift of,‘Hey, here’s everything that we’ve been working towards and that you’ve en asking for.’ We wanted to give it to people in e biggest way possible, which was all of it. I think e demand was there and it turned out so great. ery single show was a special moment.”

Woody: more of a Job For A Cowboy kinda guy


From Atlanta to Argentina, no amount of flights could stop PTV smiling. Okay, maybe not Mike…

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“You’re not drawing a willy on my back are you,Vic?”

Eat first, ask questions later

For Vic, though, one of the biggest moments of his summer was the band’s appearance on the U.S. talk show Conan. For a UK audience, it’s difficult to appreciate just how huge the bigger American chat shows are.This isn’t like landing a slot on The Graham Norton Show. It’s a huge deal that can help boost a band’s U.S. profile sky-high, but for Vic there was also a personal connection. He describes how, when making PTV’s last album, Collide With The Sky, he would have a 20-minute window between finishing work and going to sleep, before plunging straight back into it the next morning. That time he spent watching Conan O’Brien. “I’m such a fan so that really was amazing,” he smiles. “He’s a guitar player and I watched rehearsals, he actually plays a Strat while they’re writing the jokes for the show. After we played I gave him my guitar. It was a red Explorer and we all signed it. It was our first TV appearance ever and it meant a lot to us. He 56 KERRANG!

was super-stoked, so that was a very cool moment.” Vic even managed to cram in a couple of nonband related things, attending a bachelor party for the band’s booking agent in the mountains (what happens in Big Bear stays in Big Bear) and moving in with his girlfriend (“I’ve never done thatt before so that’s an interesting new chapter,” he laughs).

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For the most part, though, the summer of 2016 – and beyond – is all about Pierce The Veil and the new chapter the band started with the release of

Misadventures. By the time you read this they will be ticking off another item on their bucket list by playing their first real headlining tour in Australia. Ever conscientious and wary of letting other people down,Vic says he’s particularly keen to get back to Perth, where a previous PTV set at the Soundwave festival was cut short after only two songs. After that there are more U.S. dates before they hit mainland Europe and finally return to the UK across November and December. For some people, having their moves planned out until Christmas might be a little daunting, but for Vic it’s a case of ‘bring it on’. “It’s pretty amazing how far in advance things are planned out these days, but it’s cool to have all these wonderful things lined up.You can picture yourself in these places and imagine the kind of adventures you’re going to go on,” he says. For Pierce The Veil and Vic Fuentes, it’s already been quite a summer, but the misadventure is set to continue for quite a while yet… MISADVENTURES IS OUT NOW VIA FEARLESS RECORDS. PIERCE THE VEIL TOUR THE UK IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER – SEE THE GIG GUIDE


“Hands up if that spotlight is kinda blinding you?”

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SUMMER! THE PIERCE THE VEIL FRONTMAN’ A S HIGHLIGHTS, REVEALED…

BEST MOVIE! “I just caught a movie called Everybody Wants Some!! It was directed by the same guy who did Dazed And Confused and it’s a similar vibe but set in the ’80s. It’s funny but insightful, as well.”

BEST PLACE! “We had an amazing time in Santiago in Chile. The hotel we stayed at was really cool and they’d just open up the bar for us and leave it open until whenever we wanted.”

BEST SONG! “I really like the new Beck song called Wow. He went from doing a really chill, acoustic album to something that sounds almost like a hip-hop song. He can own any genre of music he wants.”

BEST FOOD! “It’s got to be Brazilian barbecue.They give you a card with a green side for Go and a red for Stop.They just keep coming to your table with all this meat literally until you tell them to stop.”

BEST TV SHOW! “I could bow to peer pressure and say Stranger Things like everyone else, but I’ll go for Wayward Pines. It’s a weird one with twist after twist and every episode you go,‘What the fuck is going on?!’”

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THE SONGS THAT MY THIS IOWAN DRUM DEMON HAS BEEN A BIT QUIET OF LATE. BUT NOW HE’S BACK, WE COULDN’T RESIST THE OFFER OF GETTING TOGETHER WITH HIM TO CRANK UP SOME METAL. AND STEVIE WONDER…

THIS WEEK:JOEY JORDISON, SINSAENUM THE SONGTHAT REMINDS ME OF HOME IS…

Celebrate Me Home Kenny Loggins “This is so hard because there’s tons for me. I grew up on music, I’ve been listening since I was in the fucking womb, man. But I think the song would be Celebrate Me Home. When I was growing up, Kenny Loggins was played heavily by aunts, uncles and parents in their households. I was very young, so now when I’m on tour sometimes, I think about that song. It comes from before I discovered metal or even hard rock at all. It always has this deep, gloomy, kinda sentimental place in my heart.” FIND IT: Celebrate Me Home (1977) THE SONGTHAT MADE ME WANT TO BE A MUSICIAN WAS…

Little T&A The Rolling Stones “My dad brought their Tattoo You album home after work once, this must have been around 1981. It’s still, to this day, in my top 10 favourite records of all time. My dad had built these huge-ass speakers in the basement of where we lived. I heard those riffs cranked up and they hit me. I thought, ‘Whatever it is, that’s what I’m doing!’ Little did I know when I was five years old and hooked on this record what T&A actually was. I remember asking my parents – and they tried to call it something different! Keith Richards [Stones guitarist] was just on fucking fire on this and Mick Jagger’s voice, the riffs, the drums, the way it’s produced… This song is unbeatable!” FIND IT: TattooYou (1981) THE SONG I’D LIKETO COVER IS…

WORDS: AMIT SHARMA

Deuce KISS “My friends, my bands, my management and my lady will tell you the list of songs I want to cover is very long.They’re all like,‘Fucking enough with those cover ideas!’You gotta make sure you do it justice and be really

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careful about how you do it. I bought [1975 live album] KISS Alive! when I was superyoung. I saw them on TV and I had to have that cassette.The reason I bought a live record first was because of the cover and how many songs it had on it. It wasn’t like a regular record – I was like,‘Oh my God, this album’s so long!’ Deuce was the first song, and KISS Alive! is still, to this day, one of my favourite fucking records of all time.” FIND IT: KISS Alive! (1975)

“YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THE BEE GEES…” JOEY JORDISON THE SONGTHAT MAKES ME WANT TO STAGE-DIVE IS…

Suit And Tie Guy D.R.I. “Have you ever seen the video? Look it up onYouTube – it’s the ultimate stage-dive video. It’s like, you hear that song, and even if you don’t like stage-diving, you’re gonna

have to! Otherwise you’re not a fan. If you look back at old Slipknot videos, I always used to stage-dive. In Murderdolls, I’d jump 20 feet down from a PA stack.There was this one time I was barely caught – I swear I must have been, like, 10 inches from landing on my fucking ass before they got me! I used to crowd-surf with the guitar. I almost broke my ass, literally my tailbone. I just don’t do it any more. If someone’s gonna stage-dive, catch their ass and be supportive – don’t be a fucking asshole and get out of the way!” FIND IT: 4 Of A Kind (1988) THE HEAVIEST SONG EVER IS…

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath “The heaviest song ever written is still, to this day, fucking Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath. It’s unbeatable and will never, ever fuckin’ be out-heavied. It’s the most evil song ever, easy. It’s the most eerie song ever, it’s the heaviest song ever – the lyrics could not be more creepy.The album cover is the fucking best, and it started a whole fucking generation. Besides the bridge where it gets climatic, there’s three notes in the fucking heaviest song of all time! No-one has ever come close to that scariness for me, and, to be honest, I don’t think anyone will come out with something that tops it.” FIND IT: Black Sabbath (1970)


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A SECRET ABOUT ONE OF MY SONGS IS…

Slipknot “We recorded my drums in a small room. Everyone was in there, right in my space.When we did the song, we all drank, we each got a little bottle of cough syrup and slammed it – we were all tripping balls on it! We went in, turned the lights down, the producers were in there, the techs were in there and you could not move.We were right in each other’s faces, drank all this remedy liquid and I counted in the song.We were in such a fucking zone, it could never, ever be recorded again like that.” FIND IT: Iowa (2001) THE LAST SONG I LISTENEDTO WAS…

Take Me Out To The Ballgame Melvins

THE SONG YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT TO FIND ON MY IPOD IS…

More Than A Woman Bee Gees

“I’m a huge Melvins fan. They’re pretty much my favourite band of all time. I was just listening to their new record, Basses Loaded, so the last song I actually listened to was Take Me Out To The Ballgame, which is the last track on it. That record just came out, make sure you check it out – as well as Ozma, Bullhead, Houdini and The Maggot. Go and graze on the amazing back catalogue and the genius of this band!” FIND IT: Basses Loaded (2016)

“There’s a ton. I actually have the entire Bee Gees collection on my iPod.Which song? I don’t know… fucking More Than A Woman? They are the kings of falsetto, for sure. I don’t even care who the fuck you are, you just cannot go wrong with the Bee Gees.You know, before I discovered KISS, when I was five years old, the Bee Gees were my band.Then I turned!” FIND IT: Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977)

THE HARDEST SONG OF MINE TO PLAY IS…

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME WANT TO CRY IS…

Scissors Slipknot “Fuck! Man, this is fucking tough.You know what, I won’t say it’s hard to play, necessarily, but it’s very intricate as far as the space and time of things that need to happen within the song, and that song is Scissors – the last song on the first Slipknot record. It’s not technically difficult, but the many things going on and which need to happen to make the song sound right are all controlled by the drums. There’s so many things going on, so if my tempo is too fast, this song sucks. It’s a very emotional movement – that’s why it’s the last song on the record. We really needed to be in the zone for this one because you cannot play that song if you’re not in the mood. When we used to play this song live, I’d do a fucking insane drum solo before the end. The song is like a fucking head-fuck and you have to have your emotion and your head in it to even start it. That’s a tough one.” FIND IT: Slipknot (1999)

Isn’t She Lovely Stevie Wonder “It’s gotta be Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder. This one gets me every time! He’s the man, an absolute musical genius.You sit there and you try to learn it, and you stop yourself after a couple bars, like,‘How in the hell did he write this?’ It pisses me off! So, cheers, Mr Wonder, this song gives me the eye fountains. I salute it!” FIND IT: Songs In The Key Of Life (1976) THE GREATEST SONG EVER WRITTEN IS…

N.I.B. Black Sabbath “Nothing beats this riff! People can try all they want, but no-one’s gonna get close. First of all, I love the song because it’s catchy – one of the catchiest riffs of all time.Then on top of that, it’s heavy.Tony Iommi [guitar] is simply unbeatable. Bill Ward [drums] will forever be the forefather and god of metal drumming. And Geezer Butler [bass] is the only guy that can pull off a bass solo through a whole song and still hold a rhythm.” FIND IT: Black Sabbath (1970)

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R AT I N G S KKKKK = CLASSIC KKKK = EXCELLENT KKK = GOOD KK = AVERAGE K = POOR

PLUS: ROBYN G. SHIELS BROADCAST, GLASGOW. 09.08.16

KKKK WORDS: SAM LAW PHOTOS: ANDY GALLAGHER

FRANK IERO RETURNS IN NOISY, NASTY FASHION AS HIS DIGITAL HARDCORE DUO DECIMATE GLASGOW SOME FIRES will simply not be extinguished.When Frank Iero bounces onstage tonight, there’s familiar focus in his eyes, that hint of mischievous excitement still twinkling through. He’s hemmed-in, not by bouncers or barrier, but by a sold-out roomful of bodies straining for a glimpse of their idol.Tonight may not be what you’re used to from Frank, but the sense of doing it for music’s sake is instantly familiar. The flash of excitement that met speculation of an MCReunion last month was powerful enough to collapse the Kerrang! website.The disappointment at said rumour’s emptiness was profound. But such is the deep love for the members of that band that even 62 KERRANG!

something as far away from the marching beat of The Black Parade as Death Spells can drum up enthusiasm from people who might never have heard anything like them before. As a live experience, Death Spells is just about as far from MCR’s glory days as imaginable.They’re at home in dingy basements like this, for one thing. And there’s not a six-string or cymbal in sight. Most crucially, there’s no concession to showmanship – Frank and his über-talented electronic other-half James Dewees remain hunched over programming-boards while splatter-stained background projections sit strangely at odds with the uncompromised focus and abrasive distortion of their synthesised sonic nightmares.

Frank Iero took playing Twister really seriously

Right from the excellent acoustic death-folk of Irish opener Robyn G. Shiels – including a mean cover of Aussie hellraisers Rose Tattoo’s Assault & Battery – though, tonight transcends the glitchcoreawkwardness, reaching out to the same open-minded outsiders who’ve seen something of themselves in the textured emotional density of all Iero’s post-My Chemical Romance output. The delicate, doomy keyboards running through Quaainterlude and End Of Life early on might have to contend with a load of distracted, loud chatter from the audience, sure. But the unhinged aggro, pounding bass and psychotropic synths of Where Are My Fucking Pills? doesn’t take long to shut them up. Underneath It All beautifully echoes latter-day NIN – with its understated melody and overpowering bass interweaving around Frank’s distinctly Trent Reznor-ish vocals. And despite outrageously good closer Fantastic Bastards heralding a sweat-off-theceiling meltdown – and a limb-twisting crowd-surge as Frank stops twiddling knobs long enough to hurl himself into the crowd – it’s wrapped around the sort of fiercely impassioned sing-along that’d have done MCR proud. For a few here, admittedly, the juddering, digital noise of Death Spells is a bridge too far from Frank’s more famous band. But, for the majority, it’s another step forward on modern rock’s most intriguing odyssey. Intoxicating atmosphere. Inky vibrance. Cathartic euphoria. A good show, then? Oh yes. It’s the darkest kinda magic…


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STAR SHOUT!

FRANK IERO (DEATH SPELLS, VOCALS/ PROGRAMMING)

HOW WAS THAT FOR YOU, FRANK? “Well, I promised chaos when people asked what to expect from the Death Spells shows – and it was total chaos! It’s the first show where people have actually heard the songs and knew the lyrics. That’s fucking nuts! It was awesome, really great. I didn’t know what to expect going in – the early DS shows were like,‘Yeah, you keep your eyes closed and face the floor because people want to fight you for even playing!’ But now it’s like, ‘Okay, they’re here to see you!’ so I opened my eyes a couple of times!” HOW DOES IT FEEL PERFORMING SUCH A DIFFERENT STYLE OF MUSIC TO FANS WHO KNOW YOU FROM MY CHEM? “I feel that those people are very brave. It’s the funniest thing, just because there are members of certain bands, it’s not always for fans of those bands. But I think it’s cool that we found ‘the weird kids’ from that. It’s definitely the weirdos out there!”

So what’s the band called, lads? Spells Death?

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STAR SHOUT!

ROB DAMIANI

DB were going to fit their legs behind their heads if it was the last thing they did

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WERE THERE ANY ISSUES WITH PLAYING THE PRIORITIES ALBUM IN FULL? “Yeah, Y definitely! It took a lot of practice re-learning some of the songs.” HOW LONG DID YOU SPEND REHEARSING? “Probably not as long as we should have! The words were completely gone – I’m only starting to nail the actual lyrics now. There’s a couple of bits where me and Adam [Marc, touring keyboards] are harmonising, and we’re just harmonising completely different words because we’re getting them wrong. But we’ve got a little routine now where we look at each other and we do little dance moves to try and trigger the words.”

DON BROCO O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON. 08.08.16

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QFOUR YEARS ago this week, Don Broco released Priorities, the album that introduced them to the world. And tonight, they’re playing it in full. This tour – which tomorrow will see the Bedford boys play follow-up Automatic, also in its entirety – was deliberately booked into smaller venues to keep things “intimate and basically create a really sweaty club show,” explains frontman Rob Damiani. When he takes to the stage – in what looks like the top half of some fetching M&S pyjamas – the vocalist leads the crowd through the album’s songs much like you’d hear them were you to press play on Spotify: muchos tunes, and minimal chat. Highlights from the 2012 record include Whole Truth and Actors (which incites the sort of pit usually reserved for Hatebreed shows) although it’s difficult to pick them out since all 11 tracks fly by in a whirlwind. Quite literally for guitarist Simon Delaney, who navigates the stage like a ballroom-dancing whippet. While bassist Tom Doyle, who wasn’t actually in the band when they

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recorded their debut, makes it sound like a far funkier affair live. As the stage darkens during the encore, fans air their requests in a mixed up chant of “onemore-song”, “Don-Bro-co” and “Thug-WorkOut”. And since Broco are such nice blokes, they get all three. First, there’s a run-through of new song Everybody – as heavy as it is lairy (like Thug Workout’s cool older brother), it’s an exciting indication of what we might expect from their next album. But there’s only one song to finish out a show devoted to the first half of Don Broco’s career, and it’s the ‘one with the press-ups’, which culminates in the biggest, and possibly most polite, wall-of-death you can fit into Islington’s O2 Academy. On Rob’s cue, both sides run into the centre, creating a huge crush of bodies. “Thank you! We’ve been Don Broco!” grins the frontman, as everyone stands there squished and euphoric, most of them ready to do it all over again tomorrow.

Rob was always so vein onstage…

Invisible hurdles: Sadly missing from the Rio Olympics


ISSUE 1633 AUG 20, 2016

Heston Blumenthal really cooked up a storm with Descendents

FLAG PLUS: HARD SKIN UNDERWORLD, LONDON. 01.08.16

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FORMER BLACK FLAG BLOKES TREAT LONDON TO A LITTLE OLD-SCHOOL HARDCORE DAMAGE QJUST BEFORE tonight’s final song, Keith Morris – Flag’s diminutive dreadlocked frontman – grins and says, “I’ll be singing this for the rest of my life.” The song, Nervous Breakdown, was Black Flag’s first single and, almost four decades on, sends the pit – indeed, the whole room – absolutely berserk. The crowd have already been revvedup by Hard Skin, tattooed Oi! revivalists with a golden gift for chant-along choruses. But it’s the presence of these genuine punk legends – four former Black Flag members, plus Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton (substituting for founder Greg Ginn, who leads his own, unloved version of Black Flag) – that’s responsible for the electricity in the room. Partly its their historical importance – it’s hard to imagine U.S. hardcore and everything that followed without their influence or example. Mostly, it’s these songs, and the breathless joy with which Flag deliver them. Tonight, they blitz through most of the early Black Flag songbook (nothing past bassist Chuck Dukowski’s sublime paranoid anthem My War) like a runaway train, with Keith a gleeful partystarter in a way that later Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins never was. This is no self-indulgent nostalgia-fest, however, and the enduring power of tracks like Police Story, Depression, Padded Cell and Damaged (barked by furnace-throated guitarist Dez Cadena, himself a former Black Flag vocalist), is a tribute to the songs’ fierce riffs and uncompromising vocals, but also the blistering spirit of these 50- and 60-something punks, who could easily mop the floor with groups a third of their age. Let’s hope Keith will be singing Nervous Breakdown for decades to come. STEVIE CHICK

BRYAN ADAMS SANDOWN PARK RACECOURSE, ESHER. 04.08.16

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THE GROOVER FROM VANCOUVER TREATS SURREY TO A NIGHT AT THE RACES QTHERE ARE a few things that only dad-rock legend Bryan Adams really knows for sure. Like, ‘What’s it like to spend a third of a yearr at the top of the chart with one song?’ In tonight’s case, the question is, ‘How does it feel to have a horse race as your opener, instead of a support band?’ As you head to get a drink, you can also stop to have a flutter on the 8:35 at Sandown, before visiting the champagne bar to blow your winnings. It’s a bit of a weird setting for a gig, but a gig it is, and when Bryan finally arrives onstage, after no less than four races have galloped past, we’re quickly transported to radio-rock Heaven. You’re more likely to win on a 100-1 bet than hear an instruction to “Open this fucking shit up, Sandown!” but the sheer class and songwriting perfection of mega-anthem Summer Of ’69, Run To You’s sizzling lust and the huge sing-along of 18 ’Til I Die is absolutely mesmerising. Soppy power-ballad Heaven is even soppier and several times more power-ballady than usual, and when he drops (Everything I Do) I Do It for You – that chart-squatting mega-smash – you can probably hear the sing-along in Canada. So, we don’t actually know what it’s like to try to follow a horse race. But we do know what it’s like to see someone do it without putting a hoof wrong. NICK RUSKELL

STAR SHOUT!

MILO AUKERMAN (DESCENDENTS, VOCALS)

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE PLAYING AT THE SEASIDE? “I like to be by the ocean. It’s very tempting to just go and dip my toes in. How do I like Blackpool as a town? Everyone I’ve met here has been really friendly. I feel very welcome here!”

WINTER GARDENS, BLACKPOOL. 04 – 07.08.16

ANARCHY AT THE UK SEASIDE! POP-PUNK LEGENDS TOP-OFF PUNK FEST’S TWENTIETH BIRTHDAY BASH WORDS: SAM LAW PHOTOS: DOD MORRISON

Q FORTY YEARS of punk.Twenty of Rebellion Festival.There’s certainly no shortage of milestones to celebrate for the 10,000-odd mohawks, skins and riot grrrls descending on the North-Eastern seafront. Blackpool’s Winter Gardens – an opulent Victorian maze connecting chandelier-filled ballrooms, richly-carpeted drinking halls and ornate attic bars – might not seem an obvious venue to pack out with stud jackets, bleached jeans and face tattoos. But boasting almost 300 acts over four days, that’s just what Team Rebellion have delivered. Overflowing with energy and youthful insolence, Brighton skate-punks GNARWOLVES

We regretted following Dwarves on Snapchat

AFTER 40 YEARS, IS PUNK STILL IMPORTANT IN 2016? “For me, [punk] has always been something that allowed me to blossom as a person. To me, that self-affirmative nature will make punk persist. But it’s very relevant right now. You guys have Brexit, we have Donald Trump. We’re not a political band, but there’s just so much to comment on right now!”

(KKKK) prove confrontational ambassadors for the younger generation, cheekily calling out their amassed elders’ empty dress-up and fading ethos.They’re not accusations DWARVES (KKKK) would take lying down, mind. All hardcore attitude, luchador masks and male nudity, that the Chicago veterans’ unhinged performance manages to make firebrand Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri look like ‘the shy, retiring one’ says it all, really. And they’re still not the wildest on show.That’s a toss-up between D-beat legends DISCHARGE (KKKK), who look an awful lot like starting a riot out in the car park, and NYHC bruisers AGNOSTIC FRONT (KKKK) who (predictably) fire up the ribbruising pit of the weekend. In terms of manic adulation, though, no-one can touch DESCENDENTS (KKKKK). Forget Milo Aukerman’s ‘full-time’ return to music. Tonight’s one-off UK drop-in from the So-Cal proto-pop-punks still crackles with a tangible sense of occasion. They’re a band with it all: the guts, the indomitability, the smarts. Most importantly, they’ve got the songs. Cuts like My Dad Sucks, Myage and I Like Food sprawl back over nearly four decades of their own.Yet there’s no slack. No dilapidation. No tedium. No chance they’re not leaving this roomful of stoic hard-nuts a sweaty, teary mess. Blackpool, you asked for ‘PUNK AS FUCK’. And you got it. KERRANG! 65


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BLINK-182 TAKE OFF YOUR PANTS AND JACKET REISSUE (SRCVINYL)

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ARGUABLY THE DEFINITIVE POP-PUNK ALBUM GETS REISSUED ON DOUBLE DELUXE COLOURED VINYL… AND RE-REVIEWED BY NONE OTHER THAN NECK DEEP’S BEN BARLOW! “I WAS very young when I got into Take Off Your Pants And Jacket – it was a 2001 release, so that would’ve made me seven years old. It was around the time I was getting into skating and music in general. It was a good time for alternative music. I was also just getting into New Found Glory, Green Day and Slipknot, too. It was really at a time when I was discovering this world and this culture. “blink were one of the first bands that truly stuck out to me. We had been ‘passed down’ a lot of music and influences from my older brother, but blink, along with New Found Glory, were probably the first two bands me and my other brother discovered for ourselves. At the time, I guess I loved that it was punk music we had been exposed to early on, but it was also 66 KERRANG!

new and exciting – it was catchy and more melodic to me, which to young, impressionable ears was one of the most important things. That’s still something I love about blink even now, along with lyrics that can make you think, cry, laugh and relate to. They were definitely the first, and maybe one of the only, bands I ever went past just liking the music. “Once I went through their back catalogue and heard The Mark, Tom & Travis Show and watched documentaries like The Urethra Chronicles and Riding In Vans With Boys, I realised that it was also their attitudes and sense of humour that got me in. And I think without blink, I wouldn’t be the same person now. My love for juvenile toilet humour and fart noises is probably down to blink, but so is my love for music and songwriting. They were the first band that I ever claimed were my favourite, and they still are

now. I owe a lot to blink-182. “How do I feel about Take Off Your Pants And Jacket 15 years after its release? I still love it. It’s a timeless album: hit after hit after hit. I could probably say that about most blink records, but TOYPAJ was the first blink album I ever heard, and compared to the rest of their discography, it has a polish about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of blink’s stuff – the self-titled and the later releases are still great – but this is pop-punk done to its best. Along with Enema Of The State, it’s probably the best pop-punk record of all time. OF ALL TIME (Kanye voice).” DOWNLOAD: The Rock Show, First Date, Anthem Part Two. FOR FANS OF: New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Good Charlotte. BEN BARLOW


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WHAT’S MY NAME AGAIN? Before settling on its masturbatory pun, other names for the album were Genital Ben and If You See Kay (see what they did there?). Interestingly, said pun was actually coined by Tom DeLonge’s guitar tech. Who they later had to settle with out of court for using it.

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HOME IS SUCH A LONELY PLACE Stay Together For The Kids spawned one of blink’s most sobering videos. What most people don’t know is that footage of the family house falling apart were reshot in light of September 11 – the original was strikingly similar to footage of the World Trade Center collapsing.

BBAD D TALKERS This one may feel f a bit like a mash-up of Cream and, again, Deep Purple, but once the boogie gets thrown down, you won’t be able to resist.

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LITTLEE BOY Y PREACHER It’d be hard not to imagine bigger crowds gathered for mass if churches had music like this blasting out of their PAs every Sunday, with singer Elin Larsson as leader of the cult.

ABOUT TAKE OFF YOUR PANTS AND JACKET! THE (SECRET) ROCK SHOW Travis Barker was incredibly proud of his performance on the album, telling K!: “I’m doing drum beats on there that if Mark and Tom knew what they were, they would definitely kill me; I’ve got Cuban rhythms going on!”

GONEE SO LONG Who the song refers f to may be a mystery, but you believe every word that comes from Elin’s mouth. It’s like that song Adele did for James Bond. But better.

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YOU Y U GOTTA TRY T Could this be a lost recording of Janis Joplin jamming with Led Zeppelin? Of course not. But that would be ace, which, in turn, makes this ace. WON’TT GO BACK W When you’ve got a guitarist as good as Dorian Sorriaux, it would be plain rude not to let him use all those fancy ’70s effects pedals he’s been collecting.

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THIS ALBUM IS MOSTLY MADE UP OF… 25% Hippie stuff 30% Riff worship

45% Mega vocals

0% Opening up that pit

WORDS: AMIT SHARMA

“IT’S PROBABLY THE BEST POPPUNK RECORD OF ALL TIME”

LADY IN GOLD A honky-tonk piano kicks off riff worship about a lady called Death, an individual as hypnotic as the song the vintage rockers devised in her honour. This is what Blues Pills do best, daring to imagine what it would have been like if Aretha Franklin fronted Deep Purple in a cosmic blur of crackling fuzz and feel-good soul.

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KKKK = CLASSIC KKKK K = EXCELLENT KKK K = GOOD KK K = AVERAGE K = POOR

THIEF YOUR WILDERNESS

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KKK UK PROGGERS PREFER LIFE ON THE FLOATY SIDE ON EPIC 11TH FULL-LENGTH Q IFYOU’RE the kind of person who needs some wallop in your music,Your Wilderness is probably not for you. However, if you’re partial to ethereal music so gentle it feels like it might break if you pay too much attention to it, then prepare to fall in love.To be fair,The Pineapple Thief have their grittier moments.Take Your Shot – with its rock-out climax reminiscent of Tom Petty’s Runnin’ Down A Dream – kicks some arse, as does The Final Thing On My Mind when they open up.That TPT are otherwise routinely sublime when remaining lower key makes for immersive listening, and don’t be surprised if they lull you to sleep. In a good way. DOWNLOAD: Take Your Shot. For Fans Of: Anathema, Porcupine Tree.

LYRIC OF THE WEEK ‘Way down where the sun can’t shine!’ sings William DuVall during the chorus to GTO’s second single. Except it sounds a bit like ‘wee’, which makes this kinda awkward. BAND: Giraffe Tongue Orchestra SONG: Blood Moon ALBUM: Broken Lines

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MY ONLY THIS ROOM & YOU

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KK EMO REVIVALISTS GET A LITTLE BIT (TOO) BUSY ON THEIR DEBUT EP QIF WE learned one thing from My Chemical Romance’s internetbreaking teaser, aside from the fact they like toying with us, it’s that the term emo is now in vogue once again. So, with the window between what’s new w and what’s nostalgicc truncated to less than a decade, a wave of bands are now emerging for which the likes of MCR represented year zero. Norfolk/Cambridge quartet My Only are among that number, though they’re attempting to pay back that musical debt in increments too mismatched to make a dent. Take juddering cut-and-shut opener A Little (Less), for example; if anything, it’s the bluecollar boisterousness shared by the likes of contemporaries like Basement that satisfies more than the Brand New worship it’s spliced with. Caught awkwardly between the present and the past, we can only hope future releases hit a smoother, more assured stride. DOWNLOAD: Saboteur. FOR FANS OF: Brand New, Moose Blood. JAMES HICKIE

SEX PISTOLS LIVE ’76 (UNIVERSAL)

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SLEEVE OF THE WEEK Meshuggah are far more than just a band – the Swedish techmetal titans are basically the Eighth Wonder of the World. And the album art for upcoming eighth full-length The Violent Sleep Of Reason had to be extra-special. Et voilà!

the Sex Pistols were, but this was the band that changed everything.This brief period of touring shit venues took place before their sole studio album exploded into the mainstream, but the groundswell that burst into punk like a rotten boil was already growing fast. Listen now and you can hear the feedback and the heckling between songs. The fact that they could barely play barely matters, but the fact that it sounds like it was recorded at the bottom of a tar pit makes this more aural archaeology than anything you’d actually listen to for fun. DOWNLOAD: Anarchy In The UK. FOR FANS OF: Ramones, Misfits. PAUL TRAVERS

BLACK FOXXES I’M NOT WELL

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KKKK HARD-BITING DEBUT FROM THE FASTRISING, G FEEROCIOUS EXETER ALT.ROCKERS QCOMETH THE hour, cometh the Foxx. After years of graft and overcoming illness (hence the title), Black Foxxes’ debut full-length fulfils the promise of their blistering gigs and excellent Pines EP. Raw emotion bleeds from each word frontman Mark Holley delivers in his crackly howl, but more impressive is the dynamic range the trio draw from.Whether weaving dreamy ’80s guitar into Maple Summer’s riffy panic attacks, or going from whisper to explosive grunge hurricane on River, their diverse tunes are rough and smooth in all the right places. Few debuts seethe with a hunger to take on the greats. Even fewer have the songs to back it up. Black Foxxes do here, and their time may just be upon them. DOWNLOAD: Husk. FOR FANS OF: Milk Teeth, Brand New. JAMES MACKINNON

VIDEO OF THE WEEK PURPLE LAMBORGHINI, SKRILLEX & RICK ROSS

Why is it that Jared Leto’s Joker is barely in Suicide Squad? Well, it could be because all footage of him in his funday best got used in Skrillex’s new video. He works a dancefloor before heading out for a quick spot of boating. Some people get to have all the fun!

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THE COLOR MORALE DESOLATE DIVINE (FEARLESS)

KKK U.S. BRUISERS PROVE A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR HELPS THE METALCORE GO DOWN Q‘POSITIVITY WITH punch.’ ‘Bruising beatdowns layered in candyfloss melody.’ ‘Music that’ll break your teeth, if it doesn’t rot them out first.’ Describe it as you will, but the hybridised, syrupy thump being peddled by The Color Morale is modern metalcore’s take on having your cake and eating it. The Rockford, Illinois, boys aren’t even shy about it. Desolation: fist-flinging menace. Divine: pop-punk effervescence. Simples. Fortunately, songs like soaring single Walls, the wounded Misery Hates Company and Fauxtographic Memory (surely a contender for this year’s most pretentiously-titled track) pack in enough horizon-hopping post-rock scope, overproduced sonic heft and moments of sheer fist-pumping joy to equal more than the sum of their derivative parts. Neither desolate nor divine, then. Still, worth a spin. DOWNLOAD: Clip Paper Wings, Walls. FOR FANS OF: Parkway Drive, Hellions, SAM LAW

ERIK CHANDLER BAND THE TRUTH (BRANDO/TWELVE.22)

KKKK BOWLING FOR SOUP BASSIST OPENS NEW TIN OF SPARKY, EMOTIVE PUNK-POP QWHILE COMEDY punk fireworks always spark when Erik Chandler is onstage with Bowling For Soup, this solo album is fun of a different kind. It’s exactly how BFS would sound if they wrote an album with Brian Fallon, never more so than on Malibu Classic, its wistful Americana frothing in fizzy hard rock soda.Where Did You Go is blindingly good punky pop (definitely not ‘pop-punk’) and follows the similarly titled but entirely differentYou Were Gone. Here, Erik invites us into his lonely hotel room where he feels ‘just like suicide’. Each and every introspective moment is followed by cause for celebration, tempering the high-octane rockouts with careful notes of regret.‘I care more than I let on’, he heartily purrs on Honestly. THERE’S SOMETHING absolutely awesome about metal DVDs. Good ones, anyway. Something that makes the experience of rewatching the loudest shows on Earth from the comfort of your armchair brilliant, rather than feeling like you’re only getting half the force of the real thing. And here we have two positively excellent examples of the oeuvre. First,

TWISTED SISTER with METAL MELTDOWN (KKKK). The first of four in a series of live documents from the retiring New Jersey reprobates, this first instalment finds Dee Snider and co telling Las Vegas ‘I wanna rock’ in honour of late drummer AJ Pero. All the energy and sweat of Dee – one of metal’s most energised, electric performers


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IN THE early 1980s, no band epitomised pure blazing heavy metal quite like Judas Priest. Packing razor-sharp riffs, howling solos and ball-bursting vocals into stadium-levelling anthems, the Brummie legends were more metal than the titanium plate in Slayer frontman Tom Araya’s neck. Even the cover featured a beastie called the Metallian.“Only those who keep the faith shall escape the wrath of the Metallian… Master of all metal,” it said on the back cover, just in case anyone still thought this might be pop or soft rock. Defenders Of The Faith was an important album for Priest.Their previous outing, Screaming For Vengeance, had broken an already established British institution worldwide and they needed a wrecking-ball of an album to cement their Metal God status.The emergence of Metallica and the thrash pack had also upped the ante, but on tracks like furious opener Freewheel Burning and the epic The Sentinel they proved they were up to the challenge.Thirty-two years on, they’re still defending the faith, but this remains one of Judas Priest’s – and heavy metal’s – finest hours.

ABERDEEN FIVE-PIECE PROVE BEYOND DOUBT ROCK’N’ROLL LIVES WITH NEW EP

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OF MICE & MEN – REAL The second single from OM&M’s fourth full-length is a bit of a ripper! Turn it up LOUD.

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SET IT OFF – LIFE AFRAID Could this be the pop-punk anthem of summer 2016?

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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – FAILURE If it sounds like Dream Theater meets Enya, it can only be the work of Mr Hevy Devy.

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SHVPES – TWO MINUTES OF HATE We’re still scratching our heads over what genre SHVPES fall under, but, either way, this kicks like a mule.

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STEVE ’N’ SEAGULLS – ACES HIGH Maiden meets Baa Baa Black Sheep is pretty… special. Expect more barmy bluegrass covers from album two.

QIT’S AN unmatchable feeling, refreshing even, to hear a band who just want to play good old-fashioned rock’n’roll. ColdYears unquestionably prove they fall into this category with Death Chasers. Not caring about subgenres, r tracks like Song For Our Ghosts just hit hard and heavy. Echoing the great r voices of Springsteen and Strummer, singer Ross Gordon puts a fair amount of heart in this, too, with Spit Blood disguising the frustration of growing up in today’s society as a love song. Sounding close to Gaslight and Foo Fighters, you’d be forgiven for thinking ColdYears are the next best thing from America. Nope.This exciting five-piece v are actually from Aberdeen. DOWNLOAD: Spit Blood. FOR FANS OF: Green Day, Foo Fighters. NEALE McGEEVER

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DID YOU FEEL ANY PRESSURE TO MATCH THE SUCCESS OF SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE? ROB HALFORD (VOCALS):“By then, we were aware that you had to think a little bit more about what you were doing musically in terms of maintaining the momentum. It’s funny, because we played the US Festival in California to 300,000 people then the next day we started work on Defenders Of The Faith.The shocker when we got there was that the studio was gutted. Everything was gone: the desk, all the tape machines… it was just a shell.We’d gone from one of the biggest moments of our lives just 48 hours earlier to this studio where we were looking at

Q ALL FIVE tracks on this EP have a something in common: a huge chorus surrounded, largely, by filler.That’s’ not a total slight on Milestones, because those choruses, especially on opener Call Me Disaster,r are bloody massive.And considering that this is their debut, that’s no small feat.That it is their debut, however, is probably also the reason for its downfall, as everything else lives in the shadow of those moments, making for an otherwise forgettable set of songs. Still, with k knack for a vocal melody, they’ve Matt Clarke’s got the raw materials to do better in future if they can just come out of their shell musically. DOWNLOAD: Call Me Disaster. FOR FANS OF: You Me At Six, As It Is.

each other and going, ‘What the fuck is going on?’” HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO RECORD THE ALBUM, THEN? “I have a vivid memory of the band rolling this big mixing desk back into the studio on logs past a stagnant fish pond with dying fish in it. It was remarkable. We look back on that moment with fondness but, at the time, we were losing our minds because we had a lot of work to do. For the first two or three weeks we were in limbo.” HOW WAS IT WHEN YOU ACTUALLY GOT STARTED? “We had a great time making that record with an abundance of alcohol and neardeath experiences. Ian [Hill, bass] drove rental car after rental car into that big pond at the front of the studio at 4am. The company said, ‘We’re not gonna give you any more cars because you’ve destroyed too many. We’ve only got a couple left.’ It was complete insanity, but somehow we were able to make a great record.” HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN EAT ME ALIVE WAS SINGLED OUT BY PRESSURE GROUP THE PMRC AS ONE OF ITS ‘FILTHY FIFTEEN’? “I remember we put the song together after a drunken night out. I was off my face, barely holding onto the microphone and just making up words. Priest and other British bands had a hard time in the States, but we understood immediately that in some terms it was politically motivated. Then again, the lyrics are pretty bold (laughs).That’s what you get out of a drunken stupor.”

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– somehow makes it into the camera, making this salute to his fallen friend a suitably rocking experience. Next, we head from Vegas to Germany, for LIVE AT WACKEN 2015 – 26 YEARS LOUDER THAN HELL (KKKK), featuring all the highlights of last summer’s metal megafest. There’s Judas Priest thrashing

through Painkiller, Cannibal Corpse roaring through Evisceration Plague, and 80,000 Deutsch metalheads going

apeshit throughout. If you’re watching this on the sofa with a tube of Pringles, you’ll definitely wish you were there.Which is kinda the point: this DVD might just be the kick up the arse you need to invest in a ticket next year. No other festival could boldly claim to be ‘Louder Than Hell’ – at least not without bending the truth.

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ALL THE BEST GEAR FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF PLANET ROCK AND BEYOND!

filled with hate and bigotry, you might be questioning how he’s come to be so popular with large swathes of the American voting public.As this T-shirt proposes: mind control, innit. £10.67 Ebay.co.uk

Our rule here at Kerrang! is that summer officially ends when Reading & Leeds do. That’s a week away. Still time to rock these Tonight Alive sunnies, then! £6.99 Impericon.com

Series 10 of Doctor Who has Regular readers of this page will be aware Long socks are cool. Poké Ballrecently started filming.This book of that it just isn’t Klobber if there isn’t tie-dye branded long socks are cooler. Whoniverse-themed fairy tales will have swag somewhere.The fact that Bloodstock But use them to contain legs, to do until we can get in the Doctor’s (!) have got in on the action is proof that the not Jigglypuff. box again. Sounds rude. Unintentional. trend is officially DEAD DEAD DEAD. £8.99 Impericon.com £12.08 Amazon.co.uk £30 Bmerch.com

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BACK Kerrang! is very excited about A Day To Remember being back. How excited? Well, so much so that we all went on a day trip to a toxic waste factory. Fun was had, although unfortunately, some of us fell in. This T-shirt features the new profile of Kerrang! Deputy Art Editor Matt Dykzeul. £10 Grindstore.com

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This lovely top comes to you courtesy of Of Mice & Men. It’s not actually made out of real roses, so don’t worry, you’ll be able to rule the pit without fear of impaling yourself on thorns. £10 Grindstore.com

We like our metal like we like our coffee: black, and covered in spikes. That’s not right. Still, get this Bathory cup. £6.99 Grindstore.com

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If, like us, you’re enjoying pretending to know stuff about sport for a month, then this Nerf bow and arrow may be of use to you. Archery really is one of the best things about the Olympics. Robin Hood was just a prototype Kriss Akabusi, really. £19.49 Smythstoys.com


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BEAUTIFUL This isn’t a Dillinger Escape Plan T-shirt. No! It’s a Dillinger handkerchief that’s been cut into the shape of a T-shirt.We’re just so sad about them calling it a day.WAH. £14.99 Impericon.com

Neck Deep make pretty good T-shirts, Everyone is saying the Suicide Squad movie on a consistent basis. So why they’ve is proper dogger. Cheer Jared up by buying made a T-shirt featuring Kerrang! this Joker figurine, then taking him for a Listings Editor James Hingle post-toxic nice day out.The park, perhaps. Or fishing. waste factory visit, we don’t know. £49.99 Forbiddenplanet.com £14.99 Grindstore.com

IN “ONE SHOULD EITHER BE A WORK OF ART,” SAID OSCAR WILDE, “OR WEAR A WORK OF ART…” SO, HERE’S A KLOBBER JEWELLERY SPECIAL! You know what your fingers need? A creepy death mask ring. Marilyn Manson is looking at this page, rubbing his thighs.Well, aren’t you, Marilyn? £19.81 Etsy.com

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This MCR-inspired choker is a cool thing. Sort of like an emo dog-tag. Incidentally, war would be so much better if it was fought between emos. Nobody would die, everyone would just sit down, listen to Finch and hug. £11.89 Etsy.com

BACK Check out this new Slipknot T-shirt. Cool, huh? Slipknot: awesome metal chops, terrible window cleaners. £15.99 Grindstore.com

It’s a bit weird that the box on this Nirvana-themed necklace isn’t actually heart-shaped. But if you overlook that, it’s a pretty natty thing. Best keep the Brasso to hand, mind. £15.85 Etsy.com

Like Laurel and Hardy, Dan and Phil and Netflix and chill, twenty one pilots come as a pair, so you need both of these necklaces in your life.You have to pay extra for eyes for them both, though. £11.89 Etsy.com

Got big holes in your earlobes? Like pretty things? You must obtain these snowglobe plugs! Only there’s no snow in them, just little hearts floating around aimlessly. Sorry, bit emo. No idea what’s got into us this week. £8 Etsy.com

Save your money to buy this awesome Attack On Titan money bank. Bit chicken and the egg this blurb, isn’t it? $22.99 (£17.74) Bigbadtoystore.com

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MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK JUSTIN PIERRE GETS ALL NOSTALGIC AS THE POP-PUNK VETERANS LOOK SET TO BOW OUT WITH NOTHING BUT LOVE IN THEIR HEARTS… PASS THE TISSUES!

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HI, JUSTIN! HOW ARE YOU FEELING AHEAD OF YOUR LAST-EVER UK TOUR? JUSTIN PIERRE (VOCALS/GUITAR): “In the moment I’ll have a better answer (laughs)… I think I’m done trying to imagine things in that way because you’re sort of dragging around this heavy object that’s not allowing you to be completely free. I can’t imagine it will be anything other than a good time for everyone.” TALKING OF TIME, WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO CALL IT A DAY NOW? “We’ve all hit a point where we’ve all done this one thing for a very long time and it’s weird. The main thing, at least for me, is I’m looking forward to having another life experience. The main thing is, we’re a band at a certain level, so part of our lives are on hold because you never know what is going to happen. Any sort of life stuff that you have planned just sort of goes on hold, which is jarring if you have kids and a significant other – you can never fully commit to anything in that realm. As terrifying as it is, it’s nice to have that life experience and have the time to be a father and husband, and I’m very excited about that.”

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SOUNDS GOOD. HOW DO YOU FEEL THE UK HAS TREATED YOU GUYS OVER THE YEARS? “Very well, and especially in the beginning. I think the first tour we ever did was with Sugarcult, which was great, and it seemed like that having bands like that and playing for their audiences meant people got to know us over

“IT’S GOOFY AS F**K, BUT I’M SO FULL OF LOVE” JUSTIN PIERRE there. I feel like it was mind-blowing because the first few times we came back, people knew us and our songs, and it felt so great.” HAS IT BEEN HARD PICKING THE PERFECT MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK SET? “Well, I think we’ve found a pretty cool group of songs. We do get a few requests from fans on the night, so we throw a couple more in, but we’ve found a really good flow. I think, for us, that’s the most important thing – to find a

bunch of songs that have a nice momentum to them, that’s the trick! It has only taken us 20 years to figure that out (laughs).” HAS BRINGING TONY THAXTON BACK IN ON DRUMS HELPED THAT FLOW? “Oh, it’s great. It was such a weird thing, I feel like we knew we were going to do this and then he got wind of it. I think he talked to Matt [Taylor, bass] and was like, ‘Hey, just throwing this out there, but I’d be interested in doing this.’ So, it just fell together and made sense in the right way.” FINALLY, DO YOU HAVE ONE FINAL MESSAGE FOR YOUR FANS BEFORE THIS TOUR BEGINS? “I was trying to think of something really funny and clever to say, but I can’t say it enough, even though it is goofy as fuck, but I’m just so full of love these days. The fact that people cared enough to come out and see us, I’ll always be eternally grateful.” DATES: O2 Ritz Manchester August 17, O2 Institute2 Birmingham 18, London O2 Forum Kentish Town 19. Support: Dinosaur Pile-Up,The Xcerts, Lacey.


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YOUR WEEK! KERRANG! DAY AUGUST 17 BASINGSTOKE I Declare War (Sanactuary) GLASGOW Ministry, DevilDriver (O2 ABC Glasgow) GLOUCESTER The Damned (Guildhall) MANCHESTER Motion City Soundtrack, Dinosaur Pile-Up,The Xcerts, Lacey (O2 Ritz Manchester) MILTON KEYNES Black Tongue (Craufurd Arms)

THURSDAY AUGUST 18 y DevilDriver (O2 BIRMINGHAM Ministry, Institute Birmingham) BIRMINGHAM Motion City Soundtrack, Dinosaur Pile-Up,The Xcerts, Lacey (O2 Institute2 Birmingham) GLASGOW Sick Of It All (Classic Grand) a Heights, HUDDERSFIELD Hawthorne Ashestoangels, Milestones (Parish) MILTON KEYNES Animals As Leaders,

RIDER OF THE WEEK BAND: Aerosmith The rock icons know that the key to a successful touring life is eating bazillions of fruit and veg…

Intervals, Plini (Craufurd Arms) PERRANPORTH The Darkness (Watering Hole) PLYMOUTH Black Tongue (Junction) READING The Damned (Sub 89)

FRIDAY AUGUST 19 BOURNEMOUTH Black Tongue (Blue Line Studios) LEEDS Sick Of It All (Brudenell Social Club) LONDON Motion City Soundtrack, Dinosaur Pile-Up,The Xcerts, Lacey (O2 Forum Kentish Town) MANCHESTER Ministry, DevilDriver (O2 Ritz Manchester) T (Sub 89) READING Terrorvision,Asylums

CAN’T GET TO A GIG? THEN HERE’S SOME OTHER STUFF TO KEEP YOUR EYES/EARS BUSY A DAY TO REMEMBER – THE ANTHEMS KERRANG! TV– AUGUST 20, 9:30AM Do you have trouble waking up in the mornings? Are your Corn Flakes not doing the trick? Well, you better brace for impact, as ADTR are here to kick-start your morning with a heavy bang!

SUNDAY AUGUST 21 CARDIFF I Killed The Prom Queen, Knuckledust, Broken Teeth, Silent Screams, Hacktivist,The Browning,When We Were Wolves, Bad Sign, Emp!re, Create To Inspire, Empires Fade, Lock & Key, Belial, She Must Burn,To Kill Achilles, FOES (Throwfest @ Clwb Ifor Bach) LEEDS mewithoutYou (Brudenell Social Club) LONDON Agent Fresco, ZOAX, Press to MECO, No Consequence, Exist Immortal, Core Of IO, Brutai, Sumer, Decapod (Dingwalls, Camden) LONDON Animals As Leaders, Intervals, Plini (Garage) NORTHAMPTON Sworn Amongst, Cambion (King Billy) NORWICH Arch Enemy, Soilwork (Waterfront)

MONDAY AUGUST 22 CARDIFF Citizen (Clwb Ifor Bach) GLASGOW Coheed And Cambria, La Dispute, mewithoutYou (O2 ABC Glasgow) GLASGOW I Killed The Prom Queen, The Browning, Feed Her To The Sharks,To Kill Achilles (Cathouse) EXETER Sworn Amongst, Cambion (Cavern) LONDON Good Charlotte,Waterparks, Big Jesus (O2 Forum Kentish Town) MANCHESTER Dead! (Tiger Lounge) MILTON KEYNES Beach Slang,Weaves, Muncie Girls (Craufurd Arms) SHEFFIELD Arch Enemy, Soilwork (Corporation)

YOUTUBE The hottest tour of the summer is currently wreaking havoc in the old US of A, and we’ve been throwing a tantrum at the fact we can’t be there for the whole thing. Luckily for everyone, you can watch the likes of Sleeping With Sirens, Cane Hill, Tonight Alive and Every Time I Die on the interwebs. We can has Warped Tour?

SHOW ME THE K! KLUB ANTHEMS – TOP 50 KERRANG! TV – AUGUST 20, 9PM Have your parents gone away for the weekend and you’re secretly having a gathering? There’s no need to hire a DJ, just whack this on and you’ll have all the rock bangers you could possibly want.You’d better warn the neighbours!

SATURDAY AUGUST 20 DERBY The Bronx (Venue) LEEDS Animals As Leaders, Intervals, Plini (Key Club) Tongue,A Night In The LONDON Black T Abyss (Boston Music Room) LONDON Ministry, DevilDriver (O2 Forum, Kentish Town) LONDON Sick Of It All (Underworld, Camden) SURREY The Darkness and more! (Weyfest @ Rural Life Centre, Farnham)

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JAYDEN SEELEY, WITH CONFIDENCE “I was 16 years old when I heard [2006 album] Eyes Open for the first time and instantly fell in love with Snow Patrol. My friend Chloe and I saw online that they were coming to play in Sydney, and we instantly bought tickets to go see them. “For me, this was the very first time I used money that I had saved up to go watch a show by myself. We travelled into the city, which took about 45 minutes by train, and stumbled off with very little idea of where we actually were – feeling overwhelmed and lost in the best possible way is a feeling that I will never forget. “We somehow clambered

our way through the parks and streets of Sydney to find the Hordern Pavilon. I remember there was a local band playing music for people out the front of the venue and me thinking it was the coolest thing ever. The show started and we got lost in a mosh of people bouncing and singing along to the same lyrics as us. “The idea of everyone around me sharing the same love for this band was a crazy thing to experience. The frontman, Gary Lightbody, seemed so comfortable and knew exactly how to work the crowd – as a young musician still finding his footing, it was significantly inspiring to me. When I left the show, I had the desire to live what I had just witnessed – to give someone else the same feeling I felt that day.”

TUESDAY AUGUST 23 BIRMINGHAM Beach Slang, Weaves, Muncie Girls (Sunflower Lounge) BIRMINGHAM I Killed The Prom Queen, The Browning, Feed Her To The Sharks, To Kill Achilles (Rainbow Courtyard) CARDIFF Arch Enemy, Soilwork (Tramshed) MANCHESTER Coheed And Cambria, La Dispute, mewithoutYou (O2 Ritz Manchester) SOUTHAMPTON Citizen (Joiners) KERRANG! 57


3 DOORS R DOWN O2Academy Bristol November 2,O2Academy Birmingham 3,ManchesterAcademy 5,London EventimApollo 6.Support:Pop Evil.

BEST VAL Line-up:Creeper,Fatherson,K.Flay,MilkTeeth,Moose r Blood,PrettyVicious,PUP.Isle OfWight Robin Hill Country Park September 8 – 11.

65DA DAYSOFS FSTATIC London Islington Assembly Hall November 14, Bristol Marble Factory 15,Sheffield Plug 16, Newcastle University 17,Glasgow Art School 18.

BIFF I FY CLY Y O Glasgow g Bellahouston Park August 27. Support: Fall Out Boy,WolfAlice,CageThe Elephant.

AGAINST TH H URR R T Bristol Fleece September 21,Glasgow g Garage 22, Newcastle Riverside 23, Leeds Stylus 24, Belfast Mandela Hall 26, Dublin Academy 27, Nottingham Rescue Rooms 28, London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire 30,Birmingham Asylum October 1,Manchester Academy II 2. Support:As It Is, BeachWeather.

THE CLUNY NEWCASTLE 36 LIME ST, OUSEBURN VALLEY, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 2PQ JOEL THOMSON, HEAD PROMOTER SO, JOEL, CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CLUNY? “The Cluny is an old industrial building in Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, a few miles outside the city centre. As well as a popular bar, restaurant and gallery space, we have two world-renowned music venues; the main venue is a 300-capacity room, and Cluny 2 is a former theatre venue and has a capacity of 180.” WHY IS THE CLUNY SUCH A SPECIAL PLACE FOR THE PEOPLE OF NEWCASTLE? “Well, The Cluny began life hosting DIY gigs and club nights when it was still an abandoned warehouse in what was, at the time in the mid-’90s, a run-down and disused part of the city. The building was then used as artist studios, and part of it was turned into The Cluny recording studios. It was taken over by The Head Of Steam group, and became its current incarnation in the early 2000s. Given its location at the bottom of a deep valley, next to a river and surrounded in equal part by greenery and former industrial buildings, it’s aesthetically a complete one-off.The fact that we’re right in the centre of Newcastle’s current arts, music and cultural scene means we’re still very much in touch with new local music, but have a reputation strong enough Frank Carter growing arms from his legs…

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to attract a number of high-level artists from all over the world.” WHAT’S IT LIKE RUNNING TWO MUSIC VENUES? “It’s hard work and occasionally frustrating, but it’s lots of fun. The job is incredibly rewarding.” CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE MOST LEGENDARY ROCK GIGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED THERE? “There’s lots to choose from over the years! The original New York Dolls line-up played a full weekend of gigs whilst recording an album in the Stepney Bank studios a few hundred metres away. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes was the first and only time I’ve seen a circle-pit go up and down two flights of stairs, and it’s probably the only time I’ll ever see a member of security stagedive! Earth nearly exploded the venue with their noise last year. Finally, Mike Watt and any of the three bands he’s been here with –which isn’t rock in the strictest sense, but he’s the nicest man I’ve worked with, and he was in Minutemen and The Stooges, too!” DO YOU FACE MANY CHALLENGES IN 2016? “The main one is trying to convince people who would happily spend £5+ on a pint to spend £5+ on a gig ticket. I’ve noticed an unfortunate slide in people willing to go to see live music more than once a week, compared to when I first started promoting 10 years ago. I’m not sure if it’s specific to Newcastle, but the student population especially seems more interested in cheap booze than they are with live music…”

AIRBO I OURNE P Portsmouth Pyramids November 17, Norwich UEA 18, Nottingham Rock City 19, O2 Institute Birmingham 21, O2 Academy Leeds 22, O2 Academy Newcastle 23,Glasgow Barrowlands 24, O2 Ritz Manchester 26, London Camden Electric Ballroom 28 – 29. ALIEN ANT FA FARM Wakefield k Warehouse October 18, Edinburgh La Belle Angele 19,Aberdeen Garage 20, Belfast Empire 21,Dublin Voodoo Lounge 22, Preston 53 Degrees 24,Bristol Marble Factory 25, Chester Live Rooms 26,Leamington Spa Assembly 27, Southampton Engine Rooms 28, Wolverhampton Slade Rooms 30, London O2Academy Islington 31,Barnstaple Factory November 2,Reading Sub 89 3,Southend Chinnery’s 4, HullWelly 5, O2Academy Oxford 6.Support:(hed) p.e., Sumo Cyco, Kaliedo. ALL HAIL H THE H YEET London O2 Academy Islington November 9,Bristol Exchange 10, Cardiff Fuel Club 11, Cheltenham 2 Pigs 12,Edinburgh La Belle Angele 13, Doncaster Diamond Lounge 14,OxfordWheatsheaf 15. ALL THE HEM WIITCHES BristolThekla October 2, Manchester Deaf Institute 3, London Scala 4, Brighton Haunt 6, Leeds Brudenell Social Club 7,Glasgow Classic Grand 8, Nottingham Bodega 9. ALTTER BR B ID IDGE ManchesterArena November o 23,London O2Arena 24, Nottingham Motorpoint Arena 26, Birmingham Genting Arena 27, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena 28, Glasgow SSE Hydro December 1,Leeds First DirectArena 2. Support:Volbeat,Gojira,Like A Storm. THE H AM A IT ITY AFFF TION O2Academy Bristol December 4,O2 Ritz Manchester 5, London Camden Roundhouse 6, O2 ABC Glasgow 8,O2 Institute Birmingham 9, NorwichWaterfront 10. Support:Northlane, Stray FromThe Path,WageWar. ANATH A HEMA Holmfirth r Picturedrome November 4, Cardiff Globe 5, Brighton Haunt 6,Leamington Spa Assembly 7,Reading Sub89 8,Southampton Engine Rooms 15. APOCA Y TICA A Manchester Bridgewater e Hall February 27,2017, Edinburgh Queens Hall 28, London Royal Festival Hall March 1. ARCH CH T TS T O2 Institute Birmingham November 11,Manchester Academy 12, O2 ABC Glasgow 13, Nottingham Rock City 15,O2Academy Bristol 17, London O2Academy Brixton 18. A ED SEVENFO N OLD Dublin 3Arena r January 7,2017,Glasgow SSE Hydro 10, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena 12, Birmingham Genting Arena 13, Sheffield Arena 15, Manchester Arena 16, Nottingham Motorpoint Arena 18,Cardiff MotorpointArena 19, London O2 Arena 21.Support: Disturbed,In Flames. B ND OFF SKULLS Leeds Stylus October 20, ManchesterAlbert Hall 21, Newcastle Northumbria University 22, London Camden Roundhouse 26,Southampton Engine Rooms November 17. BA B ATTTLE OF THE H BA BAYS Line-up: Obituary, Exodus, Prong, King Parrot.London Camden Electric Ballroom October 25, Glasgow Garage 27, Manchester Academy2 28, O2 Academy2 Birmingham 29, Southampton Engine Rooms 30. BEA B ARTOOTH London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire December 8, Leeds Beckett 9, Glasgow Garage 10, O2 Institute Birmingham 11, O2 Ritz Manchester 12, Southampton Engine Rooms 13, CardiffTramShed 14, DublinAcademy 16, Belfast Limelight 17. Support:Vanna,Trash Boat.

T BILLY T Norwich UEA October 12, O2 Academy Bristol 13, Manchester Academy 15, O2 ABC Glasgow 16, O2 Academy Newcastle 17, O2 Institute Birmingham 19, O2 Academy Leeds 20, Nottingham Rock City 22, London Camden Roundhouse 23, CardiffTramShed 24, O2 Guildhall Southampton 26. Support:Young Guns, SayYes. CK FOXXES O Leeds Brudenell Games Room October 16, Liverpool Arts Club2 17, NewcastleThinkTank? 19, Glasgow Cathouse 20, Birmingham Sunflower Lounge 23, Southampton Joiners 26,London Boston Music Rooms 28,Exeter Cavern 29,Bristol Exchange 30. CK PEA P AKS / HECK C Huddersfield Parish September 4, Bristol Fleece 6, London Boston Music Room 7 – 8, Sheffield Plug 9, Edinburgh Electric Circus 10,Aberdeen Cafe Drummonds 11,Wolverhampton Slade Rooms 13, Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach 17, SouthamptonTalking Heads 18. CK SABB A BATH Manchester Arena January 22, 2017, Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena 24, Leeds Arena 26, O2 Arena London 29 and 31,Birmingham Genting Arena February 2 and 4. Support:Rival Sons. CK STONE CH CHERRY Cardiff St David’ a s Hall November 19,Portsmouth Guildhall 21,Wolverhampton Civic Hall 22, O2 Apollo Manchester 24, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 25, Newcastle City Hall 27, Sheffield City Hall 28, Brighton Dome 30, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall December 1,Bristol Colston Hall 2, London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire 5 – 6,Norwich UEA 8. BLUES PILLS P W Wolverhampton Slade Rooms November 1, Glasgow Classic Grand 2,Manchester Club Academy 5, London Camden KOKO 6,Bristol Marble Factory 8. BORN R OF OSIR I IS Leeds K Key Club September 11,Glasgow Classic Grand 12, Manchester Sound Control 13, Cardiff Globe 14, London O2Academy Islington 15. Support:Veil Of Maya, Volumes,Black Crown Initiate. BULLET E FOR MY VALEN V T NE Newport e Centre November 24, O2 Academy Newcastle 27, O2 Academy Glasgow 30, Manchester Academy December 3 – 4, O2 Academy Birmingham 6,London O2Academy Brixton 9. Support: Killswitch Engage,Cane Hill. BUT ERFF ST Line-up: Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, FVK, Creeper, WSTR, Crooks,Ashestoangels, Mallory Knox,Young Guns, As It Is, Moose Blood. Petersfield Queen Elizabeth Country Park September 10. CASEY Manchester Factory September 22,Sheffield Corporation 23,London Old Blue Last 24, Bournemouth Anvil 25. DA DAMNATTION F TIV T VAL Line-up:Enslaved,Ne Obliviscaris, Full Of Hell, Oceans Of Slumber.Leeds University Union November 5. DANCE GAVIN D A D DANCE O2Academy2 m Oxford November 3,Brighton Haunt 4, O2 Institute3 Birmingham 5, Southampton Engine Rooms 6, Nottingham Rescue Rooms 8, O2 Academy2 Newcastle 9, Manchester Sound Control 10, Glasgow Garage 11,Leeds Key Club 12, Cardiff Globe 14, Bristol Fleece 15,London Camden Underworld 16. DEA D AD K EDYS m Oxford October 12, London O2 Islington O2Academy Academy 13 – 14. EEM MARO OSA London Borderline September 25,Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach 26,Manchester Sound Control 27, Glasgow G2 28,O2 Institute3 Birmingham 29. EMMA M B CKERY London O2Academy2 m Islington October 23, Manchester Sound Control 24,O2 ABC2 Glasgow 25, O2Academy3 Birmingham 26. EEMP PER R T NCE TOU OUR 2017 Line-up:SuicidalTendencies,Agnostic Front. London O2 Forum KentishTown January 29, 2017.


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