It’s been a very difficult week in the world of metal with three high profile deaths including Mike Howe of Metal Church and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top. But the news is dominated by the tragic death of Slipknot founder Joey Jordison. An absolute beast on drums, Joey changed the face of metal percussion forever, breaking through with his phenomenal chops and song writing intellect on Slipknot’s self-titled album in 1999. He went on to drum on three more Slipknot albums before his dismissal in 2013. In 2016, Jordison revealed that his exit from the band coincided with his getting sick with a disease called transverse myelitis and claimed that his bandmates confused his medical issues with a substance abuse problem. Many hoped that one day Joey would return to Slipknot and drum with them again, but sadly it wasn’t to be. He passed away in his sleep at the age of 46.
We’re also incredibly saddened to see the news that Black Peaks have split up. A band beloved by Remfry, Steve and many Riot Act listeners, Black Peaks often seemed like genuine contenders for an exciting guitar-based British band who actually stood a chance of breaking through into the mainstream. From Shrine to Glass Built Castles, from shows supporting Deftones, A Perfect Circle and Mastodon to the Brighton Centre stream, Black Peaks put 100% into everything they did and approached every challenge with their own distinctive, unique voice.
Reviews this week are We’re All Alone in this Together by Dave, Wildhund by Lantlôs and Celestial Blues by King Woman