Boy didn’t we have a bleak and dismal start to the year? Death seems to be the theme of the month with many notable and significant losses that made ripples through the music and arts community. So, let’s not mourn the loss of our heroes but instead use their lives as inspiration to make our own lives better, even if it’s just a little bit.

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Deadpool

We all know that February is a pretty eventless month, but in recent years it has been a key place for a decent cinematic blockbuster. Last year saw the release of the incredibly charming and wonderfully unique Kingsman: Secret Service (a graphic novel adaptation created by Mark Millar, the creative mastermind behind Kick Ass and many, many great comics).

Now, this February we get to see the Superhero movie genre shift back into the adult territory. It’s not like I’m pining for more stuff like the Blade trilogy movies – but studios are definitely missing a trick here.
So, for anybody that’s been living under a rock the past year we are FINALLY getting a Deadpool movie, and to top it off it’s R rated like it should be!
Making his comic book debut in February 1991 (Mr. Pool is 1 year younger than me!), 2016 marks not only the 25th anniversary of Deadpool, but his first on screen debut in his signature attire (we don’t include the Wolverine Origins incarnation of the character, because frankly, it was fucking terrible and as Deadpool himself put it ‘a career low’). Ryan Reynolds has been given a shot at redemption after massive criticisms from the comic book community for his participation as Hal Jordan in the poorly received Green Lantern movie from 2011 (originally this film was supposed to be the movie that kicked off DC’s Cinematic Universe – all it really did was delay things for another 5 years).

From everything we have seen so far in the trailers, this looks like not only the funniest and most adult comic book movie we’ve seen in many years, it also looks like a really true to the comics story. If you don’t believe me, just look at that costume. Next to the Batman’s costume in Batman v Superman it is probably my favourite on screen adaptation of a costume. Ryan Reynolds embodies the Deadpool character to a T – He’s a smartass, borderline psychotic, sometimes charming, loud mouth mercenary (hence the nickname Merc With a Mouth).

Don’t expect Deadpool to be making an appearance next to any Avengers, the rights to his character are owned by Fox, just like the X-Men & Fantastic Four, but you may well see him pop up in the X-Men Universe from time to time, because if you’re Fox Studios why on Earth wouldn’t you?!

Here’s some of the hysterical TV Spots and promo’s the Merc has released in anticipation for the movie including a Public Service Announcement reminding you all to touch yourselves…

Trailer #2:

Deadpool’s PSA:

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Parkway Drive
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Parkway Drive are embarking on a 4 date tour in the UK, starting on the 12th of February at the O2 Academy in Brixton. The Australian Metalcore upstarts released their latest album Ire’ on the 25th September – you can read our review of it right here (written by our contributor – the famous Makky Hall). The Australians will be joined by UK metalcore lads Bury Tomorrow who are fresh from releasing their new album ‘Earthbound’ via Nuclear Blast Records and Deathcore outfit Thy Art Is Murder (Makky also reviewed their album ‘Holy War’, which you can read here).
Rolling off the good critical acclaim of their new record you can be sure to find the BA Staff at the show!

Tickets are still available and you can check out the full list of dates and venues below.

February 12th – O2 Academy Brixton
February 13th – O2 Apollo Manchester
February 14th – O2 Academy Glasgow
February 15th – O2 Academy Birmingham

Baroness

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Baroness are also returning to the UK and the rest of Europe in support of their new record Purple which also received great reviews from critics and fans alike! (Read my review of the album right here)

Starting in Southampton at the Engine Room on the 24th of February and ending on March 1st at The Koko in London before they embark on the rest of Europe, Baroness are renowned for their fantastic live performances and with their new powerhouse rhythm section, now is the time to see them more than ever before.

Tickets are still available and you can check out the full list of dates and venues below.

February 24th Engine Room Southampton
February 25th O2 Ritz Manchester
February 26th Leeds University Stylus Leeds
February 28th Glasgow Garage Glasgow
February 29th O2 Institute Birmingham
March 1st KOKO London

Slipknot
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Perhaps the biggest gig of the month will be Slipknot destroying London’s own Alexandra Palace over 2 days on February 9th and February 10th in support of their latest effort ‘.5 The Gray Chapter’ which has recently been certified gold in Australia!

I caught Slipknot live in London at the Hammersmith Apollo back in 2008 and they are an unparalleled live act. There are no rivals to the sound and fury they bring to their live shows, if you haven’t been to a Slipknot gig before, nows your chance as they embark on their UK/European tour. Slipknot will be joined on tour by the legendary Suicidal Tendencies and the UK’s very own Sikth who are slowly making a comeback.

February 8th Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
February 9th Alexandra Palace London
February 10th Alexandra Palace London,
February 12th Genting Arena Birmingham Arena
February 13th First Direct Arena Leeds
February 15th The SSE Arena Belfast Belfast