Kent’s finest hair metal throwback first hit the Rushonrock radar towards the end of 2018 and the following February we featured the band’s brilliant Midnight Queen video.
That same month saw Collateral top the list of our 10 Bands You Can’t Miss In 2019 and a few months later we were lapping up their packed Ramblin’ Man Fair set.
Even Covid couldn’t stop the Spandex-fuelled juggernaut of singalong choruses and red hot riffs.
And after Colateral’s self-titled debut landed inside the top five of the UK Rock charts, a series of pandemic live streams kept the fire burning.
Shows with Skid Row, H.E.A.T and Reckless Love underlined the band’s huge potential and in October 2022 Angelo Tristan and co. turned things up again.
Collateral’s debut was remixed and rebooted as Re-Wired — featuring Jeff Scott Soto, Phil X, Kee Marcello, Rudy Sarzo, Danny Vaughn and Joel Hoekstra.
And last summer saw the new-look quartet — featuring Tristan (lead vocals, guitar), Louis Malagodi (guitar), Jack Bentley-Smith (bass) and Ben Atkinson (drums) — star at Stonedead Festival.
In frontman Angelo Tristan’s own words
“Glass Sky is the flagship of the new album.
“Louis came into the rehearsal studio one day with the opening riff and I literally stopped what I was doing. I turned around to him and said, ‘That’s it…that’s the hit’.
“The lyrics were like water off a duck’s back. It felt easy to write something empowering.
“It was crying out for a Shanty style gang vocal that I could imagine a rallying arena screamalong to.
“I felt this song had to bring people together. We’re all searching for that breakthrough, for that love, for that thing that will make us feel complete.
“This is that song.”
The verdict on Glass Sky
Gang-style vocals. A killer video clip. And a harder edge than ever before.
Glass Sky shatters any preconceptions that Collateral can’t do heavy.
In fact, time spent on the road with Skid Row has clearly rubbed off on Angelo Tristan and co.
This punchy hard rocker is reminiscent of Slave To The Grind’s grit and growl rock and roll.
But Collateral haven’t quite kissed goodbye to their hair metal roots — mane man Tristan still looks and sounds like an 80s pin-up out of time.
Louis Malagodi rips through a pin-sharp solo like his life depends on it.
And is there a better drummer on the NWOCR scene than Ben Atkinson right now?
Collateral are back and sounding bigger and bolder than ever before.
Forget Glass Sky. Collateral have just smashed through melodic rock’s glass ceiling with their catchiest anthem yet.
What’s next for Collateral
The Glass Sky tour kicked off in Blackpool last Friday and takes in a further seven dates across the UK this month.
Collateral are back on the road in May and June as special guests of legendary melodic rockers FM.
New album Should’ve Known Better is released on May 24.