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Metal Hammer UK

April 2019

For over three decades, Metal Hammer has brought the biggest and the best in the world of metal each and every single month. From exclusive interviews with the biggest bands in our game to celebrating the rise of the new artists taking our genre into its next chapter, we represent heavy music in all its many forms, offering world class features, unbiased reviews and special looks inside the scenes no one else will talk about. Be it heavy metal, punk, hardcore, grunge, alternative, goth, industrial, djent or the stuff so bizarre it defies classification, you'll find it all here and backed by the best writers and photographers in our game. If you like heavy music on any level, welcome to your new favourite magazine.

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13 Issues


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who saw this coming?

I REMEMBER THE first time I heard of Ghost. I was working at another magazine back in 2010, and there were murmurings of a bunch of lads in corpsepaint and ritualistic robes causing a kerfuffle deep in the metal underground. Hardly news in our world, right? Extreme metal bands have been stirring up shit for decades. Except these guys were different. Underneath the fearsome, occult-channelling imagery, the endless rumour-mongering about their members and the theory that some fella from a Swedish death metal band was involved, the most shocking thing about this band was that they weren’t very extreme at all. Even more than that, they were kinda… catchy.We know what happened next. In 2018, I was granted a rare opportunity to talk to Tobias Forge, the man who has…

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meet the band

LOUISE BROCKART EDITORShe’s been part of the Metal Hammer family for years, but this month saw Louise join us as our brand new Art Editor! Hail her, for she is now Queen Of Crayons. May her rule be long and colourful. And may she be forgiving of Merl’s terrible cover sketches.JOHN MCMURTRIEPHOTOGRAPHERThe man behind some of our most iconic cover shoots, including ‘Sin City Avenged’ and ‘Ville Valo In A Coffin’, this month John got up close with Cardi C and the Ghouls. Big ups this man for pulling off two cover shots in about 15 minutes, by the way.TOM O’BOYLEWRITERTom undermined his rep as an underground metal guru when we had him blaring Stormzy from his car on the way to Bloodstock Festival last year. Anyway, this month he…

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london at its darkest

THERE WAS SOMETHING in the air when Behemoth took the stage at the Forum in Kentish Town, London. Not only was it the Polish extreme metal juggernaut’s biggest ever gig in this country, but two stunning support slots from fellow extreme royalty At The Gates and atmospheric black metal favourites Wolves In The Throne Room helped to ensure this was to be a gig for the ages.“We’ve come through every stage, playing every corner and venue in this city from 1999,” said frontman Nergal after the show via Instagram. “The UK crowd has embraced us and made it feel like home. ’Twas truly nothing short of spectacular!” As our review on page 121 explains, we’re inclined to agree. ■…

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“this is the first of its kind”

FOR THE VERY first time, some of metal’s foremost experts and most exciting global bands will be uniting for the inaugural World Metal Congress in London on March 22-23. Taking place at the Rich Mix in Bethnal Green and backed by Arts Council England, it’ll be a chance to shine a light on some of the issues affecting metal today, as well as celebrate the reach and diversity of heavy music. Basically, it means we all get to talk about, cheer about and mosh about the best kind of music there is. What could be better than that?!“This is the first event of its kind,” says WMC founder and former Metal Hammer Editor-In-Chief, Alexander Milas. “The power and sheer scale of heavy metal’s appeal is without parallel and it is…

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10 things we learned this month

HIGH ON FIRE WON A GRAMMYHow wild is that?! Congrats to Matt Pike and the guys.RAMMSTEIN ARE UP TO… STUFFThey’ve been busy beavering away on a new video or two. Our prediction: fucking nutsHigh on Fire with their Grammy. Yes, you read that correctly (PRESS/HIGH ON FIRE: GETTY)BEHEMOTH ARE PRIMED FOR GREATNESSIf you caught them on that UK tour, you know.TOOL ARE MOCKING USThere’s no other explanation now.GN’R ARE HEADING TO THE STUDIOAnd honestly we are down for a new album. Get it done, lads.PARKWAY DRIVE AT BLOODSTOCK WILL BE HUGEBig riffs. Big pyro. Big everything. We’re very excited.MÖTLEY CRÜE HAVE GONE HIP HOPIn the collab no one asked for, they’ve teamed with Machine Gun Kelly.THERE’S ANOTHER NEW MAIDEN BEERApparently Trooper Nitro has a “deep and complex flavour.”ALL POINTS EAST…

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do you regret being such a relentless pisshead?

IT’S SET TO be a big year for Finnish giants Children Of Bodom, who unleash their 10th album, Hexed, this month, hit the European festival scene in the summer and then play Bloodstock. We grabbed frontman and axe legend Alexi Laiho to answer the weird and wonderful questions you’ve always wanted to ask him.Would you rather have a giant hamster you can ride or a small dinosaur you can walk around on a lead?Ian Mauf (Facebook)“A dinosaur, are you kidding me? One I can walk? Fucking give me one, please!”In hindsight, do you regret the barbed wire bicep tattoo?@MrDaveHill (Twitter)“Oh god no, never! I know it’s so fucking haggard and I know it’s one of those tattoos other people never want to get. For me, it’s actually one of those…