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Metal Hammer UK

October 2020

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

in this issue

1 min.
it was always gonna happen, wasn’t it?

QUITE HONESTLY, I don’t understand how we’ve even got to the year 2020 with Corey Taylor resisting the urge to put out a proper solo album. To be fair to the guy, he’s not exactly metal’s laziest personality, but he’s also not been shy about waxing lyrical about the many, often surprising, musical influences that have made him who he is. Finally, we get to hear those in all their overblown - occasionally quite ridiculous - glory, so what better excuse for a catch-up with metal’s favourite big mouth about his rollercoaster last few years and how, against all odds, he managed to find some contentment at the end of it? Right as Metal Hammer went to press for this issue, we received the devastating news that Riley Gale had passed…

1 min.
meet the band

DANNII LEIVERS WRITER Dannii was tasked with reining in a certain Mr Taylor for our no-holds-barred cover feature. Sadly, we still can’t fly people around the world willy-nilly, so we couldn’t give her a Money In The Bank briefcase to cash in on his new wrestling belt. We’ll get him next time… TOM J NEWELL ARTIST Having doodled the wonderful critters that covered our Slipknot cover back in late 2018, we thought we’d ask Tom to do the honours again for Corey, except this time with a slight twist: we wanted them all to be smiling! The results were delightfully weird. MALCOLM DOME WRITER Our Malc knows a thing or two about classic heavy metal, so we got him to write about some band called Black Sabbath for this issue as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their…

1 min.
martin birch 1948-2020

EVERYONE AT METAL Hammer was saddened last month by the news that legendary rock and metal producer and engineer Martin Birch had died aged 71. As well as producing a total of 10 Iron Maiden records across the 80s and early 90s, starting with 1981’s Killers, Martin was also the man behind classic albums including Black Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell and Mob Rules, Deep Purple’s In Rock and Machine Head and releases by Whitesnake, Blue Öyster Cult, Fleetwood Mac and Rainbow, amongst others. “He was just absolutely brilliant,” said Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris in a statement. “He wasn’t just a producer, he was a hands-on engineer too, so he knew how to get a great sound. He was also fantastic at motivating people. He just had a knack of getting the…

4 min.
beyond borders

WHILE WE’VE ALL keenly felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in one shape or another, the reality is that for some, it’s caused unimaginable strife. In the case of the migrant workers that became trapped at the Indian-Nepalese border upon attempting to return home during the global lockdown, it caused a full-on humanitarian crisis. “Thousands and thousands of migrant workers from India returning home amid the lockdown got stranded at the Nepal-India border with no access to food and water for days,” explains Flower KC, director of Nepal’s biggest metal festival, Silence, and manager of Nepalese metal band Underside. “Now, the influx of people is not as overwhelming as before, but the people who are allowed to get in the country are asked to be quarantined in inhuman facilities. Now,…

1 min.
10 things we learned this month

SUPPORT LG PETROV The Entombed AD singer has been diagnosed with cancer. You can support his treatment via a GoFundMe page set up by the band. We’re with you, brother! WE MIGHT GET A 5FDP MOVIE Well, if Zoltan gets his way, anyway. But who’ll play Ivan? We vote for a particularly angry Bruce Willis. STONE SOUR ARE ON HIATUS We can’t say we’re too surprised given Corey’s solo shenanigans, but it might be some time before we hear from his other other band. LINKIN PARK PUT OUT AN UNHEARD HYBRID THEORY CUT And it was pretty damn good! She Couldn’t will definitely be getting a few spins around the Hammer office. SOME BANDS RISK IT ALL TO PLAY HEAVY METAL Just ask Arsames, who fled Iran after being sentenced to 15 years in jail over accusations of playing…

6 min.
do you watch those youtube reaction videos?

BETWEEN RIDING THE success of third album Macro and landing some of their biggest festival spots to date, including a set on Download’s main stage, 2019 was a pretty busy year for Jinjer. Now they’ve got your attention (and with no tours to jump on this year), we got vocalist Tatiana to face all of your devilish questions. What was the metal scene like in Ukraine growing up, and now? Becca England (email) “I’m not sure…The metal scene is ‘eh’ in Ukraine. There’s a couple of bands that are actually working and that’s it, that’s everything I can tell you.” Your vocal performances seem to be used a lot for reaction videos. Are these something you watch back and, if so, what do you take from them? Adam Beard (Facebook) “No, I never watch them. I…