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Metal Hammer Annual

Metal Hammer Annual

Metal Hammer Annual
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The biggest band in metal. The biggest interview you'll read this year. Metal Hammer went on the road with the mighty METALLICA on their colossal North American tour, getting a front row look at the greatest show on Earth and a behind-the-scenes look inside touring life with the Four Horsemen. You won't get this anywhere else. The Metal Hammer Annual is the ultimate collection from the past 12 months to metal's ultimate magazine. Packed with in-depth features and interviews with the biggest names in metal, this is a must have for any metal fan. Also inside: MYRKUR heads up our special look inside the Age Of Extreme, plus Electric Wizard, Bury Tomorrow, Satyricon, Venom Prison, the first review of the new Marilyn Manson album and much more.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd

in this issue

1 min.
what a year it’s been

Here are just a few of the things that have affected our world over the past 12 months: Metallica finally got a new album out, Black Sabbath bowed out for good, Iron Maiden rolled out their mightiest show ever, While She Sleeps became the most exciting band in Britain, Code Orange became the most exciting band in the world, Babymetal continued their path to total global domination and Perturbator turned the underground ravey. Oh, and Metal Hammer also looked set to be facing oblivion before we made the mother of all comebacks and capped it off with the best Golden Gods awards show ever. If anything in the last year has exemplified the spirit and passion of metal, let it be that. Of course, it’s not all been celebration and jubilation…

8 min.
iron maiden

The world is a vastly different place from the one that birthed the first issue of Metal Hammer in 1986. One thing, however, remains constant, reliable and perennially reassuring: Iron Maiden. It hardly needs explaining why they have graced our cover so many times over the last three decades (20 and counting!), but it’s still hard not to marvel at this band’s unwavering ability to remain at the top of their game. Somehow, Iron Maiden are even bigger around the world in 2016 than they were when we first sang their praises in the midst of their mid-80s glory days. And there is clearly plenty of life in the old dogs yet, too… “Alright, don’t rub it in!” Steve Harris laughs. “Thirty years… it’s scary, isn’t it? Where has the time…

1 min.
issues of the beast

MAY 1987 Our first-ever Iron Maiden cover landed soon after the band had wrapped up their pretty damn epic Somewhere On Tour world tour, and honoured the still-rising metal heavyweights for crushing all-comers in our readers’ poll. They would make a few more appearances after that… MAY 1999 With Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith back in the fold, we went behind the scenes of the heavy metal reunion of the century. The band claimed to be better than Metallica, and came back all guns blazing. Even we had no idea just how big things were about to get. JULY 2008 Ahead of their biggest ever UK show at London’s Twickenham Stadium, we became the first metal magazine to climb aboard Ed Force One, flying around Central America and witnessing the terrifying levels of passion their…

1 min.
there was this one time...

“In 2011, I found myself strapped upside down in Tommy Lee’s drumcoaster, in front of 10,000 Crüe fans in Nottingham. I totally kept my cool, too (I didn’t).” MERLIN ALDERSLADE (EDITOR) “I wrote Babymetal’s first UK cover story, going backstage at Download 2015 and The Golden Gods. As musicians and fans mobbed them for selfies, it was insane.” ELEANOR GOODMAN (FEATURES EDITOR) “‘What’s the word when you break bone?’ Immortal’s Demonaz is berating the driver for playing Nickelback. Fracture? ‘You have choice – music or FRACTURE!’” JONATHAN SELZER (REVIEWS/SUBTERRANEA EDITOR) “While at Soundwave in Sydney, I found myself at the city’s best rock bar, with members of Steel Panther, Exodus and Fear Factory jamming onstage.” LUKE MORTON (ONLINE EDITOR)…

1 min.
there was this one time...

“At 2007’s Gods, I chatted to Kerry King as Howard Jones nicked my mints and Randy Blythe chugged a Pot Noodle. Outside I was calm; inside I was having a fangirl meltdown.” VANESSA THORPE (PRODUCTION EDITOR) “On my first day, I was sent to a photoshoot with legendary photographer Sam Scott-Hunter. I wasn’t told who it was with. I walked in the hotel room to see Tony Iommi.” LEWIS SOMERSCALES (ART EDITOR) “At this year’s Golden Gods, I stepped (quite literally) onto Nikki Sixx, having his photo taken at the bottom of the stairs. Unfazed, he asked me to be in the shot!” LOUISE BROCK (DEPUTY ART EDITOR) “In 2013, I sang with Burgerkill in front of 15,000 people in a stadium in Bandung, Indonesia. We did it again two years later at Bloodstock. Anjing edan!” DOM…

12 min.
an eternal flame

“SCOTT WAS THE OLDER BROTHER THAT I NEEDED” BRANN DAILOR ON THE CLOSE BOND HE SHARES WITH THE NEUROSIS FRONTMAN The past 30 years have been a long, hard road for Scott Kelly, a struggle articulated in explicit agonies in his diverse solo projects and as co-frontman of underground leviathans Neurosis. One of three founding members in 1985, he has seen the band evolve from their teenage hardcore roots into one of underground metal’s most seminal acts. Their music is an elemental force, their now-rare live shows a bloodletting necessary for their continued survival. It wasn’t until 1992’s visionary Souls At Zero, which saw their tempo reduce drastically amidst nuanced layers of diverse instrumentation, that their legacy began to coalesce. A key band in broadening extreme metal’s palette of influence and…