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Metal Hammer UK

Metal Hammer UK

March 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
you don’t need to have been there

TO BE ABSOLUTELY honest with you, I was barely potty-trained by the time the 90s had dawned, so I can hardly pretend that the 1980s hold any kind of legitimate nostalgic value for me. And yet, I’ve always been utterly fascinated by them – the films, the TV shows, the fashion, the larger-than-life characters and, most of all, the music. It was a time when metal flourished like never before, becoming faster, heavier, more colourful, more excessive and, let’s be honest, at times more ludicrous than anyone could have ever imagined. It was also a time of countless classic albums that’d shape the very genre that gave birth to this magazine. I mean, Jesus, 1980 alone gave us Iron Maiden, Blizzard Of Ozz, British Steel, Heaven And Hell, Ace Of Spades,…

1 min.
meet the band

MALCOLM DOME WRITER We could hardly have an 80s tribute issue without getting our Malc involved – after all, he lived it. We got the man himself to write about Black Sabbath’s turbulent and confusing mid-80s period. Fun 80s fact: Malcolm gave thrash metal its name. Really! PHILIP WILDING WRITER When Philip isn’t interviewing some of the world’s biggest names for Metal Hammer, he’s also producing radio shows, writing novels and maintaining his impeccable taste in shoes. This month, he talks The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II. NATASHA SCHARF WRITER When she isn’t busy pulling the strings as the new Deputy Editor of our sister magazine, Prog, Natasha can be found writing about some of metal’s most interesting alternative names. In this issue of Hammer, she gets a lecture on life from Chelsea Wolfe.…

1 min.
monsters united

THE 80s WERE a time of big songs, big hair and even bigger personalities – and few events surmised all three of those things better than Monsters Of Rock. Founded in 1980, the iconic festival would run for 16 years, but it was undoubtedly during the 80s that it established itself as the premier event for rock and metal – a coming together of the giants of our world like never before. This shot, taken backstage at MOR ’83, captured two of metal’s most beloved figureheads: Ronnie James Dio, fresh off the release of the seminal Holy Diver, and Dee Snider, talismanic frontman of Twisted Sister. Two legitimate icons who helped make rock the loudest and most colourful scene in the world. And two people that made it cool to…

4 min.
the north remembers

“HEAVY METAL WAS created in Birmingham, but it was refined in Newcastle.” So posits Heavier! Faster! Louder! The Story of Tyneside Heavy Metal, a new audio series created by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) to explore the story of the NWOBHM explosion of the late 70s and early 80s. Featuring interviews with the likes of Venom, Raven and Tygers Of Pan Tang and spread across six episodes, the series covers everything from the venues that helped to foment the scene to how tape-trading helped spread its influence and ultimately inspire global heavyweights like Metallica and Slayer. “The North East has a really interesting, fruitful musical heritage, but often people just point to things like Sting or Lindisfarne, while heavy metal itself doesn’t feel as prominent in everyday knowledge,” explains…

1 min.
10 things we learned this month

NEIL PEART RIP Rush’s legendary drummer was a powerhouse and an immeasurable influence on some of metal’s finest behind the kit. Rest in peace, Professor. OZZY LOVES A COLLAB Who else will get you Duff McKagan, Elton John and, er, Post Malone on the same album? Fair play, sir. MEGADETH ARE TOURING AGAIN And we couldn’t be happier about it. Welcome back, Dave. METAL FOR AUSTRALIA Many bands have raised money to help battle the effects of the devastating fires Down Under, with Metallica donating $750,000 and Parkway Drive setting up a GoFundMe. PRIEST STILL AREN’T IN THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME But Nine Inch Nails are. How does this work again? BRUCE DICKINSON IS AN RAF CAPTAIN Well, an honorary one at least. Do we have to salute him now? KNOTFEST IS GOING TO BE LIT Bands! Experiences! People saying…

7 min.
would you do eurovision?

THE TANKS ARE already rolling on the battle for 2020 for Swedish warmongers Sabaton, rallying their UK troops to destroy Wembley Arena in February. We assembled an army of your burning questions about war, male grooming and tank injuries and put them to their effortlessly coiffed frontman Joakim Brodén – but we’re still not convinced that mohawk has ever seen battle. Why haven’t you written a song about Genghis Khan yet? @ZainaArekat (Twitter) “We haven’t delved that much into non-modern military history except for the last album but that would be one of the big ones, wouldn’t it? There is already a disco song about Genghis Khan from the Eurovision Song Contest by a German band, Dschinghis Khan. It’s amazing and we couldn’t ever top that.” Would you ever consider covering Metallica’s One? It’s…