OUT TODAY! WATAIN, SLIPKNOT, LAMB OF GOD, KISS, PERIPHERY, TOOL, TESTAMENT, WHILE SHE SLEEPS, WHITECHAPEL, A FREE CD And More In The New Issue!
They’re the new heroes of black metal – and now, WATAIN are looking for world domination. In their first ever, flame and blood-soaked Metal Hammer cover, the Swedish black metal kings open up on why they’ve decided to transcend the very genre which they sought to save in the first place, the next step of their inevitable global takeover and the truth behind their oft-misunderstood beliefs and much more. We’ll also be directing you towards the other trailblazers who are taking extreme music out of the dark and across the planet, including the likes of BEHEMOTH, TRIPTYKON, SHINING, PRIMORDIAL and THE DEVIL’S BLOOD! Gnarly.
Plus, we’re giving away a monstrous FREE CD featuring 15 of the finest whisky-drenched, Southern-fried riff monsters on the planet, including GODSIZED, DESERT STORM, GRIFTER, XII BOAR, STEAK and much more! You need this in your life. Believe us.
Also in the new issue, we take a special look at the amazing career of SLIPKNOT drummer JOEY JORDISON, chatting to the man himself about everything from playing in one of the biggest and most controversial metal bands of all time to sitting in for Metallica’s Lars Ulrich at Download 2004 and losing his best friend in Paul Gray.
The world was shocked at the recent news of LAMB OF GOD frontman RANDY BLYTHE’s arrest in Prague. We take a detailed look at the events that have unfolded and try to gauge just what the hell is going on. Plus, we chat to SYSTEM OF A DOWN’s SERJ TANKIAN on the eve of the release of maddening new album Harakiri. Birds are falling from the sky, the world’s going barmy, and Serj reckons we need to start paying attention. On and speaking on apocalypses and that, we ask VENOM legend Cronos how to best prepare for the endtimes. Well, he’d know best.
We also celebrate the return of TESTAMENT four years after they put out one of the greatest comeback albums of all time. New opus Dark Roots Of Earth is similarly amazing, so we get to grips with the thrash titans to find out how they’re doing, what stirred them to get angry on the new album and just why in the jolly fuck there isn’t a Big 5.
KISS have spoiled us with new material, festival sets, tours and even a couple of super-intimate London shows in recent years, and the band are back again with new album Monster. We talk to Gene and Paul and discover why life just doesn’t let up when you’re the Hottest Band In The World.
Oh, and we also set MACHINE HEAD against RISE TO REMAIN by getting their two rather awesome frontmen to interview eachother, trawl through the amazing history of the World’s Biggest Cult Band in TOOL, hang out with PERIPHERY as the release of album number two kicks in and kick off at deathcore being a silly tag with the WHITECHAPEL boys.
Plus: Killer new music with 7 HORNS 7 EYES, SHEAR, THE ARMED, PRIMITIVE WEAPONS and THE MERCY HOUSE, the return of SHADOWS FALL, FEED THE RHINO get angry, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS get snakey, ANDREW WK brings the ultimate party playlist and TURBONEGRO get down and dirty
We also find out if the fantastic WHILE SHE SLEEPS have lived up to the hype and produced one of the albums of the year and review new efforts from MANOWAR, TESTAMENT, ENSIFERUM, HELLYEAH, SMASHING PUMPKINS and more, check out SLIPKNOT and SLAYER on the US MAYHEM FESTIVAL, witness GOJIRA destroy London and see MARILYN MANSON be fucking rubbish in Holland. Ah well.
And we’re packing a monolithic CRUST SPECIAL in this month’s Subterranea, which also features NACHTMYSTIUM, NATUR and WITCH MOUNTAIN.
If you find a more metal issue of any magazine on the planet right now we will cut off our horn fingers and willingly throw them into the sea.