Rapidly rising to the top of the power metal pile, German riff masters Powerwolf prove that they are ‘Blessed & Possessed’. Symyphony X blast us into the ‘Underworld’, while Joe Satiani hits us with a ‘Shockwave Supernova’ and we take a stunning ride with Virgin Steel on their first new album in five years, ‘Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation’. Also this month we
Roll up, roll up, it’s festival time again. We talk to Kiss about their headlining Download Festival appearance this month. We also bring you our annual festival preview to help you choose from all of those must-see events. Helloween prove why they are still the kings of the power metal genre that they invented on new album ‘My God-Given Right’. Hard working Mark Tremonti strikes gold again with his second solo outing, Luca Turilli shows why his version of Rhapsy is the one that you should be listening to, Paradise Lost evoke memories of their early highlights on their newbie, Leprous wow us once gain …
David Coverdale reveals why he decided to revisit his Purple era. Kamelot start knocking on Nightwish’s door with fantastic symphonic new album ‘Haven’. The other big news this month is the return of Geordie legends Raven. There are also interviews with Korpiklaani, Serpentine, Deez Nuts, The Tangent, Dan Patlansky and Fyre
Nightwish’s first album with Floor Jansen on vocals and it’s every bit the majestic, cinematic classic that we were hoping for. In a wonderfully varied issue we bring you interviews with Michael Schenker, FM, Apocalyptica, Bumblefoot, Venom, The Answer, Robert Tepper, Kiske/Somerville, Von Hertzen Brothers, Like A Storm, Wolfpakk, We Are Harlot, Knock Out Kaine, Furyon, and Windsor Drive, plus
Lzzy Hale indulges our need for info about Halestorm’s such anticipated third album, ‘Into The Wild Life’. This issue is crammed with big name interviews. We talk to Klaus Meine about the new Scorpions album, sit down with Joey Tempest from Europe, and chat to Steve Lukather about Toto’s first new album in almost a decade. There are also interviews with Thunder, UFO, Neal Morse,
Doug Aldritch, Deen Castronovo and Jack Blades… All in the same band. Seems like a dream come true, and their album sounds like it too. Welcome to the world of Revolution Saints. Kings of fantasy metal Blind Guardian lead a trio of power metal features this month, which also includes Orden Ogan and new supergroup Serious Black. Amongst the other top name interviews are Papa Roach, UDO, Black Star Riders and Blackberry Smoke …
Ahead of his appearance at Metal All Stars in London in December and Black Label Society’s February tour, Zakk Wylde chats with Powerplay. In a rare interview Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe talks to us about the new Emigrate album, plus Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson shares his excitement about being part of Metal All Stars, and Destruction main man Schmier tells about his new band The German Panzer. We name the Powerplay must have albums of 2014.
Melody maestros Amaranthe hit the spot with their third album of pop metal goodness, ‘Massive Addictive’. Now signed to major label Atlantic, Maria Brink tells us why In This Moment are bringing theatre back into metal music. Also in this issue we get the lowdown on all things monster from Mr Lordi, plus we talk to Devin Townsend about his fantastic new double album, and Joe Lynn Turner discusses his phenomenal new supegroup Rated X. Tomas