Monthly Archives: June 2013


Five Finger Death Punch mix it up with the first part of a twin album release that seems them adding new styles to their rampant modern metal formula. Vikings Amon Amarth return with their ninth album of death metal mayhem. Todd La Torre breathes fresh new life into Queensryche, whose latest album is a startling return to form. We chat to Ritchie and Candice about the new Blackmore's Night release ...

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Every generation has its iconic artists. No other band left a deeper mark on metal in the 90's than PANTERA. Raging, roaring and bulldozing their way through the metal scene, these Texans have left a lasting legacy. At their front stood anger and hostility personified, PHILIP H. ANSELMO. Now the living legend is back with the first solo album in his hard hitting career: "Walk Through Exits Only"! ...

Phil Anselmo song premier‏


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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES “…it’s not about getting air-lifted in a f**king chopper and acting like we’re better than you are. We’re from the same place; there is no community that stands between us. I was homeless, my mom was a maid, I grew up on food stamps. I’m a success […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Goo Goo Dolls take centre stage this month with the chilled and polished mainstream pop rock on their delightful new album, “Magnetic”. We talk to Alice In Chains, who return with a cool new offering, plus we travel to Finland to catch up with ex-Stratovarius maestro Timo […]

Issue 153


INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen talks about the band’s spanking new album, which the record label are hoping to sell more than a million copies of. As you might have noticed, we talk to Amaranthe, who adorn our special extra cover this month, plus we catch up with Oli […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Wednesday 13 talks about new album “Dixie Dead” and says, “If I am in the movie at all, I will probably just be an extra that gets shot in the head!” of his upcoming movie directorial debut. We catch up with supergroup Voodoo Circle, Finnish power metal […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Happy happy Helloween! “It doesn’t matter how old you are, it doesn’t matter how many albums you’ve done, because suddenly there’s a priority with the new one.It’s like being back twenty years: your tank is refilled completely, your energy is there again and you’re ready to go […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES  Describing his music as ‘wrongly beautiful’, HIM singer Ville Valo announces that the band, will be playing at Download festival next year. We catch up with radio rockers Hinder and Mickey Thomas from pop rockers Starship joins us for lunch. We talk to Destruction, AOR, Dante Fox, […]

Issue 149



INTERVIEWS & FEATURES  Corey Taylor tells us about Stone Sour’s fourth album, the first part of a sweeping double-disc concept. Geoff Tate tells us about life after Queensryche, we talk to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Country Communion, Rick Springfield, Chris Daughtry, Mob Rules, The Sword, I Killed The Prom Queen, Trail […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES  From drugs and alcohol abuse, to struggling relationships, Jacoby Shaddix shares his darkest moments, as reflected on new album “The Connection”. We get up close with Jyrki from The 69 Eyes, plus we chat to Devin Townsend about his amazing new album, Skunk Anansie return with a new disc, […]

Issue 147


INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Classic rockers Rival Sons come of age with third full-length release “Head Down”, our album of the month. Vinnie Paul tells us about Hellyeah’s surpisingly hard-hitting new album, plus we join Kamelot in Germany for a preview of their first album with new vocalist Tommy Karevic and […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Maria Brink takes centre stage again this month when she talks to us about In This Moment’s latest release, “Blood”. We talk to Testament about their latest release, Powerplay album of the month “Dark Roots Of Earth”. And we chat to Ugly Kid Joe, back together after […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Featuring improvised drums, funky new Rush album “Clockwork Angels” is a revelation. Alex Lifeson shares the story of the album with Powerplay. We talk to rising Irish rockers Million Dollar Reload about their superb second album. And we chat to Luca Turilli about the first Rhapsody album […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Slash tells us all about his wonderfully retro sounding new album with Myles Kennedy, “Apocalyptic Love”. Gotthard return with a new singer and a fantastic new album. Plus we chat to Fear Factory, Richard Marx, Jorn, Delain, Driver, Gojira, Candlemass, Crystal Viper, Nico Tamburella, Headspace, End Of […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Ozzy six stringer Gus G tells us all about the fabulous new Firewind album. Plus you could win one of his practice amps in our fantastic competition. Metal kings Accept return with their scorching second album since reforming. Plus we catch up with Michael Schenker ahead if […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES We get up close and personal with Halestorm’s lovely Lzzy Hale, who admits that she does have a crush on Corey Taylor. Shinedown talk to us about their seriously shiny new album. Plus we catch up with Helloween boys Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske about their new […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Rammstein are in town! Dante Bonutto reflects on fifteen years of crazy nights with the Berlin metal mob. We chat to Adrian Smith and Mikee Goodman, who join forces for cool new band Primal Rock Rebellion. Plus we have top interviews with Dimmu Borgir, Meshuggah, Cannibal Corpse, […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Italian gothic metallers Lacuna Coil grace our first front cover of 2012. We talk to singers Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro about their new album, which sees them embracing their music roots whilst still retaining their more recent commercial edge. We join Epica in the Netherlands and […]

Issue 139


INTERVIEWS & FEATURES ‘American Capitalists’ Five Finger Death Punch take the metal world by storm. “We’re part of the first generation of bands so widely exposed through the Internet and no one knows how to deal with it,” says Zoltan Bathory. Danish symphonic rockers Royal Hunt reunite with original vocalist […]

Issue 138


INTERVIEWS & FEATURES We bring you the first preview from Angel Studios of Powerplay favourites Nightwish’s spectacular new masterpiece “Imaginaerum”, plus lunatic rockers Steel Panther return with their highly anticipated second album and we have interview with Megadeth, Machine Head, Iced Earth, Wednesday 13, Reckless Love, Dead By April, Staind, […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Looking like a million dollars on the band’s new photos and sounding fantastic on the heavier, darker and more focussed self-titled new album, we talk to Amy Lee about  everything Evanescence. Plus Alice Cooper tells us about his amazing sequel to “Welcome To My Nightmare” and we […]

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INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Sammy Hagar talks to Powerplay about the new Chickenfoot album and shares a few thoughts about Van Halen. Anthrax return with a fantastic new album with Joey Belladonna at the mic. Plus we chat to: Dream Theater, Sebastian Bach, Yes, 3 Doors Down, Opeth, Arkona, Solitude Aeturnus, […]

Issue 135


INTERVIEWS & FEATURES We talk to Florida heavyweights Trivium, who have hit a home run with their fifth album, a return to their dark metalcore rootswith surprising touches of black metal. Plus we interview Thin Lizzy, Theory Of A Deadman, Richard Marx, George Lynch,Anvil, Airrace, Communic, Outloud, Iwrestledabearonce, Straight Line […]

Issue 134



INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Anders Friden talks to Powerplay about the surprisingly diverse new album from In Flames, “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”. We also talk to Andy Sneap about the fantastic Hell album and Joe Elliott about Def Leppard’s first ever live release, plus we join Edguy in Germany and […]

Issue 133


INTERVIEWS & FEATURES In one of his most frank interviews ever, Glenn Hughes shares the highs and lows of his incredible career and talks about his latest, and by his own admission greatest, new offering, the absolutely fantastic sophomore Black Country Communion album. Journey wow us with their hard rockin’ […]

Issue 132


INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Nikki Sixx talks candidly about the dark side of his colourful life and shares stories from his new book and the fantastic second Sixx:AM album. We join HammerFall in Sweden and Symphony X in Germany for playbacks of their new albums. Plus we chat to new symphonic […]

Issue 131



INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Whitesnake, Within Temptation, Manowar, The Haunted, Amon Amarth, Crowbar, Power Quest, Eden’s Curse, Cavalera Conspiracy, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Ralf Scheepers, M.ill.ion, Heavenwood, Black Veil Brides, Enbound, Graveyard, Above Symmetry, and a pro-file of Vinny Paul. REGULARS AOR Underground, Power Cuts, Stateside Cuts, I Sold My Soul To […]

Issue 130


INTERVIEWS & FEATURES Motorhead, Evergrey, Funeral For A Friend, Ten, Kyus, Voodoo Circle, Robin Beck, Vinne Paul Pro-File, Turisas, Visions Of Atlantis, Oliver Weers, Houston, Sylosis, Glamour Of The Kill, Kvelertak, Miss May I. Plus we name our Top 50 favourite albums from the last ten years.   REGULARS AOR […]

Issue 129


INTERVIEWS & FEATURES The return of Mr Big, Children Of Bodom, Magnum, Devildriver, TNT, Destruction, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 36 Crazyfists, Architects, Falkenbach, Darkwater. REGULARS AOR Underground, Power Cuts, Stateside Cuts, I Sold My Soul To Rock N Roll, Multimedia Madness, Beg Borrow or Steal. LIVE AND DANGEROUS Taste Of Chaos, Hard […]

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