Now that the shock news of Angela Gossow’s departure from Arch Enemy has sunk in, we go straight to the source for an update on latest album ‘War Eternal’ from Michael Amott and Alissa White-Gluz. This issue’s top picks include interviews with Deathstars, Anathema, Rival Sons, Tesla, Night Ranger, and your new favourite band Pop Evil.

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look at the upcoming festival season and say, “Yes, I want to be a part of that!” From the big headline acts at UK festivals such as Download and Sonisphere, to the smaller events at home and the exciting fests on the continent and further afield, don’t book your festival tickets until you’ve read our guide to the summer’s action.

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Everyone’s favourite Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry return with the retro rockin’ “Magic Mountain”. This month we get down and dirty with Zakk Wylde, Scott Stapp

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Being the guitarist for the Prince of Darkness and leading your own successful band would be more than enough for most guitarists, but not Gus G, who releases his star-studded and rather excellent solo debut album this month. Interviews with ...

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Featuring no less than four guest vocalists, including the surprise choice of rapper Xzibit, Within Temptation’s sixth album “Hydra” sees this much loved band continuing to evolve. Beautiful front woman Sharon den Adel tells us

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Want to be a Panhead? Find out why you should in our exclusive chat with John Cooper from American Christian rock band Skillet. In our bumper Christmas issue, there are interviews with ...

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Welcome to the crazy world of Ted Nugent. He says, “I’m not looking for meaningful judgment from people who haven’t the faintest idea of who I am.

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Going straight in at the number one slot in the UK album charts, there’s no wonder that everyone is talking about the new Avenged Sevefold album. Front man M Shadows tell us why it’s such a landmark release ...

Issue 158


Finnish glamsters Reckless Love paint the world in day-glow colours on their third album of catchy pop metal, “Preachers Of The Night”. Featuring surprising Sabbath like grooves, Whitfield Crane talks about the new Ugly Kid Joe album. We also chat to Floor Jansen about the new ReVamp album and the likelihood of her Nightwish tenure becoming permanent, plus there are interviews with Devildriver, Harem Scarem

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Featuring elements of Helloween, Gamma Ray, Accept and Children Of Bodom in their sound, Romanian Euro metallers Powerwolf rip our throats out with a grin on their furry canine faces on latest album “Preachers Of The Night”. Victor Smolski talks about the fantastic Lingua Mortis Orchestra album, plus we catch up with former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted about his new self-titled band,

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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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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 […]

Issue 154



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 […]

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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, […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

Issue 144


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 […]

Issue 143


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 […]

Issue 141


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 […]

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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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