MetalHammer is a worldwide famous monthly heavy metal music magazine published in the United Kingdom by TeamRock, and in several other countries by different publishers.
In 1983, London-based Wilfried F. Rimensberger suggested to the newly rose Kerrang! magazine that they should publish also a German version, but the editors of the time were not interested. Rimensberger took the idea to Jürgen Wigginghaus, publisher of German MusikSzene magazine where Rimensberger was Chief-Editor, and proposed the idea of a multi-lingual rock music publication. He also approached some of Europe’s largest publishers such as Springer, Ringier and Bauer, but none were interested.
Wigginghaus used the Dortmunder Rocknacht as a test ground for the publication in Germany and Rimensberger started the international English version Metalhammer UK from London. Finally, the first issue of MetalHammer came out on October 26, 1986.
They developed the multilingual concept that propelled the magazine to a monthly circulation of over 1 million and, during its peak, published in 11 different languages across the globe – at the time largely outselling Kerrang!. Metalhammer had local language editions in countries such as Israel, Japan, Serbia, Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Hungary, France. Metalhammer was also the first Western youth publication in the Soviet Union. Rimensberger made up the original and, at the time, unique concept of a heavy metal lifestyle magazine which was embedded in a network of Metalhammer branded multi-national radio shows, awards, tours, festivals, recordings, etc. This organization made the publication into the leading genre platform of the 80’s – and the global leader in his segment of the publishing market.
For the 30’s Anniversary, on October 16 MetalHammer will release the 288 Issue consist of 30 interviews with 30 bands and a special tribute CD where 15 bands will perform 15 killer tracks.
Korn doing a wicked version of Faith No More’s “We Care A lot”.
While The Qemists pays their homage to KoRn covering their emblematic “Blind”.
The contorted “Duality” by Slipknot got a honest spin by Asking Alexandria.
Devin Townsend delivered a fast and furious version of the classical Accept anthem “Fast As A Shark”.
Stoneghost delivers a reminder of Metallica’s “I Disappear”.
Cane Hill pays their respect to Alice In Chains with a murderous take on “We Die Young”.
Hacktivist make us breaking stuffs again on a classic Limp Bizkit tune.
Asking Alexandria plays Slipknot.
Sabaton doing Manowar.
New Years Day reanimates Marilyn Manson’s “Mobscene”.
And so on. Goodies all the way up and down, back and forth.
Eventually, most of them, even better then the real thing.
01. KoRn – We Care A Lot (Faith No More cover)
02. Asking Alexandria – Duality (Slipknot cover)
03. Devin Townsend – Fast As A Shark (Accept cover)
04. New Years Day – Mobscene (Marilyn Manson cover)
05. Sabaton – Kingdom Come (Manowar cover)
06. Katatonia – Night Comes Down (Judas Priest cover)
07. Cane Hill – We Die Young (Alice In Chains cover)
08. Hacktivist – Break Stuff (Limp Bizkit cover)
09. Wilson – Sleep Now In The Fire (Rage Against The Machine cover)
10. The Qemists – Blind (KoRn cover)
11. Employed To Serve – Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste (Norma Jean cover)
12. Counting Days – Disciple (Slayer cover)
13. Stoneghost – I Disappear (Metallica cover)
14. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Scum (Napalm Death cover)
15. No Consequence – The Pot (Tool cover)