this. is. ham­mer.

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Contents -

And this is our 300th is­sue! Think of that! Over three decades we’ve de­liv­ered 300 shots of pure, unadul­ter­ated heavy metal awe­some­ness right into your hands. It’s a big-ass mile­stone by any stan­dard, but given what hap­pened at the end of last year, we do not take for granted how lucky we are to do what we do, and how hon­oured we are by your sup­port.

And, if you know any­thing about Metal Ham­mer by now, it’s that we don’t let mile­stones roll by half­heart­edly.

For is­sue 300, we de­cided to put to­gether the sin­gle big­gest project this magazine has ever at­tempted: unit­ing the big­gest, the best and the most im­por­tant names in our world for the ul­ti­mate heavy metal State Of The Na­tion ad­dress. From heavy­weights like Corey Tay­lor, Randy Blythe, Jonathan Davis, Dave Mus­taine and Scott Ian to the bands blow­ing up the scene to­day (hi there, Code Orange, Avatar and Venom Prison!), we put to­gether the most badass panel ever as­sem­bled, tack­ling the burn­ing is­sues af­fect­ing our world in 2017 and ask­ing the big­gest ques­tion of all: what comes next? It’s a hell of a read that ev­ery­one here at Team Ham­mer busted our asses for, and we couldn’t be prouder to show you the re­sults.

Sadly, there is one colos­sal black cloud loom­ing over this is­sue. As Ham­mer was pulling it to­gether, the shock­ing news of Chester Ben­ning­ton’s death reached us. As the metal world still re­cov­ers from an ap­palling loss, we pay trib­ute to a man who helped kicked down the door for a gen­er­a­tion of fans to dis­cover heavy music. We’ll never for­get him, or the im­pact he had, and this is­sue is ded­i­cated to him. RIP, Chester. And for those strug­gling, please re­mem­ber: you are never, ever alone.

Look af­ter each other, and...

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