In this issue of Metal Hammer, we bring you a world-first as iconic figureheads Sharon den Adel and Amy Lee get together to reflect on their careers to date ahead of Within Temptation and Evanescence’s co-headlining tour.
We also head Stateside to catch Metallica’s S&M2 show AND Iron Maiden’s Legacy Of The Beast tour on its US leg, pop to Finland to get naked with Insomnium, visit a small German city to find out why Jinjer are taking over the world one tiny venue at a time, and nip to Norway to have our eardrums obliterated by Abbath, Emperor, Mayhem, Primordial, Watain and more.
Closer to home, we lock 100 fans in the bowels of the London Dungeon with Lacuna Coil (although they didn’t seem to mind too much, it has to be said), put your questions to Wednesday 13 (who WOULD win in a fight between Godzilla and 20 Draculas? The world needs to know!), chat to Mayhem to find out how they felt about THAT movie, and ask Airbourne how the hell they’ve managed to “go back to basics”!
Elsewhere in this packed issue, Arch Enemy’s Alissa gives us some useful life lessons, Dragonforce’s Marc goes a bit nuts compiling his dream playlist, Killswitch Engage look back at recording The End Of Heartache, we ask Alcest why they’ve embraced their blackened side once again (although we’re not complaining!), and find out where it all went wrong for Exhorder and how they’re not making the same mistakes this time around. Oh, and some bloke called Geezer Butler recalls his worst acid trip, Raging Speedhorn invite us into the studio, Chile’s most exciting metal band, Target, tell us their plan for breaking out of their homeland, and we review everyone from Babymetal and Alter Bridge to 1349 and Dawn Ray’d.
Safe to say, there’s something for everyone.
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