As well as our huge 2013 preview and immense interview with Rage Against The Machine, Down, While She Sleeps and many more, our massive new issue also has a FREE FREAKIN’ CD with it. Yeah, we’re good to you. Here’s what’s inside:
THIS IS THE END (LIVE)
Oakland’s finest rifflords tear into this Unto The Locust belter on their ferocious new live album. Now you know why we rave about this band’s shows. Taken from the album Machine Fucking Head Live, out now via Roadrunner.
The Maryland groove masters return to make everyone feel ready for summer already. If you don’t fancy a boogie after this, you’re ill. Taken from the album Earth Rocker, out in March via Weathermaker Music.
HONOR NEVER DIES
Jamey Jasta and crew’s first album in four years is another one that makes you want to put your fist through solid objects. Don’t blame us for the breakages. Taken from the album The Divinity Of Purpose, out January 28 via Nuclear Blast.
Throw grooving riffs, hardcore aggression and massive electronica together, and you get Japan’s hottest new metal property Crossfaith. Check this out, and discover why so they’re making so many new fans. Taken from the ZION EP, out later this year.
UPON A BURNING BODY
The Texans got an outstanding reception supporting Trivium at the end of last year. Want to know why? Hear this, and imagine it in a mosh bit. Brutal. Taken from the album Red. White. Green., out now via Sumerian.
The legendary creative force that is Voivod continue their legacy without Denis “Piggy” D’Amour for the first time. Unsurprisingly, they still slay. Taken from the album Target Earth, out January 18 via Century Media.
Enslaved axeman Ice Dale and his Norwegian cohorts have been one of the worst kept secrets in hard rock for years. If you’re not in on it already, you no longer have an excuse. Taken from the albumYoungblood, out February 4 via Napalm.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA
THE HARD SELL
The second part of their The Afterman double album is just as catchy, heartfelt and completely bonkers as the first. Here’s how. Taken from the album The Afterman: Descension, out February 4 via Hundred Handed/Everything Evil.
POWER AND VOLUME
Fuzzy, dirty, driving freedom rock straight out of the sun-baked, dusty climes of, er, Stockholm. Any Graveyard fans should listen to this immediately. Taken from the album Power And Volume, out February 21 via Nuclear Blast.
KAMIKAZE TEST PILOTS
A grooving, soulful approach to hard rock that’s aggressive and slightly bonkers. Imagine Deliverance-era COC crossed with Soundgarden and a touch of System Of A Down. Taken from the album Kamikaze Test Pilots, out now via self-release.
The solo prog metal project from former Mishkin man Jimmy MacGregor, this sounds like Strapping Young Lad if Hevy Devy had been in a good mood when he made City. Taken from the Found EP, out now via self-release.
A MAJESTIC STORY
These Leeds brain-bafflers, who were a huge hit at Damnation 2011, play atmospheric, textured prog for the 21st century – rich, deep and genuinely affecting. Taken from the album Awesome Science, out February 11 via Brew.
FOR THE IMPERIUM
Imagine if Dillinger Escape Plan and Protest The Hero got together to jam while throwing in random bits of catchy pop. Now make that sound even more crazy. That’s For The Imperium. Taken from [?their forthcoming album, out later this year via Lifeforce].
ABANDON ALL HOPE
Atmospheric, expansive and downright fucking heavy technical metal from this fresh British talent. TesseracT, Soilwork and Scar Symmetry fans need to hear this immediately. Taken from the album To End It All, out now via self-release.
These London-based melodic metallers are driven by the powerful vocals of Anežka Piška, a singer straight out of the Cristina Scabbia school of being really good. Taken from the Driving The Nails In EP, out now via self-release.