Slayer: The Band That Terrorized The World - The Ultimate Tribute To Jeff Hanneman
We learned of the sad loss legendary Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman shortly before going to press last week and saw no other option but to rewrite the issue to deliver the ultimate tribute to Jeff's incredible legacy. In this memorial, we look back at the music that he left behind, the impact that Slayer has had on the world and the musicians whose lives Jeff's riffs changed pay personal tributes to the man who reigned in blood; including contributions from Anthrax's Scott Ian, Bullet For My Valentine's Matt Tuck, Cancer Bats' Scott Middleton, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Mastodon and many, many more.
This week we've got SIX amazing posters featuring Green Day, Fearless Vampire Killers, Asking Alexandria, Mayday Parade, Mallory Knox and My Chemical Romance. Your wall will never be the same again!
Feedback: You send us your letters, photos and rocking drawings, blink-182's Mark Hoppus goes up against reader Gina about whether bands that reform should release new material or revel in their greatest hits in this week's Rock Ruck, plus your chance to win tickets Slam Dunk (and some rather awesome Slam Dunk tee-shirts too)! Not to mention the real reason why everyone loves Feedback (probably)... heavy metal granny of the week. \m/
News: From the spider bite to liver complications, we bring you the sad story of the death of Slayer's Jeff Hanneman, with reactions from Kerry King and a personal tribute from one of K!'s journalists who had travelled on the road with Jeff and the band. Billy Talent's Benjamin Kowalewicz answers your problems in this week's Life Of Agony, Yashin's Harry Radford gives us the inside scoop on his solo project and Jimmy Eat World talk new album.
What else?: K! investigates the often murky world of songwriting - who's writing your favourite rock hits? The band... or someone else? As well as that we've got Devil Driver's Dez Fafara showing us his favourite tats in Damag Ink. We bring you this week's Official Kerrang! Rock Chart - who's number one?! Frank Turner-s up at Kerrang! Radio, and K! TV heads on the road with Don Broco. K!onfidential speculates whether Gerard Way might be joining Black Veil Brides and Fall Out Boy get the Pandora treatment. Plus we introduce you to Chelmsford's Hey Vanity.
In this week's Songs That Saved My Life, While She Sleeps' Loz Taylor tells us about partying topless to Marilyn Manson... as you do!
We deliver you the final nominations for the Relentless Kerrang! Awards 2013 - who made the list? Does your favourite band stand a chance of being honoured this year? There's only one way to find out! Oh yeah, and you get the chance to vote from the shortlist. Make your voice heard!
We join the hottest US tour of the year, Spring Fever, and bro-down with You Me At Six, Pierce The Veil and All Time Low as they party across America. From bus parties to boozing, we bring you all the photos and backstage babbling - straight from the bands themselves!
We also catch up with We Are The In Crowd's Tay Jardine and Christofer Drew of Never Shout Never as they tear through the UK together, forging friendships on the road.
Lives: K! reviews the most punk rock festival on the planet today; Belgium's Groezrock! The latest reviews of Rise Against, The Story So Far, Trapped Under Ice, Comeback Kid, Crossfaith, Rocket From The Crypt, Less Than Jake, Rob Lynch, Polar Bear Club, The Used, Killswitch Engage, Bad Religion and many more! Plus K! headed to Florida to review Limp Bizkit supporting Alice In Chains and caught HIM in a tiny London venue!
Reviews: We sort the killer from the filler in this week's album reviews including the massive new 30 Seconds To Mars record, Escape The Fate, Palm Reader and Papa Roach's new DVD. Oh yeah and Paramore's Hayley Williams tells us all about her unicorn head in Anatomy Of A Rockstar!
That must be everything, yeah? No! Rolo Tomassi's Eva Spence talks pinching your last rolo, William Control tells us what it's like to be him onstage, and Dan 'Soupy' Campbell from The Wonder Years reminisces about being a teen watching blink-182 in our, frankly, massive gig guide - right before Devin Townsend takes the rockstar test... here's a heads-up; it involves a lot of being Canadian and apologising! \m/
All of that is crammed into this week's issue - like some sort of massive-on-the-inside, small-on-the-outside rock'n'roll tardis! On sale May 8!