Black metal’s controversies threatened to overshadow Emperor’s debut album. But it rose above them to become the album that busted the scene wide open
Saddle your steeds and prepare to spill the blood of kings as we celebrate the greatest power metal albums ever!
Kirk Hammett is metal’s undisputed horror nerd king, so we got the Metallica axeman to give us his rundown of the underrated grizzly classics you need in your life
Metal’s history with horror movies goes back decades. We count down the 20 greatest anthems inspired by the screen, from the gruesome, to the grizzly, to the straight-up glorious
In honour of Judas Priest's 50th anniversary, we decided to count down their 50 greatest songs of all time, chosen by a panel of bands, Hammer staff and you...
Master Of Puppets opened the gates for thrash’s assault on the mainstream. Suddenly, metal had a new frontline, and the scene would never be the same again
We talk to the scene’s original innovators – Exodus, Anthrax, Sodom and Testament – about the birth of a legend
1994 was the year when metal came of age, bands twisting heavy music into new forms that would echo through the ages. We take a look back at the year's essential releases
Updated Tool's new album Fear Inoculum is nearly upon us – here's what they've been up to in the 13 years they've spent recording it
The 1990s was the decade that forced thrash to go underground or die. But it didn’t just survive - it prospered
NWOBHM classics, punk bangers, malevolent goth rock slow-anthems: how Metallica made metal’s most famous covers album
Burning Witches may fly the flag for pure heavy metal, but there’s a serious message that goes beyond denim and leather
Nergal’s black/death juggernaut Behemoth joins a new pantheon of gods with I Loved You At Your Darkest
Metallica’s guitarist on joining the thrash icons, his musical idols and just what his solo album will sound like