Album review: age cannot wither Teutonic thrash titans Kreator, as fearsome new album Hate Über Alles proves
When the going gets tough, bodyguard-to-the-stars Michael Francis – who's spent time with Elvis, lived with Cher and saved Paul Rodgers from several beatings – is the man you’d want on your side
The 2012 collaboration between Steven Wilson and Mikael Åkerfeldt wasn't the prog metal supergroup many thought it might be, but something more experimental altogether
Album review: Trivium’s Matt Heafy teams up with Emperor man Ihsahn and MCR’s Gerard Way on Ibaraki’s stellar debut Rashomon
Art-metal skronk-outs? Pink Floyd-inspired anthems? Epic trance workouts? This is where to start with Steven Wilson’s reunited prog visionaries
Wild experimentation is the norm on This Was Your Future: Space Rock And Other Psychedelics (1978-1998), curated by Hawkwind spacelord Dave Brock
Album review: Destruction’s Diabolical album ticks every vintage thrash box you want it to tick with venomous results
"I didn't want to go back there," says Ian Anderson of revisiting Tull's 1971 masterpiece. But in 2012 that's exactly what he did!
Bruce Dickinson joined Iron Maiden in time for the landmark third album The Number Of The Beast. Things would never be the same again
Steve Overland’s overlords FM casually batter the competition on cleverly titled thirteenth album Thirteen
Album review: Trouble frontman and doom icon Eric Wagner’s posthumous In The Lonely Light Of Morning is a fitting goodbye to a legend
Veteran noisy bastards Napalm Death keep the grind-bombs coming throughout Resentment Is Always Seismic
Hold on to your stomach and watch out for the bloody spray - this is the best (and worst) of innards-obssessed extreme metal icons Carcass
Mansfield's masters of metal mischief Lawnmower Deth return with Blunt Cutters - their first album in 28 years and a glorious reminder of why we loved them in the first place
How spooky run-ins with Ouija boards and supernatural happenings in the studio helped Doro Pesch tap into the darkside on Warlock's heavy metal masterpiece Touch Of Evil
Judas Priest are the ultimate defenders of the faith: here, we rank the band's colossal back catalogue in order of greatness...