As the 70s dawned, the folk with the electric guitars realised that rock could be harder, dirty, louder and faster than before – here's a guide to the albums that shaped heavy metal as we know it
The psychedelic space rockers Cybernetic Witch Cult pick the ten essential sci-fi flicks you absolutely must check out
When Tool formed and descended onto an unsuspecting Hollywood, alternative music was about to be dragged into a whole new world of dizzying possibilities
Sabaton are headlining arenas and Powerwolf are playing main stages across Europe – power metal is bigger than ever. We count down the subgenre’s most epic albums
As glam metal lumbered towards its demise, a band from New Jersey injected the scene with one final dose of venom
Larry Morand runs rock's biggest cruises. Here he explains how it all works: the bands, the fans, and the role played by former Israeli Special Forces operatives
The story of Monsters Of Rock 1988, or how Metallica came to claim the throne of modern metal
This amazing shot of a crowd-surfing Damian Wilson takes first prize in the first round of our photography competition. Plus: Round 2 is launched!
Creative polymath Patti Smith is one of music's most unique voices – here we go through her back catalogue in order of greatness
Black Friday might not be here quite yet, but the bargains have already begun - and there are some amazing deals right now on wireless earphones
Start your week with eight of the finest new tunes in rock'n'roll today, then vote for your favourite...
Enjoy superb sound, no strings attached with our pick of the best wireless headphones for blasting out everything from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin
Jeff Lynne's personal guide to the second ELO comeback album after 30 years in the wilderness, From Out Of Nowhere
With new singer Mike Patton in the ranks, Faith No More’s The Real Thing took them from obscure alt-metallers to international sensations
Even born rockstars have to earn a living before they make it big – here we look at some of the unlikely jobs rockstars took before breaking through
Guns N' Roses may be one of the finest bands of all time, but what are their best songs? That's for you to decide...
As Taylor Hawkins releases his new album Get The Money, we get inside the mind of the "frustrated frontman" to talk star-studded cameos, trusting your instincts and what it's like having Dave Grohl as a boss
Slayer's The Repentless Killogy flick graced cinemas for one night only – Hammer was there to find out if it lives up to the hype
We watched Jered Threatin play to a near-empty room in London, then interviewed him about his upcoming films, about wanting the audience to leave, and about coughing up blood