Malakian! Iommi! Hale! Hammett! It's the Metal Hammer Guitar issue!

Lzzy Hale Matt Tuck Daron Malakian Zakk Wylde Kirk Hammett

Hey everyone! It's the Metal Hammer guitar issue!

From Daron Malakian to Kirk Hammett, Lzzy Hale to Tony Iommi, we let the biggest guitar players in metal take over our magazine – and here's what they did with it!


Metal Hammer Guitar Issue cover

System Of A Down's Daron Malakian has resurrected Scars On Broadway, but why now, and what does this mean for the future of SOAD? He reveals all!

Daron Malakian in Metal Hammer

Kirk Hammett's flair and unmistakable tone helped make Metallica the biggest metal band on the planet. We get inside the mind of a heavy metal genius.

Kirk Hammett in Metal Hammer

With Slayer, Jeff Hanneman helped shape the sound of metal itself. Five years after his passing, we got his former Slayer bandmate Dave Lombardo to pay an emotional, insightful tribute to his friend.

Jeff Hanneman in Metal Hammer

Zakk Wylde, Lzzy Hale, Zoltan Bathory and Ben Bruce unite for a special roundtable looking at the role of guitar music in 2018, and what it means to be a modern day guitar hero.

Guitar hero feature in Metal Hammer

Leader or dictator? As Bullet For My Valentine prepare to unveil new album Gravity, Matt Tuck explains why he had to take some drastic decisions to take the band into their next chapter.

Bullet For My Valentine in Metal Hammer

We got the one and only Devin Townsend to interview living guitar legend Steve Vai! 

Devin Townsend and Steve Vai in Metal Hammer

We also chat to Nita Strauss about her amazing career, working with Alice Cooper and how she ended up playing at Wrestlemania!

Nita Strauss feature in Metal Hammer

Plus, we got metal's best guitarists to put together the 50 greatest riffs ever. Pick up the new issue to find out what they picked!

Riffs feature in Metal Hammer

All this plus Skindred, Lucifer, In Flames, Emperor, Wolftooth, Deafheaven and much, much more!

Oh, and did we mention this issue comes with a FREE CD featuring 15 of the best young bands in metal today?

Metal Hammer – Revenge Of The Riff

Only in your new issue. In shops now and in our online store. Plectrums up! 

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.