The biggest bands go head to head in Metal Hammer's State Of The Nation

a collage of Hammer cover stars

Corey Taylor and Randy Blythe: The Big Debate

What makes a metal band?

Jonathan Davis: "Metal needs to evolve"

Can extreme metal break the mainstream?

Can metal rule the world again?

Has modern metal become too narrow-minded?

Does metal take itself too seriously?

What does it take to survive as a band in the modern metal scene?

Is there space for politics within metal music?

Joey Jordison contemplates whether modern metal's lost its edge

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