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The most-read stories on Metal Hammer last week

Fans of heavy metal covers must have been drooling last week at the prospect of Stone Sour covering Iron Maiden’s Running Free – premiered on Metal Hammer. But that’s not all we offered up; we reflected on the Class Of 2000, the history of pentagrams, went in search of MySpace bands and had a look at Slipknot Christmas lights!

Listen to Stone Sour's cover of Iron Maiden Running Free

The Class Of 2000: Where Are They Now?

This is Rammstein's Du Hast in klezmer style

An illustrated history of the pentagram in heavy metal

Sorry FFDP, Crue, Pistols... Lemmy is a bigger rockstar than you

Metalhead creates Slipknot Christmas tribute

Sophie Foundation in hate crime victory

Whatever happened to the MySpace bands?

BMTH's Oli Sykes has finally found happiness

Master Of Reality has been voted the greatest Black Sabbath album ever

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