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Metal Hammer - 50 years of metal

In the latest issue of Metal Hammer, we're celebrating 50 years of metal  - the bands, the albums, the stories that shaped our world. We give you a decade-by-decade guide to 50 years of heavy metal madness, featuring brand new interviews with many of the bands that made it all happen.

That's not all, though. We also got 50 of the biggest and best names in metal to help us pick the 50 greatest albums ever, from Scott Ian, Rob Zombie and Dave Mustaine to Trivum’s Matt Heafy, Ghost’s Tobias Forge and Parkway Drive’s Winston McCall.

It's such a good list, in fact, that we made a playlist for it, which you can listen to here…

Metal Hammer 50 Years Of Metal

The new issue of Metal Hammer, celebrating 50 years of metal, is onsale now. As well as the full list of the 50 Greatest Metal Albums Ever as picked by metal's greatest names, it features brand new interviews with Tony Iommi, The Fever333, Gojira and more. And if that wasn't enough, it also comes with a free double-sided Iron Maiden poster and free Metallica beer mats. What's not to love? Order your copy here (opens in new tab).

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin stepped into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He is also probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.