The new issue of Metal Hammer features two different covers: Sabaton and Babymetal!

Babymetal and Sabaton on the cover of Metal Hammer
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The new issue of Metal Hammer celebrates Sabaton and Babymetal, each with their own exclusive cover.

Ahead of the pair’s UK tour together in April, we travel to the remote Swedish island of Visby to see Sabaton in action live. They tell us about conquering their home territory – and their campaign to get even bigger. Trust us, you've never seen a mission quite like this.

We also fly all the way to Tokyo, Japan to go front row at Babymetal’s first shows since their hiatus, get the inside story of wild new concept album The Other One, and grill them on the possibility of that third member. Are Babymetal a trio again or is it all a ruse? We try and find out.

Elsewhere in the issue, we revisit Roadrunner United – the all-star collab album and gig that defined a generation, featuring the likes of Robb Flynn, Joey Jordison, Peter Steele, Matt Heafy and more. 200 riffs. Even more hangovers.

We also dodge pigs’ blood and knives to infiltrate Bury Tomorrow’s new secret society, meet extreme metal forefather Tom G Warrior, go on the road in Prague with great British hopes Malevolence, talk powerlifting with The Hu and visit Ghost’s LA pop-up event.

All that plus Heriot, Grave Pleasures, Enslaved, Cave In, Death Pill, Delain, Floor Jansen, Trivium, Lovebites, Sleep Token, Heliung, Tarja, Life Of Agony and much, much more.

Only in the new issue of Metal Hammer, on sale now. Order it online and have it delivered straight to your door (PLEASE NOTE: the ability to pick your preferred cover will be available next week).

Babymetal Metal Hammer cover

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Sabaton Metal Hammer cover

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Eleanor Goodman
Editor, Metal Hammer

Eleanor was promoted to the role of Editor at Metal Hammer magazine after over seven years with the company, having previously served as Deputy Editor and Features Editor. Prior to joining Metal Hammer, El spent three years as Production Editor at Kerrang! and four years as Production Editor and Deputy Editor at Bizarre. She has also written for the likes of Classic Rock, Prog, Rock Sound and Visit London amongst others, and was a regular presenter on the Metal Hammer Podcast.