In celebration of the upcoming Big Four shows—featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax—Revolver has created a new, special collector’s issue all about the giants of thrash metal. It hits newsstands today and is also available for purchase online here. The issue features all-new, exclusive interviews with members from each group talking about how they’ve crossed [...]
The headbanging legends in Slayer have had a rollercoaster of a 2010. Hell, one doesn’t even headbang anymore. After releasing World Painted Blood last year, the band had planned an epic tour this year, which they sidelined due to vocalist-bassist Tom Araya needing surgery for chronic back pain. The frontman was back onstage by mid-summer—even if he wasn’t headbanging—and, with that, the group began hitting high after high.
First, it rekindled its relationship with fellow thrashers Megadeth—guitarist Kerry King has credited Revolver’s “Book of Slayer” as the impetus—and toured with the group in the U.S. Then, Slayer joined Megadeth, Anthrax, and Metallica for a string of European festivals showcasing the Big Four of Thrash. (All of the bands played a rendition of Diamond Head and Metallica staple “Am I Evil?” in Sofia, Bulgaria, for a live broadcast, but drummer Dave Lombardo was the only Slayer member to participate. Warner Bros. is releasing a DVD of the shows on November 2.) They then headlined the massive Wacken Fest in front of 10s of thousands of metalheads, and now they’re heading back out with Megadeth and Anthrax on the Jägermeister Musictour, which kicks off today.
The Big Four of Thrash—Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax—are four of the most influential bands in metal. And yet, in the nearly 30 years since their debut albums were released, these four giants have never shared a stage due to a mix of bad blood, growing pains, and other logistical problems. Now, finally, the Big Four are sharing one stage for a short string of European festival dates this summer. And as if this meeting of metal titans weren’t earth-shaking enough, their performances at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, will be broadcast live to select theaters throughout the world on Tuesday, June 22, so that headbangers from New York to Peru can witness this historic day in metal history. Find where the Big Four will be playing near you at thebigfourlive.com. Revolver tracked down Slayer guitarist and hellraiser Kerry King in Austria and Megadeth frontsmasher Dave Mustaine in Warsaw, Poland, where they graciously filled us in on this amazing global event.
On stands now, the 2010 REVOLVER MAGAZINE GOLDEN GODS issue is not to be missed. The double-sized issue boasts an all-star cover featuring the REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS winners, performers and presenters—including OZZY OSBOURNE, LEMMY KILMISTER of Motörhead, ROB HALFORD of Judas Priest, DAVE GROHL, ALICE COOPER, CHINO MORENO of Deftones, ROB ZOMBIE, ZAKK WYLDE of Black Label Society, VINNIE PAUL of Hellyeah, JERRY CANTRELL of Alice In Chains, CHRIS JERICHO of WWE and Fozzy, KAT VON D, MARC COLOMBO of the Dallas Cowboys and Free Reign, and more.
In addition to showing off your wild side, tattoos are milestones, visual souvenirs that tell the story of your life. That said, ink-slingers extraordinaire Paul Booth and Kat Von D (pictured left at the Revolver Golden Gods) say there are certain tattoos to steer clear of, or you might regret getting them. Check out their thoughts below—and don't blame us if you've sinned on your skin. For more from Booth and Von D—as well as musicians from Kerry King to Tommy Lee—pick up Revolver's "Tattoo Issue," on stands now.
REVOLVER Magazine’s first-ever tattoo issue is currently on newsstands. Now, as a tie-in to the mag, tattoo enthusiasts and REVOLVER readers have a chance to win a grand-prize package including autographed Slayer items and swag from renowned tattoo artists Paul Booth and Kat Von D.
Fans can enter the contest by submitting the best pictures of themselves, someone else, or even a pet wearing the exclusive Paul Booth temporary tattoo included in the REVOLVER tattoo issue to letters [at] revolvermag.com and filling out the entry form at http://bit.ly/tattoocontest.
Photos will be posted at www.revolvermag.com, and the winner, chosen on the merits of the “most insane, hilarious, and generally awesome pic,” will receive a prize pack including an autographed Slayer poster and autographed deluxe edition of Slayer’s latest CD, World Painted Blood, a limited-edition set of Paul Booth tattoo flash (printed sheets of tattoo designs), and Kat Von D’s book High Voltage Tattoo, as well as copies of Revolver’s “Book of Slayer” and “The Art of Hard Rock & Heavy Metal” special issues.
Revolver threw our first ever issue launch party on February 25 at Paul Booth’s Last Rites studio, celebrating the release of the new tattoo issue, on newsstands now. Mistress Juliya played MC, Paul Booth and his awesome mom Paula were on hand, as were the bands Acrassicauda and Violent Soho; sideshow performers Nik Sin, Serpentina, and Nelson Lugo; members of the Revolver staff; and many others. View pics from the crazy scene after the jump.
REVOLVER Magazine’s first-ever tattoo issue is on newsstands now, featuring a striking cover image of Slayer’s Kerry King and his legendary Paul Booth-inked head tattoo.
The March/April 2010 issue of Revolver includes a free temporary tattoo with an exclusive design by Booth.
The cover story, “The History Of Tattoos In Hard Rock,” is an in-depth feature by writer Christopher R. Weingarten exploring when tattoos first became rock staples, how they have evolved, and their future. Interview subjects include King, Booth, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, L.A. Ink’s Kat Von D, Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, original rock star tattooist Lyle Tuttle and many others. The story also features sidebar pieces on the “The Hottest Female Tattoo Artists,” “The Most Ridiculous Rocker Tattoo Fails,” “How to Get Your First Tattoo,” “The Most Painful Spots to Get Tattooed,” and more.