New Issue of Revolver Magazine Pays Tribute to Hard Rock and Metal’s Fallen Heroes

As we bid farewell to a year full of tragedy, the new issue of Revolver magazine—available on newsstands everywhere on December 21—remembers many of hard rock and metal’s most dearly departed. The cover features a stunning painting by legendary comic-book artist J.G. Jones, acclaimed for his work on Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, as well as for co-creating the series Wanted, which was adapted into a 2008 movie starring Angelina Jolie. Jones depicts Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot’s Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold’s the Rev, Type O Negative’s Peter Steele, Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Metallica’s Cliff Burton, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Ozzy Osbourne’s Randy Rhoads, Queen’s Freddie Mercury, and Alice in Chains Layne Staley rocking together in heaven. The cover painting also appears as a free poster with the issue.

Inside the issue, Revolver remembers the cover artists and many of hard rock and metal’s other fallen heroes via exclusive interviews, including the first with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Shawn “Clown” Crahan, Chris Fehn, and Joey Jordison—and Paul Gray’s wife, Brenna—since Paul’s death, and the first with the surviving members of Type O Negative since Peter Steele’s passing. Also interviewed are Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Alice in Chains Mike Inez, Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde, Ramones Marky Ramone, Melvins Buzz Osborne, rapper Ice-T, and more.

As a tie-in to the issue and a special tribute to Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, Revolver has produced a highly limited-edition commemorative coin in his honor. The coin comes free with the magazine when purchased at Barnes & Noble. Otherwise, it is available with the issue and an antiqued metal coin holder at:, where a portion of the sale proceeds will go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. To donate, go to

Revolver Magazine's Dimebag Darrell Coin


The issue also features Revolver’s Top 20 Albums of the Year list and stories on Escape the Fate, the Damned Things, Volbeat, Social Distortion, A Day to Remember, and more!

Revolver's Fallen Heroes cover, Ronnie James Dio, Paul Gray, Peter Steele, Jimmy the Rev Sullivan, Dimebag


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  • Bruno Hébert-Brassard

    That’s a total shame to see that faggot Paul Gray !! This faggot deserved what happened to him. We  agree with Slipknot being metal.

    • StudabakerJoe

      Wow. You’re a dumb, rotten hatchet hole. Guess that is why the word “ass” is in your name. Yuh, two years later.

  • OnlyGodCanJudge

    @Bruno…  What horrible thing to say about Paul.  IMHO there’s nobody that deserves your negative/homophobic comments.  A little compassion goes a long way.@google-902b062ad8856d6fac57141f013c2fd9:disqus 

    On a side note, looking at the magazine cover art I can’t help but to wonder why they would put “Keeping Heaven Heavy!!!” below a scene depicting these fallen rock heroes performing in Heaven.  Not meant meanly, but some of those poor souls are probably in Heaven… unfortunately.  Only those that were close to them would know the beliefs they held. 

    Matthew 7:13-14
    13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

    • OnlyGodCanJudge

      Edit:  “Not meant meanly, but some of those poor souls are probably NOT in Heaven… unfortunately.