The new issue of Revolver magazine hits newsstands on September 12th and features an all-new editorial direction and visual design — as well as four collectible Mastodon covers that merge, when placed side by side, to form one continuous, psychedelic image of the band. Inside, the issue features an extensive career-spanning cover story on the Atlanta prog-metal workhorses, as well as in-depth pieces on an array of both established and rising artists and innovators.
The issue is both the culmination of a long journey and the start of a new one. When we started down the road to reinventing Revolver over a year ago, we had many goals. We wanted to create the smartest, most sophisticated metal magazine and website that have ever existed. We wanted to champion artists — particularly younger, up-and-coming artists like Code Orange, Venom Prison and Full of Hell — who really have something to say and who are pushing heavy music into brave new places. We wanted to show heavy music to be the intellectually and technically challenging art form that we've known it to be since we first became fans. But maybe most of all, we wanted to celebrate metal not only as a particularly badass style of music but also as a hard-fighting, never-give-up attitude and an empowered, iconoclastic way of living. It's a philosophy embodied in everyone from blue-collar road dogs Mastodon, to gravity-defying skateboarder Elliot Sloan, to gate-crashing fashion designer Ashley Rose, to any diehard fan who has ever had to dig deep to persevere through tough times or overcome a daunting obstacle. And it's a philosophy that, we think, is embodied in the first issue of Revolver 2.0.