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Metal Edge Relaunch

metaledge.jpgOk, Metal Edge has just relaunched and I received my first issue of the "new" magazine today. Aside from clearer pictures and maybe a few less grammatical errors, the rag looks exactly the same to me.

The major difference is that the September 2007 issue comes complete with a CD. The bands featured on the disc are:








Scum of the Earth
Blacklist Union
City Sleeps
Bring Me the Horizon
Trashlight Vision
Ken Synder
Chris Volz
Dawn Over Zero
Another Day Dies

The cover looks a little better, mainly because it seems Zenbu Media sprung for some better paper stock and went back to a glossy format. The masthead is also slightly different, which I think is an idiotic move in poor brand marketing, but who the hell am I? If you're a Tool fan, you might want this issue because the band is on the cover.

For us glam fans there's a one page worthless article by Eddie Trunk. I quickly scanned the contributing writers list and Trunk isn't included, so maybe this was a one-time special. At any rate, he writes "What's in a Name?" and talks about glam bands that have different members or two touring groups, like L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat and White Lion. Whatever.

Just as worthless is a two page spread on the "25 Wildest Album Covers." The list includes - and I am not making this up - Soundgarden's Superunknown, Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power and Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance. Metal Edge editors say Nothing's Shocking by Jane's Addiction is the most wild album cover of all time. O.K.

Save your $4.99 and put it toward a new issue of the British import Classic Rock.



Reader Comments (10)

I wish there were more magazines that covered glam/sleaze, melodic rock, and stuff like that.
I know a couple of good magazines like that today, but they are imports.
Such as, Fireworks, Bubblegum Slut, Rock It, and Classic Rock is okay too.
September 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
I used to like Metal Edge in the 80's. They were one of the fluffier mags. However they had lots of pictrues and were covering lesser known hard rock bands some while Hit Parader and Circus just covered the big bands.
September 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
I used to buy Metal Edge religiously back in the day, but haven't for a long time. I found a copy when I was in New York City, and decided it was worthless shortly thereafter.

Classic Rock Magazine, is the only monthly magazine that I pick up. It is worth checking out!
Like some of our favorite Glam bands of yesteryear, Metal Edge is trying to be "current" and like some of the said bands...have failed misserably. They're trying to be something they're not. I understand "change," I know it's inevitable, but artists are supposed to CREATE, not RE-create. Same goes with a rag like Metal Edge. There are enough magazines out there with "today" metal and all the sub genres that comes with it. If anything Metal Edge is watering down that culture. Back in the day that magazine was known more for it's pictures and posters than the cutting edge interviews, etc that they filled the rest of the magazine up with. The 80's were full of "pin-up" bands, i.e., Poison, Motley Crue, Cinderella, Lita Ford, etc. It was a scene based not only for the ears, but the EYES. Bands of today aren't eyecandy, they don't want to opinion is they don't have the ABILITY to be (go wash your hair and bathe or at the very least, polish your shaved heads). I'm not saying that's good OR bad. Today's bands remind me of the arena bands that I grew up on in my youth all those years didn't have posters of the guys in Foghat, Styx, REO Speedwagon or Rush on your walls, hell you were lucky if you knew what 2 of the members even looked like. Sure you had your visual/ poster bands, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Van Halen, but that genre morphed into...glam rock/hair metal or what ever you want to call it.
Kids today aren't going to clammor for the new issue of Metal Edge like most of us did. They should have changed the name and moved into the direction they currently have. The magazine wasn't respected like Rolling Stone, NME, Spin and that was OK. What kid is going to seriously buy a magazine that their PARENTS or GRANDPARENTS bought???
Good Lord, there I go rambling again...don't I have my own website to run? hahahaha.
Keep up the great work Allyson!! Your page is better than any $4.99 rag out there. It's FUN, it's opinionated, it's from the heart! Not to mention cheap hahaha
Metal Horns up!
Sweet Lou.
September 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou.
Yeah, Classic Rock is the only mag I have found worth getting regularly, too.
September 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
It sounds like Eddie Trunk is addressing something I have an issue with. However, he's such an idiot that I'd prefer to see an article from someone a little smarter.
September 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbob_vinyl
Interesting that in your "About Me" section (Reposted below) you are dying to work for Metal Edge. My guess is they might not be interested now,

Hello. My name is Allyson. And I'm a 28 year old glam fan.

I've enjoyed glam to an unhealthy degree since the 80s. When Poison and Def Leppard ruled the rock world, I was the tender age of 9.

I'm currently obsessed with the idea of working at a major record label, although I don't know in what position. If Rolling Stone or Metal Edge would have me, I'd be a very loyal worker. I like the idea of living in sunny California, as Ohio winters make me shake.

I pay the bills by producing news at a local T.V. station. I'll be doing that until my ship comes in. I just hope the dock doesn't rot first.

If you've got ideas or comments, drop me a line at

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterInteresting
Hey "Interesting,"

Why don't you grow a pair and post under your real name? Scared that I give my opinion on ANYTHING --whenever I want?

Are you jealous you don't have the same ability?

Do you work for Metal Edge and are suddenly annoyed that I called you out? Remember when the magazine was actually worth the purchase price? Yeah, those days are gone.

That's what I thought. Poser.

September 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
thats the September 2007 issue? i just got the august one the other day. It looks way different.....
September 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChey
That is why I stopped buy that magazine in the early 90's they got a different editor and switch the music that made that mag worth buying. it's just a piece of crap now.
December 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

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