I’ve been reading Metal Hammer nearly since it’s inception. I bought issue 4, if I remember correctly, and have been a big fan of it ever since. It’s always carried more of the bands I like than Kerrang!, even though the earlier editions were a little more amateur hour with the quality of writing.
These days the writing is as good as anyone, and while some of the emphasis is now on more popular bands, they do still feature a tonne of up-and-coming metal acts.
A fine magazine