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Heavy Metal 295, the Music Special: 17-Page, 6-Cover Preview

Heavy Metal 295 Cover F by NC Winters

Heads up, Metal heads — Heavy Metal issue 295, the Music Special, is on its way. In fact, the New York Comic Con variant (above) will be at our booth this week, come see us — and our guests and exclusives — at Booth #341!

This isn’t our first Music Special, but — by the hoary hosts of ho99o9! — it’s undoubtedly our best. This time around we’ve got more writers, artists (pencilers/painters/inkers/colorists) and artists (musicians and bands) on board than ever before. Let’s talk big names — like, big, legendary, writ-in-stone atop the ziggurat of metaldom names: Judas Priest, Joe Satriani, Def Leppard, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden. These sonic gods have been kicking ass on stage, on wax, on disc, and on video for decades and now their works take yet another form in paper and ink.

If you prefer metal that crawled out of the ’90s, we’ve got adaptations of modern classics by Slipknot, Mastodon, High on Fire, and Amon Amarth. And what of the current era? How about Code Orange, Rob Sonic, and Ho99o9. Ho99o9, in fact, took the story we made out of their song and turned it into the song’s video — truly a collaboration that keeps on giving. See what we mean here: Ho99o9’s “Master of Pain” video.

And we are especially pleased to have harnessed the jokers in the hard-rock pack — Tenacious D. Our storification of “The Metal” is so metal it will eat your soul.

One cover wouldn’t do for this monster of a Music Special — no, we’ve got six covers this time around. You will see them below — here are the links in the store to each of them:
     • Heavy Metal 295 Cover A by Kilian Eng
     • Heavy Metal 295 Cover B by Dave Correia
     • Heavy Metal 295 Cover C by Ian Bederman
     • Heavy Metal 295 Cover D by Victor Mosquera
     • Heavy Metal 295 Cover E by Nick Pyle
     • Heavy Metal 295 Cover F by NC Winters (NYCC/HeavyMetal.com exclusive)

Heavy Metal 295 Cover A by Kilian Eng

Heavy Metal 295 Cover A by Kilian Eng

Heavy Metal 295 Cover B by Dave Correia

Heavy Metal 295 Cover B by Dave Correia

Heavy Metal 295 Cover C by Ian Bederman

Heavy Metal 295 Cover C by Ian Bederman

Heavy Metal 295 Cover D by Victor Mosquera

Heavy Metal 295 Cover D by Victor Mosquera

Heavy Metal 295 Cover E by Nick Pyle

Heavy Metal 295 Cover E by Nick Pyle

Heavy Metal 295 Cover F by NC Winters

Heavy Metal 295 Cover F by NC Winters

JUDAS PRIEST's “FIREPOWER” by JEFF KRELITZ, DIEGO AGRIMBAU, AGUSTÍN ALESSIO, and TAYLOR ESPOSITO

JUDAS PRIEST’s “FIREPOWER” by JEFF KRELITZ, DIEGO AGRIMBAU, AGUSTÍN ALESSIO, and TAYLOR ESPOSITO

JOE SATRIANI and NED EVETT's “CRYSTAL PLANET” by NED EVETT, JOE SATRIANI, BRENDON SMALL, DAN MORISON, DENNIS CALERO, and MICAH MYERS

JOE SATRIANI and NED EVETT’s “CRYSTAL PLANET” by NED EVETT, JOE SATRIANI, BRENDON SMALL, DAN MORISON, DENNIS CALERO, and MICAH MYERS

HO99O9's “MASTER OF PAIN” by AARON GILLESPIE, ARTURO LAURIA, and D.C. HOPKINS

HO99O9’s “MASTER OF PAIN” by AARON GILLESPIE, ARTURO LAURIA, and D.C. HOPKINS

ROB SONIC's “THE BOSS” by DIEGO AGRIMBAU, MARCO TURINI AND ADAM WOLLET

ROB SONIC’s “THE BOSS” by DIEGO AGRIMBAU, MARCO TURINI AND ADAM WOLLET

TENACIOUS D's “THE METAL” by RYAN BROWNE, AARON CONLEY, VLADIMIR POPOV, and TAYLOR ESPOSITO

TENACIOUS D’s “THE METAL” by RYAN BROWNE, AARON CONLEY, VLADIMIR POPOV, and TAYLOR ESPOSITO

HIGH ON FIRE's “SPEWN FROM THE EARTH” by PHIL HESTER, MATT ALLISON, and FRANK CVETKOVIC

HIGH ON FIRE’s “SPEWN FROM THE EARTH” by PHIL HESTER, MATT ALLISON, and FRANK CVETKOVIC

SLIPKNOT's “WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND” by COREY TAYLOR, M. SHAWN CRAHAN, ALEX DE CAMPI, JONATHAN WAYSHAK, and FARES MAESE

SLIPKNOT’s “WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND” by COREY TAYLOR, M. SHAWN CRAHAN, ALEX DE CAMPI, JONATHAN WAYSHAK, and FARES MAESE

GALLERY: GRIMES

GALLERY: GRIMES

MASTODON's “THE CZAR” by JEREMY HAUN, SHANE PATRICK WHITE, NICK FILARDI, and MICAH MYERS

MASTODON’s “THE CZAR” by JEREMY HAUN, SHANE PATRICK WHITE, NICK FILARDI, and MICAH MYERS

CODE ORANGE's “THE HUNT” by CULLEN BUNN, ANDY BELANGER, TATTO CABALLERO, and MICAH MYERS

CODE ORANGE’s “THE HUNT” by CULLEN BUNN, ANDY BELANGER, TATTO CABALLERO, and MICAH MYERS

DEF LEPPARD's “HYSTERIA” by JEFF KRELITZ, LEAH MOORE, JOHN REPPION, SIMEON ASTON, MORAMIKE, FABIAN COBOS, ZOAR HUERTA, and DC HOPKINS

DEF LEPPARD’s “HYSTERIA” by JEFF KRELITZ, LEAH MOORE, JOHN REPPION, SIMEON ASTON, MORAMIKE, FABIAN COBOS, ZOAR HUERTA, and DC HOPKINS

AMON AMARTH's “THE BERSERKER” by ALEX DE CAMPI, TONY PARKER, and CARLOS CABRERA

AMON AMARTH’s “THE BERSERKER” by ALEX DE CAMPI, TONY PARKER, and CARLOS CABRERA

MEGADETH's “THE SKULL BENEATH THE SKIN” by JUSTIN JORDAN, ROB PRIOR, and JAME

MEGADETH’s “THE SKULL BENEATH THE SKIN” by JUSTIN JORDAN, ROB PRIOR, and JAME

IRON MAIDEN's “LEGACY OF THE BEAST: NIGHT CITY” PREVIEW by LLEXI LEON, IAN EDGINTON, KEVIN WEST, RICHARD FRIEND, KEITH CHAMPAGNE, RAÚL MANRÍQUEZ, and JACOB BASCLE

IRON MAIDEN’s “LEGACY OF THE BEAST: NIGHT CITY” PREVIEW by LLEXI LEON, IAN EDGINTON, KEVIN WEST, RICHARD FRIEND, KEITH CHAMPAGNE, RAÚL MANRÍQUEZ, and JACOB BASCLE

GHOUL SCREAMER by DAN FOGLER, BURNEY, JUSTIN MOHLMAN, and MATTHEW ALLISON

GHOUL SCREAMER by DAN FOGLER, BURNEY, JUSTIN MOHLMAN, and MATTHEW ALLISON

MURKY WORLD, CHAPTER 9 by RICHARD CORBEN

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