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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
MURKY WORLD, CHAPTER 9 by RICHARD CORBEN
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: GERALD SCARFE
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: GERALD SCARFE

2 thoughts on “Heavy Metal 295, the Music Special: 17-Page, 6-Cover Preview

  1. Looking forward to it. Funny enough I’m not really that big into metal. I mean, I love Ride the Lightning as much as everyone else, but I honestly don’t listen to much of the genre at all. I still haven’t even finished listening to Tool’s new album lol. shrug.

  2. I so wish this is a one-off – heavy metal music focused issue – or this is my cue out.
    If next issue looks to correct this, I might get this one at a later date, to complete the Corben strip, but this is a hard pass as far as I’m concerned. The recent direction seemed to put the magazine in the future, this is looking in the past, misplaced nostalgia, ew!

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