LONDON (CelebrityAccess) U.K.-based metal-rock magazine Kerrang!, which has been on the scene since 1981, is making its way to North America for the first time.
Publisher Wasted Talent Ltd. announced the weekly has a U.S. office set to open and has already announced its Stateside publishing team. Not only that, but the magazine is coming back to print in two days, publishing March 7, according to Music Week, which added that the new version will have increased pagination and a thicker, matt-varnished cover.
The magazine’s weekly cover story will be complemented by an eight-page feature, plus there will be an emphasis on photos and reviews. March covers include Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes.
“We spoke to our audience to find out what they wanted from the magazine, and allowed them to shape what we do,” editor Sam Coare said in a statement. “You will see that in the new, forward-looking version of the magazine we have created. We also believe that there is a new breed of artists emerging in Kerrang!’s world, and we look forward to creating new, innovative ways in which we can champion them.”
Nick Ruskell has been promoted to senior editor in-charge of reviews, playlists, new music and track premieres, according to Music Week. Emily Carter has been named news editor.
The magazine was initially a one-time supplement to the Sounds newspaper, focusing on British heavy metal and other hard rock acts. Angus Young was featured on the front cover. It eventually embraced other genres like thrash metal, grunge and glam metal like Poison.
The magazine was bought by Bauer Media Group in 2008. Bauer sold the magazine, its website and the properties’ K! Awards to Mixmag Media in April 2017. Mixmag also bought The Face magazine from Bauer.