Kerrang! is a UK-based magazine devoted to rock music, currently
published by Wasted Talent (the same company that owns electronic
music publication Mixmag). It was first published on 6 June 1981 as a
one-off supplement in the Sounds newspaper. Named after the
onomatopoeic word that derives from the sound made when playing a
power chord on a distorted electric guitar,
Kerrang! was initially
devoted to the new wave of British heavy metal and the rise of hard
rock acts. In the early 2000s it became the best-selling British
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Kerrang! Rock Chart
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Kerrang! was founded in 1981. The magazine commenced publication on
6 June 1981 and was edited by Geoff Barton, initially as a one-time
supplement in the Sounds newspaper, which focused on the new wave of
British heavy metal phenomenon and on the rise of other hard rock
Angus Young of
AC/DC appeared on Kerrang!'s first cover.
Launched as a monthly magazine,
Kerrang! began to appear on a
fortnightly basis later, and in 1987 it went weekly. The original
owner was United Newspapers who then sold it to
EMAP in 1991.
During the 1980s and early 1990s the magazine placed many thrash and
glam metal acts on the cover (like Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Bon Jovi,
Metallica, Poison, and Venom) but later discarded them when grunge
acts such as Nirvana rose to fame. Readers often criticise the
magazine for repeating this process every time a new musical trend
Kerrang!'s popularity rose again with the hiring of editor Paul Rees
circa 2000 when the nu metal genre, featuring bands like Limp Bizkit
and Slipknot were becoming more popular. Rees went on to edit Q
magazine and former
Kerrang! reviews editor Ashley Bird was
appointed editor from 2003 to 2005. Following his departure, Paul
Brannigan took over as editor in May 2005.
The term "thrash metal" was first referred to in the music press by
Malcolm Dome while making a reference to the
Anthrax song "Metal Thrashing Mad" in issue number 62, page 8
published on 23 February 1984. Prior to this Metallica's James
Hetfield referred to their sound as power metal.
With the emergence of emo and metalcore,
Kerrang! began to heavily
feature this musical trend. However, the revamp was not welcomed by
all readers and many complaints were received about Kerrang!'s sudden
emphasis on emo and metalcore music. Brannigan took the magazine into
its most commercially successful period with a record ever ABC for the
title of 80,186 copies.
EMAP sold its consumer magazine to current owner Bauer Media
Group. Brannigan left
Kerrang! in 2009 and Nichola Browne was
appointed editor. She later stepped down in April 2011. Former NME
features editor and GamesMaster deputy editor James McMahon was
appointed as editor on 6 June 2011.
In April 2017, Bauer sold
Kerrang! magazine, its website, and the K!
Mixmag Media, publisher of dance monthly Mixmag, along with
assets related to defunct style magazine The Face, which
to relaunch as a digital-first title. It is suggested that the new
owners will relaunch
Kerrang! as a monthly title. Bauer will retain
Kerrang! Radio and the Box Plus Network will continue to
Kerrang! TV as before.
Kerrang!'s website, www.kerrang.com, was launched in summer 2001 by
Dan Silver. Kerrang!'s parent company
Emap acquired the domain name
from a Norwegian cybersquatter by the name of Steingram Stegane for a
token sum of £666.
Kerrang!'s website is dedicated to finding out more information to do
with the magazine and also the latest information on the current bands
and upcoming events. The website hosts Kerrang!'s online shop,
podcasts, message board, TV and radio segments ensuring even more
opportunities to sell associated merchandise and products. In
Kerrang! launched its own online forum with the "rants and
raves" section taking up most of the traffic. Though initially
extremely popular, the number of users began to peter out around 2005
with the number of people online dropping to as low as 10 when
previously it had been closer to the 100 figure.
According to Alexa www.kerrang.com generates 60,000 pageviews per
month and is ranked 66,798th globally.
Since 1993, the magazine has held an annual awards ceremony to mark
the most successful bands in the interests of their readers. The
awards became one of Britain's most recognised events by the now
defunct Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, often
listing some of the winners in their annual round-up of the previous
year. The event is presented by major music celebrities, with many
others outside the industry who attend the event.
Kerrang! as a digital radio station, across the
United Kingdom. This was principally a 'jukebox' station, playing a
back-to-back sequence of rock and alternative music. On 10 June 2004,
Kerrang! 105.2 was launched as a regional radio station in Birmingham
with an advertising campaign by London-based creative agency ODD.
The radio had a number of specialist programmes dedicated to the many
subgenres of rock music. The radio output included interviews with
those affecting popular culture and society as well as those involved
with music. It stopped broadcasting on FM as of 14 June 2013 and once
again became a digital station, with listeners able to tune in on DAB
Kerrang! Radio app. With this broadcasting change came a move
Kerrang! Radio's offices from
Birmingham to London. Absolute Radio
is now broadcasting on its FM frequency.
Kerrang! TV. As with the radio station, the
television channel covers the more mainstream side of the rock music
as well as classic rock bands like
Aerosmith and AC/DC, and classic
heavy metal bands such as
Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses and Metallica. Kerrang TV is
now a joint venture between
Bauer Media Group
Bauer Media Group and Channel 4.
Kerrang! Tour is usually announced in October of the previous year and
is held throughout January and February of the year of touring.
Relentless Energy Drink has sponsored the
Kerrang! Tour for several
2006, featured Bullet for My Valentine, Hawthorne Heights, Still
Remains and Aiden.
2007, featured Biffy Clyro, The Bronx, The Audition and I Am Ghost.
2008, featured Coheed and Cambria, Madina Lake,
Fightstar and Circa
2009, sponsored by Relentless Energy Drink from this year; featured
Mindless Self Indulgence, Dir En Grey, Bring Me the Horizon, Black
Tide and In Case of Fire.
2010, featured All Time Low, The Blackout, Young Guns and My Passion.
Jettblack were added for two dates at the London Roundhouse at the end
of the tour.
2011, featured Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong,
Framing Hanley and
The Wonder Years.
2012. The tour lasted from 5 to 17 February. It featured New Found
Glory, Sum 41, letlive. and While She Sleeps. On 20 January 2012
it was revealed that
Sum 41 had been unfortunately forced to pull out
due to frontman Deryck Whibley who had suffered a back injury and was
not well enough to perform for the duration of the tour, they were
replaced by The Blackout who had previously played on the 2010
2013, featured Black Veil Brides, Chiodos,
Tonight Alive and Fearless
Vampire Killers. It was an 11-date tour which ran from 3–15
February, with the 6th and 11th being days off.
William Control was a
guest DJ and also appeared alongside
Black Veil Brides
Black Veil Brides on 2 songs;
Shadows Die and In the End.
2014, featured Limp Bizkit, Crossfaith,
Nekrogoblikon and Baby
2015, featured Don Broco, We Are the in Crowd, Bury Tomorrow,
Beartooth and Young Guns.
Kerrang! Tour 2016 On 29 September the headliner for the
Kerrang! tour was revealed to be Sum 41. In an interview
with Kerrang, frontman Deryck Whibley stated that "After a three-year
break, we're honoured that our first tour back is the Kerrang!"
The tour featured Sum 41, Roam, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
2017, featured The Amity Affliction, Boston Manor, Vukovi, and Casey.
Kerrang! Rock Chart
In March 2012, Kerrang announced a new rock chart for the UK which is
based upon airplay across Kerrang Radio, Kerrang TV and sales figures
from the Official Charts Company. Charts are announced on Saturday
mornings and feature twenty tracks. The latest chart can be viewed on
Kerrang! every Saturday at midday.
Kerrang! Australia in the late 1990s. Unlike its weekly
counterpart in the UK, the Australian edition was published monthly
due to stiff competition from free local music publications. Kerrang!
is also published in Spanish and German.
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