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I have to say, since BORDERS went out of business, I have not seen a copy of UK-based METAL HAMMER on the racks anywhere near me. That said, there’s a reason why METAL HAMMER is one of the last print mags standing, and they continue to show that every month. For METAL HAMMER 253, their February 2014 issue, they’ve taken things into STAR WARS territory, with the entire issue taking inspiration from a galaxy far, far away, starting off with a cover by SIXMOREVODKA (said to have the “blessing of LUCASFILM). The mag goes on-sale January 7 (you can order direct from their UK site), or you can subscribe via (my affiliate) Amazon, though you probably won’t get this one in time. Take a peek…

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Now, the folks over at THE PRP are to thank for the following list, which gives a rundown on which metaller is playing who in this STAR WARS mashup…

  • Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor as Han Solo
  • Zakk Wylde as Chewbacca
  • Machine Head‘s Robb Flynn as what appears to be Qui-Gon Jin
  • Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt as Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Ghost‘s Papa Emeritus as Emperor Palpatine
  • King Diamond as Darth Maul
  • Iron Maiden‘s Eddie as Darth Vader
  • Down‘s Phil Anselmo as an Imperial Officer
  • Motörhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister as an Imperial Officer
  • Mastodon‘s Bill Kelliher as Dengar
  • Devin Townsend as C3PO
  • Anthrax‘s Scott Ian as Boba Fett
  • Soulfly‘s Max Cavalera as Yoda
  • Ronnie James Dio and Slayer‘s Jeff Hanneman as Force Ghosts
  • Ghost‘s Nameless Ghouls as Jawas
  • Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe and Avenged Sevenfold‘s M. Shadows as Rebel Pilots
  • Within Temptation‘s Sharon Den Adel as Princess Leia
  • Kiss‘ Gene Simmons‘ Kiss Demon as a Stormtrooper
  • Ihsahn as an Imperial Officer
  • Skindred‘s Benji Webbe as Lando Calrissian
  • Clutch‘s Neil Fallon as Wicket
  • While She Sleep‘s Loz Taylor as Luke Skywalker

And SKINDRED as THE A-TEAM? I pity the fool that doesn’t have respect for that…

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Get yourself some metal?

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