Revolver (magazine)

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Cover for the August/September 2014 issue featuring Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
Editor in ChiefBrandon Geist
CategoriesMusic magazine
First issueSpring 2000
CompanyProject M Group LLC
CountryUnited States

Revolver is a heavy metal music and hard rock magazine, published in North America. It has been in print since 2000, and is about both established acts and up-and-comers in heavy music.

Publication history[edit]

Revolver was originally owned by Harris Publications. In March 2006, the magazine was sold to Future US, Inc. for US$4 million.[1] In 2012, Future plc sold Revolver to NewBay Media.[2] In May 2017, Revolver was bought by Project M Group LLC.[3] In the fall of that year, the magazine underwent a brand relaunch, including a redesigned print edition and website, intended to embody the art and culture of heavy music.[3]

Epiphone Revolver Music Awards[edit]

The Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 2009 by Revolver magazine.[4] Originally called the Revolver Golden God Awards they went on hiatus in 2015 and came back in 2016.[5]

Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock[edit]

From 2006 until 2017, Revolver annually published a feature/issue/calendar of the "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock" (known as "Hottest Chicks in Metal" until 2011).[6][7] Conceived by then-Revolver editor-in-chief Tom Beaujour, the first edition of the feature (titled "The 13 Sexiest Chicks in Metal"), published in March 2006, became the second best-selling issue in the magazine's history behind their March 2005 Dimebag Darrell tribute issue.[6] It would serve as the inspiration for the "Hottest Chick in Metal" award at the Golden God Awards (until it was removed in 2011),[8][9][10] as well the "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour", from 2011 until 2015.[10][11] The feature was last published in Revolver's April/May 2017 issue,[12] after which it was discontinued following the magazine's acquisition by Project M Group.[13][14]

Because Revolver did not feature many female acts in their magazine outside of the feature (at the time), several publications and commentators perceived the feature as, and frequently criticized it for being, sexist in its portrayal of women in rock and metal.[6][7][15][16][17][18][19][20] Metal Edge (2006) and Decibel (2012) produced their own one-off issues covering women in metal in response to the feature.[6][21] In February 2010, Angela Gossow, then-vocalist of Arch Enemy and a former participant in the feature, slammed Revolver for featuring an image she did not want used in the 2010 "Hottest Chicks" feature, and called it "an embarrassment for female musicians, who actually are musicians."[22] Revolver argued that the "Hottest Chicks" feature was empowering to women;[21] in 2011, editor Brandon Geist responded to criticism of the feature by claiming that because the women who appeared in the feature did so voluntarily, critics were being "extremely condescending to the women involved to act as if YOU know better than they do what is right for THEM".[7] Kim Kelly, writing for The Atlantic, criticized Geist's response as avoiding and trivialising the problem addressed by his critics.[7]


  1. ^ Blabbermouth (March 6, 2006). "Revolver Magazine Sold To U.K.'s Future Publishing For $4 Million". Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  2. ^ Staff, Publishing Executive (January 13, 2012). "NewBay Media Acquires Guitar World, Revolver, and Guitar Aficionado from Future PLC". Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Revolver Magazine Sold to Digital Media Company Project M Group; Brand Relaunch Planned For This Fall". May 1, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  4. ^ Crespo, Charley (March 8, 2017). "The Epiphone Revolver Music Awards at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom". The Aquarian Weekly. New York City. Archived from the original on March 31, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  5. ^ Titus, Christa (November 3, 2016). "2016 Epiphone Revolver Music Awards Return With New Name, Venue". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d Pinsonneault, Julie (March 19, 2007). "Women in Metal - Article - Stylus Magazine". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 22, 2007. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  7. ^ a b c d Kelly, Kim (November 3, 2011). "The Never-Ending Debate Over Women in Metal and Hard Rock". The Atlantic. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  8. ^ MetalSucks (July 21, 2009). "ISIS' AARON TURNER VS. REVOLVER MAGAZINE". MetalSucks. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  9. ^ Islander (February 17, 2010). "REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS (AND WE THOUGHT THE GRAMMY'S WERE OVER)". NO CLEAN SINGING. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  10. ^ a b "Revolver Announces "Hottest Chicks" Tour; Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness, Sexism | Metal Insider". March 3, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  11. ^ "Revolver's 2015 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour features Flyleaf, The Agonist + more | Metal Insider". February 24, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  12. ^ "Hottest Chicks". Revolver. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  13. ^ Blabbermouth (December 29, 2019). "KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Frontwoman 'Wasn't Sad' To See REVOLVER's Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock' Issue Go Away". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  14. ^ "Woman Tone: Is The Guitar Industry Sexist?". | All Things Guitar. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  15. ^ Blabbermouth (March 19, 2007). "Portrayal Of Women In Metal Media: Sexy Or Sexist?". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  16. ^ "Headbangers' Brawl 9/30: Two Metal Chicks Take On Revolver Magazine | Metal Insider". September 30, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  17. ^ Loye, Kristy (January 12, 2016). "Sexism In Music Media: The Problem No One Wants to Address". Houston Press. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  18. ^ Rajkhowa, Vivek (September 12, 2019). "How heavy metal got woke". Spiked. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  19. ^ Ford, Leyla (October 3, 2011). "Leyla Ford Weighs in on the Revolver "Hottest Chicks" Issue". MetalSucks. Retrieved December 7, 2023.
  20. ^ Seling, Megan (February 23, 2015). "Revolver Magazine's 'Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock' Tour Bound for Exit/In; Nashville Woman Sets World on Fire". Nashville Scene. Retrieved December 7, 2023.
  21. ^ a b Pasbani, Robert (June 15, 2012). "Decibel Magazine To Release "Women In Metal" Issue". Metal Injection. Retrieved August 7, 2023.
  22. ^ Blabbermouth (February 23, 2010). "ARCH ENEMY Singer Calls REVOLVER's 'Hottest Chicks' Movement 'An Embarrassment For Women'". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved May 16, 2023.

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