Press Kit and Media Assets

Company Overview

HM Magazine was started in 1985 by Douglas Van Pelt in Austin, TX. Initially called Heaven’s Metal, the magazine covered all aspects of the faith-based metal music scene. As the metal genre expanded, morphed and splintered into sub-genres, in 1995, the magazine’s name officially changed the The Hard Music Magazine (or HM Magazine for short) to account for magazine’s desire to cover all types of the heavy music scene. In 2013, the tagline was dropped and the magazine is now officially known as, simply, HM Magazine. In 2013, David Stagg purchased the magazine from Van Pelt. Stagg is the Owner and Editor in Chief of HM.

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HM Magazine

Heaven’s Metal


Telle Smith of The Word Alive

An Artist's Obsession

Telle Smith, vocalist for The Word Alive, is coming off the release of the band's sixth studio album, MONOMANIA. That was in February. This is, well, now. Originally planned to tour for the new album and play for millions, he’s in his house in California... trading stocks. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt catches up with the quarantined Smith.


Photo by Dusty Winter

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Bert McCracken of The Used Photo by Aaron Berkshire

Let's Get to the Heart of Things

"Music is our everything; we live and die for it. It’s our way to be human, so making songs that make that deep human connection is really important for The Used." In a new age of releasing music in a socially-distanced world, Bert McCracken and The Used face the challenge of human connection when physical connection is taboo. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt dives in with McCracken about The Used's new album, Heartwork, his absence on social media, and why 2020 will be the year of rice.


Photo by Aaron Berkshire

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