Bauer Media has announced the appointment of James McMahon as the new editor of Kerrang! in the same week that the weekly heavy metal music magazine celebrates its 30th birthday.
McMahon is currently deputy editor of Gamesmaster and he follows Nichola Browne as Kerrang! editor. She stepped down at the end of March after 18 months in the job.
Sales of Kerrang! have held up well in recent years with the latest ABC print circulation figure up year on year at 42,967. The brand also claims to reach 172,600 unique users a month online; 1.3m viewers a month via K! TV and 1.4m listeners a week via Kerrang! Radio.
Bauer describes Kerrang! as its 'most extensive multi-platform brand", noting that it also supports a live tour and an annual awards.
McMahon, said: 'When I was a kid I wanted to be the singer in Slayer. Then I found out that they already had a singer so I decided I wanted to be the editor of Kerrang! instead. I am delighted to be given the opportunity to fulfil my dream.
"I am excited to be joining at a time when the rock scene is so healthy, especially in Britain. Kerrang! has been the guardian of all that's great and heavy for 30 years, I'm looking forward to booting off 30 more."
Associate publisher Phil Alexander said: 'James brings with him a vast range of experience and expertise, but most significant of all is the fact that he is a rock fan. In his younger days he promoted gigs, when he got older he learnt how to translate that same passion on to the page."
McMahon began his journalism career in 2002 as a freelance writer on NME and Metal Hammer. He was made new music editor at NME in March 2006, then features editor in 2007 before become film editor on NME.com in July 2010. He has been in his current job at Gamesmaster since March 2011.