Burrn! (Japanese: バーン, Hepburn: Bān, stylized as BURRN!) is a monthly Japanese magazine for fans of heavy metal music, published since September 1984.[1] It is the major publication on heavy metal music in the country.[2] As of 2013, it is published by Shinko Music Entertainment in Tokyo. The magazine's content is in Japanese and largely focuses on Western artists, while the covers are predominantly in English.

Editor-in-ChiefKō Sakai (1984–1993)
Kazuo Hirose (1994–present)
CategoriesHeavy metal music
PublisherShinko Music (1984–1990)
Burrn! Corporation (1991–2013)
Shinko Music Entertainment (2013–present)
First issue5 September 1984; 37 years ago (1984-09-05)
Based inTokyo


Despite being a Japanese magazine, a Japanese musician was not featured on the cover of Burrn! until the January 2016 issue featured Akira Takasaki on its cover.[1] This does not include the separate Burrn! Japan magazine, which was published for six volumes between 1987 and 1990 to focus on Japanese artists, before being revived in 2016.[3] This has been said to have been the policy of Burrn!'s editor-in-chief from 1984 to 1993, Kō Sakai.

Metallion is a special issue of Burrn! first published in 1986 before being suspended in 1991.[4] It is now published irregularly since 1999.[4]

In a now-infamous November 1985 review, Sakai gave Seikima-II's debut album, Seikima-II ~ Akuma ga Kitarite Heavy Metal, a rating of 0.[5][6] For the next 35 years, the band did not have any contact with Burrn!.[5][7] At the end of 2020, current editor-in-chief Kazuo Hirose went to a Seikima-II event and offered to interview them for the magazine.[7][8] They were subsequently featured on the cover of and interviewed for the March 2021 issue.[5][8]


  1. ^ a b "日本人初!LOUDNESS高崎晃「BURRN!」の表紙に". Natalie (in Japanese). 30 October 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  2. ^ Jeremy Wallach; Harris M. Berger; Paul D. Greene (27 December 2011). Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music Around the World. Duke University Press. p. 251. ISBN 978-0-8223-4733-0.
  3. ^ "「BURRN! JAPAN」26年ぶり復刊、表紙はLOUDNESS". Natalie (in Japanese). 10 November 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "ジャパニーズメタル専門雑誌・ムックの歴史を振り返る シーンを活性化させたのは『ヘドバン』!?". Nikkan Spa (in Japanese). 5 May 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "聖飢魔II、HM/HR専門誌『BURRN!』初登場の表紙を公開 有観客での大黒ミサツアー開催&新教典の発表も宣言". Spice (in Japanese). 24 January 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  6. ^ "聖飢魔II、ヘヴィメタルをお茶の間に 布教させた初期の傑作『THE END OF THE CENTURY』". OK Music (in Japanese). 17 February 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  7. ^ a b "聖飢魔II、HM/HR専門誌『BURRN!』初 登場の表紙を公開 有観客での大黒ミ サツアー開催&新教典の発表も宣言". OK Music (in Japanese). 24 January 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  8. ^ a b "聖飢魔II、有観客での大黒ミサツアー開催と教典の発表を宣言". Music Voice (in Japanese). 2 January 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.

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