Learning about your favorite bands on the internet is fine, but there's nothing like holding an actual magazine in your hands and reading the latest interviews, news and reviews. Unfortunately several excellent metal magazines have folded in the past few years, but there are still some good ones still left.
Decibel has only been around for a few years and have already established themselves as the premiere extreme music magazine. Editor Albert Mudrian has assembled an outstanding writing staff, and in addition to the usual interviews and reviews, Decibel does investigative and historic articles as well. Their Hall Of Fame articles are great, where they select an album for induction and interview all the band members about that album.
2. Metal HammerThe UK has several really good metal magazines, and this is the best one. It addition to interesting columns, reviews and interviews, they also have a section covering up and coming and extreme bands. The size of the magazine is also larger, which allows for bigger photos and a better layout of content.
This is another UK magazine, but it is readily available in most major bookstores. It covers more extreme and underground artists than Metal Hammer. They have a ton of live reviews in addition to the CD reviews and interviews. Terrorizer is a magazine on the rise. The quality of writing and photography has really improved in the past few years, and they have become one of the definitive metal magazines.