The Face-Melting 5: Lessons From ‘Headbangers Ball’

Headbangers Ball” is back with a vengeance over at MTV2, where host Jose Mangin gives metalheads their weekly dose of heavy riffs and thrashing vocals. And each week we’ll dive in to the show for some metal immersion therapy and come back to you with the five most face-melting moments for metal purists and noobs alike.

This week was all about introductions. A new host, a new format and a couple new music videos. And in this quick introduction, we learned that the world of heavy metal is spreading–from “American Idol” to videos that have more in common with Ke$ha than Slipknot. So it’s time to shake off the rust, throw on a black T-shirt, and start headbanging.

1. Metal Goes Pop

After 10 seasons, “American Idol” finally broke through the metal ceiling. (Don’t worry, that grandmother sitting next to JLo didn’t get hurt), and metal on “Idol” is a good thing. Don’t believe us? Then maybe host Jose Mangin can convince you.

2. Mythological Creatures Aren’t Just For Ke$ha Anymore

Black Label Society‘s “Overlord” video is Ozzy-aping metal goodness that proves intentionally cheesy videos with nonsensical fights involving animals aren’t just the domain of Ke$ha.

3. Hard-core, Die Hard

Lady Gaga has legions of Little Monsters, jam bands lead their caravanning broods of hippies across the country and Justin Bieber has screeching masses of girls causing all dogs within a five-mile radius to howl. But metalheads are more loyal and dedicated to their music than anyone else. Check out Jose’s Anthrax tattoo for just a sample of what we’re talking about.

4. He’s a Triple-Threat

Let’s play a quick round of Pop-Up Video: a pre-Mohawked Jose flexes his acting muscles in the video for Dillinger Escape Plan‘s “Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants.”

5. Women Love A Man With Dexterity

The Testament guitarist’s fingers move at ungodly speeds. I bet he has a cheery girlfriend.

Watch the entire episode of “Headbangers Ball.”