“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
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.