The Face-Melting Five: Utter Mayhem

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.

Headbanger host Jose Mangin brought the show on the road again this week, this time to the über-heavy Mayhem Festival. But part one of their two-week Mayhem coverage was the most eclectic episode yet, touching on everything from Eastern philosophy to Nordic metal to Yankee Stadium, illustrating that heavy metal is anything but monolithic. Enough talk, let’s melt some faces with learnings.

1. It’s always good when the person guiding you through music’s back roads is an actual musician

The first minute of this week’s show is a direct injection of metal into your eye holes, thanks to the “Ball”‘s rad new show open. To celebrate the special occasion, Jose broke out the ax and proved he’s no empty Mohawk, delivering some driving riffs and a guttural wail. The show’s new theme song, perhaps?

2. The Big 4 at Yankee Stadium

No, not A-Rod, Jeter, Teixeira and Mariano. We’re talking Metallica. Slayer. Megadeth. Anthrax. The four horsemen of heavy will be burning down the Bronx in September. No strangers to grandiosity, the dudes in Megadeth want their next conquest to be the 100,000+ capacity Cowboys Stadium.

3. Yoga, food Tumblrs and positive vibes–wait, is it Mayhem Fest or the DMB Caravan?

Renaissance man Matt Heafy of Trivium explains why his yoga and culinary expertise make him more metal than you. Yoga–not just for hot chicks in Lululemon gear! Vibing out–not just for jam bands! See, metal’s not so scary.

4. They don’t make music like they used to and ohmygodvideosfrom1992look40yearsoldbutinagoodway!

Jose dipped into the Wayback Machine for this 1992 gem from Dream Theater (which may or may not star the Geico caveman). The song shares a clear lineage with Dio and Twisted Sister, making it really hard to believe it came from the same era as Boyz II Men.

5. Sweden: Churning out hot women and hot licks since forever

Though the singer for In Flames looks like a purveyor of small batch soaps from Brooklyn, the Swedish metalers deliver a straight-up early Metallica assault. Even cooler, though, is their planned Swedish theme party, coming to a Mayhem Fest near you, during which they’ll spin hits from fellow Swedes like ABBA, Ace of Base and Roxette. No word yet on whether it’ll be BYOIkea.

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