The Face-Melting 5: The Big 4 On ‘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 into 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.

Earlier this month, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and New York’s own Anthrax rocked Yankee Stadium to its core and showed why they are the titans of metal–just as the Yankees overtook the Red Sox to become the titans of the AL East once again. Not a bad week for New Yorkers. Fortunately, Jose Mangin was backstage at The Big 4 show to share the wealth with the rest of metal nation.

1. James Hetfield’s preshow ritual includes discussing turn-of-the-century German¬†playwrights.
Hours before their headlining set, a calm James Hetfield talked about Lululemon Lulu, Metallica’s forthcoming collaboration with the iconic Lou Reed. The concept album is based on a 100-year-old German play about a succubus, but Hetfield assures us the album is dark, intense and definitely NOT party rock (although we would love to see Metallica’s take on the LMFAO song).

2. Slayer’s Tom Araya prefers chilling with his family before performing.
The Big 4: blowing out rock star stereotypes like they’re eardrums! Also check out the interview for the nuanced discussion of the difference between “West Coast crazy” and “New York crazy.”

3. “I make love to mountain lions.”
That’s the opening line of Motorhead‘s video featured in this week’s episode. For Lemmy, that statement may actually be factual. He’s like Bill Brasky crossed with the Dos Equis guy, but REAL.

4. ¬†”What did you do at work today?” “Oh, nothing, I just introduced Metallica to the screaming masses at Yankee Stadium.”
Jose got to work the crowd into a lather for Metallica’s Big 4 closing set.

5. Remember the extreme creepiness of Metallica’s “One” video?
Sure, everyone remembers having night terrors from the “Enter Sandman” video. But you should probably reintroduce yourself to the creepier “One” video. If “Sandman” is “Halloween,” “One” is “The Shining.”

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