"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.
This week, the new-school leanings of "Headbangers Ball" joined forces with the metal archivists of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show." So what momentous occasion could bring these two titanic purveyors of hard rock together? National Metal Day. Inspired by Spinal Tap's legendary amps that go one louder, metal's day of worship falls on 11/11/11. To preview the holiday, Jose spoke with the "TMS" hosts: Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson. All we can say is: \m/
1. Witness the Metal Renaissance
Do you hear that thunderous rumbling in the distance? No, it's not Khloe Kardashian approaching. It's the Metal Renaissance barreling ahead to pillage all in its wake: 2011 has been a good year for the genre, with the relaunch of "Ball," Big 4 rocking Yankee Stadium and "That Metal Show" becoming one of VH1's biggest draws. What better way to commemorate it than by giving heavy metal its own day? If we have a day celebrating a guy who accidentally "discovered" a place that had already been discovered, then we can have a headbanging holiday, dammit!
2. Headbanger's tips for rocking during a bad economy
Problem: You've already forked over a hefty wad for the tickets, and drinks are too expensive inside the venue.
Tip: Crush forties in the parking lot preshow, then sneak airplane bottles or barnoculars inside.
Problem: You can't even afford to go to the metal shows in your 'hood.
Tip: How convenient, then, that "Headbangers Ball" airs FOR FREE on online!
3. Only Sammy Hagar can pull off Crocs
OK, and maybe Mario Batali. In between talking about urinal meetups and nonstop farting in the dressing room (metal can get weird, deal with it), the dudes recount some of their favorite guests over the three years on "That Metal Show." The greatest hits included a be-Croc'd Hagar, Andrew Dice Clay and metal gods like Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Brian Johnson of AC/DC, Dio and Lars Ulrich of Metallica.
4. Come for the metal, stay for the d*** jokes
Ya know that one night when you were really, um, under the influence, and you decided to dip kettle chips in Hershey's syrup, and it was freaking AMAZING? "TMS" co-hosts Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson have the career version of that. They're metal connoisseurs by day and stewards of d*** jokes by night. By the way, the two comedians each recently released a comedy album on the same label as Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under.
5. Let's remember GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot.
Rock lost a bombastic ax-man on Thursday when Smoot, the lead guitarist for the bizarro metal band, was found dead on GWAR's tour bus after a show. Take a minute to admire his shredding in the video for "Zombies, March!"