“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.
There’s no place like New York during the holidays. Even metalheads would admit they get a little tingle in their dingle from the lights and trees and Christmas cheer. So Jose met up with the members of Lamb of God, Black Label Society and DragonForce in New York City to discuss Christmas songs, new albums and plans for the new year.
1. Heavy metal Christmas songs…inspired by a Satanist.
Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde stopped by Jose’s SiriusXM office to rap about the band’s three-song Christmas EP, Glorious Christmas Songs That Will Make Your Black Label Heart Feel Good. The only thing more mind-blowing than a Black Label Christmas album is the fact that Wylde got the idea from his Satanist friend. And, come on, of COURSE he has a Satanist friend.
2. Even his hobbies have hobbies.
Lamb of God’s drummer Chris Adler is known for making his kit sound like an entire goddamn artillery division. But he’s a busy dude, spending his spare time being a father, as well as running Rethink Records and a publishing company. So what’s the one thing he’s afraid to do? Tweet. Headbanger Nation, get him to join the Twittersphere.
3. The man who haunts your Guitar Hero nightmares.
Maybe you haven’t heard of Herman Li, guitarist of DragonForce. But you definitely know his work. He’s responsible for the real-life solo on “Through the Fire and the Flames,” which you know as the impossibly finger-twisting, button-mashing, downright sadistic final song on Guitar Hero III. Jose caught up with the British shredder to talk about the backlash DragonForce faced from some metalheads after appearing in the game.
4. And now for a real nightmare.
What’s old is new again in Avenged Sevenfold‘s “Nightmare” video. With the band playing in a black room, interspersed with shots from a mental asylum, the video plays out like an homage to Metallica‘s eery, classic video for “One.” Metal Video History 101 is now dismissed.
5. Old Ozzy is better than no Ozzy.
Black Sabbath recently announced that Ozzy Osbourne will be joining the band next year for the first time since 1978. Even though he’s ancient and of questionable cognitive function at this point, this is a wonderful thing. It’s like that saying, “even bad bacon is better than no bacon.” Is that a saying? If not, let’s make it one. To prove the old guy’s still got it, here’s one of Ozzy’s later solo videos, 1996’s “Perry Mason.”