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90s MTV Host Riki Rachtman Files for 'Headbangers' Divorce

  • TMZ
90s MTV host Riki Rachtman -- one of the most recognizable faces from Headbangers Ball -- has filed for divorce, TMZ has learned.Riki -- who also hosted "Rock of Love" on VH1 -- filed the docs against Gayle Rachtman in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences. According to the docs, they were married in 2003 and separated in 2011. They have no minor children.And how's this for a change ... in the docs Riki says he wants
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God Forbid – Equilibrium Album Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Release date: 26th March

For 15 years now, metal mainstayers God Forbid have been delivering their brand of metal. Firstly and foremost loved by their fans for the stellar guitar-work we witness on each new album, God Forbid also trap infectious choruses, grooving and punishing rhythm sections, and venomous yet catchy vocals within their sound.

The band first really came to attention at the tail end of the 90’s mainly by touring with such bands as Gwar, Nile, Cradle of Filth and Candiria but also because of the release of their first full album, Reject The Sickness, in 1999. The album received a lot of heavy air-play, resulting in a lot of new fans for the band, and also for their introduction to the metal community to truly take off. After the release of this album, they were signed by Century Media Records and released the 2001 album,
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Nirvana On 'Headbangers Ball': Behind The Ball Gown

In celebration of Nevermind's 20th anniversary, Riki Rachtman recalls Nirvana's most notorious MTV appearance.

By James Montgomery, with reporting by Matt Elias

Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic appear on "Headbangers Ball" in 1991

Photo: MTV

On October 25, 1991, with their Nevermind album only a month old but already gaining traction and the video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" beginning to turn the world on its ear, Nirvana appeared on MTV's flagship metal show "Headbangers Ball" for an interview that would become legendary — mostly for all the wrong reasons.

As they made abundantly clear during their stint on the show, Nirvana considered "Headbangers" to be the epicenter of everything they considered evil: the teased-and-tousled, tough-guys-and-tanned-babes world of mainstream metal. As if barely feigning interest wasn't proof of this point, one only had to look at the canary-yellow ball gown Kurt Cobain threw on for the occasion. It was about as un-metal (and
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Slipknot's Paul Gray Remembered By Megadeth, Korn And Others

Lamb of God, 3 Inches of Blood, Suicide Silence bandmembers and more also pay tribute to Slipknot bassist.

By Ryan J. Downey

Slipknot's Paul Grey

Photo: Mick Hutson/ Getty Images

The metal community continued to flood the Internet with an outpouring of remembrances, as members of Megadeth, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence and more commented on the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray. The 38-year-old Slipknot co-founder was found dead Monday in an Iowa hotel room. Details surrounding the circumstances of his death were not available at press time.

On Monday night, Shinedown dedicated an acoustic version of their song "Simple Man" to Gray during a concert in Minneapolis.

Hellyeah, whose drummer Vinnie Paul suffered the loss of his brother, metal giant and Pantera co-founder "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, just a few years ago, released a statement: "We are completely shocked and very upset after hearing about the loss of Paul Gray.
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Ronnie James Dio Remembered By Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Others

'He will forever be imitated but he will never be duplicated,' Zombie says of metal icon.

By Ryan J. Downey

Ronnie James Dio

Photo: Sanctuary Records

Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon and Fear Factory have released statements to MTV News as the heavy metal community continues to mourn the loss of Ronnie James Dio. The legendary and iconic vocalist passed away after a battle with stomach cancer early Sunday morning. He was 67.

"It is a very sad day for the world of metal when an artist as unique and special as Ronnie James Dio leaves us," Zombie said in an e-mail to MTV News. "He will forever be imitated but he will never be duplicated."

In 2006, Killswitch Engage offered up a loving imitation of their own, unleashing a cover of Dio's "Holy Diver," which became a staple of their live sets. A medieval-themed music video for their version, which
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MTV2 Headbangers' Ball hosted by Full Metal Jackie

MTV2 today announced that Full Metal Jackie (Jackie Kajzer) will host their illustrious Headbangers' Ball. Kajzer has penned the book, .Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the .80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics. Kajzer will guest host the May 3 episode of Headbangers Ball which airs on MTV2 at 3:00 Am Et/Pt (late Monday night/early Tuesday morning). The episode will feature exclusive audio clips from some of Kajzer.s interviews for Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs Of The .80s And The True Stories Behind Their Lyrics. The soundbites will include excerpts of conversations with members of Judas Priest, Megadeth, Dio, Pantera, Twisted Sister, Queensryche, Danzig,
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Soundgarden's History, From Deep Six Upstarts To Reuniting Legends

Grunge rockers move past their acrimonious breakup to do a handful of festival dates.

By Kyle Anderson

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell

Photo: MTV News

After quite a bit of speculation and years of saying "never," Soundgarden have announced that they are getting back together to do a handful of festival dates this year.

It's been nearly 13 years since the band was onstage together, though we've hardly missed many of the members — frontman Chris Cornell embarked on a solo career and fronted Audioslave, drummer Matt Cameron took up sticks with Pearl Jam, bassist Ben Shepherd recorded with a handful of people and guitarist Kim Thayil could be seen skateboarding around Seattle.

Soundgarden are considered one of the "big four" of the grunge era (along with fellow Seattle-ites Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains). While their sound merged king-size heavy metal with gritty garage punk, the group always seemed to be channeling
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Exclusive: Ten Questions with Mushroomhead

  • Fangoria
Currently on the road in the final stages of the Hed to Head tour, Fangoria Musick caught up with Jeffrey Nothing and Stitch from Mushroomhead for an update from the road. Fango fiends may recall when the band performed at our Chicago stop on this year's FangoCon tour, where the hotel was shaken (literally) by the Ohio band. We hit Stitch and Nothing with Ten Questions...

1. First off give me an idea what it’s been like for Mushroomhead throughout the years. There have been some lineup changes, some label changes, some hard earned success. A lot of good and bad over the years - give me some insight into your ventures, and where they’ve brought you today.

Jeffrey Nothing: We are the poster children for the phrase; "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!" After all in the end, all we have is each other and even though
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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Guns N’ Roses’ ‘November Rain’

MTV celebrates an important moment in its history this week: 17 years ago, Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” premiered on “Headbangers Ball.” Since the video dropped in 1992, plenty has changed: Axl Rose has hired and fired dozens of bandmembers (finally releasing the long-awaiting Chinese Democracy last year) and Slash has gone from solo artist to Velvet Revolver axeman. One thing hasn’t changed, though: “November Rain” is still as inexplicable as it was when it first aired on MTV. If you haven’t seen it, take the time to enjoy all 9 minutes of Axl’s magnum opus, and then check out all the things you might have missed about it.

» “November Rain” was directed by a gentleman named Andy Morahan, whose résumé includes two other Guns clips (”Don’t Cry” and “Estranged”), many videos for other artists (Michael Jackson’s “Give in to Me,” George Michael’s “Faith,” Bryan Adams’ “(Everything
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Fango Musick Exclusive: Catching up with Tommy Victor of Prong

When people ask me to ramble off the names of my favorite bands, there’s a few that I always mention. Faith No More. Helmet. Clutch. And Prong.

Prong first hit my radar in the early 1990’s. I was in high school, and MTV still played music. A weekend staple was always Headbangers Ball, and it was through that show that Prong first hit my ears during the era of their 1991 Epic Records release Prove You Wrong.

The music was powerful, heavy, yet uncluttered. The bass groove was infectious, the drums precise, and the guitar and vocals of front man Tommy Victor was the icing on the cake. Being a sophomore in High School at the time, I had my dad take me down to the local “CD Exchange” in search of the band’s earliest works.

After months of searching, I’d been able to go back to the beginning.
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Static-x debuts "Stingwray" Video

On March 17th, Static-x will unleash their sixth studio album, Cult Of Static on Warner Bros. Records. Last week the band posted the first single from the album, "Stingwray" on their MySpace page, quickly racking up over 17,000 plays (as of this writing).

Inspired by the Corvette Stingray often driven by Tera Wray Static (wife of frontman Wayne Static), Fangoria Musick just got the heads-up that the video for the song has been revealed, which you can view after the jump.

After premiering the video on their Headbangers Blog this evening, MTV will air the clip tomorrow night on Headbangers Ball, 2-3am on MTV 2.

Cult Of Static was produced by Static and John Travis (Social Distortion, Suicide Silence, Buckcherry). The album also features Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine who adorns “Lunatic” with legendary guitar work. Fans who pick up the album on Amazon.com (Pre-Order Here) will be treated with Static-x
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'Headbangers' in, '120' out at MTV2

'Headbangers' in, '120' out at MTV2
NEW YORK -- MTV2 will resurrect one MTV cult favorite and retire another as part of new slate of programming beginning this spring. The MTV series Headbangers Ball will return to the airwaves May 10 with Metallica serving as guest hosts. The weekly showcase for heavy metal music aired Saturday nights on MTV from 1987-95. "We've been getting calls from fans demanding its return ever since," MTV2 general manager David Cohn said. "We brought it back because there's a lot of great hard-rock bands out now." Another longtime MTV staple, alternative-music showcase 120 Minutes, will disappear from MTV2 to make way for a new series, Subterranean, which focuses on up-and-coming independent bands. "120" had been on MTV since 1986 before moving on to MTV2 two years ago. Also new to the MTV2 lineup is Sucker Free Sundays, a hip-hop programming block that will air from noon-8 p.m. Sundays beginning May 11. Other new series include Track 2 and Nose Dive.

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