Headbangers Ball (1987– )
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,
By James Montgomery, with reporting by Matt Elias
Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic appear on "Headbangers Ball" in 1991
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
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.
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
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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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.
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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