Heavy Metal TV Is Coming

A new HD internet station will broadcast videos, concerts and interviews when it launches on November 15.

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A new internet TV station dedicated to heavy metal is preparing to launch in November.

Heavy Metal Television will stream worldwide 24 hours per day in an MTV format where metal videos from fan favorites like Iron Maiden and Judas Preist with HD video and audio.

It will also play conceptual videos by young VJs (video jockeys) and pepper the broadcast with rock news and interviews.

Concerts will be broadcast every Saturday night, and the channel also aims to develop its own roster of programmes, according to Artists Direct.

The channel will ride the new wave of internet television which is gradually picking up pace thanks to connected TVs and set-top boxes by the likes of Apple and Boxee.

The station isn't live yet, but you can bookmark the landing page at heavymetaltelevision.com for its official launch on November 15.

What do you want to see from the new metal TV station? Share your ideas in the comments.

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    introvert10
    "What do you want to see from the new metal TV station?" Unfortunately, terrible viewership and a bunch of former, fringe, semi-heavy metal band members in low budget reality shows to gain an audience.
    AshandRuin
    Hopefully it doesn't do what usually happens to music channels (at least in the UK) and start catering to 'what's popular'. I'd love a music channel that doesn't think that Asking Alexandria are the best metal has to offer. I'm looking at you Scuzz.
    Wobbey363
    I agree I personally do Like AA but music wise they suck. There's not one song that doesn't consist of mostly breakdowns. I don't even think they should be classified as a metal group.
    EoinOwnage
    holy shit, give it a chance people
    guitar7masta
    We're finally getting something that you'd think metal heads would be excited about and they crap all over it. It's no wonder rock and metal isn't as mainstream anymore, no matter what people try to do to make it mainstream it's followed by the inevitable FAIL post.
    beau05
    Haha Tis true. However, as for the "mainstream" part, its more because of how mainstream rock/metal was made into the laughing stock of the pop world in the mid to late 80's, something we don't really won't to go back to
    TheEternalJew
    Who actually cares about what is mainstream and why try to make a band like Deicide mainstream? What's the point? IS IT MONEY?
    MetalRock4ever
    I think that that's a big contributing factor... But, yeah, for BFMV, people say that they've gone more mainstream (which is true in some respects) but idc, I still like them, even though their new song 'Temper Temper' is... different?
    vinnym86
    never met bigger haters than metalheads
    EyesWideOpen
    Really? In my experience the bigger haters are the ones who constantly talk about how hateful, ignorant and stupid metalheads are.
    MetalRock4ever
    I've learnt in life to have relatively low expectations, becuase there tends to be some sort of cock-up. Plus, I don't believe in reverse psychology...
    jordo246
    Absolutely no pop-punk or Nu-Metal
    MetalRock4ever
    I agree that there shouldn't be any pop-punk, but no Nu-metal? That draws the line. What about Slipknot, Mudvayne, etc... (bring on the haters...)
    Wisthler
    Well you should put slipknot out of that list, since its hard to place them in a "exact" metal genre, same with SOAD
    MetalRock4ever
    Well, I've checked and it seems Slipknot is categorised as nu-metal. If I'm wrong, please correct me and tell me. Genres nowadays are screwed up big time.
    Absurder22
    Not really. Thing is Nu-metal is just an umbrella term for a bunch of bands that were influenced by industrial rock, Funk rock/rapcore and grunge. I'll admit though, SOAD and SLipknot do throw in a few Slayer riffs, so they can stay. Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and Korn are better fitted as alternative rock bands then they are metal.
    qrEE
    As a huge fan of SOAD and a huge analyst of music, particularly metal, SOAD has no rap influences, hardly any funk influences, and just about zero Grunge influences. SOAD does not even resemble Nu Metal, they are Experimental Prog Metal. In fact, they have more operatic influences, eastern influences, broadway influences, than they do rap or funk or so on. They don't even have a DJ. Slipknot does. So I think Slipknot is "Nu Metal" and SOAD isn't even close. They're in the same vein as Frank Zappa, Devin Townsend, The Mars Volta, etc.
    JelloCrust
    System of a Down sort of doesn't fit nu-metal, but they sort of do, having a hip-hop influence. Also, they have done songs with the Wu-Tang Clan (or at least most members have independently of the band) and whosoever would bad talk the Wu, well, that is legitimately an example of being musically ignorant, The RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Rakwan and ODB are masters of their craft (that's 6 out of nine for those keeping score) the rest are alright . . . but anyway System pulls it off well, and as a punk, this is hard to admit, but I do love System. As with all generas, there are some good groups. . . I guess, but nu-metal is rife with AWFUL bands, Slipknot is included in that list, they only have two really competent members in a sub-genera of a genera that requires musical competence, and pseudo-deep, but ultimately shallow lyrics. I was not meaning to attack you, qrEE, but as somebody who is breaking into the industry, I just had an unnecessary urge to respond with my opinion, which is like an ass, everyone has one, and most stink.
    Second Rate
    When did metal fans start using the term "haters"? What are we? 12 year old suburban white kids that listen to "gangsta" rap? Nu metal is not metal, it is a genre that is a mish mash of Grunge, Hip Hop, and Industrial music. Slipknot have enough songs with rapped vocals to place them in the nu metal genre. I think Mudvayne's genre could just be described as "bland garbage with decent bass playing." And for a guy with the name MetalRock4ever, your taste in music is about as metal as Neil Sedaka.
    2jpe2
    you should listen to some nu-metal music, there are great nu-metal bands out there like Disturbed (listen to "ten thousand fists", it's an excellent metal anthem), Godsmack (I know the rep, but go listen to something like "Cryin like a Bitch" and tell me that it isn't metal), Linkin Park's first 2 albums (they are not a rap band, listen to One step Closer or Papercut). I know not everyone agrees that nu-metal is good but a lot of people are incredibly narrow minded toward a genre with good music. I still don't like Korn, Limp Bizkit, or the new Linkin Park
    MetalRock4ever
    If you're talking to me, don't worry, I have listened to Disturbed and Linkin Park. Not sure about the others, butI used to listen to them. I'm not close minded to music
    MetalRock4ever
    Like I said, genres are messed up. I, personally, think of Slipknot as metal, not what you're saying. And I never intended to start an argument where we act as 12 year olds (see your comment). And who are you to tell me about taste in music? I'm sure you don't have the perfect taste in music. And this is coming from a guy called 'Second rate' (if we're going down this path).
    stonedhippos
    there is no such thing as a "perfect taste in music". music is too subjective to call somebody's taste perfect.
    MetalRock4ever
    Now I thought I made that clear... Oh well, my bad again... I find it difficult to express my feelings through words sometimes...
    sideslick
    Korn?
    MetalRock4ever
    Yeah, they used to be nu-metal (something like that) but they've gone more dubstep or electronic) last time I heard them (which was about a month ago). If they're gone back to their old stuff, tell me, because it sounded good
    eVwaylon
    for sure dude. i hope they play CLASSIC korn on this heavy metal tv because that was metal. maybe not standard metal but it was heavy and deep. their later stuff sucks ass though. Head took all the talent when he left.
    iommi600
    If you play Venom and Napalm Death on a daily basis, you just got a new faithful listener here.
    EyesWideOpen
    Nothing with girly teenage boys singing about emotions. Some good, heavy, extreme metal please.
    Smokinjoerules1
    You read my mind, although I don't like anything too heavy, Lamb of God is about as heavy as i go really. Anything after is just...pointless and boring as hell!
    Dude475
    Not cool. Lamb of god is okay but there is heavier stuff that is way better like fear factory, slipknot, decapitated, machine head, meshuggah. I am probably gonna get crap for this, but i dont care.
    Lennertruelens
    Its not always the heaviest stuff that is best, like Lamb of God where pretty hard in the beginning but it sounded horrible. Like them way more now!
    MetalRock4ever
    I am so behind you. The top comment doesn't want nu-metal, which rules Slipknot out. *whispers* he's crazy...
    Beergarette
    I give the station approximately four months before we start seeing shitty reality TV and/or start seeing bands like Linkin Park (no offence to anybody who listens to the band, but come on)instead of bands like Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, or Judas Priest.
    meagan_mayhem
    there will never ever be linkin park on heavy metal television. they are on the no play list because the guy who started the site hates them
    whatihavetodo
    It better have a variety of all metal forms and not just Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, etc. New, old, heavy, death, and so on. "That Metal Show" doesn't seem to realize "metal" exists past 1984.
    Hemisfears
    Eddie Trunk explains a lot times that it's VH1 Classic for a reason, and it's really more like "That Classic Rock and Heavy Metal show". He doesn't seem to like newer music soo much, but I think the other guys do, I've seen them recommend newer stuff
    p_a_morgan
    Cool. I love bands named after a color and an animal.
    GazzaCee
    I shall name my band Turquoise Koala and you shall be our biggest fan.
    p_a_morgan
    Read that in Boromir's voice...not gonna lie. One does not simple have that avatar and not speak like him.
    IWasMaiden93
    What I want to see? Not a bunch of ****ing elitist metal head complaining about anything that isn't trve brvtal metal. People like Def Leppard People like Slipknot People like Venom People like Decide People like Poison Get over it. It's a good concept, but honestly with YouTube, Grooveshark, iPods, it's sort of outdated. Why suffer through an LA Guns interview when you're looking for the newest video from Vader or listen to Nile when you're waiting for Warrant to announce their new tour when you've got YouTube and the band's site... Though putting the interview segments on YouTube the next day wouldn't be a bad idea
    rickyj
    "when you're waiting for Warrant to announce their new tour " i lol'd and i feel like a dick about it.
    GhostPlayground
    It's Deicide, not Decide. Also, a lot of people consider Blue Cheer to be metal, and a lot of people consider Limp Bizkit to be metal, and both bands have a sizeable fan base. Yet, i'm pretty sure if you played some of their videos, people would get angry.
    kratos379
    They need to highlight some of the newer and more original bands. I'd love to be exposed to new stuff. A lot of variety is good too. If they just play Def Leppard and hair metal because of their popularity, I will not be a fan. Mix in some thrash metal, death metal, progressive metal, and black metal as well as anything else that pushes musical boundaries and I'm a fan.
    RobertStyx
    I hope that they showcase some smaller, lesser known bands. I for some reason doubt that will happen, if only because smaller bands are less likely to draw an audience.
    meagan_mayhem
    actually, heavy metal television allows new bands to send in their videos to be played.they also have people to find new bands everyday. the point is to introduce people to new bands and that's hard to do if they only play bigger bands like metallica or iron maiden all the time.
    Smokinjoerules1
    - Aslong as they don't spam the same songs by the same bands weekly. - Aslong as it only plays songs within the metal genre (nu-metal, heavy metal) and doesn't start playing things like Greenday and Paramore (nothing against those bands though). - Aslong as it doesn't spam Screamo or overplay Black Veil brides of Bring me the Horizon. Adhere to all of that and I'll listen to it. When are radio and TV stations going to realise that we like variety?
    Gortorek
    ''never met bigger haters than metalheads'' So, what sort of crack have you been taking recently?
    SpillyMcKid
    I'd like to see a request section where you can request songs and videos to be played. Also I don't want to hear just the singles from albums. That gets boring. It'd also be cool to play an album in its entirety once every Friday evening or something, be it a classic, a band's new release, or something really obscure.
    MidniteHaze
    Good old classic metal. Please dont play just the popular songs. Play songs that fans of each band dont even know the song.
    link no1
    Internet TV? Not sure of the point considering I will be on the internet anyway to view this and thus, I can watch/listen to music videos and interviews on youtube already. Hopefully I have just misunderstood this "internet TV" thing...
    Tonganation
    It's essentially the same thing as online radio except with video. It'll be a good way to check out new music and stuff you didn't consider before. Plus the content like interviews will be all orignial material. I think it's a cool concept, especially since they'll be broadcasting concerts.
    guitar7masta
    I really like watching concerts, I used to watch Paladia(?) but they didn't have many bands that interested me. A whole channel devoted to metal is like a dream come true for me.
    Suckerpunchme!
    This news just in... Heavy Metal TV is now hosting all stupid reality shows and no music. Sound familiar?
    Year Zero
    Wow a MTV version of heavy metal is everything metal isnt. This is a good way to ruin the genre.
    Hamer14
    I would like to see some REAL metal. Rather than crappy punk or shit like that.
    venom1stas
    At last! Biggest problem with Heavy Metal is not the fact that there are few listeners, it that most real Heavy Metal bands have very few music videos for their songs. Iron Maiden has very few but has an insane amount of great songs. Hope they will show us concert versions in that case!
    Weedbone
    JUST PURE AWESOME Thrash, Glam, Speed, Power, Punk, Metalcore, Hardcore, Classic, AOR, pure ****ing heavy metal, and even Visual kei! Play all genres!
    Wisthler
    The site should also focus in bands of different countries which never came, or don't come with Huge metal bands very often.... The more you dig the more you find.
    FlyinVJs30RR
    Its Kinda Redundant now that youtube is the best source of your daily dose of metal..although this could be a platform to showcase new bands..
    TuningGamer
    Depends on their content entirely. If they have their own stuff or if they introduce new bands, it's not redundant. If they play music videos, yes, that would be a bit weird.
    spyrostsal
    I wanna see all kinds of metal: from classic to death to black to nu. EVERYTHING! Oh and many interviews and concerts.
    Dude475
    PLay gojira, arch enemy, divine heresy, fear factory, and dirge within... i am a listener. This a freakin cool ass idea. I am gonna try it anyway
    sickassfoo
    this will not work, metal fans have a specific genre they like to listen to. if it isnt their style they will not watch it, you cant please them all.
    stonedhippos
    it would be a better idea for this channel to promote metal bands that aren't well known. it would take a lot of the work out of trying to find good bands that don't have much of a reputation yet.
    mutex77
    Im assuming with heavy metal fans there's a significantly higher level of musicians than compared to other genres of music....so it'd be awesome if they had some guitar programming. Im sure some of the smaller bands would be happy to demonstrate and describe their rig. Perhaps getting some stuff from Vai's guitar channel as well. If it was also available on Roku and its under say $8 month ill sign up. If its owned by real metalheads ill keep paying. No prob there. If its owned by megahugecorp that just shows the same bands over and over that ive already heard a zillion times because they also own the labels they're on and dont want to play anything else I dont see that holding my interest. "tonight in concert, limp bizcut followed by nickelback! Then on our "roots of metal: hard rock of the 70s and 80s" its Reo Speedwagon, Foreigner and Night Ranger!"....ugh..where's the remote...
    colster6000
    This could be very interesting, I'd like to see some well planned "programs" for example they could have different programs focussing on different genres or scenes. They could also have historical programs focussing on a particular time period or significant historical events or albums in metal. I like the idea of concerts on Sat night but being in Australia I suspect the time difference to the US will cause problems for me Pad all that out with a good variety of awesome metal, guest programmers etc and you have a pretty damn interesting offering as faras I'm concerned!
    Way Cool JR.
    VH1 Classic will always be my favorite music channel. They basically already do what this HMTV claims they will do. They shouldn't compare themselves to MTV, MTV has sucked ass for a very long time now.
    ilovemySG
    i cant wait until theres another radio station that streams metallica, iron maiden, and slipknot all day
    ant_smusher
    i would love a section for underground metal bands. And at the end of every show, a up-and-coming band is given some spotlight for 5 minutes or so
    Morphogenesis26
    Checked out the original source for it and saw this: "with favorites such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden as well as newer bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown." So, 2 bands that might as well have been the Cock-rock of the 70's and 80's and 2 really shit modern bands. I imagine this doing very poorly.
    The_Vinson
    So you're considering Iron Maiden and Judas Priest to be cock rock? You're a shame.
    arabmetallion
    so bands like slayer, metallica, iced earth, megadeth, annihilator and just about every other metal band were influenced by cock rock? what a dumbass. go listen to painkiller, the sentinel, judas rising by judas priest, and as for maiden go listen to powerslave, be quick or be dead, number of the beast [just to name a few] and then tell me they're "cock rock"
    Scourge441
    Someone with an At the Gates avatar (and it's the TRITSIO album cover, no less!) should know the difference between "cock rock" and real traditional heavy metal.
    Metallover94
    What? You're a douche for even saying that. I don't know what your dumbass listens to but good luck comparing them to Priest and Maiden. I don't care too much for Five Finger Death Punch but Shinedown is one of the few newer bands I pay attention to. They make whatever the hell they want to and have really badass riffs. If you can't appreciate Brent Smith's voice then you're just an *****.
    MetalRock4ever
    Now now, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Some people think that they're not great, others think they're the best thing in the world. We may not like it, but hey, that's life... -_-
    stonedhippos
    that is the beauty of free speech. even the tone-deaf and the stupid can voice their opinions.
    Metallover94
    Haha yeah. It's cool. I was kinda pissed about it earlier, but not now. Shinedown is pretty good though. The cover of Simple Man that he dedicates to Dimebag almost makes me cry like a little bitch every time.
    Scourge441
    See, I dig Shinedown too, but they don't belong on anything called "Heavy Metal TV."
    MetalRock4ever
    Hear hear. I am a fan of them, but I agree with you. They should feature on Kerrang, since it's more rock/punk nowadays...
    2jpe2
    Don't rip of ffdp, I didn't know shinedown could be considered metal but ffdp is a blend of brutal metal and more typical heavy metal