Gimme Metal TV has announced the debut episode of "The Ball", set to premiere later this month.
Hosted by MTV VJ alumnus Riki Rachtman and presented by Knotfest.com, "The Ball" will find the former "Headbangers Ball" host reviving that classic heavy metal music video show feel in an episode that will feature videos from the likes of MEGADETH, METALLICA, POWER TRIP, and so much more.
"I think we are all starving for something like this," comments Rachtman. "There are so many great bands currently making videos that might never get the eyes watching them.
"I hear the ridiculous comments about rock being dead. I find that to be preposterous. Especially in heavy music. It is alive and the fans are rabid for it. It might be a video you haven't seen in decades or one that was just dropped. It could be a video you forgot about and watching it brings back the excitement of the first time you saw it.
"There was nothing more flattering than being stopped and told that I turned someone on to their new favorite band.
"I'm hoping some of the younger fans get into some of the old-school thrashers and some of us rock vets see how many great bands are out there now grinding.
"The great thing about Gimme Metal and Knotfest is we are all doing this for the right reasons. 'The Ball' feels more outlaw. No budget; no fancy sets with greenscreen. It's all shot from my phone."
Adds Gimme CEO Tyler Lenane: "Just like my 13-year-old self, a whole generation of fans got their first exposure to metal from MTV's 'Headbangers Ball'. From the first note of the show's theme song, STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH's 'March Of The S.O.D.', you could be sure Riki Rachtman would play something you'd never heard before. We're genuinely excited to be able to bring 'The Ball' to the Gimme Metal audience of metalheads.”
"The Ball" will premiere on Gimme Metal TV on March 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The event is free. To watch, download the Gimme Metal app for free and be sure to catch up with Rachtman in the live chat.
View a recent interview with Rachtman, conducted by Knotfest's Ryan J. Downey, below.
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