If you have been following any of the notable Heavy Metal sites that are currently online then you are probably already aware of one called “Talking Metal”, but if you are not let’s get a little introduction going. Talking Metal is a podcast site and its hosted by Jon Ostronomy and Mark Strigl who do interviews with some of the big guns in the Metal music world and with them try to provide an interesting outlet for those who like to hear those kinds of things. Over the last year, podcasts such as theirs have been taking off pretty rapidly in the online world and with the continuing dominance of digital music players like the Ipod, are something that people are really getting into. If you doubt me, just login to your I-Tunes or your Zune Marketplace and browse for them because I am sure you will find a podcast related to any number of topics that you find of interest. Once you sign up for them, you download it to your player and you can continue on in your day and listen to the show at your leisure. The Talking Metal podcast is also available on their website and can be enjoyed that way, but I like using the player myself since I am still learning about all its features. I’ve been happy to meet with the guys during my own Metal travels as I adventure out into the Concert scene of the Big Apple and I have to say that I really admire their dedication to it as well as the strides they have made in getting the Metal word around. As a provider of Internet Metal media content myself I know full well just how much work something like this requires. We had discussed and planned my appearance on one of their podcasts in the future but the scheduling was not really open for us to do it and that whole thing leads me to the subject of this little blog tale. Since its launch the Talking Metal guys have been able to generate some super high visibility with it and its impact did not go unnoticed for it all led to the fine folks at The Fuse Network giving them their own program that will air every week and let them expand upon the ideas and topics normally covered during the podcast.
The Fuse Network is pretty much an MTV for the new generation because they show videos and concerts and band interviews about the most current and relevant acts in today’s music scene. MTV started this way before they launched a couple of hundred inane “reality” shows. Fuse was once also the home for the lovely Mistress Juliya, but she has since moved on to other adventures of her own. Anyway, I digress about my original point. One day while coming home from the day job I received a phone call from Mark about my potentially taking part in one of the episodes that was being filmed the following day and of course barring a hurricane I knew I would be there. One doesn’t always get the chance to do something cool like that so how could I resist. I arrived at the Fuse TV studios and was instantly awed by the visual of the place because its loaded with neon and flashing lights. It sure does get a lot of the tourists attention and makes their arrival into the city from Penn Station something they will not soon forget. When I got inside I really didn’t know what to expect but I was sent down to the “Green Room”, which amused me greatly since the room was painted red. Mark and Jon came in to say hello and told me briefly about the bands that would be discussed for the show. My particular episode would feature Killswitch Engage and the might Lamb Of God so I felt that was kind of cool. “Metal” Mike Chlasiak from Halford and Sebastian Bach’s band was their musical director and I would also meet their comic relief Bud Friendly. While enjoying a beverage and some wonderful Famous Amos cookies in the red green room I was joined by a lovely young lady who worked at the Coyote Ugly bar. Apparently she would be participating in the show as well, and hey the more the merrier and of course I was now super curious as to how it would all work out. After a short time the producer came down and brought us up to the studio room and it was a cool little stage with the desk for the guys to sit at and behind them it looked like a wall of amplifiers. The other cast members sit right next to them so there was a chair for Bud and Mike and then a couch for the guests which were in this case Julianna, a Metal dude who’s name I believe was Adam and me. There was not much direction to be given from the production team, and it was essentially that you would know when they wanted you to speak up about something so you just had to pay a little more attention to the conversation. With my being so fascinated by the cameras and overall mechanics behind the whole thing I knew my paying attention would not be an issue this afternoon.
The way the show runs for a taping is rather interesting because the show is not done with a true live audience like the David Letterman or Conan O’Brien show and instead focuses on footage of the hosts that get worked together with pre-recorded clips of the interviews and activities with the band. Periodically the guys would direct their attention over to us folks on the couch and it was fun because you never really knew when they were going to toss an inquiry over to you. While the show was taping there was a lot of couch folk banter with the hosts but since it is only a 30 minute program that needs to fit everything into the time there was a considerable amount of editing done. I spoke to the guys about a number of different things that were directed to me such as Metallica, Stryper, Dio and even Probot of all things but in the final cut only the topics about Dio and Probot made it on. I admit that it really cool to see it when it aired as beneath my image was the text of “Ken Pierce, PiercingMetal.com”. If only television offered hyper linking to websites, we could have garnered some additional traffic straight away. Perhaps in the future this will be an option and wouldn’t that be cool. Julianna spoke a couple of times and so did the young lad of Metal who was on the couch with us, but in the end only one comment of hers made the cut while none of his input was included. I think he was a last minute addition to the mix since there was a different guest mentioned to me when I arrived but I guess they ended up not being able to make it. Either way, it was pretty cool to have PiercingMetal.com’s name up in the lights and also being able to offer some input on the topics that were being discussed. It was also fun to joke with Metal Mike who was playing guitar right next to my spot on the couch. He is a really solid player and has a lot of interesting stories to tell and while it would have been a lot more fun if the random chit chat we all were doing was part of the show, alas this was not to be the case since there was a format to follow. Jon does a moment in “KISStory” which is always cool with me as I am a super huge KISS fan for three decades now (yikes) and Mark briefly mentions a couple of the new hot releases on the market. The show I was part of found the recent releases by Airbourne and Black Tide being presented. Having heard these albums myself I can attest to their being necessary music for your collection. They will of course be reviewed on the site, or are already there based on the time frame that you are reading this blog item.
The show was apparently set for seven episodes, which included the pilot and the episode that I taped was the second of them. If you’ve missed it there is no need to worry since the whole series is currently in re-runs so you can get those DVR’s recording them all, or checking that the VCR still works and taping them for posterity. I hope it gets picked up again because it was such a fun show on the whole and even more of an honor to be a part of one of the episodes. I have to admit my doing this did set off some bright lights about how to possibly make PiercingMetal.com a little more interesting so lets see what I can come up with in the future. During the breaks in the shows taping I had a couple of moments to snap some candids of the guys and the set along with some of the cast and these photos can be viewed by clicking on the graphic below.
If you have been able to check out the Fuse TV and you really liked what you saw, you can help by offering up your voice to the proper Public Relations channels that are featured on the link below. Remember that the viewer always has a voice about programming and when we want something to come back we CAN make it happen.
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In the meanwhile you can also check out their podcast site and download a bunch of them to your music player of choice via this link below. Since the time of the show taping I was also one of their guests during a podcast and while it was unexpected for me to actually participate, I gladly will raise the horns for the Metal in whatever fashion I may.
Talking Metal Podcast: http://www.talkingmetal.com
Looks like it’s time for me to get back to the review process. Keep on reading Legions, and we shall keep it all coming to amuse and entertain. Thanks as always for your support. More photos are below for you to enjoy.