Has anyone watched this yet? Talking Metal, the self proclaimed “#1 Metal podcast in the world” had a special episode on FUSE back in November of 2007. Well they are back on FUSE TV with 6 new episodes of the weekly metal podcast translated to a 30 minute TV program.
The show is hosted by ‘metal aficionados” Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy who met while attending Berklee College of music in Boston. They eventually developed their ideas into a weekly interview & informational podcast focusing on heavy metal. The new TV version of Talking Metal is a fast paced 30 minutes of inerview clips,Â guest appearances, metal history, music suggestions, and a jam session where the hosts join bands or members of metal bands to perform a classic metalÂ cover song. Guitarist “Metal” Mike Chlasciak is on the show as the “musical director sidekick”, if you will, filling in the Paul Schaffer role, if you will. Then there is the guy in the wresting mask, some kind of MC or show announcer providing the segways to and from commercials etc. Wierd.
All in all it is a decent show. Most metal fans are probably happy to have something on national TV that is at least metal related. Talking MetalÂ isÂ a well produced program with slick graphics andÂ has some good segments such as when they went bowling with members of Hell Yeah and talking about promotion & what is allowed during gigs etc while chatting with Devildriver. Somehow though the show seems like some kind of Howard Stern wanna be crossed with an infomercial. The good material is far too short, and too much time spent plugging DVD’s, CD’s, past albums etc. I could also do without the guitar masterbation by the “musical director” Mike Chlasciak as well as the dude in the mask. Then there is the jam session at the end where the show hosts play instruments with members of metal bands such as in a recent episode jamming with Exodus performing the Metallica classic “Seek and Destroy.”Â Although this is kinda cool – the segment is way too long. The show hostsÂ might as well run some music and cycle through photos of themselves flashing the devil horns with metal celebrities.
To sum it up – for a show called “Talking Metal”Â – they could spend more time – um – actually talking about metal.