AXS TV are bringing back their “Heavy Metal Halloween” programming this month, putting the spotlight on artist profiles, performances and special themed episodes of AXS TV original series.
This year’s lineup is headlined by the premiere of Metal Massacre: The Story Behind the Legendary Album, making its network debut on October 28th, 2023 at 9pm Eastern. Featuring all-star interviews, and rare photos, the film tells the story of the groundbreaking 1982 Metal Massacre vinyl compilation which was a sonic celebration of the burgeoning Los Angeles Metal scene.
It’s a scene which helped launch the careers of acts Metallica and Ratt, and ultimately led to the birth of the independent record label Metal Blade Records. The film includes commentary and anecdotes from Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel and his friend and collaborator John Kornarens, two metalheads who made Metal Massacre a reality, as well as Metallica members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy, and Black N’ Blue singer Jamie St. James, among many others.
An encore presentation of Metal Massacre will immediately follow at 11pm Eastern. For a full list of providers and territories, please visit axs.tv/subscribe.
The “Heavy Metal Halloween” Saturday block also includes the immersive multimedia 2014 documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper, Metal pioneers Judas Priest taking the stage for a landmark set at one of the world’s most influential Metal festivals in Judas Priest: Battle Cry Live At Wacken Festival 2015, a behind the scenes look at the Godfathers of Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath, and the making of their definitive sophomore album Paranoid, and back-to-back Rock Legends episodes examining “US Heavy Metal“and the “Birth Of Metal.”
The festivities continue on All Hallows’ Eve, as Horror and Metal collide in a day-long block kicking off at 8pm Eastern with an exploration of the life and enduring legacy of one of Metal’s foremost figures in Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne.
AXS TV‘s Complete “Heavy Metal Halloween” Lineup is as follows (All Times Eastern):
“Heavy Metal Halloween” Saturday Stack Marathon-October 28 Starting at 5pE
• 5pE – Super Duper Alice Cooper
• 7pE – Judas Priest: Battle Cry Live at Wacken Festival 2015
• 9pE – PREMIERE – Metal Massacre
• 11pE – ENCORE – Metal Massacre
• 1aE – Classic Albums: Black Sabbath – Paranoid
• 2aE – Rock Legends: US Heavy Metal
• 2:30aE – Rock Legends: Birth of Metal
“Heavy Metal Halloween” Halloween Marathon-Tues., October 31 Starting at 8aE
• 8aE – Biography: The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne
• 12pE – Nothing But Trailers: Halloween Special
• 3pE – The Very VERY Best Of The 70s: Horror Movies
• 3:30pE – The Very VERY Best Of The 80s: Scary Movies
• 4pE – Classic Albums: Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast
• 6:30pE – Hot Ones: The Undertaker
• 7pE – The Top Ten Revealed: Songs About The Devil
• 7:30pE – The Top Ten Revealed: Murder Songs
• 8pE – The Top Ten Revealed: Magic Songs (Premiere)