Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel has teamed up with NHL.com's Shawn Roarke for the new radio show Metal Misconduct, available via HardRadio.com then as a podcast via iTunes. Brian Slagel and Shawn Roarke co-host the show that will feature interviews with musicians and athletes and includes music selected by Brian Slagel himself. The first show premiers on Saturday March 5th and features an interview with Drew Stafford of The Buffalo Sabres. Upcoming shows will feature interviews with Strikeforce MMA fighter Josh Barnett and Coheed and Cambria/Return to Earth drummer Chris Pennie. Stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for upcoming show details. Metal Misconduct with music will air on HardRadio.com the first Saturday of every month with the premier kicking off on March 5th. The interview portions of the radio show will be uploaded as podcasts to iTunes.
Metal Blade's Brian Slagel comments: "I have always been a big sports fan and while meeting a lot of athletes, I have found a good amount of them are huge metal fans. Also, we have some artists who are huge sports fans, so to be able to merge the two is really cool. Working with Shawn Roarke from the NHL is a blast as he is a massive music fan. And of course, we will play a lot of great music and talk to some cool people. I think people will enjoy this new endeavor."
NHL.com's Shawn Roarke comments: "To be involved with the Metal Misconduct project is a dream come true for me. I live at the intersection of where metal and sports meet. As a journalist, sports, particularly hockey, are my business, as well as a passion. Metal music, meanwhile, is a passion that is well into its third decade and continues to serve as the soundtrack for my life.
Not only do I believe Metal Misconduct will be the perfect vehicle to unify these two passions, but I also know that combining forces with Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel is an unbelievable opportunity, as well as the best possible partnership to execute the vision we share for this project."
About Shawn Roarke:
Shawn Roarke is the senior managing editor at NHL.com, the League's official website. Shawn has been with the NHL as the senior managing editor for the site for five years (10 years with the NHL overall) and has been covering professional hockey for 18 years, including 13 Stanley Cup Final series, two Winter Olympics and two World Cup of Hockey tournaments. During his career, Shawn has also covered the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, professional boxing and Major League Soccer.
About Brian Slagel:
The noise began 29 years ago…
A music starved kid named Brian Slagel, killing time in suburban Los Angeles, gets sick of watching the local metal scene being ignored by the major labels. Working days at legendary metal emporium Oz Records and nights putting together one of the first metal fanzines, The New Heavy Metal Revue, Slagel asks some distributor friends if they'd be interested in circulating a compilation of unsigned bands if he put it together. The distributors said yes and Metal Blade Records was born. Of course it wasn't quite that simple. Putting in long 17-hour days between Oz and Metal Blade, Slagel pieced together the bands that would grace the label's first release - The New Heavy Metal Revue presents Metal Massacre. Metallica, Ratt, Bitch, and Black 'N' Blue were just a few of the willing locals. Except before Metal Massacre, Metallica didn't exist. So now for almost 30 years, Metal Blade Records has been setting the trend in heavy metal music without compromising its underground beginnings.