MTV Director Of Music Programming: 'Metal Is The Most Exciting Music Out There'

Justin Prager, director of music and programming for MTV and MTV2, recently spoke to the Boston Globe about the cable channel's decision to revive "Headbanger's Ball" this past spring after eight years. "We brought it back because there was a demand for it," Prager said. "Metal has always been here, but there seems to be a resurgence of it. The following continues to grow. Metal is the most exciting music out there right now. It seems like a faceless period for mainstream rock, but the headbangers follow every move of every band they like."

"Headbanger's Ball", which airs Saturday nights on MTV2, is hosted by Jamey Jasta of the band HATEBREED. Jasta, who beat out a reported 300 people for the job, lives and breathes hardcore metal music.

"Jamey is the hardest-working man in metal," Prager said. "He has a band, a TV show, and runs a record label. He's Mr. Multimedia. . . . He's only in his [mid-20s], but it seems like he's had a lifetime of touring. SLAYER took him out on their last tour. Jamey has credibility with everybody, and he knows everybody. His brain is a who's who of metal." Read more.

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