Liquid Metal (Sirius XM)
|Broadcast area||United States
|Slogan||The heaviest music on or off the planet|
|Frequency||Sirius XM Radio 40
DISH Network 6040
|First air date||November 12, 2008 (as Liquid Metal)|
|Format||Heavy metal, extreme metal|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
|Website||SiriusXM: Liquid Metal|
Liquid Metal is a channel on Sirius XM Radio. The channel was originally launched as Hard Attack, and was only located on Sirius 27, moving to Sirius 40 on May 4, 2011. The channel plays a variety of metal from classic to contemporary. Its catchphrase is "the heaviest music on or off the planet".
The station plays such popular acts as Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, GWAR, Slipknot, Anthrax, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Deftones, Black Sabbath, System of a Down, Iron Maiden, Hatebreed, Korn, Fear Factory, Dio, Lamb of God, Judas Priest, Soulfly, Meshuggah, Motörhead, Hellyeah, Machine Head, Testament, Sepultura, Prong and many more. On November 12, 2008, Hard Attack merged with XM Liquid Metal as part of the Sirius/XM merger, renaming the channel as Liquid Metal. The channel was also added to XM channel 42 at the time, replacing XM Liquid Metal, and is now on XM 40. This channel can also be heard on Dish Network channel 6027. Until February 9, 2010, it was on Direct TV channel 841.
Liquid Metal runs various programs including:
- 60 Second Slam - Hosted by Shawn the Butcher, the show is a weekly news segment which gives listeners a scoop on what's happening in the heavy metal world. It airs at various times each day.
- Beyond the Pit - A segment where a song from the heavier extreme metal genre (i.e. black metal, grindcore) is highlighted. It airs at various times each day.
- Bloody Roots - Author of Sound of the Beast, Ian Christe hosts this program as he discusses and plays songs from a specific genre, region, or scene of metal. It airs Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at select times.
- Corridor of Covers - Hosted by Scotty, the show is a playlist of various heavy metal covers. Some episodes are themed, some are from subscriber requests. Majority of the episodes begin with a Slayer cover. It airs Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays at select times.
- Devil's Dozen - Hosted by Jose Mangin, it features the most requested songs of the week compiled in a countdown. It airs on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at select times.
- Into the Trivia Pit - Hosted by Jose Mangin and Shawn the Butcher, subscribers can call in to test their heavy metal knowledge. It airs Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at select times.
- Listener Domination - A show where a selected Sirius XM subscriber can choose up to five heavy metal songs for their Guest DJ playlist. It airs Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays at select times.
- Hard Files - This segments provides a weekly interview with a band or band members. It runs on Thursdays at 7 pm ET.
- The Church of Metal - Hosted by "The Reverend Metal Preacherman," this mock-religious metal worship segment airs Sunday mornings 9am to noon ET.
- Jose Mangin (also on Octane)
Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm ET
Saturdays 12:30 pm - 7 pm ET, Sundays 1 pm - 7 pm ET
- Shawn "The Butcher" Winkler (also the voice of Ozzy's Boneyard)
60 Second Slam and Into the Trivia Pit; also fill-in for Jose
Corridor of Covers only
On November 12, 2008, the XM lineup underwent a massive overhaul, and XM Liquid Metal ceased operations. Ward Cleaver, Katie Brutal, and Cool Guy were severed from the channel as part of XM Liquid Metal's signoff. The Hard Attack play list has also been changed, featuring acts that were once heard on the former XM channel Squizz. Mercury has been replaced by Beyond the Pit, which airs in the middle of the night, instead of its former evening drive time slot.
As part of the Sirius XM update, Sirius 27 Hard Attack was renamed Liquid Metal (taking the name of the channel that was on XM channel 42). Original subscribers to Sirius and XM have been disappointed because the title change, and others because of the new "format" that the channel has taken. Sirius XM has received a large number of complaints concerning the entire list of channels. Sirius XM have not yet released any official statements to resolve the matter.