For all the times hardcore and metal are considered underground genres, they actually have some reverent followers in the mainstream media. Believe it or not, there are a handful of Hollywood stars who can headbang with the best of them. The status of these names might surprise you.
Chef Chris Santos
Chef Chris Santos owns several top-tier restaurants across the United States and is a recurring judge on the hit Food Network show Chopped, but did you know he’s also a metalhead? He has his own label, Blacklight Media, under Metal Blade Records, which has put out artists such as the progressive metal band Good Tiger. He also digs Bring Me The Horizon, having seen them four times in a month.
The popular Netflix series Orange Is The New Black is one of the edgiest shows streaming right now, but it’s not the only place actress Jessica Pimentel gets rowdy. She used to be a bartender at Lucky 13, one of Brooklyn, New York’s most popular metal bars and is currently the frontwoman of a death-metal band called Alekhine’s Gun.
The Walking Dead heartthrob is welcomed with open arms in the metal community. Not only can he be spotted at shows, but he’s made the guest list at exclusive events such as the Revolver Music Awards. Reedus has taken the stage with Anthrax and even sports matching tattoos with Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds in honor of Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister.
Nicolas Cage is a metalhead himself, but his love for more fringe genres such as black metal probably stems from the fact that his son, Weston, was in a band called Eyes Of Noctum. The two bond over bands such as Darkthrone and Satyricon.
One of hip-hop star Post Malone’s biggest radio hits is a song called “rockstar” featuring 21 Savage. The song details the perks of living the high life as an artist, but it also points to a significant part of Malone’s life as a musician. He reportedly played in a metalcore band in high school and listened to bands such as Asking Alexandria on the reg. He also likes to chill with the boys in Knocked Loose.