Director Matt Zane is currently in pre-production on a new video line for Pleasure Productions called Radium. Set to begin shooting next month, the series combines heavy metal and hardcore porn.
"Metal has a huge fan base around the world, and I know from touring the world and speaking with all the fans that about 99% of them love porn," said Zane, who fronts industrial band Society 1. "The problem is that a lot of [porn] out there is difficult for them to relate to. If given the choice for something that ties directly into their lifestyle, if something like that were available, they would gravitate towards it."
Pleasure Productions contract girl Tera Wray (who recently appeared in the debut volume of Zane’s Tattooed and Tight line) will be the on-camera hostess for the new series. "I'm like a 'band-aid' with benefits. I’m not a groupie," said Wray. "I really appreciate music. It’s a big part of my life. These guys and girls have a lot of talent and are very inspiring to me."
In each volume of Radium, Wray will travel the country to attend concerts, interview musicians and interact with fans. "The sex scenes will be included in between everything as if they were music videos, but not edited like [music videos]," said Zane. "You still have to be able to jerk off to them."
The series’ first installment will take Wray to the California Metal Fest 2007 at Santa Ana’s Galaxy Theater, where she will interview the band With Passion. Along the way, Wray will also receive a drum lesson from Society 1 drummer Berzerk Kirk.
The debut volume of Radium will also include music videos from Earache records artists Municipal Waste, Cult Of Luna, Mortiis, Biomechanical, The Berzerker, Akercoke, With Passion, Society 1 and December Wolves (which Zane directed). According to Zane, all of these bands have worldwide distribution through Earache with many of the same videos appearing on MTV2.
Zane plans to collaborate with First Row Talent owner John Finberg to coordinate future bands and events for Radium. As a booking agent, Finberg represents Ministry, Powerman 5000 and other big-name acts, Zane said. Popular metal website The Gauntlet (www.thegauntlet.com) has agreed to promote the series with extensive online coverage.
"People always will want to see porn, and metal has been around since the 70's," said Zane. "It shows no signs of a dying musical style. It has outlasted disco, grunge, and pop artist trends, and it still is going strong. If you watch a lot of commercials these days, advertisers are starting to use Black Sabbath for car commercials; heavier music fans are growing up and still like that sound, except now they have some disposable income. Now is the time to make this type of product."