Songhammer Grills Chris Metzen on the Cultural Impact of 'Warcraft'
By: Ben Stewart and Dustin Miller
Brian Erzen The mighty Songhammer!
[Editor's Note: By now, we're sure many of you are familiar with our affection for Songhammer, a World of Warcraft-inspired metal band fronted by the Doom Hammer duo of Ben Stewart (aka ShredHammer) and Dustin Miller (CroonHammer). Shred and Croon found themselves at BlizzCon this year, playing their first live show ever in front of millions on Pay-Per-View at the Anaheim Convention Center as finalists in the newly reinvented BlizzCon Talent Contest. While at BlizzCon, Songhammer had the chance to meet and interview Chris Metzen--the Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development for Blizzard--about Wow's impact on game culture, the philosophy behind BlizzCon and his first favorite fantasy characters.]
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OC Weekly (CroonHammer and ShredHammer): Our first and most important question, how many Songhammer tracks will be in the upcoming World of Warcraft film?
Chris Metzen: I think your agent is still negotiating that.
What are some of the biggest challenges you face in putting on BlizzCon?
Fitting everything in and structuring the show with all of the tournaments and the panels, keeping the fan base informed and saying everything we want to say throughout the year, representing the games as best we can and trying to make sure there's enough for everyone to do. There's so many things people want to see and so many things we put out that they're engaged with. It's really about trying to serve all those needs and wants.
This year's BlizzCon contest on the first night was a "Talent Competition" as opposed to years past where it's been a separate dance competition or a song competition, etc. What was the impetus for you guys to want to combine various competitions together this year?
It's just about raising the bar. We've done BlizzCon for seven years, not consecutively, but it's our seventh event. And the dance competition has always been awesome but this year we just wanted to ratchet it up and see what the community could really do, between the bands and the hip-hop act we had last night, it was just awesome to see. The cosplay is always amazing, but allowing groups of people and individuals to just come and show what they can do just brings the energy through the roof. Friday night was one of the most fun I've had in a long time at one of these things.