Now, another Dutch company, from the city of Groningen, announced plans to produce a rock and metal themed survival show. Martijn Verduin is the general manager of AFN Productions but also a metalhead. He decided to create a thirteen series where a rock or metal album has to be written and recorded while the participants try to survive in difficult conditions. One band resides in a shed somewhere in the forests of Finland while another has to cope with tropical heat on an uninhabited island.
"The idea formed when I heard some brutal death metal bands singing about decapitation, ripping out guts, smashing skulls and other odd hobbies. I thought "would they really do that if they had to?"
The show rips the participants out of their natural environment and showcases their adventures. A grim and frostbitten black metal band will be told to record their album in a tent in Tahiti. But what they don't know, is that they will end up on a summer camp for new born christians. A straight-edge hardcore band will record in Ibiza where all drinks are loaded with alcohol and drugs, a math metal band will end up in a university, learning actual math and so on.
"But it's not just about that. We will also send a number of distractions to the recording bands. Hot girls with enter the studio to have sex with the musicians and immediately after we send in their girlfriends. The producers will only have dubstep-experience, Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You up' will play all night through speakers hidden in the woods, Kanye West will come in to insist on a guest appearance, the metalcore band will experience real pain, real emotions... It will be fun for the entire family."
As of this moment, the show does not have a title. Possible work titles include 'Within Temptation Island', 'Moshing With The Stars', 'Deadliest Jams', 'The Hunger Grinds' and 'Cannibalistic Corpsepaint' Several well-known metal labels are fake-briefing the selected bands at this very moment, sending them off to a strange and unusual recording experience.
The show also has an interactive section. After a few weeks, the viewers can pick one band that will have to on tour as Adéle's back up band. Obviously, on those occasions the band will play for exposure only. After thirteen weeks, the winning band will be picked by the viewers. That band will be rewarded with a worldwide festival tour, one album, three singles and a live album before they will be kicked back into obscurity again.
"There is still a massive future in reality-tv and metal is a yet unexplored niche. The average metalhead's reality is a lot different from that of most people. It consists of loud concerts, loud albums, beer and aggressive forms of dancing but they also have feelings, you know. We want to show those feelings to the world, and - of course - watch the participants have sex with each others...