Metal: A Headbanger's Journey Reviews
This movie also introduced me to tons of great metal bands I didn't know about and I've also gotten around to listening to legendary bands that have been on my "discographies to digest" list; Right now I am listening to: Hammerfall and Candlemass in the former category, and Rush and Iron Maiden in the latter. \m/,.\m/
Sam Dunn travels around the world to find out the facts about metal. It's roots, stereotypes, and reasoning. This is a very detailed showing of the metal genre, not just diviving into the history as a whole, but going into each subgenre from glam metal to death metal. This is definatly the best metal documentary I have ever, and most likely will have ever, seen. There are a multitude of interviews with many different bands such as Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, and Cannibal Corpse. I found it exciting when a metal performer that I listen to would appear in the movie. The feel of the Wakken Metal Festival just had a good feel to watch. A people coming together under one love of their genre of music. Even though I do not listen to the death metal and grindcore genres I was still interested to learn of their past. Making it a good film for anyone just interested in the history of rock music. It dives into the political issues of lyrical lawsuits and sexuality, or even the burning of churchs in Norway. At many points the movie will be inserted with clips of concerts, or even have music play in the background to make your journey through metal more entertaining. Now I may have found this very exciting just because I am a fan of the music, but to anyone interested this film should be an experience that will be both fun to watch, and lets you learn.
An excellent documentary on metal. I only wish they had spent more time on Black Metal but that would be a whole film itself.
Also, the fact that it was done by a person who was actually INTO the genre, as opposed to some fuckwit who had heard "Enter Sandman" on the radio one time, was definitely a plus.