This past Friday I got a chance to check out the new documentary series “Metal Evolution,” which is done by Sam Dunn and Banger Films who have done some of my favourite documentaries. Needless to say I was a fan.
Sam Dunn is a metal fan turned anthropologist who made a documentary back in 2005 called “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.” Much like “Metal Evolution” the doc examined the history and development of rock and metal. The main difference between “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” and “Metal Evolution” is that the documentary series takes more time to examine each individual genre of music.
I caught the first episode of the series which was entitled “Pre-Metal,” and it was an in-depth look at early rock and roll and how it slowly evolved into metal. I love any documentary that is done by Banger Films for a couple of reasons that ever apparent in “Metal Evolution.” The first reason is the documentary is littered with great interviews with old rock legends who provide some insightful information on the topic at hand. The second reason is you can tell that Sam Dunn is totally passonate about what he is doing. His love for what he does comes through in the form of a crazy informative and entertaining episode that makes you care about what you’re watching and gives you a hunger to learn more.
The show isn’t just about old rock stars and the cultural significance the music has had over the past six or seven decades. At one point Dunn goes to McMaster University to speak with a specialist about what listening to metal does to a person brain. As it turns out listening to metal turns off a person’s conscious thought and turns off a person’s inhibitions.
I can’t wait to catch the next 10 episodes in this series because I’m learning a lot and having a blast while doing it!
An old episode of The Simpsons (from season 2) begins with Bart being hit by a car. Bart meets the Devil, who discovers that Bart was sent there too early. As Bart is sent back to earth, he asks the devil if there’s anything he (Bart) can do to avoid returning to hell. “Oh, sure, yeah. But, eh, you wouldn’t like it,” replies the devil. ”Oh, okay! See you later, then,” replies Bart.
The devil then offers this sage advice: “Remember: Lie, cheat, steal, and listen to heavy metal music!”
I’ve always been a fan of hard rock bands like AC/DC, but it’s only in the past two years or so that I’ve gotten into heavy metal. Now I count bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Dio among my favourites.
I’ve also always enjoyed learning about the history of genres. I’m currently reading a book about the history of delta blues music. I guess now I have something I need to watch too.
I enjoyed your blog Steve, and I agree with you: this show sounds awesome.