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R| 1 hr. 36 min.

Plot Summary
Filmmaker and anthropologist Sam Dunn investigates the origins and subculture surrounding heavy metal, tracing the genre's roots from 1970s post-industrial England to its 1980s pop crossover to its modern-day variants in Norwegian black metal. Told from the perspective of a devoted fan, Dunn balances his insider's view with interviews with some of metal's most influential artists -- including Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson and Rob Zombie -- as well as enthusiastic acolytes.

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Directors: Sam Dunn , Scot McFadyen , Jessica Joy Wise

Genres: Documentary

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005)

Release Date: January 16th, 2006|1 hr. 36 min.

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  • It'll make you want to dig out your Whitesnake T-shirt. It might even convince Tipper Gore that heavy metal thunder is all in good fun. show more

  • Sam Dunn's unabashed wet kiss to his favorite genre of music, heavy metal, a.k.a. devil's music. show more

  • As charming as Dunn's kid-in-a-candy-store exploration is at times, it's apparent that his ''anthropological" take on the scene isn't much more than the love letter he always dreamed of writing to his headbanging pals. show more

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'Metal Evolution' Creators Sam Dunn And Scot McFadyen On Taking Another Headbanger's Journey

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on Jun 11th, 2012 3:54PM

Of all the genres of music that exist in the world, metal probably receives the least credit. It's controversial, for sure, and aside from rap, it's the only other music that has an unfair, biased...

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