Friday, July 28, 2006

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (DVD)

I watched this DVD a few days ago and I must say it's a really interesting look at heavy metal culture. It's not really about the bands, but more on the different genres of metal and how it developed through the ages. From the early Black Sabbath era, to the glam era, up to the now more extreme metal era. And even a look at the bizarre Norwegian black metal movement.
Even though they do make a visit to the annual Whaken Festival, don't expect to see any actual performances by the bands featured, save for maybe a few short clips. The primary focus of this documentary is on the music itself and the fans who follow it. You'll get insight from some of the top metalheads from the past and present like Tony Iommi (Black Sabbat), Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Dee Snyder (Twisted Sister), Corey Taylor & Joey Jordison (Slipknot), George "Corpse Grinder" Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) and a host of others as they give their take on the rabid following of heavy metal.
This is definately recommended viewing if your into a look at heavy metal history and the changes and evolution of the music through the ages. Give it a look if you get the chance.
DVD Rating: ****


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