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Metal Evolution: The Series

Metal Evolution: The Complte Series

Metal Evolution is a 2011 documentary series directed by anthropologist and film-maker Sam Dunn and director,
producer and music supervisor Scot McFadyen about heavy metal subgenres, with new episodes airing
every Friday at 10pm EST on MuchMore and Saturday at 10pm EST on VH1 Classic.
Its origins come from Dunn's first documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, which included
the acclaimed "Heavy Metal Family Tree."

Metal Evolution is broken down into episodes about a different piece of metal history.
The series includes interviews with and about Alice Cooper, Slash, Lemmy, Rob Zombie,
members of Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Slayer,
Judas Priest, Van Halen, Def Leppard, The Stooges, ZZ Top, Soundgarden, Mötley Crüe,
Poison, Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains, Korn, Slipknot, Lamb of God and more.

The series was created after feedback about Metal: A Headbanger's Journey debuted.
"Some people said they wished that film was eight hours long," Dunn said.
The "Heavy Metal Family Tree" from the documentary heavily influenced the Metal Evolution series,
with the Banger Films, Inc official blog noting that using the 26-subgenre chart as a "road map,
host/producer and metalhead turned anthropologist Sam Dunn, crisscrossed the globe exploring
the vast history of heavy metal across its 40+ year history and beyond."

Ep #/Title/Airdate

01 "Pre Metal" November 11, 2011
Tracing the origins of metal is a phantasmagoric odyssey that traverses cities and countries,
oceans and continents. For Sam Dunn, stop #1 on this heavy metal pilgrimage is the birthplace
of Metal's indisputable progenitor: rock 'n' roll.
(Extra season 1 PDF)

02 "Early Metal Part 1: US Division" November 19, 2011
Metal morning in America begins with the clank of cars and guitars and the burning of draft cards,
Detroit Rock City being home to the likes of Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes, The Frost, Iggy & The Stooges
and the explosive MC5.
(Extra season 2 PDF)

03 "Early Metal Part 2: UK Division" December 3, 2011
The UK wasn't about to cede rock & roll dominance to America continuing with the success of bands
that had captivated the U.S. ever since the insanity of The Beatles and the subsequent British Invasion.
This documents how early blues-influenced British bands cranked up the amps and used distorted guitars
to give the first pre-metal sounds from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple,
and of course Black Sabbath who most consider the first ever heavy metal band and are recognized
for laying the blueprints of what became an entire genre of music.
Although these bands didn't identify themselves with the label of heavy metal, that title was later
embraced and given a distinct look and sound by Judas Priest.
(Extra season 3 PDF)

04 "New Wave of British Heavy Metal" December 10, 2011
After the early metal bands Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Judas Priest had become household names
for headbangers, the next major music scene in the UK to emerge was punk in the mid 1970’s.
This was nothing metal fans wanted to associate with, yet there was still a small but faithful following
of the underground metal scene. The movement began to grow and was spearheaded by the likes of Motörhead,
Diamond Head and gained even more momentum when Iron Maiden began packing local clubs and later went on
to sell millions of albums. The media and record labels could no longer ignore these bands and this
became a major force in music that had to be reckoned with and was dubbed as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
Other notable acts which were part of this included Saxon, Tygers of Pan Tang, Angel Witch, Raven and Praying Mantis.
The candle of NWOBHM began to flicker with the emergence of the glam band scene in the US although Def Leppard
thrived in this environment as they had diverged into a more mainstream radio-friendly sound. However, it had
a major effect on another movement in heavy metal music that was developing across the sea: Thrash.
(Extra season 4 PDF)

05 "Glam" December 17, 2011
Purveyors of glam such as Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil and Michael Anthony of Van Halen, will divulge their side
of the story, revealing the attitudes, influences and decisions which guided them during those heady days of
rampant excess on L.A.’s storied Sunset Strip. Contemporary musicians like Scott Ian from Anthrax and Slash
from Guns N’ Roses will discuss the reasons behind the vilification of glam—the notion that glam reduced Metal
to caricature, drawing on a shallow combination of pop cliché and sophomoric sexual pandering for its inspiration.
(Extra season 5 PDF)

06 "Thrash" December 31, 2011
How could metal go so horribly wrong? These were the bitter thoughts of scruffy outsiders Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine,
Gary Holt and Scott Ian, cursing as the glorious clang of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal echoed across America,
only to die in LA. Ratt, Dokken, Quiet Riot – where was the power? Where was the fire in the belly? From this crucible
of embarrassment, a virulent strain of metal called thrash was born, the likes of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer,
and Anthrax wreaking vengeance on hook and melody through a rhythmic discipline of chugging palm-muted guitar riffs
and screaming solos executed at breakneck tempos topped by harshly barked vocals laying bare the horrors of nuclear
holocaust, drug use, war, and other forms of death. Later in this episode, it is revealed that thrash metal had a
major influence on first, the Swedish death metal movement, and later,
the creation of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.
(Extra season 6 PDF)

07 "Grunge" January 7, 2012
On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain pressed a shotgun to his head and pulled the trigger extinguishing the life of one
of rock’s most enigmatic but tortured geniuses and symbolically ending the storybook reign of grunge.
In Episode 7 of Metal Evolution, Sam explores grunge, a.k.a. the Seattle Sound, from a decidedly fresher approach,
inspiring two fundamental questions: “Why did grunge polarize the Metal community?” and “What are the true roots
of grunge?" The Melvins, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam are featured in this episode,
as well as post-grunge bands Creed and Nickelback.
(Extra season 7 PDF)

08 "Nu Metal" January 14, 2012
If hair metal was the antithesis of heavy metal purists in the eighties, that was delegated to nu metal in the late
nineties. Likewise, if the keyboard was an instrument that such purists felt had no place in a heavy metal band,
that disdain was now held by the incorporation of the turntable. Early influences came from bands such as Anthrax
and their 1991 collaboration with Public Enemy, Fatih No More, even thrashers such as Pantera whose riff-driven hooks
were described as "groove metal", and Sepultura with their 1996 album Roots are given credit.
This spawned the rise of a new genre of music influenced by two seemingly opposing forces: Hip Hop and Hard Rock.
Nu Metal broke ground and gave way to bands like Korn, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, and Limp Bizkit.
At the height of its popularity the show documents the unfortunate events that conspired in Woodstock in 1999
which included performances by Korn, Rage Against the Machine and Limp Bizkit leading to Nu Metal's decline soon
thereafter. Yet the mantle has still been carried on by acts such as Linkin Park and Disturbed, among others.
(Extra season 8 PDF)

09 "Shock Rock" January 21, 2012
Unlike any other genre profiled on the show, Shock Rock is defined by its visuals and public image, not by its sound.
The genre has roots in Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Arthur Brown. This episode focuses on metal's impact in pushing
the envelope when it came to disturbing and horrific imagery and its place as Public Enemy #1 to conservative America.
From its first major figure in Alice Cooper in the 1970s, to early black metal pioneers Venom and Mercyful Fate
(featuring the vocal histrionics of lead singer King Diamond) in the 1980s, to Marilyn Manson,
who was made a scapegoat for the Columbine High School massacre of 1999. Slipknot and Rammstein are also featured.
(Extra season 9 PDF)

10 "Power Metal" January 28, 2012
Completely alien to the genre, Sam Dunn sets off to find out what it's all about, and why it's so unfamiliar to him.
Tracing its roots back to Europe, he analyzes the differences between traditional heavy metal and power metal,
and identifies power metal's ties to European classical music and the way in which power metal flourishes with
metal festivals such as Germany's Wacken Open Air and Slovenia's Metal Camp.
Notable interviews include Yngwie Malmsteen, members of Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Helloween, Rhapsody, Kamelot,
DragonForce and the band that took Power Metal to number one on the European charts:
Finland's Nightwish (Tuomas Holopainen and former vocalist Tarja Turunen).
(Extra season 10 PDF)

11 "Progressive Metal" February 4, 2012
The series finale of Metal Evolution features the subgenre progressive metal. Metal was influenced by progressive rock,
which used textured sounds and intricate arrangements while incorporating the rock element in its own distinctive way.
Modern prog rock most often cites the influences of the percussive guitar-playing of Steve Hackett of Genesis,
and the instrumentals of Yes. Meanwhile, King Crimson added much to the development of the genre.
Prog rock came to the forefront with the Canadian band Rush which is profiled in one-on-one interviews with the band's
3 members, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart while on tour in Cleveland, Ohio.
The nineties introduced the groundbreaking, innovative sounds of the seminal band Tool who,
being the elusive group they are, declined interviews and did not permit broadcast of their music for the documentary.
Interviews with members of Queensrÿche, Dream Theater, Mastodon, Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan were also
(Extra season 11 PDF)

12 "Extreme Metal: The Lost Episode" April 15, 2014 (released to crowdsourcing contributors)
Produced after the original series aired, this episode covers Florida Death Metal, Norwegian Black Metal, Grindcore,
and other extreme sub-genres. The episode was produced with the help of donations through IndieGoGo.
(Season 12 PDF, not available yet)

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