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Metal – A Headbanger’s Journey Reviews

Metal - A Headbanger's Journey

An anthropological study of Heavy Metal? Is this for real? Believe it man, it’s true, and it’s pretty darn good at that. Metal – A Headbanger’s Journey is a labor of love for director/ producer Sam Dunn; anthropologist, academia, metalhead. Like a good anthropologist Dunn has often wondered about cultures, societies, and the key elements that makes them thrive. Being a life-long headbanger, Sam Dunn decided to turn his academic skills onto himself to study and attempt to explain (more…)

13 responses to “Metal – A Headbanger’s Journey Reviews”

  1. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    the story
    If you were, are or ever wanted to be a metalhead this is a must have. It is great to show to people who have never listened to metal also.

  2. Zuwena says:

    From Blogcritics.org and Triniman's blog.
      Metal – A Headbanger's Journey begins with recordings from 1986 with children gather for a rock festival. You celebrate, play air guitar, dressed in the proper dress of the black T-shirts or T-shirts in all, but mainly, they just look like they are for a good time. But someone has to spoil their fun …
      The film goes into the 19th September 1985 Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) Senate hearings. The group published their “Filthy Fifteen” list of songs, along with their interpretation of what the lyrics are. Artists, Venom, Mercyful Fate, Def Leppard, Prince, Sheena Easton, Vanity, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, among others.
      Find out exactly how he is on stage, singer Dee Snider, the suits in the Senate, including future VP Al Gore. It is interesting to note that in one part of Snider's speech that are not in the film, he explained that he was a Christian and follows many of the same ideals, not drink, smoke or do drugs is married and father of three years old. In other words, he shows that his mountainous blonde mane, he is not unlike most adults, unless he sings in a heavy metal band.
      Since I apparently the only person on this committee, which today was a direct target of accusations from the presumably responsible PMRC, I would like to take this opportunity to speak on a personal note and show how unfair the whole concept of lyrical interpretation and opinion can be and how often it may be based on little more than character assassination.
      The hysteria surrounding the questionable text as a “moral panic of the day.” Despite the farce of the hearings, the music industry has set the PMRC sticker ratio, which actually caused turnover increase in the case of some artists – forbidden fruit.
      Sam Dunn presents itself. He earned a master's degree in anthropology and his work has been on the Guatemalan refugees, but he always wanted to be a study on heavy metal. He is thin, long and does not fan of the mass of metal fans from the year 1986, most of whom probably grew up to be …, the normal adults. Sam is a scientist and his approach to the search for metal from a spiritual perspective does not always work.
      Take the interview with the band Mayhem.
      you basically swears spewed forth and offers about how they are the best band in the world and said nothing about the substance. Dunn, the clip, but mentioned that beer and sometimes do not mix interviews. A serious documentary film that would be cut. So, do not search for something to serve as a basis for a thesis, but not be ready, and easily trained on the various aspects of the metal world.
      Mars Bonfire, the stage for musician Dennis Edmonton (1943), was the person who wrote the Steppenwolf classic “Born To Be Wild”, which mentions the term “Heavy Metal” ; for the first time. I did not know he was a Canadian, or what was his name. Now I know.
      people weigh in with their opinions of the first heavy metal band. Some call Blue Cheer, but most called Black Sabbath. This led to an interview with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and heads. According to Wikipedia: “The tritone, as the name suggests, is a musical interval that extends over three whole tones or six semitones. The two basic types of tritone is the fourth and added to the diminished fifth. ”
      Wikipedia also cites examples where we hear the tritone, known as the Devil's interval, in songs like Black Sabbath's “Black Sabbath, Metallica's” Enter Sandman “, Jimi Hendrix's “Purple Haze,” Sibelius' Fourth Symphony, “Liszt's” Dante Sonata “, the music of Slayer and King Crimson, and believe it or not, in the Simpsons theme and the musical West Side Story. Iommi Just thought the “tritone” sounded angry and wrote text to go along with the sound. Later, Black Sabbath really took advantage of the demonic images to a lot of money and have a really schtick they from other bands.
      This led to a discussion about the influences on the traditional heavy metal, something that was obvious to me, but totally unknown, a long-time fan of rock, which I have already mentioned the film until today. To illustrate the point, they play Bach on a harpsichord and seamlessly seague to play Eddie Van Halen material Bach (if not Bach) on his electric guitar.
      The film also the other major influence on metal was also discussed, the blues. Tony Iommi actually mentions that Sabbath were essentially a blues and jazz band at the beginning, and were also confirmed by the catastrophic working class, poor neighborhood that they grew up in.
      Other topics and links to metal, such as sexuality, like dressing as women is actually very masculinity, religion, church burnings in Norway, Violence and Gore in the film. Tom Araya, lead singer of Slayer in which a Catholic, quipped that religion was the greatest brainwashing tool in America and the art is a mirror image of society and that they are only picking up the dark shades. He also mentioned that “everyone knows what is wrong, the things you do not. The people who do not understand, are not related to the spiritual. “This is a profound statement from someone who likes provocative song titles, just because they have a lot of attention. Slayer are simply trying to stay in the spotlight as any other band, and who can blame them?
      Alice Cooper in an interview a few times, and he proved to be one of the most interesting people Dunn spoke with. With regard to Satanism, Cooper said: “If you are interested in Satanism, is not rock'n'roll. It's all Halloween. “He tells how when the black metal bands in Norwegian shopping centers, as they seem, like most people, harmless, but it is a miracle in the up-man ship, they have between them, to more extreme than the next band.
      Dunn's trip to Norway, a metal of the most recent and notorious sub-genres, Norwegian Black Metal, it was very interesting and somewhat sad at the same time. He noted that Norway is 87%, but their biggest Lutheran cultural export, ironically, Satanic Black Metal, and he describes it as punk meets Wagner dressed as Alice Cooper. There is no way to discuss Norway the metal scene to speak without the burning of churches by some metal musicians. The bands to see that Christianity as something was forced upon Norway about 1000 years and it is the big baddie. They see Satanism as something for people who are born kings, strong and free. It is not for the timid or weak. With this definition, a church minister said that the Satanists will always be in small quantities, because most people are not like them. What Alice Cooper is concerned, however, it's all so Spinal Tap to him.
      Cooper was one of the most reviled artists in popular music in the seventies by those who do not understand. He continued: “There is more blood in Macbeth than in my show, and this is required reading in school.”
      The theme suicide rears its ugly head Dunn, but not too much into the stories about the bands, because of what children to commit suicide, that is a pathetic indictment in the first place. It has been noted by UCLA musicologist Robert Walser that the strongest predictor of whether someone suicide is the feeling of helplessness … but no one listens to metal to feel helpless.
      The documentary is an excellent starting point to gain an understanding of what the metal fans such a brotherhood. It intelligently the differences between the major categories of metal and it may surprise you how many sub-genres he identifies. There is so much in the world of metal, so that many more people were interviewed, that I hope, more intelligent films that are ILK.
      Dunn also peppers the film with insightful analysis and comments by members of the science, the knowledge of metal, journalists, academics and music industry insiders, including Brian Slagel, Bob Ezrin, and Malcolm Dome. Ronnie James Dio and Bruce Dickinson was very interesting to hear, like Cannibal Corpse, Angela from Arch Enemy, Geddy Lee, Lemmy and the world's most famous groupie, Pamela Des Barres. Who's Who of which are not in the movie is amazing, as Metallica, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, and so on. I'm hoping that someone has a follow-up.
      My rating for this movie is 4 / 5 Look for the double-DVD version for sale soon.

  3. Raeanne says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Head Banging Awesome
    Didnt have any problems with my order and it arrived in a timely matter. And of course the actual video is the coolest ever !!

  4. Emery says:

    horns to Sam Dunn and co. not only finally together a definitive documentary about my favorite genre of music, but also for the excellent taste to do it right. It includes all of the Sabbath to Slayer Enslaved, accesses to Satanism, censorship and sexuality, and has a fantastic job showing just how deep and diverse metal. Worth it alone for the metal genealogy chart. Where the film falters, however, in trying to objectively explain the music for the attraction – it feels sometimes passionate and even defensive. Nevertheless, the need for anyone who knows the unfortunate difference between Ride the Lightning and St. Anger. 4.5 / 5.

  5. Pryce says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    METAL!!!!
    amazing. best words put to it. I especially loved the deleted scenes and bloopers, including the mini doc. on black metal. amazing soundtrack and production.

  6. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very interesting
    I found this really interesting. My knowledge of the beginnings of Heavy Metal were kind of vague and now I have sort of ideas.. Recommended!

  7. Adrianne says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Metal 101
    This is the definitive metal tutorial document. Let’s face it, if you’re a long-time metalhead, there is practically nothing in this documentary that you don’t already know.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I saw this amazing documentary on the Gene Siskel Film Theater in Chicago a few days, and I think that Sam Dunn has a very precise analysis of the development, misconceptions and ideas in metal culture. Although lacking in detail for time's sake, Mr. Dunn worked yet, debunk many of the common stereotypes and misconceptions about the fraternity of Metalheads, the past and present. My favorite interviews are provided by Ronnie James Dio, the guy seems so beautiful and has a great sense of humor …. and my other favorite is with one of the guys from Gorgoroth. The man is so brainwashed by drugs or something, that he hardly can answer a question. I have this DVD and it is definitely a wonderful thing to my Metalhead Metalhead and not friends. Incredibly entertaining and highly recommended. Buy It Now.

  9. Luthando says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Must-Have for every Metal Fan!
    Excellent Video Documentary!All the Greats from Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Dio, etc. The Complete History of Metal, from it’s Deep, Dark conception, to it’s Grand Escape to…

  10. Anonymous says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    headbanger dvd
    the product still has not arrived after a month since order date….I am extremely frustrated. i checked with the post office and they do not have the parcel….

  11. Kyleigh says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Make the journey
    Metal – A Headbanger’s Journey is well documented and accurately, if affectionately, presented. I enjoyed it very much.

  12. Audrey says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    the best metal documentay ive ever seen!
    Basically it covers the evolution(if thats what you want to call it) of metal over the last 40 years.

  13. Nuha says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    amazing!!
    i love this documentary, i think its one of the best i’ve seen to date. i love metal and its a great introduction to the genre.

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