Metal Evolution: The Series
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Metal Evolution: The Series (The Definitive History of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock) presents 11 episodes based on the much-debated Metal History "family tree" originally shown in Headbanger's Journey. Originally airing on VH1 Classic, this beautifully packaged set dives into a 26 sub-genre genealogical chart that reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal--from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the chart as his road map, our host, metalhead turned anthropologist Sam Dunn, will crisscross the globe in search of the very essence of Metal, from bars and back alleys to the biggest open air festivals.
Featuring interviews with members of: Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Metallica, The Kinks, Van Halen, KISS, Alice Cooper, Soundgarden, Slayer, and many more!
List of Episodes:
Episode 1 - Pre-History of Metal
Episode 2 - Early Metal U.S.
Episode 3 - Early Metal U.K.
Episode 4 - New Wave of British Heavy Metal
Episode 5 - Glam Metal
Episode 6 - Thrash Metal
Episode 7 - Grunge
Episode 8 - Nu Metal
Episode 9 - Shock Rock
Episode 10 - Power Metal
Episode 11 - Progressive Metal
**Please note** This is the collectible set in steelbook packaging and not the inferior "on demand" edition.
Top customer reviews
The show takes you down the road from before heavy metal, a time when people were discovering types of music and what very well may have started curiosity, to after glam, grunge, progressive, Nu metal, etc. The series makes the audience think about all angles as well as give you the musicians perspective.
You may not appreciate all the genres of this series, but you'll certainly look at things differently and maybe appreciate heavy metal a little more. If you love hard rock, heavy metal, I would definitely check the series out.
My only beef is why isn't the 12 episode Extreme Metal included in the complete season? Also sure wish that cool steelbook amp DVD case at the Canadian Amazon was a bluray, but still almost bought it since it is so freaking cool.
If you love metal, this is for you and if you love musical knowledge this will open your eyes to why this form of music has been going strong for 50 years even without much mainstream radio or promotion.
But what I REALLY wished happened was for more of a true series. Don't call it Season One if there will be no Season Two.
IF there would have been more seasons planned, then he could really have created this as an EVOLUTION of Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Heavy Metal and ALL genre's of the style of music...something that would have been massive yet a highlight of a career in music documentaries.
There is so much content missing and the timeline skips too much. Some skipping is OK to tie things together, but some tangents went too far in going away from each episode's main theme.
What was missing? Way too many bands and small stories to even keep count of. Genre's of metal/Rock like the Desert scene and how that was going on at the same time as Post Grunge. How Alt rock/metal influenced the speed at which some scenes progressed or died away... so much more could have been accomplished with this series.
Still - I cannot say I do not like the series - I bought it because Some insight is better thn no insight. If you like having this kind of insight into a musical genre, I highly suggest the documentary: Such Hawks, Such Hounds (the rise of the desert scene), and even that story is missing the Post-Desert bands that fill the same genre.
As for the other comments, I don't know what's wrong with the DVD. I'm half way through the series and I have yet for the DVD to stop/skip/glitch. One should be careful about what you say about the product. If you have qualms, direct them toward the supplier/producer, rather than the film itself.