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20 June 2008 (Canada) See more »
7 Countries. 3 Continents. 1 Tribe. See more »
A continued examination of the heavy metal subculture focusing on the adaptation and performance of heavy metal in various global communities, and how the increased import of Western cultural forms has impacted new global markets. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Tom Araya ... Himself
Ken Ayugai ... Himself
Rafael Bittencourt ... Himself

Max Cavalera ... Himself

Bruce Dickinson ... Himself

Sam Dunn ... Himself
Marty Friedman ... Himself

Iron Maiden ... Themselves

Kerry King ... Himself

Lamb of God ... Themselves

Metallica ... Themselves

Dave Murray ... Himself

Prabhudheva ... Himself (archive footage) (as Prabhu Deva)

Scorpions ... Themselves

Sepultura ... Themselves

Slayer ... Themselves

Adrian Smith ... Himself

Lars Ulrich ... Himself

X Japan ... Themselves

Directed by
Sam Dunn 
Scot McFadyen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sam Dunn  writer
Scot McFadyen  writer

Produced by
Sam Dunn .... producer
Victoria Hirst .... co-producer
Scot McFadyen .... producer
David Reckziegel .... executive producer
Noah Segal .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Martin Hawkes 
Film Editing by
Christopher Donaldson 
Lisa Grootenboer 
Production Management
Douglas Wilkinson .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Fred Brennan .... supervising sound editor
Sue Fawcett .... assistant sound editor
Kirk Lynds .... re-recording mixer
Russ Mackay .... narration recording
Kevin MacKenzie .... location sound recordist (as 'Al' Kevin MacKenzie)
Kevin MacKenzie .... production sound mixer
Rudy Michael .... voice-over recordist
Joe Morrow .... mix operator
David Rose .... sound effects editor (as Dave Rose)
Lou Solakofski .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Di Bugnara .... additional dv camera operator
Rory Muirhead .... additional dv camera operator
Ken Ng .... additional dv camera operator
Frank Shortt .... first assistant camera (as Frank 'Casper' Short)
Brendan Steacy .... additional photography
Editorial Department
Louis Casado .... color timer
Lisa Clapperton .... post-production coordinator
Patrick Duchesne .... digital intermediate producer
Jim Fleming .... digital film colorist
Andrew Kowalchuk .... on-line editor (as Andrew 'K-Wall' Kowalchuk)
Jeff Partington .... second assistant editor
Luke Sargent .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Russ Mackay .... music remixer: Iron Maiden Concert
Kevin MacKenzie .... music editor
David Rose .... music editor
Other crew
Matthew Ascah .... researcher
Lisa Clapperton .... production coordinator
Lisa Clapperton .... researcher
Mike Daley .... researcher
James Gilpin .... production assistant
Sonia Hosko .... production assistant
Liisa Ladouceur .... additional writer: narration
Liisa Ladouceur .... researcher
Liisa Ladouceur .... script editor
Guneet Monga .... production assistant
Pablo Oliveira .... production assistant
Naomi Reis .... production assistant
Diana Salman .... production assistant
Naomi Sato .... production assistant
David Steinberg .... legal services
Bob Tarantino .... production legal
Denise P. Taylor .... production accountant
Shmuel Wolf .... production assistant

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Canada:93 min
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Sam Dunn:[about Slayer graffiti] Have you ever seen something like that in your country?
Metalhead:[laughing] I've DONE something like that in my country!
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walking on thin ice, yet managing to leap off before it cracks..., 20 June 2011
Author: (borkoboardo) from Livigno

It was all clear, after the roots and influences of metal were told in "Metal - A Headbanger's Journey" the next chapter was about to begin: What happens to Metal if it goes global?

I guess "ambitious" is the best word to describe the second metal documentary of Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen - it will probably never win an Oscar - but even more hearts of metal fans. I am really thankful for the fact that the two didn't get carried away too much with certain topics. It is very interesting - especially from an anthropological point of view - to see how foreign cultures react to something almost completely western. Metal doesn't incorporate as many commercial aspects as other global trends, it transports different messages which are more genuinely reflected by the fans worldwide. I think the statement of the film is Bruce Dickinsons, who claims that kids all around the world reach a state in their development where they just want to get up, scream and go wild. It think this is the base for this film - it is normal that young people have a lot of compressed energy and anger to let loose. The times of the easter rabbit, santa clause and gnomes is over. They realize that reality is cold and tough - Metal offers them a valve to let release these feelings. It's nothing bad, in fact it should be considered a treatment. Let them go wild.

But in many cultures this behavior is not welcome and mostly not understood. This film tries to explore how kids (and adults) try to be understood and not be linked to extremist thoughts or low lives.

At some points it is explained very well, at some others it unintentionally mixes politics with culture. Although Metal definitely has certain political aspects the messages are interpreted in a very different way around the globe and unfortunately this documentary doesn't fully capture these impacts. The comments of some artists, especially Tom Araya from Slayer are rather dull and prove that some musicians have no idea of the real consequences their fans face in different parts of the world. Is this good or bad? The film leaves these decisions to the viewer...

I for myself really enjoyed this journey and though it has ups and downs it draws a very impressive momentum of a genre that has mostly chosen to go its own way.

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