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Id like to start by saying, that although this film is obviously going
to be most enjoyed by fans of Heavy Metal, Don't let never having been
in a Mosh Pit stop you from checking out this Grade A work of
Documentary film making.
I was lucky enough to win free passes with a friend to see an advanced screening of this film presented by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen days before I was set to see Iron Maiden and Mastodon live. As a big fan of their previous work "Metal: a Headbangers Journey" I had a lot of expectations of this film, but was still pleasantly surprised.
Although as a youth I had been somewhat aware of Metals International heritage due to Bands Like Sepultura and the almost endless TV and movie Jokes about Bands making it in Japan, I was impressed by the truly Global scale of this film. Covering some countries most viewers will know little or nothing about, the Film making duo paints a rich portrait of Metal's global flavor.
The depth of this documentary is impressive, delving into the politics and cultural contexts behind the Metal scenes in many of the countries. This is part of what raises this film above what could otherwise have been just snapshots of a few bands and fans.
On top of it all is the Music, oh the music. After admittedly drifting away from my head-banging youth for the last few years, this film captured the raw energy that got me into Metal in the first place and sent me right back where I belong, into the arms of the Metal Militia.
A must see work for fans of Metal, Documentaries or both.
Loved it. No reason to see any flaws because it makes no claim that it cannot hold up. It's purpose to reveal the metal movement in places that you might be surprised it exists. Very moving, insightful and never overbearing. This is not meant to convert but rather to impress upon the free that there are people that exist that will do anything to have their voice heard, that they feel and express through music. Just happens in this case to be metal. Probably no surprise to most life-long metal fans. I am 42, four children and full-time sales/service. Began my love of metal at about 7 and could never see going away for as long as I live. By appearance you might not expect this from me. For me after a long day, too much stress or to clear my head I choose metal. Give this Doc a look, if nothing else it justifies that lyrics that may seem ridiculous to some but are a way of life to the oppressed.
Global metal is the second Sam Dunn Heavy Metal documentary. The first,
'Heavy Metal: A Headbanger's Journey' is, so far as I know, the
standard documentary covering the Heavy Metal scene. It does an
excellent job of both detailing the history of Heavy Metal, and
explaining its appeal, but it is focused on explaining Heavy Metal to
those who do not know much about it, and because of this, might
conceivably have less appeal to hardcore metalheads.
'Global Metal" by contrast, is probably better calculated to bring new information to the attention of experienced Metal fans, but is not a condensation of extensive knowledge about the global metal scene, and it shows. This is not a bad documentary, but as exploration on Dunn's part, and constituting a light survey, it is not quite so informative as the first.
I would further note that this is not a comprehensive documentary on metal throughout the world, but is more a "metal is spreading to exotic places" sort of documentary. This fact is not a criticism, but knowing this is likely to be important to at least some of the people looking up the film on IMDb.
A truly comprehensive film covering the history of metal would necessarily be of epic length, considering that this documentary does not cover the US or European Metal scenes in any significant fashion and yet at 93 minutes, the film does not seem to be especially dilute.
In 2005, Sam Dunn's documentary 'Metal: A Headbangers Journey' explored
one of the most misunderstood and maligned music genres.
His follow-up 'Global Metal' (inspired by the range of worldwide fan mail for M:AHJ) sees Dunn travel to Asia, South America and the Middle East to discover the impact of Metal in non-western society.
The most striking thing is how Metal is used to express emotions forbidden by either the country's culture (such as the polite, ultra-organised and workaholic ways of Asia) or the oppressive regimes of the Middle East (a planned trip to Iran had to be diverted to UAE when Dunn wasn't allowed into the country). The doco climaxes with an epic Iron Maiden concert in India, which drew 30,000 fans. The atmosphere is astounding.
Throughout his journey, Dunn interviews Metal legends such as Max Cavalera, Tom Araya, Kerry King, Bruce Dickinson and Marty Friedman as well as everyday fans. While Dunn is a proud Metalhead, he never lets his passion get in the way of his job and lets the interviewers and the music (there's a number of clips from domestic Metal bands in each region) tell the story.
If nothing else, 'Global Metal' proves that if Metal can exist in oppressive environments then it is truly one of the most diverse and all-encompassing genres.
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I am appalled at the high rating for this film, especially those
claiming this is MORE metal than Dunn's previous effort -- "Metal: A
Headbanger's Journey." At least "Headbanger's Journey" had a point.
This is documentary film-making at its worst.
The thesis of the doc is quickly abandoned by spending 75% of its time on American and European bands. Nothing new is discovered... We spend our time chock full of Maiden, Slayer, Deep Purple. We go to precious few locations and discover in all of South America -- home to legions of awesome death metal -- just ONE band? SEPULTURA!? In Japan, we listen endlessly to Marty Friedman (!?!?). We profile X-Japan, one of the crappiest pop metal bands in existence, and then barely skim over the only EXTREMELY popular Japanese black metal band -- Sigh. Not only do we only see them briefly recording in the studio, we don't even HEAR the actual recording session or talk with them about how they are one of the pioneers of the immense genre.
What is this guy out to discover? It's pretty obvious that the filmmakers are not privy to the vast expanse of amazing metal bands, numbering in the hundreds of 1,000's worldwide. We get very little indication of what the music in each country sounds like, and instead, we're subjected to Mr. Dunn walking along famous landmarks with underscores by Slayer and other American metal. Discussions are not probing.
Everything in this documentary is simply WRONG.
I've visited many of these areas and can attest that there are metal heads out there.. everywhere, bursting at the seams. There are SO many bands out there -- extreme, weird, interesting -- and movements waiting to be discussed. The political nature of these areas is simply glossed over and would've provided a much more in-depth and engrossing piece.
This needed to be WAY more full of bands NATIVE to each area, and entire continents are skipped over.
It's fairly clear that the filmmakers did most of their miniscule research on the internet (they even state this when they go to China) and didn't even dig deep into sites such as Encyclopaedia Metallum, which illuminates instantly more about this world than this documentary could've ever hoped to achieve.
This film is an abomination to metal and should not be pushed onto the public as true information. At least "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" was a decent primer on the subject. I watched it with my girlfriend at the time, and she instantly understood what I saw in the genre. This film is simple tripe. Under-researched, over-funded, and without substance.
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.
The follow up to Metal: A HeadBangers Journey, Global Metal is rather
Its failure lies in trying to compress a global metal scene into a 90 minute feature. It states that its purpose was an anthropological study into the heavy Metal scene globally and how (if at all) it adapts and reinvents itself in each culture. By trying to do this, it reduces its study into snippets and soundbites. Brazil (sepultara), Japan (Marty Friedman (Megadeth) and X-Japan, China (Tang Dynasty), Indonesia, India and Mid East. Imagine cramming all of this into 90minutes.
This would have been better served if it was a multi episode documentary done on A&E or Discovery.
The plus, the music. I admit to listening to metal since my childhood (Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast). Nothing gets the old heart rate up then the a good solid metal gallop. Also the introduction of some bands that we would not normally hear of in this side of the world. (Unfortunately most of the time is spent on bands (western) we all know).
Well worth a watch but don't expect an anthropological study.
This film could be considered as a "sequel" to the film Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. Saying that you must imagine where this film tries to take you, another big travel around the globe to explain Metal Music, his fans, etc. And it results really well, but I must say the final product is not as great as Sam Dunn's first film (Metal: A Headbanger's Journey). You might get kind of bored when you see it, and the reason isn't that the film has mistakes or something like that, the reason is that it's such an enormous sub-culture that the film tries to show you that the film may feel long and with a slow treatment. Once again they show us some aspects a fan may have not seen about the music or the people who hears that. It's not a film you must have to see or to own, but if you are interested into Metal or it's fans around the globe, you won't get disappointed.
I've gotta start by saying that I've got nothing against Sam Dunn or
his intention to approach metal-heads and non metal-heads (in fact I
really enjoyed his first release). However, There are plenty of areas
in which this film fails to reach its objective.
The first and most obvious flaw is that this movie is not really about how the world assumes and adapts heavy metal to a wide variety of cultural, demographic, economic and geographic situations, but rather spends a vast amount of time capturing the way in which geographically separate nations digest American and British Heavy Metal bands.
The second big flaw of this film is the lack of prior info and investigation on local metal that is evident when Sam arrives to foreign lands, which is why he decides to twist the local metal into something he is more likely to recognize. Seriously: Marty Friedman(former Megadeth) interviewed in Japan? Sepultura (probably the most North-Americanized band in south America) as the only Brazilian exponent? Would't standing in front of and interviewing 'Angra' members be a good reason to feature some of their music (Brazil's most locally influenced and internationally acclaimed band)?
The third, and probably biggest blunder, was the election of the places he decided to visit. Israel? India? There is so much innovation and interesting things to show in Easten Europe. Argentina has a huge reputation and respect all across America(not north America, but America) for breeding top-class Heavy Metal bands that do not respond to North American Metal trends and refuse recording in English while still maintaining a huge die-hard fan base. Mexico is a huge Metropoli that is constantly releasing socially aimed thrash/death at its finest.
Global Metal is lifetime head-banger Sam Dunn's second document of
heavy metal music. This time we concentrate on metal as global
phenomenon. We travel with Sam Dunn from China to Japan, Israel, Iran,
Indonesia etc, which countries doesn't seem so metal in front. This
document tells about morality, message and controversial of especially
on religious countries.
Sam Dunn did it again. Global Metal is awesome both visually and by content. The document is build in fantastic way, and it tells more tales of the most powerful genre, metal-/heavy music. For most metal fans it comes by surprise that heavy metal can be found such unexpected countries like India for instance. The document proves that anthropologist-metal head Dunn knows what he's doing.
That's of the praise. Global Metal was good, but it had some disappointments as well. I would have liked to more countries, like Thailand, and Taiwan (where black metal bands like Anthelion and Crionics come from), and more darker genres - because it's more rule than exception that there is always soft genres like nu metal, heavy metal, power metal and death metal in these documents. Black metal is often totally ignored. Global Metal was also kind of short by length.
But I was quite pleased, because they did show some dark metal genres, and also a traditional Japanese genre-phenomenon Visual Kei. The document was very interesting and full of content. Sam Dunn is great because it's easy to hop in, it almost feels like I'm on the gigs myself instead just watching the screen. This document is highly recommended for every metal fans and people interested in metal out there.
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