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Metal Evolution: Season 1: Episode 11 -- A genre that takes root with the likes of Rush in the '70s, Queensryche and Fates Warning in the '80s, and Dream Theater in the '90s. Since then, the genre has exploded with creativity, spawning mind-bending, genre-defying acts.


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Metal Evolution is broken down into episodes about a different piece of metal history. The series includes interviews with and about Alice Cooper... See more »
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Sam Dunn ... Himself (11 episodes, 2011-2012)

Scott Ian ... Himself (7 episodes, 2011-2012)

Bruce Dickinson ... Himself (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Deena Weinstein ... Herself (5 episodes, 2011-2012)

Series Directed by
Sam Dunn (5 episodes, 2011-2014)
Scot McFadyen (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Series Writing credits
Sam Dunn (5 episodes, 2011-2014)
Ralph Chapman (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Scot McFadyen (5 episodes, 2011-2012)

Series Produced by
Sam Dunn .... producer / executive producer (12 episodes, 2011-2014)
Scot McFadyen .... producer / executive producer (12 episodes, 2011-2014)
Ralph Chapman .... associate producer / supervising producer (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Liisa Ladouceur .... associate producer (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Dave Pattenden .... line producer (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Series Cinematography by
Martin Hawkes (12 episodes, 2011-2014)
Series Film Editing by
Mike Munn (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Alex Shuper (4 episodes, 2011-2014)
Reginald Harkema (4 episodes, 2011-2012)
Series Art Direction by
Derek Tokar (unknown episodes, 2011-2012)
Series Production Management
Andrew Kowalchuk .... post-production supervisor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Series Art Department
Derek Tokar .... graphic designer / title designer (1 episode, 2014)
Series Sound Department
Kevin MacKenzie .... production sound mixer (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Graham Rogers .... assistant re-recording mixer (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
David Rose .... sound editor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Stacy Brownrigg .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Staav .... camera operator (9 episodes, 2011-2012)
Series Animation Department
Derek Tokar .... animator (1 episode, 2014)
Series Editorial Department
Amy Davis .... assistant editor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Mary Juric .... assistant editor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Andrew Kowalchuk .... on-line editor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Joanne Rourke .... colorist (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Series Music Department
Amy Fritz .... music supervisor (12 episodes, 2011-2014)
Erin Hunt .... music supervisor (12 episodes, 2011-2014)
David Rose .... music editor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Series Other crew
Lana Belle Mauro .... business affairs / production coordinator (12 episodes, 2011-2014)
Liisa Ladouceur .... research supervisor / writing supervisor (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Corinne McDermott .... visual researcher (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Cindy Wolfe .... additional researcher (3 episodes, 2011-2012)

Ralph Chapman .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 2011)
David Steinberg .... legal (unknown episodes, 2011)

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Interesting exploration of the origins and branches of heavy metal, 13 December 2012
Author: dfle3 from Australia

I was pleasantly surprised to see that this documentary series about heavy metal was by the same person who made the documentary "Metal: a headbanger's journey" (reviewed at this site)...Sam Dunn. Sam grew up being a fan of the genre and also went on to become an academic anthropologist, so he is quite articulate in his analysis of the music he is so passionate about.

In this series he looks at the influences of heavy metal (odd suggestions like jazz and classical music as well as the more predictable genres like blues), as well as the variety of forms the genre has split into...episodes are devoted to such topics.

Not sure if I have all of my notes on this series on hand, but of the notes that I do have, here are some things that I noted or would have liked more information on etc: * Black Sabbath's famous self-title song started out by their bass player - 'Geezer' Butler - playing classical composer Gustav Holst's doomy piece "Mars". Black Sabbath's guitarist Tony Iommi liked what Butler was playing and played that classically inspired riff on guitar...and that became their famous self-titled song. Holst's 'riff' was played by brass instruments (e.g. tuba) on his composition.

* There was some old black and white footage of rock'n'roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis playing a song on his piano in front of a studio audience. It looked to me like the teenage males were headbanging to the music! * I would have liked some more depth to the interviews sometimes. E.g. just from a curiosity standpoint I would have liked to have known why Saxon's Bruce Dickinson decided to join Iron Maiden. Did Bruce feel that Iron Maiden had a better chance at commercial success than Saxon? History has borne that out in any case.

* An episode devoted to more extreme forms of heavy metal would have been appreciated. When I surf radio stations - so to speak - I sometimes come across programmes devoted to heavy metal and often you'll hear heavily distorted vocals and/or very fast rhythms. So, I think that genres like speed metal, death metal and black metal could have been focused on in one episode at least. Or even an episode devoted to more fruity varieties of heavy metal...bands with opera singers or which use symphonic orchestration...stuff like that.

In any case, there are lots of interesting clips and interviews with the musicians etc. Sometimes it feels that Sam pretends to be ignorant on musical matters in order to illuminate for the fan something about the genre...or perhaps it is a process he actually went through and is replaying it for the benefit of the example would be when he wonders about the influence of jazz on heavy metal.

There are 11 episodes in this series...I think each episode was around the 50 minute length mark. Topics and bands range from the well known to the obscure.

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