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VH1's Heavy: The Story of Metal (2006)

The four part documentary focuses on the origins, subgenres, and the bands of heavy metal music, paying close attention to influential bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, ... See full summary »

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Michael John Warren (as Mike Warren)
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Credited cast:
Sebastian Bach ... Self
Frankie Banali ... Self
Geezer Butler ... Self
Malcolm Dome Malcolm Dome ... Self
Rob Halford ... Self
Glenn V. Hughes III ... Self
Tony Iommi ... Self
Michael McKean ... David St. Hubbins (archive footage)
Gene Simmons ... Self
Dee Snider ... Self
Eddie Trunk Eddie Trunk ... Self
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The four part documentary focuses on the origins, subgenres, and the bands of heavy metal music, paying close attention to influential bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden, who helped to define heavy metal in its early years, including some other bands like Kiss, AC/DC and more.

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Documentary

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Sebastian Bach: I bought "Kill 'em All" by Metallica going through the import section in my vinyl record store and I picked it up, turned it around and I go "These are the ugliest humans I've ever seen in my life... I have to buy this".
[laughs]
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Must-View for Metal fans.
7 July 2007 | by drd233See all my reviews

This is a really good doco that suffers from the way Heavy Metal is defined and (re)interpreted. It does a good job of exploring the birth and pivotal moments of metal, such as the first No 1 album, rise of the power-ballad, PMRC hearings, etc. However, it loses a lot of it's objectivity as it tracks metal's push into mainstream music. While the bands under focus are worthy metal ambassadors, the bands that barely get more than a mention unjustly lose their place in the evolution of metal (and Megadeth deserves more than a one-sentence mention!!!).

The value of this doco to the viewer is directly influenced by how broadly the viewer defines metal. Bare in mind that what was metal then was defined by it's proximity to acts like Wham!, Prince and Madonna, and as such, what was metal then may not sound like it now. This doco also seems to gloss-over current metal trends (SOAD!) and end its examination at the early 90's (perhaps, again, because of exactly how metal is currently defined).

However, it is still a good watch, well presented and produced, with heaps of TOP METAL NAMES discussing the music. This doco is flawed, but most definitely a must-see for fans of any-or-all metal.


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Official Sites:

VH1

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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441 Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Color:

Color
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