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Global Metal (2008)

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.

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Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen
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Credited cast:
Tom Araya ... Himself
Ken Ayugai Ken Ayugai ... Himself
Rafael Bittencourt Rafael Bittencourt ... Himself
Max Cavalera ... Himself
Prabhu Deva ... Himself (archive footage)
Bruce Dickinson ... Himself
Sam Dunn ... Himself
Marty Friedman ... Himself
Iron Maiden ... Themselves
Kerry King ... Himself
Lamb of God ... Themselves
Metallica ... Themselves
Dave Murray ... Himself
Scorpions ... Themselves
Sepultura ... Themselves
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In GLOBAL METAL, directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn set out to discover how the West's most maligned musical genre - heavy metal - has impacted the world's cultures beyond Europe and North America. The film follows metal fan and anthropologist Sam Dunn on a whirlwind journey through Asia, South America and the Middle East as he explores the underbelly of the world's emerging extreme music scenes; from Indonesian death metal to Chinese black metal to Iranian thrash metal. GLOBAL METAL reveals a worldwide community of metalheads who aren't just absorbing metal from the West - they're transforming it - creating a new form of cultural expression in societies dominated by conflict, corruption and mass-consumerism. Written by Anonymous

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7 Countries. 3 Continents. 1 Tribe. See more »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2008 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Глобальный метал See more »

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Banger Films See more »
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

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1.78 : 1 / (anamorphic)
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Sam Dunn: Metal connects with people, regardless of their cultural, political or religious backgrounds. And these people aren't just absorbing metal from the west; they're transforming it, creating a new outlet they can't find in their traditional cultures, a voice to express their discontent with the chaos and uncertainty that surrounds them in their rapidly changing societies. And for metalheads all across the globe, metal is more than music, more than an identity. Metal is freedom, and together, we ...
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BANG your head!!!
12 July 2011 | by mmushrmSee all my reviews

The follow up to Metal: A HeadBangers Journey, Global Metal is rather disappointing.

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.


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