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Metal Evolution is a music documentary show on the VH1 Classic and MuchMore television networks. The show aired throughout 2011-2012. Following host and metal fanatic Sam Dunn, the series is an informal guide to the world of heavy metal. The show is primarily based around Dunn's interviews and the global travels he made to cover heavy metal culture around the world.

The series describes different eras of the rock and roll genre of heavy metal through the decades. Starting with the rock bands that led to heavy metal, the episodes detail the subsequent rise of hard rock and later heavy metal as a genre. The episodes of the first season detail Pre-Metal, the 1970s early heavy metal, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Glam, Thrash, Grunge, Nu Metal, Shock Rock, Power metal, and finally Progressive metal. The show follows the many narratives of hard and heavy rock and roll music, while putting a focus on the dedicated fandom of the music itself. Many recognizable heavy metal icons appear throughout the series, including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Ronny James Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vince Neil, Lars Ulrich, Rob Halford, Geddy Lee, Alice Cooper, Slash, and Marilyn Manson. Throughout the series, the different sub genres of metal are compared and contrasted by the host.

In the series, there is an emphasis on the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal throughout the decades. Originators of earlier forms of hard rock are interviewed to offer some perspective for fans of the music. Overall, the series is a kind of love letter to the bands and more importantly the many facets of culture around heavy metal. As a fan, Dunn offers a personal viewpoint on metal as a genre, and through his eyes offers a clear insider's view of the genre.

Sam Dunn also directed the series, which is actually loosely based upon his documentary film of the same name. This documentary actually aired on VH1 before the series, but the film's popularity spawned the series.

Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on VH1 Classic
1 Season, 11 Episodes - Currently Airing
November 11, 2011
Documentary & Biography, Music
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  • An exploration of progressive hard rock.

  • An exploration of power metal.

  • An exploration of shock-n-roll, keyed by portraits of Alice Cooper and KISS.

  • Sam Dunn chronicles the rise and fall of nu metal; starting with pivotal acts Rage Against The Machine, Faith No More and Tool and continuing to pioneering nu metal artists like Korn and Deftones.

  • An exploration of grunge music and how its success precipitated the downfall of telegenic glam metal.

  • Next in the evolution of Metal comes a virulent strain called thrash, with the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax wreaking vengeance on hook and melody through a rhythmic discipline executed at breakneck tempos topped by harshly barked vocals.

  • Tawney Kitaen, Rikki Rockett of Poison, Bobby Blotzer of Ratt, and Jerry Dixon and Erik Turner of Warrant discuss the early days of Glam Metal.

  • The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal defines the establishment of hard rock's very first heavymetal army.

  • Tracing the history and prominence of metal in the UK, with emphasis on Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Trapeze and Slade.

  • Tracing the history and prominence of metal in America, with emphasis on Kiss, Aerosmith and Van Halen.

  • Tracing the origins of metal is a phantasmagoric odyssey that traverses cities and countries, oceans and continents. From Memphis' Sun Studio to The Kinks in England.

Most Popular Metal Evolution Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 6 Trash 12/31/2011
  • Season 1 Episode 1 Pre-Metal 11/11/2011
  • Season 1 Episode 2 Early Metal Part 1: US Division 11/19/2011

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