Metal Evolution

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 8.5  (2,629)

Metal Evolution is a documentary series on VH1 Classic that explores the history and evolution of heavy metal music. It is hosted by Canadian anthropologist and filmmaker Sam Dunn, who is also the creator of the series. The show features interviews with notable musicians, including Bruce Dickinson, Tom Morello, Iggy Pop, Lars Ulrich, Lemmy, Arthur Brown, Bill Ward, Rikki Rockett, John Mayall, Marcus Siepen, Scott Asheton, and Sebastian Bach.

The series is divided into twelve episodes, each focusing on a different subgenre of metal, starting with pre-metal and tracing the evolution of the genre through the decades. The episodes are organized chronologically, with each one covering a different era of metal.

The first episode, "Pre-Metal," explores the blues and rock and roll roots that influenced early metal bands, such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. The episode features interviews with blues legends like John Mayall and Arthur Brown, as well as early heavy metal pioneers like Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath.

The second episode, "Early Metal Part 1: US Division," takes a look at the birth of metal in America, focusing on bands like Alice Cooper, Van Halen, and Kiss. The episode includes interviews with Alice Cooper, Eddie Van Halen, and Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

The third episode, "Early Metal Part 2: UK Division," examines the impact of British bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Motörhead on the metal scene. The episode features interviews with Bruce Dickinson, Lemmy, and former Iron Maiden members Paul Di'Anno and Dennis Stratton.

Subsequent episodes delve into subgenres such as glam metal, thrash metal, and nu metal. Some of the notable interviewees include Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Scott Ian of Anthrax, and Randy Blythe of Lamb of God.

Throughout the series, Sam Dunn provides insightful commentary on the history and cultural significance of metal, as well as his personal experiences as a fan and musician. The show also features archival footage of classic metal performances, as well as new performances by metal bands.

Metal Evolution is a comprehensive look at the evolution of heavy metal, featuring interviews with many of the genre's most influential musicians. The series offers an in-depth exploration of the cultural, musical, and historical significance of this beloved genre.

Metal Evolution is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (11 episodes). The series first aired on November 11, 2011.

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Progressive Metal
11. Progressive Metal
February 4, 2012
An exploration of progressive hard rock.
Power Metal
10. Power Metal
January 28, 2012
An exploration of power metal.
Shock Rock
9. Shock Rock
January 21, 2012
An exploration of shock-n-roll, keyed by portraits of Alice Cooper and KISS.
Nu Metal
8. Nu Metal
January 14, 2012
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.
7. Grunge
January 7, 2012
An exploration of grunge music and how its success precipitated the downfall of telegenic glam metal.
6. Trash
December 31, 2011
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.
Glam Metal
5. Glam Metal
December 17, 2011
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.
New Wave of British Heavy Metal
4. New Wave of British Heavy Metal
December 10, 2011
The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal defines the establishment of hard rock's very first heavymetal army.
Early Metal Part 2: UK Division
3. Early Metal Part 2: UK Division
December 3, 2011
Tracing the history and prominence of metal in the UK, with emphasis on Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Trapeze and Slade.
Early Metal Part 1: US Division
2. Early Metal Part 1: US Division
November 19, 2011
Tracing the history and prominence of metal in America, with emphasis on Kiss, Aerosmith and Van Halen.
1. Pre-Metal
November 11, 2011
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.
Where to Watch Metal Evolution
Metal Evolution is available for streaming on the VH1 Classic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Metal Evolution on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 11, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (2,629)