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Heavy Metal: Louder Than Life (2006)

This documentary is a considered look at the continuing story of Metal, in the words of the people that make it, live it, breathe it and keep it vital. The Bands. The Fans, The Producers, ... See full summary »


Dick Carruthers




Credited cast:
Ritchie Blackmore ... Himself (archive footage)
Graham Bonnet Graham Bonnet ... Himself
Geezer Butler ... Himself
David Coverdale ... Himself (archive footage)
Jonathan Davis ... Himself
Ronnie James Dio ... Himself
Ian Gillan ... Himself (archive footage)
Roger Glover ... Himself (archive footage)
Rob Halford ... Himself
Mitch Harris ... Himself
Scott Ian ... Himself
Jon Lord ... Himself (archive footage)
Bernie Marsden ... Himself
Micky Moody ... Himself
Neil Murray ... Himself


This documentary is a considered look at the continuing story of Metal, in the words of the people that make it, live it, breathe it and keep it vital. The Bands. The Fans, The Producers, The Industry and The Journalists. What makes it tick, why nothing else can touch it for power, emotion and longevity, why it's misunderstood, why it doesn't care, how it continues to upset the establishment, how it manipulates the media, the positivity, and the way it has forced it's iconography and ethos deep into an unsuspecting and unwilling mainstream.Metal is a documentary that looks at what made Metal, how it grew and how it has transcended fashion, misunderstanding, ridicule and ignorance. Metal is a journey into the psyche of the genre, the sounds, the sights and the smells. While not underestimating it's cultural significance, it's financial power or it's pioneering creativity, it's a film that shows the humour and intelligence as well as the excitement and the primal power. Metal is a film ... Written by Jim Parsons

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22 May 2006 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The same thing all over again
29 May 2007 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

Recently Metal fans are getting a hell of a lot of documentaries about their favorite music genre. After the entertaining (but ultimately not very enlightening) "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" and VH1's "Heavy" series comes "Heavy Metal: Louder Than Life". Maybe it's because we have seen all this presented in a similar way not too long ago, maybe it's because the documentary just doesn't cover any new ground, but "Heavy Metal" is the worst of these three Metal-movies.

What's most irritating is that the documentary jumps through the decades without any kind of chronological order. There is no logical order of the topics discussed, either and the music videos shown don't really fit the narration most of the time.

"Heavy Metal: LTL" has some interview partners that the other two documentaries missed, but then there are some important figures missing here, too, which means that none of the three movies are "complete". "Metal: AHJ" suffered from the absence of any Metallica or Judas Priest members. "Heavy Metal: LTL" does include interview snippets with James Hetfield, Rob Halford, K.K. Downing and Glen Tipton but there are no Iron Maiden members at all.

Unlike the other two documentaries "Heavy Metal: LTL" isn't a good survey of all the different Metal genres. It virtually ignores Death Metal, for instance. Instead it ponders for the millionth time which band really was the first metal band.

For fans there's nothing to learn here, but "Heavy Metal: Louder Than Life" is still kinda entertaining to watch, if neither "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" or VH1's "Heavy" are available.

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