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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

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1.78 : 1 / (anamorphic)
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Max Cavalera: They grow up in this shithole, and are pretty much going to die in this shithole, so, what do you do about it? Metal comes in.
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Follows Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (2005) See more »

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Floored me!
6 October 2008 | by dbattistuzziSee all my reviews

Id like to start by saying, that although this film is obviously going to be most enjoyed by fans of Heavy Metal, Don't let never having been in a Mosh Pit stop you from checking out this Grade A work of Documentary film making.

I was lucky enough to win free passes with a friend to see an advanced screening of this film presented by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen days before I was set to see Iron Maiden and Mastodon live. As a big fan of their previous work "Metal: a Headbangers Journey" I had a lot of expectations of this film, but was still pleasantly surprised.

Although as a youth I had been somewhat aware of Metals International heritage due to Bands Like Sepultura and the almost endless TV and movie Jokes about Bands making it in Japan, I was impressed by the truly Global scale of this film. Covering some countries most viewers will know little or nothing about, the Film making duo paints a rich portrait of Metal's global flavor.

The depth of this documentary is impressive, delving into the politics and cultural contexts behind the Metal scenes in many of the countries. This is part of what raises this film above what could otherwise have been just snapshots of a few bands and fans.

On top of it all is the Music, oh the music. After admittedly drifting away from my head-banging youth for the last few years, this film captured the raw energy that got me into Metal in the first place and sent me right back where I belong, into the arms of the Metal Militia.

A must see work for fans of Metal, Documentaries or both.


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