Metal Evolution: The Series – Canadian anthropologist-cum-filmmaker Sam Dunn’s exhaustive and ridiculously entertaining exploration of metal’s many genres, across the decades and around the world – is really picking up steam.
Indeed, episode four of the 11-part series – which airs 10 pm tonight (December 9) on MuchMore – surveys an especially impactful stretch of hard rock history: the rise of the so-called New Wave of British Heavy Metal… and that’s not just the Def Leppard freak in me talking.
Check out the official blurb here and watch the trailer below.
“The New Wave of British Heavy Metal marks no less than the establishment of hard rock’s very first heavy metal army. Loud ‘n’ proud of it, this jean-jacketed legion of head-banging air guitarists snarled back at punk, expressed impatience with prog, and purposefully declared a banishment of ballads.
“Previously undefined and even a bit shameful, heavy metal was now boldly out of the closet, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Saxon, Def Leppard, Raven, Tank and the Tygers Of Pan Tang seething out of the gates with fast, technical, uncompromising metal music, building a fanatical, energized movement that would lead to - as we will demonstrate in Episode 5 - the establishment of a hard rock scene in Los Angeles built on similar devotional principles.
“The result would be a fulcrum shift to ten years of metal glory for America, with glam, thrash and everything in-between emerging out of California, thanks to the power and the glory of the NWOBHM and the obsessive fan culture it fostered.”
Cool huh? Note that Metal Evolution also repeats over the weekend lest you miss episode four tonight. Check local listings.