Metal Evolution

Metal Evolution
Metal Evolution presents 11 episodes based on the much-debated Metal History "family tree" originally shown in Headbanger's Journey. This 24 sub-genre genealogical chart reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal--from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the chart as his road map, our host, metalhead turned anthropologist Sam Dunn, will crisscross the globe in search of the very essence of Metal, from bars and back alleys to the biggest open air festivals.

Genre: Mini-Series

  • Watch Metal Evolution Season 1

    • Episode 11

      Progressive Metal

      aired: Sat, Feb 4, 2012

      A genre that takes root with the likes of Rush in the ‘70s, Queensryche and Fates Warning in the ‘80s, and Dream Theater in the ‘90s. Since then, the genre has exploded with creativity, spawning mind-bending, genre-defying acts.

    • Episode 10

      Power Metal

      aired: Sat, Jan 28, 2012

      Sam runs into his old friend Ronnie James Dio, who guides him into the fantastical world of power metal, where masculine tales of heroism and epic battles, dragon-slaying and sorcery, burn into the the imaginations of young men.

    • Episode 9

      Shock Rock

      aired: Sat, Jan 21, 2012

      Starting with the ringmaster of mayhem himself, Alice Cooper, we visit a world of guillotines and gallows, electrocutions and sorcery. We’ll then learn how NYC’s Kiss dethroned Cooper by taking spectacle one giant leap forward.

    • Episode 8

      Nu Metal

      aired: Sat, Jan 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.

    • Episode 7


      aired: Sat, Jan 7, 2012

      While grunge was enjoying its meteoric rise, replacing the MTV face of Metal that was glam with its own brand of telegenic, easy to digest "rebellion," diehards within the Metal community struggled to adjust.

    • Episode 6


      aired: Sat, Dec 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.

    • Episode 5


      aired: Sat, Dec 17, 2011

      Purveyors of glam such as Bon Jovi, Cinderella and Quiet Riot will divulge their side of the story, revealing the attitudes, influences and decisions which guided them during those days of rampant excess on L.A.’s sunset strip.

    • Episode 4

      New Wave of British Heavy Metal

      aired: Sat, Dec 10, 2011

      Heavy metal was now boldly out of the closet, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Saxon, Raven and Def Leppard seethed out of the gates with fast, technical, uncompromising metal music, building a fanatical, energized movement.

    • Episode 3

      Early Metal Part 2: Uk Division

      aired: Sat, Dec 3, 2011

      Pouncing on the power of heavy metal, bands such as Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Trapeze and Slade were crafting their own loud sounds in response to the bleak industrial environment of Britain’s Midlands.

    • Episode 2

      Early Metal Part 1: Us Division

      aired: Sat, Nov 19, 2011

      Darker, heavier music in the sounds of Steppenwolf and Blue Cheer. Followed by the inspired and inspiring sound of Kiss and Aerosmith. Van Halen begins a decade’s worth of dominance for the uniquely party hardy metal of America.

    • Episode 1


      aired: Fri, Nov 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.

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