Completely alien to the genre, Sam Dunn sets off to find out what it's all about, and why it's so unfamiliar to him. Tracing its roots back to Europe, he analyzes the differences between traditional heavy metal and power metal, and identifies power metal's ties to European classical music and the way in which power metal flourishes with metal festivals such as Germany's Wacken Open Air and Slovenia's Metal Camp. Notable interviews include Yngwie Malmsteen, members of Blind Guardian, Hammerfall, Helloween,Rhapsody, Kamelot, and DragonForce.
In the mid-1990s, the rise of a new genre of music emerged. Influenced by two seemingly opposing forces in music, Hip Hop and Hard Rock, Nu Metal broke ground and gave way to new sounds and new bands like Korn, Deftones, Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. In this episode, Sam Dunn explores the genre which he questions the methods of Nu Metal and its connection with the Metal family. Surprising starts come from bands such as Anthrax, Pantera and Faith No More to the creation of the genre in the mid-1990s and leads unfortunate events that conspired in Woodstock in 1999 which lead to Nu Metal's decline soon thereafter.
On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain pressed a shotgun to his head and pulled the trigger extinguishing the life of one of rock’s most enigmatic but tortured geniuses and symbolically ending the storybook reign of grunge. In Episode 7 of Metal Evolution, Sam explores grunge, a.k.a. the Seattle Sound, from a decidedly fresher approach, inspiring two fundamental questions: “Why did grunge polarize the Metal community?” and “What are the true roots of grunge?"
How could metal go so horribly wrong? These were the bitter thoughts of scruffy outsiders Lars Ulrich,Dave Mustaine, Gary Holt and Scott Ian, cursing as the glorious clang of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal echoed across America, only to die in LA. Ratt, Dokken, Quiet Riot – where was the power? Where was the fire in the belly? From this crucible of embarrassment, a virulent strain of metal called thrash was born, 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 laying bare the horrors of nuclear holocaust and other fun forms of death.
Purveyors of glam such as Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil and Michael Anthony of Van Halen, will divulge their side of the story, revealing the attitudes, influences and decisions which guided them during those heady days of rampant excess on L.A.’s storied Sunset Strip. Contemporary musicians like Dave Mustainefrom Megadeth and Slash from Guns N’ Roses will discuss the reasons behind the vilification of glam—the notion that glam reduced Metal to caricature, drawing on a shallow combination of pop cliché and sophomoric sexual pandering for its inspiration.
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 headbanging air guitarists snarled back at punk ,expressed impatience with prog, and purposefully declared a banishment of ballads.
Tracing the origins of metal is a phantasmagoric odyssey that traverses cities and countries, oceans and continents. For Sam Dunn, stop #1 on this heavy metal pilgrimage is the birthplace of Metal's indisputable progenitor: rock 'n' roll.
Sepultura : Roots Bloody Roots
Soulfly : Roots Bloody Roots
Jerry Lee Lewis : Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On
Iron Maiden : Run To The Hills
Don Jackson, London Symphony Orchestra? : Piano Concerto #21 Andante