Global Metal (2008)

global metalGlobal Metal (2008)

Directed by: Sam Dunn, Scott McFadyen

Starring: Tom Araya, Ken Ayugai, Rafael Bittencourt

four-stars

This is the sequel to the documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, which is also good. Whereas the first one is just about the culture that surrounds the metal genre of music, Global Metal is about metal in countries outside of North America and Europe, and it’s pretty damn interesting. Turns out that metalheads are pretty much the same no matter where you go.

Sam Dunn, metalhead and anthropologist, travels the world to other areas outside North America and Europe where metal is popular, like Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, and the middle east. This isn’t some boastful metal journal about how awesome it is that it’s converting the whole world under its banner, though. Instead, the film focuses on how metal affects these people in their different places, most of which are impoverished or oppressed, and metal allows them a way to vent. He also looks at how the local metal bands have altered the genre, making it more their own.

I actually really liked this documentary. He had already covered the mainstream metal community in his first film, leaving him open to explore all these different facets in this movie, and it’s super interesting. It basically comes down to a very simple idea that it’s just a good kind of music for people who feel angry and rebellious, no matter if it’s because you are a 30 year old pizza delivery driver still living at home or a person literally barely scraping by in a dictatorship somewhere where there are volcanoes and hurricanes constantly trying to kill you. Which is pretty metal itself. I highly recommend this film, and if you’re not very familiar with the mainstream metal culture, the first one as well.

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