"Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", a brand-new documentary offering a guided tour through heavy metal's storied but largely ignored history, will receive its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), set to take place March 10-19 in Austin, Texas.
Directed by Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Jessica Joy Wise, "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" follows Dunn, a professional anthropologist, longtime heavy metal fan and practitioner through his own band, as he searches for the source of the mythology surrounding this music maligned and cursed by some, but adored by millions worldwide who cling to it like the cross itself. Over the course of his worldwide trek, he examines metal's obsession with some of life's most provocative subjects — sex, religion, violence and death — and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend.
Featuring legends such as Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson, BLACK SABBATH's Tony Iommi, TWISTED SISTER's Dee Snider, Geddy Lee from RUSH and a host of newer, more extreme spokesmen, "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" is a fast-paced blast through the genre's origins, through doom and thrash, through the saccharine hair metal phase, through the notorious black metal blight of the late '90s, right up until the metalcore revolution shaking the music industry's foundations today. Metal is louder, faster, more intrusive and more insidiously invasive today than its ever been, and "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" tells us why, for once, from the point of view of a true metalhead, an insider who lives it, breathes it, and nails the complex tale dead-on. Casual fan or ardent student of metal's million permutations, this documentary will inform relentlessly.
You can watch the trailer, find more information about the release and read the directors' blog at www.metalhistory.com.
The documentary received excellent reviews at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Stockholm International Film Festival, the Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, the Bergen International Film Festival and the Copenhagen International Film Festival.