Documentary Tracing Heavy Metal's History To Premiere At TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Toronto's Eye is reporting that a brand-new documentary offering a guided tour through heavy metal's storied but largely ignored history, "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", will make its world premiere in Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14 at the Ryerson Theatre. Drawing from interviews with the genre's godheads (i.e. Tony Iommi, Bruce Dickinson, Alice Cooper, Lemmy) and contemporary extremists (i.e. LAMB OF GOD, SLIPKNOT and some hilariously evil Norwegian black metal-makers), the movie succeeds as both an insightful exercise in cultural anthropology and an exhilarating tribute to rock's dark side.

"Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" is the brainchild of Sam Dunn, an anthropologist and unreformed headbanger from Victoria, BC, who was originally interested in a book project.

"There were books like Robert Walser's 'Running With the Devil' and Deena Weinstein's 'Heavy Metal' but no one had done a comprehensive history," he says. "The reason I was particularly interested at that time was because of the nĂ¼-metal thing. I wasn't necessarily a fan of that music, though I thought SLIPKNOT was intriguing because it sounded like eight death metal bands having a wrestling match. But it did get me thinking about it within the scope of the history of the music. This music is changing and evolving and always has been."

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