Canada, get ready to get thrashed as MuchMore takes an exclusive dive into the world of heavy metal with a sick, new original documentary series, METAL EVOLUTION, premiering Friday, Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. ET with two, back-to-back episodes.
Co-produced by MuchMore, Banger Films (Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and Grammy®-nominated Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage), in association with VH1, this 11-episode, one-hour docu-series unearths the history, myths and intricacies of metal.
From bars, to back alleys to the biggest open air festivals, host and metal-head turned anthropologist Sam Dunn crisscrosses the globe to give viewers a deeper understanding of this epic genre of music.
From Black Sabbath to Iron Maiden and Metallica, the series includes interviews with more than 300 musicians, producers, experts and fans, digging deeper into this music than ever before. If Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey was a Metal 101, then this is the Masters program.
“We are thrilled about the launch of METAL EVOLUTION,” said Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen. “For over two years we’ve been researching, interviewing and editing to put together a series on the history of heavy metal that engages both metal fans and general music lovers. This is the documentary series that we feel heavy metal has long deserved, and we hope everyone enjoys the result!”
Heavy metal is a massively successful and influential beast that, despite decades of critical derision, has not only endured, but flourished. From early metal and shock rock to thrash, and from progressive metal to grunge and nu metal, METAL EVOLUTION looks at the much-debated history of metal, looking at 24 sub-genres of the style, revealing the vast complex progeny of the genre.
In the series premiere (Friday, Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. ET), the first stop on this heavy journey is the birthplace of metal’s progenitor, rock ’n’ roll, and a stop at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. From there, Dunn crosses the Atlantic sketching the development of rock, uncovering the dawn of metal’s main ingredient, the power chord, through the inception of The Kinks. Dunn also visits the holy shrines of early metal, Detroit’s Grande Ballroom, The Roundhouse, and The Marquee Club. As well, Dunn takes viewers back in time to the 17th century, finding parallels in the power and dynamism between the likes of composers J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Haydn and Wagner and Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, and Deep Purple.
Episode 2 (Friday, Nov. 25 at 11 p.m. ET) takes viewers to Detroit Rock City, visiting the legacies of Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes, The Frost, Iggy & The Stooges, and the explosive MC5. Meanwhile, from New York to San Francisco, flower power is declared dead, while darker, heavier music is reflected in the apocalyptic sounds of Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly, and the raucously loud Blue Cheer.
In celebration of the premiere of METAL EVOLUTION, MuchMore programs heavy metal themed programming through the month of November:
Friday, Nov. 4
8 p.m. ET – The Longest Yard
10 p.m. ET – METAL MANIA
11 p.m. ET – ALL TIME TOP 10: METAL BANDS
Friday, Nov. 11
8 p.m. ET – Joe Dirt
10 p.m. ET – Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey
Friday, Nov. 18
8 p.m. ET – The Wrestler
10 p.m ET – KISSTERIA
11 p.m. ET – AC/DC: NO BULL
Friday, Nov. 25
8 p.m. ET – This Is Spinal Tap
10 p.m. ET – METAL EVOLUTION Ep. 1 (Canadian Television Premiere)
11 p.m. ET – METAL EVOLUTION Ep. 2 (Canadian Television Premiere)
Episodes of METAL EVOLUTION will be available on demand on muchmore.ca.