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Metal Evolution Official Trailer – Region Free

by on Oct.25, 2011, under Banger Films, Metal Evolution

Anyone outside of the USA would have been a little miffed at failing a Geographic check by the website when trying to view the Metal Evolution Trailer. Well strap on those studded wristbands again and feast your eyes on 50 seconds of Metal Splendor!

Metal Evolution premieres on VH1 Classic on 11/11/11 at 10PM (Eastern) and will then appear weekly in its Saturday @ 10pm time slot.
The series will be airing in other territories and we will announce this information as soon as we possibly can!

Our gift to you: Turn it up and hit the Play Button.

Metal Evolution presents 11 episodes based on the ground-breaking “Heavy Metal Family Tree”. This 26 sub-genre genealogical chart reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal – from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the Chart as his road map, host/producer and metalhead turned anthropologist Sam Dunn, crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40+ year history and beyond. From bars and back alleys to the biggest open air festivals, Sam will visit the pioneers of British and American hard rock who laid metal’s sonic foundation, as well as the current leaders of contemporary metal. Whether you love metal, documentaries or just great stories, Metal Evolution is the ultimate examination into the history of Heavy Metal music.

Drawing on the expertise of a whole team of musicians, journalists, academics, and producers, Sam will explore the questions heavy metal fans have always wanted to ask. A highlight of the series will be Sam’s in-depth discussions with many of heavy metal’s most important and influential personalities. From Alice Cooper to Slash, Lemmy to Rob Zombie and members of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Slayer, Van Halen, Def Leppard, The Stooges, ZZ Top, Motley Crue, Poison, Rage Against The Machine, Alice In Chains, Korn, and many more, Sam will investigate the history, myths and intricacies of Metal.

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No topic is off limits, especially anything related to the Glam segment. ;)

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Metal Evolution Launches on 11/11/11 on VH1 Classic

by on Jul.24, 2011, under Banger Films, Metal Evolution

VH1 broke the news on the much anticipated Metal Evolution TV series earlier this month. The series will launch onto the small screen on November 11, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT following 11 Days of Metal related videos on VH1 Classic leading up to the premiere of Metal Evolution.

Here is a sample of the press release:

VH1 Classic proclaims 11-11-11 as “National Metal Day,” a day-long celebration of all things metal. The metal bonanza begins November 1, 2011 with metal-focused concerts, specials, movies and videos each night leading up to grand finale on 11-11-11. On “National Metal Day” catch the highly anticipated premiere of Banger Films’ groundbreaking documentary series, “Metal Evolution” at 10 PM ET/PT.

“Metal Evolution” is an 11-episode docu-series produced by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Films and is based on the groundbreaking “Heavy Metal Family Tree.” The “Heavy Metal Family Tree” is a 26 sub-genre genealogical chart which reveals the vast complex progeny of heavy metal – from Early Metal and Shock Rock to Thrash, from Progressive Metal to Grunge and Nu Metal. Using the chart as his road map, host/producer and metalhead turned anthropologist Dunn, crisscrosses the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40+ year history and beyond. From bars and back alleys to the biggest open air festivals, Dunn will visit the pioneers of British and American hard rock who laid metal’s sonic foundation, as well as the current leaders of contemporary metal. Whether you love metal, documentaries or just great stories, “Metal Evolution” will be the ultimate examination into the history of Heavy Metal music.

See the Official Press Release HERE

Oh and check out our Killer Metal Evolution launch date logo !!

Metal Evolution 11/11/11

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Metal Evolution gets 3 Episode Extension

by on Nov.05, 2010, under Banger Films, Metal Evolution

Fantastic news from Banger Films HQ in Toronto. The much anticipated documentary mini series Metal Evolution has been extended by 3 episodes after some very positive early reception. This brings the total series to 11 episodes which I’m sure will stretch into more as they begin to screen later next year. Along the current batch of genres getting a closer look will be episodes covering Early Metal US (Come on DEATH/MASSACRE!!), Early Metal UK and Progressive Metal.

Vh1 Classic picked up the documentary series following the success of the Iron Maiden and Rush documentary’s which established Banger Films as the goto group for high quality, engaging and uniquely positioned Heavy Metal film making.

There is very little press making it’s way to our pages but this should change as we flip to the new year and we start hearing more of the post production efforts of the editing team. Sam, Scot, Martin and the entire travelling film crew have been scouring the globe capturing new footage for the series. It is like pulling teeth trying to extract any juicy details from the crew so hold your breath, this will be epic!!  :)

As we know Metal Evolution is a Banger Films mini series which focus’s on the Heavy Metal Family tree which was featured in the documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey and was also included in the Soundtrack Linear notes. Each episode will feature new footage and interviews based on one of these Genre’s. Along with styles such as Early Metal, Glam Metal, Shock Rock, Power Metal and Thrash Metal, three new episodes have been just announced (here) which will cover Early Metal UK, Early Metal US and Progressive Metal.

Peace Out

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What’s up in Banger Town? Metal Evolution Full Steam Ahead

by on Aug.27, 2010, under Banger Films, Metal Evolution

Honestly I can’t really say. It’s been balls out traveling and interviews for Metal Evolution ever since the Rush release and Traverse City screenings. I’m sure (given the handful of you that might stumble across this post) some of you may have bumped into some of the Banger crew around the globe. It would be great to have some more interaction here. Tell us where you may have been when you caught a glimpse of the ever elusive Mr Dunn, or Mr Mcfadyen. Perhaps you ran into señor Hawkes or Madamme Mauro :) . A few places where you have have caught wind of the team might have been New York, Toronto, Germany, France, Slovenia, Norway and a shitload of other countries on route. That’s just in the last couple months… It is simply mind numbing how much traveling these guys do and how hard the whole team works.

Okay back to Rush, I don’t give these guys nearly enough props but the folks over at Rush is a Band do remarkable work. Their research and sometimes ‘early news’ is not found anywhere else online.

This funny ‘Rush fan VS Kiss fan‘ post with some hilarious fan quotes drifted through my news filter. Some of us humans are quite emotionally charged about certain music personalities hey..

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Banger Films and Tricon Team up for International Distribution of Rush Beyond the Lighted Stage

by on Aug.05, 2010, under Banger Films, Metal Evolution

Okay that is a bit of a long title but it communicates the topic succinctly. If you’ve been paying attention to any Rush related news feeds recently, you’ll have seen that there was a flurry of traffic for this story starting on Tuesday. This is fantastic news for the Banger Films team and Rush who will see their film distributed across a much broader geographical range.

The Toronto based film production, distribution and consulting company Tricon, is also on the hook to distribute the Metal Evolution series which is currently in production at various spots around the Metal Globe.

Here is a piece from www.channelcanada.com

Tricon Films & Television, one of North America’s strongest independent production and distribution companies, is proud to be working with award-winning production company Banger Films. With this new relationship, Tricon has acquired the international television rights to the recently theatrically released documentary RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE, which chronicles the legendary band over the past 40 years. Tricon is also set to distribute METAL EVOLUTION: THE SERIES (8 X 60), which is slated for the spring of 2011 on VH1 Classics.  “Banger Films founders Scot McFayden and Sam Dunn bring a wealth of talent, creativity and heart to their projects,” said Andrea Gorfolova, President of Tricon Films & Television. “Tricon is thrilled to be joining creative forces and distributing their products with the same passion and dedication.”

Several sites have featured the story as it broke and they are listed them below as they appeared in the news feed. You could call them the winners of the Break the News race.

The Hollywood Reporter

Village Gamer

C21 Media.Net

Channel Canada

Those are naturally a rehash of the original press release but it also demonstrates that they have done well to present their content in a way which Google is easily able to send to their news feeds.

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