Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey

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Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey is a 2005 documentary directed by Sam Dunn with Scot McFadyen and Jessica Wise. The film follows 31-year-old Sam Dunn, a Canadian anthropologist, who has been a heavy metal fan since the age of 12.

He sets out across the world to uncover the various opinions on heavy metal music, including its origins, culture, controversy, and reasons it is loved by so many people. The film made its debut at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, and was released as a two-disc special edition DVD in the US on September 19, 2006.

The film discusses the traits and originators of some of metal’s many subgenres, including the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, power metal, Nu metal, glam metal, thrash metal, black metal, and death metal. Dunn uses a family-tree-type flowchart to document some of the most popular metal subgenres.

The film also explores various aspects of heavy metal culture. Notable segments include Dunn taking a trip to the Wacken Open Air festival, an interview with Dee Snider providing an analysis of the PMRC attack on heavy metal music, and an interview with several Norwegian black metal bands, many of whom are Satanists.

Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, 9.7 out of 10 based on 26 ratings

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  • Carlos

    Sam Dunn did a hell of a job on this one, best broad Metal documentary in the world so far.

  • Sjabbiedeluxe

    FUCK YOU!! Documentary heaven? It stops after 72 minutes?, GAY!

    • http://www.documentaryheaven.com Danny

      you need to chill out over the video stopping at 72 minutes this has NOTHING to do with Documentary Heaven but MegaVideo(Where the doc is hosted). I have clearly posted at the bottom a link to our FAQ section where you can learn how to BYPASS this limit!
      Simply turn your router off and back on then refresh the page problem solved!I hate megavideo too but there were no alternatives to watch this one for free so better this than nothing I say.

  • Sjabbiedeluxe

    FUCK YOU!! Documentary heaven? It stops after 72 minutes?, GAY!

  • Holysteve999

    Fuck this Shit!!!! they stop the show after 72 minutes just when i was getting into havenless Documentary Heaven Sucks!!!!

  • Holysteve999

    Fuck this Shit!!!! they stop the show after 72 minutes just when i was getting into havenless Documentary Heaven Sucks!!!!

  • Fixthesituation

    let the video load all the way without playing it, then turn off your internet connection so the mega video timer doesn’t work, and you can watch the entire movie without being cut off at 72 mins.

  • Bshdsjgs

    asshole it stops after 72 fucking minutes you such an asshole .l.

    • http://www.documentaryheaven.com Danny

      I’m the asshole? for providing you with a means to watch a paid documentary for free? I know it cuts out at 72 mins but like i said its got nothing to do with us but MegaVideo and I even provide you with a means to bypass this limit!

  • Fred Bazzeeda

    no video. doesn’t work

  • raven

    For the ones having problems watching the video. http://viooz.co/movies/5786-metal-a-headbangers-journey-2005.html