Sam Dunn

Sam Dunn is an anthropologist and multiple award-winning documentary filmmaker. Born in England, raised in Victoria,
Canada, Sam earned his graduate degree at York University, Toronto, and then embarked on his first documentary film, Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, which premiered at the Toronto International Film festival in 2005 and won a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Documentary. For Banger’s second documentary, Global Metal, Sam delved deeper into the subject, exploring the globalization of metal in China, Japan, Brazil, India, Indonesia, UAE and elsewhere.

For Iron Maiden: Flight 666, he spent seven weeks capturing the concert performances and behind the scenes lives of the world’s biggest metal band. The film screened in over 500 cinemas in 42 countries on ‘World Maiden Day’ becoming the largest-ever simultaneous documentary release, winning the 2009 SXSW Audience Choice Award and a Juno Award for Best Music DVD. His latest lm, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, won the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award and a Juno, and was nominated for a Grammy. Most recently, Sam co-directed and hosted the biggest-ever documentary program on the history of heavy metal, Metal Evolution, which reached #1 on VH1 Classic (USA) and Much More Music (Canada) and is airing on networks in the UK, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

Sam has also directed several concert tilms (Joe Bonamassa, Rush) and is currently in post-production on two feature-length documentaries, as well as developing a 10-part documentary series on the history of hip-hop called Hip Hop Evolution.

Sam Dunn Filmography:

Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (2005)
Global Metal (2007)
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009)
Joe Bonamassa: Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009)
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010)
Metal Evolution (2011)
Rush Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland (2011)
Family Channel Big Ticket Summer Concert (2012)
Vincent Goes To Hell: An Alice Cooper Doc Opera (2013–in production)
Satan: A documentary (2013–in production)
Hip-Hop Evolution (in development)

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  • Jamilahsan

    Love to see something done on the Canadian scene, covering some known name acts that came mostly out of Toronto, but there were a few from Montreal, the Prairies and from Vancouver.

  • Laurajms10

    It’s too bad you didn’t mention Suffocation.  Is there a reason why

    • Kommyhctn4ecko

      I agree. Why is there no mention of death metal in this series?

  • Syahanaz Kindi

    You done a great job

  • Lillian

    Really am enjoying Metal Evolution…you did a superb job!

  • WATJ

    I am not a big metal fan, but more of a Jam Band guy and a huge music fan in general, but I love the Metal Evolution series, and Headbanger’s Journey.  Great stuff, it has opened my eyes up a great deal. Continue the great work. Thanks for what you do for the music community….

  • Timmyk24

    Awesome job on the evolution series! I often pondered where grunge fit in, and you’ve certainly answered my questions!

  • guest

    hey the show is great but one major flaw is the lack of one of the greatest metal bands ever. PANTERA!! come on man!

  • Valdyr Gramr Ulfr-Tyr

    I have a question, I’m having one of those throw down usuals with a retard, this guy is trying to convince me that nu metal, christian metal, rap metal, grindcore, and viking metal don’t exist o.O I’m not a fan of the first three…but come on -.- how can you not credit Quorthon???  And no, he isn’t stating it as opinion but as fact.

  • John Thor

       I commit to the keyboard to commend your work with you and your other collaborators in chronicling the history of metal.  Listening to Celtic Frost right now.  Loved the last episode that debut on VH1cl about thrash.  (Damn Thomas Gabriel Fischer is one hell of an artist.)
       Just been getting back to my metal roots.  Most of what I have been listening to in the last several years can be considered proto metal.  Love the years in the late 60′s when rock was pure Dionysion.  Although it didn’t have he fascination with fate and morbidity that metal has but you can hear metal in these antecedents.
        I laugh my ass off because I remember being a Slayer devotee and hearing them in advance of Metallica.  I borrowed a cyan vinyl of Creeping Death and I laughed that the music was like light listening after my introduction and affinity to Slayer.  Nothing to detract from Metallica’s metal legacy although there are a bunch of albums I would not give the moniker thrash or metal to.  But they are good albums within their own right.
        I share your conclusions to hair metal and L.A. glam.  They deserve sme respect for the art that they created but I am not going to cast aside my critical misgivings about that movement.  That is not to say that all of it is bad.  There is a pop element that drives the movement.  That should be taken to mind in any honest criticism of the L.A. scene.
        I believe with shows like yours, giving a critical almost academic look at meta,l in parity with people like Eddie Trunk, and TMS, the metal genre is being reinvigorated.  I have strayed from the music in the last ten years.  My late 20′s to early thirties came with a feeling that youth culture did not care about musicality, musicianship, or artistic values.  i retreated to the roots of metal.  I decided to branch out and learn more about rock from the late 60′s through the seventies (but also its decendants The Black Crowes, Radiohead, The verve, etc.)  You did a superb job chronicling metals roots.  I would have liked to see a mention of Mountain but hey you only have an hour for an episode.  You did have an interview with Cork Laing, I caught that.  Cactus too I believe deserves mention in Metals history.  Hey just hear the reference in the Anvil film.
          All considered a fine piece of work so far and a project that needed to be accomplished.  We don’t have too many long hair stoners around to impart taste and inculcate the youth with good music values.  There is plenty of pop garbage out there contaminating the cultural mileu.  But Rock on and persevere

    All The Best!
    John Thor

  • Inversion666

    I just wanna say that anybody who digs The Accused (the band from Seattle) is a ok guy in my book

  • Cephas5150

    I absolutely love,and am still loving watching the evolution of metal. The Iron Maiden doc was very good as well. However, I was a little dissapointed that the episode that was talking about Deep Purple and the references about the use of keyboards in heavy metal, there was no mention af Uriah Heep. They have always been one of my favs from those days and considering how prominent the keyboards were in thier music I just thought they deserved a little love. I realize you can’t hit every band and believe me I am not complaining because the series is so well done. Sam, if you ever need a travel partner to go meet all these rock icons with I am available. Please , please, keep up the good work. 

  • Stephen Perry

    Every episode so far are equally superb! My friend and I enjoy your work man! I even like the episode about Glam Metal… and I’m not a fan! I’m happy to finally see where and how Glam started.

  • Guest

    There seems to be a resurgence of 80′s style glam metal coming out of Europe with groups like Crazy Lixx, Reckless Love and Wig Wam.  I was wondering if this is going to get any coverage in a future episode?

  • Clinttattoos

    Hey Sam, huge fans, blah blah, but just saw metal evolution, shock rock, and man,,,,,,,Gwar, all you give us for gwar is oderous talking about Alice??!  Very Disappointing, my wife and I had been marking this night on the calendar to see some good stuff about Gwar and all i can hope is that you can cover some Gwar in an up coming episode 
    Thanks for listening to our polite complaint

  • Okcgal1

    Hey where does Tool fit in the Metal Evolution series?

  • Bankeinain

    You are awesome dude! I can’t believe that you made a documentary like this on national television! You’re a metal saint!

  • Puro Chole

    I was there during the Bay Area Trash Scene.  I looked for myself in all of the live shots.  Was there at Ruthies,  Mabuhys, Keystones, Stone, Monterey’s Old Music Shows, Old Bridge militia, Ron Q, John S. (Metal Rendezvous, pbbh),  Rich Birch, etc.  47 now, reliving my life with your excellent series.  Enjoying it with my kids now.  Thanks for the memories.  Eternally grateful.

  • Damatom

    Where does Tool fit into the chart and why are they missing. Very underrated band with amazing musicians and great sound

  • DB

    Hey Sam,

    Love all the films, especially Rush: BtLS (I’ve watched it many times).  Really enjoying Metal Evolution; it’s expanded my understanding and appreciation for the music a great deal.  Looking forward to the Power and Prog Metal episodes.

    Any tips for a small guy who wants to find metal tee shirts to represent his favorite bands?

    Keep up the good work.

  • Tkinsel5

    dear sam, where the fuck is ac/dc?

  • TheUltimateProcrastinator

    THANK YOU for including Rammstein in part 9 of the Evolution of Metal!!!!!! 

  • Randy

    Dear Sam Dunn, 

    First of all, I wish to applaud you for doing what few other filmmakers have done and actually put metal in the spotlight with a series of very interesting and cleverly crafted documentaries about metal music. As opposed to say, Penelope Spheeris’ work with The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, you actually depict the music we love in a relatively balanced way and as having an intellectual side without doing a one-sided documentary on some of the more delusional and unintentionally comedic aspects of metal musicians.

    On the whole, I have thoroughly enjoyed most of Metal Evolution that I have seen so far. It is interesting watching this alongside my wife, who is definitely not a heavy metal fan, but lovingly is willing to allow me to indulge in my somewhat guilty pleasure. Doing this has allowed me to re-examine my love for metal as well as give her some appreciation for the music that I love so much.

    While I have enjoyed Metal Evolution, I would respectfully like to point out a one aspect of your approach towards the documentary series, that has irked me a bit. I would challenge your categorization schema of heavy metal and its subgenres. I’m not saying that I would argue band X really belongs in category A (I’m sure most metal fans could debate that for ages); what I challenge is the need to categorize and label all these subgenres. I realize that these different classifications has helped give your documentary series structure by focusing each individual episode on an individual subgenre, and I realize that the concept of categorization is in some ways a linguistic necessity. I think the tendency to categorize, however, may be ruining your (and a lot of metal fans’) appreciation for the music. As I watched the episodes focusing on NWOBHM, Glam Metal, Grunge, Thrash Metal, and Nu-Metal, I was struck that you tend to be a purist at heart; you have an obvious fondness for NWOBHM and Thrash Metal, but I think that your adherence to these labels gets in your way of appreciating aspects of Glam and Nu-Metal and certain members of their genres. You are not alone in this. I would be the first to admit that I, along with most other metal fans, am also guilty of being so die-hard towards one particular genre of music, that I sometimes close my eyes towards other genres. My wife even notices that I sometimes mention certain genres of metal or even other types of music with an air of disdain. I know it’s hard to break out of this mindset, but I do believe that does inflict a certain sense of bias during certain episodes of your series. 

    If one thing my training as a psychologist has taught me, it has been to be consciously aware of your biases and how it may impact your work. I encourage you to do the same, so that you can continue making some quality metal documentaries.

    Most cordially,

    • Van

      Couldn’t agree more. Very well said

  • Lawrence28

    Where is  Pantera, Machine Head, Suicidal Tendencies, Tool,C.O.C, Kyuss, Down, the 90′s had some of the best metal/Rock! Where was the Metal/hardcore cross over?

  • Ryan V.

    Yo Sam, hey bro! By any chance, when are you gonna discuss Industrial Metal in your next segment of Metal Evolution? Just wondering! Take care and keep it metal dude, cheers!!!! \m// -Ryan V./Brother Ryanic Wylde

  • Dkshadow76

    I have to say that I do enjoy what your doing and like most metal heads out there I may not agree with you 100% but find it fun and interesting to watch.  One thing I have to point out in watching the Grunge episode is that through out the eposide you question weather or not grunge belongs in the evolution of metal.  I believe that most will agree that they were influenced by metal but they are not metal and do not belong in the evolution of  metal.  In watching the eposide and hearing you question the same I was waiting for you to say that they don’t belong or have you have me yell at my tv to hear you say they do belong.  Well, the eposide ended and you never said anything about weather you think they belong or not.  What the hell man.  I mean come on, even in the nu metal eposide you ended in the comment that you may not like the music you now see that nu metal does belong.  So, here’s my question, why haven’t you commented on this grunge thing?  After watching the eposide the bands don’t want to be in the evolution of metal and I think most metal heads would agree that we don’t want them there either.  The only good think that grunge did was kill hair metal and was happy as hell when grunge died so quickly.

  • InsignificantPunx

    When does the show return?
    I know next week is the Season finale.
    So when does it return?

  • Rick

    great show , but just one comment. Power metal episode from Germany and no mention of Doro Pesch / Warlock.
    They were ahead of there time, especially with her incredible vocal  range and the kick ass riffs…  Any notion of
    Women rockers in the future?

    keep up the good work.

  • DB

    Really enjoyed the progressive metal episode.  I’m glad you included the genre in the series.  Prog metal saved me from terrible music.  I was listening to radio alt rock and nu metal, then discovered bands like Rush, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Tool, Porcupine Tree and others.  Its so much more satisfying than 99% of what gets marketed in the mainstream.

  • Kevin Bailey

    Where is the episode about death metal? It’s one of the most influential sub-genres on today’s metal and there is no mention about it! It has even spawned several sub-genres of it’s own such as deathcore and melodic death metal which have seen a spike in popularity over the past 7 to 8 years. This is more than enough interesting and controversial subject matter to make an episode about. I hope to see it in season two. Also a black metal episode would be interesting, although I’m not a fan of black metal I have always found it interesting. Plus you could do those bands some better justice than you did them in Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.

    • Luke A Constantinides

      I sent Scott and Sam an email saying the same thing.  There needed to be a death metal / black metal episode.  While I’m not a huge fan of it, I am fascinated by its anthology, especially the religious connotation to it.  Hopefully there will be a future episode on it.  

  • Mike Villano

    Love the series, but I find it hard to believe the guys in Rammstein don’t speak English!

  • Vinny

    Great stuff from a Headbanger’s Journey to the Maiden film to the new Evolution series. Definitely enjoyed the effort put into the films; the analysis and historical aspects of each specific genre was great. Would have loved to see episodes on the various forms of black and death metal too, but all-in-all superb job so far.

  • Gratzki

    dude these filmings are wonderfully informing and more versatile to those who need a real crash course in the family genre of metal, whether wanting to become part of the new generation of metalheads or just out of curiosity. why not try an idea where metal is not only an identity amongst passionate die hard fans, but also an actual part of a country’s culture? take a look at Finland, for example: it’s been widely regarded nowadays as probably the metal nation of the world. peace, respect & rock’n'roll – dude

  • Gratzki

    dude these filmings are wonderfully informing and more versatile to those who need a real crash course in the family genre of metal, whether wanting to become part of the new generation of metalheads or just out of curiosity. why not try an idea where metal is not only an identity amongst passionate die hard fans, but also an actual part of a country’s culture? take a look at Finland, for example: it’s been widely regarded nowadays as probably the metal nation of the world. peace, respect & rock’n'roll – dude

  • xpositivex

    Excellent series. I agree with one of the posters below who asked where is the hardcore/crossover though. The hardcore scene of the late 80′s and 90′s would make a very interesting episode. Bands like Agnostic Front, Madball, Earth crisis, Blood for Blood, etc would make excellent subject matter due to the fact that it was really just a complete melding of the punk/street attitude with the aggresion of metal (with awesome breakdowns). Or maybe I’m just biased because I love hardcore so much

  • Mrmuddy

    I really loved watching the entire series so much I purchased them from iTunes. After rewatching them, I came up with a question.

    How did Rob Zombie, Marilyn Mansion and other new shock rockers make the interview list but not Nine Inch Nails? Just curious.

  • danny33

    Thank you for your hard work!!!!!!!!! You guys needs some merch on this site; ie. Metal Evolution posters, t-shirts, etc. etc. You should go on tour after Satan comes out, run the college circuit, Q&A type of thing. I would definitely go and listen to you tell your stories behind the stories. Write a book!!!!

  • Keithdmalcolm

    Sam, thank you for al your amazing work. Metal evolution was a triumphant and artistic homage to all that is metal. As a historian and a rabid lifelong metal fan I was blown away by your detailed and comprehensive series which covered so many genres and sub-genres that really did justice to the rich and exciting history of metal. Thanks again, so inspiring, and please continue to make more documentaries. The metal community has been elevated by your work.

  • Sheldoninst

    Your Metal Evolution series was quite excellent. However, I am curios to know why country music’s influence – quite obvious in the early days of the rock fabric as was blues music – was omitted?

    The episode that focused on metal’s origins and nicely linked it to blues music was brilliant – but country was similarly influential.  For example, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Billy Haley (among others) originally did sing some forms of country songs because they were from the region of the USA where country music was was deeply intertwined with the white American population.

    The geographic center for country music overlaps that of blues (culturally as well).  Additionally, country music always had the guitar on the forefront, particularly with formatting the lead guitar with short solos. In fact, along with Hawaiian music, country music was the reason for the invention of the electric guitar!

    Sure, time constraints and all, but not a single mention?

    PS. I am NOT a country music fan, but merely surprised by its omission as a root influence.


  • hughb21

    I just watched the shock portion of metal evolution and was wondering why there was no mention of gg allin? He is probably one of the most shocking musicians ever. Otherwise i thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • The Geagle

    What’s next? Will you delve deeper into metal’s cashe of sub-genre for a second season of Metal Evolution, or is there another film project in the works now? Thanks for opening the public perspective by mapping this art form with your life’s work!

  • mad mal

    hi sam, i thought metal evolutions was brilliant with so much great information. like many who comment,i feel that there were some omissions that would have enhanced the show. firstly,les paul. where would metal have been without the gibson sg,reverb and multi track recording? les paul gave us the tools to do the job.those pickups went up to 11. next budgie. not fashionable or famous,but were playing sludgy and loud as hell from 1967 at least as long as sabbath and before led zep. metal bands from all genres have cited budgie as an influence and when metallica , iron maiden, soundgarden and van halen have covered your songs and the melvins and alice in chains claim you were an influence you can claim to be important in the evolution of metal. wishbone ash were mentioned briefly in an interview,but their early use of two lead guitars opened the door to bands such as thin lizzy who got no mention. this sound has been used continuously in metal, and was vital to the genre. lastly a canadian! neil young,who is frequently known as the godfather of grunge. crazy horse was a typical grunge band several decades before it was known as grunge. sorry about the ramblings of an old fart, but i believe these people are unsung pioneers of the genre . best wishes and this is not a criticism, but constructive comment.

  • Portia

    I am a teen female of the 80s and so the soundtrack of my youth.  My favourite band to this day is Metallica and have followed them around North America.  Nothing made me more sad as when heavy metal was subdued by the grunge movement.  While many metal bands survived and flourished it has bothered me that it lost the momentum it once had.  This no more evident than when I watched the grammy’s this year only to learn that best heavy metal performance was combined with hard rock and the winner announced off air.  To have Megadeth go up against Foo Fighters and Sum 41 was hard to fathom.  There are so many great new bands it is unfair that they do not get the limelight they deserve.  Thank you for Metal Evolution, Headbanger’s Journey, and your other productions for bringing metal back into the limelight and showcasing all the different sub genres metal has to offer.  Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Portia

  • Kylie

    Hello, My name is Kylie. I’m a high school senior, in the process of doing a large project for english class. I got to choose the topic as I wanted to. You probably are wondering why this applies to you… Well I was recently introduced by a friend of mine to this video (Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey 2005 (With Greek Subtitles) ) and it applies and goes with my project perfectly. For this project I both need to interview at least 3 people as well as use different objects and tactics to keep my audience entertained during my presentation. So finally getting down to it, 1.) would you mind if i edited this video down in order to have it fit for my presentation ( I would not change it as to change to the opinions of anyone or anything) and 2.) would you mind me interviewing you (once I write out the questions for it) for this project? My topic is about the “stereotypes behind metal music and why metal listeners and bands get blamed so often for crimes because of their relation to metal music” Let me know because, this video was a lot of help for my project and gave me a lot of information that would be helpful for my project, thankyou, Kylie
    Feel free to email me at

    • Dkshadow76

      Hey Kylie,
      After reading your comment I’m wondering who the other 2 people are you want to interview?  And good luck with Sam answering you back, as I haven’t seen him answer anyone back. As for using some of his video.  You’re using it for a  school project and not for any profit.  But it’s cool to ask him.


  • Brad

    AC/DC is arguably the biggest rock band on the planet. While not metal, the series focused on a ton of bands who weren’t necessarily metal, but the omission of AC/DC kills this series for me. How can you pass up a band who had the second biggest selling record of all time, in any genre in “Back in Black”?  It’s like you didn’t know where to put them in your list so you left them out. I’m sorry, but all of your great work with this documentary is totally overshadowed by this one omission.

  • Sarge

    When are you going to do a documetary about TURBONEGRO???
    Would love to hear your thoughts about them.

  • Anonymous

    Sam is by far one of the greatest minds of our time. I love his work and the way in which he develops his ideas. When doing a documentary on something you love it’s easy to screw it up and spend too much time here or there depending on your favorite style or band but Sam does equal justice for everyone. Even on the VH1 show, he portrays a side of music sometimes never explored, I personally despise nu metal but he did a great job showing a more human side to it. My only wish or request if any is-SAM PLEASE MAKE A DOCUMENTARY ON GWAR!!!- PLEASE!!! your the best. 

  •öhli/100000369451314 Dominik Pöhli

    why you forgot at metal evolution death metal, black metal and doom and stoner metal sam dunn pleas wath this viedeo

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  • Tracey P

    Just started watching Metal Evolution and seen episode 3. OK where the hell are Thin Lizzy mentioned???
    Blues and Jazz influenced music – yes
    British – Yes
    Hard rock group – yes
    Popular – YES
    Dual guitars – they were doing it too…before Judas Priest…and better!
    Influential?? Most definitely. Ask the big groups eg Metallica who their influences were and you will find out.
    Just because the guy is dead, his music is most definitely not and they certainly deserved a mention

  • Karel Chladil

    Hi, I am just watching Metal Evolution series and there are some questions that have raised in me. Is there going to be volume 2? I mean there are lot of other styles, like Death Metal, Black Metal, Norwegian Black, etc… Are you in consideration in doing some extension to Metal Evolution? Also I would like to ask you if you are going to make a documentary about contemporary heavy metal scene? Thank You. Karel Chladil (23) from Czech Republic.

    • brendan.moore

      No offence but death metal, black metal and norwegian isn’t exactly good musicianship. 

      • Admin

        Ouch Brendan. Sorry my metal brother but Wholesale Disagree on the Musicianship angle. Have a listen to some of these Death Metal bands and let us know if you still feel they lack good musicianship :)  

        Gojira (perhaps a thrash element here as well), Decapitated, Death, Necrophagist, Napalm Death, Cryptopsy (Canada), Vader, Nile, Obscura… The omission of episodes was, unfortunately an editorial decision which was out of our hands. Keep Raging!!

  • Charlie

    love all the docs and recently started watching Metal Evolution. The one thing that gets me is why never any mention of Pantera ? In any of your docs ? while they weren’t forefathers like the big four (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeath) they played an incredibly big part in the transition from glam/hair metal to thrash literally within the band itself. Their history and influence resounds through millions of us metal heads who hum cowboys from hell regularly but still never any mention ?

  • Mettgod

    Hi sam…I realy Thank you for the Global Metal movie…this my ID:
    You’ll make me so happy if you mail me.
    I need your help…Thank you again!

  • Nima8564

    Hi Sam,

    I just watched the metal evolution for the second time (the entire series) and, I enjoyed it very much; however, I think one thing is missing from the title. It should have been called “North American Metal Evolution”. What has been left out is probably the darkest records of metal that came out in the late nineties by bands such as Hecate Enthroned, Graveworm and Limbonic Arts. I know that these may not be bands that you might have heard of, but there was no mentioning of what was going on in the late nineties in European metal scene. Furthermore metal is progressing by bands like Haggard, Diablo Swing Orchestra and, Amaseffer and so on. It is not limited to the 11 episodes.

  • Godzman22

    I am really enjoying your series so far (2 episodes left). The Shock Rock episode was awesome ! It had interviews in Montreal and Quebec, my province WOOT ! I only have one question…where can I buy your family tree of metal as a poster ? I would love to display it on one of my walls, hell … i d be honoured !

  • Hagenchuck

    I just finished watching your Metal Evolution docs on Much More, and they are very well done, i learned lots, i also watched your Documentary Global metal.  You’re awesome dudes, kep up the good work.

  • down

    more pantera best metal ever

  • down

    please do a movie on evolution of metal guitarist

  • Hill

    your movies are great and i would like to some more documentary on metal

  • Hill

    i mean to see some more

  • Hill

    i mean to see more of it

  • Hill

    I wanna say something about that Global Metal docmentary when you came to film and explore the metal scene in India, actually the first metal act happened in the North East of India in the state of Meghalaya city Shillong in 2004. When bands live Sepultura, Scorpion, Firehouse, Whitelion, MLTR and Petra came to play in Shillong and there are a lot of local band out here, you can check it out the videos in youtube. My request is that you should have come here and see how big and global is metal. “Will Keep Metal Alive”. Thank you

  • JohnRambo

    Your journey is my journey. Your metal discovery is my discovery. Your ‘Maiden’ voyage is my life. A culture of millions uncovered through the genesis of political discovery we know as the greatest Maiden song of all time; Prisoner!! Deh, Deh, Deh, Deh…Deh, Deh, Deh, Deh….Deh-Deh….Deh, Deh, Deh, Deh!!!!

  • JohnRambo

    Your journey is my journey. Your metal discovery is my discovery. Your ‘Maiden’ voyage is my life. A culture of millions uncovered through the political genesis

  • JohnRambo

    Hmmmm, sorry,,,,,,getting used to the blogging drill here, very uncool of me!!!
    What I would love to see is an intricate journey of the sub elected, overly commercial, yet imperative genres like; The Cult, Nirvana, Incubus, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Body Count, Megadeth, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, lynch mob, perfect circle, guns n roses, Pantera, scorpions, helloween, Dream theatre, Machine head, Type o negative, Fear factory, Bruce Dickinson (solo of course) and all those in between bands that may not hold time resilience, just a song that resonates with our soul!!

    • Admin

      :) No worries. We always enjoy the enthusiasm!


    Is very happy know there are people who believes in metal music.  Metal music is more than satanism, murders, kindappels, etc.  Metal music is maximun culture.  Long life to metal music.

  • Sly

    Where can I get a metal evolution family tree style 

  • Luc Tardif

    Metal Evolution was sensational, showed that there is a lot more to metal than the media sensationalism. What a labour of love.

  • jdanielgallagher

    I wonder if anyone has come across this Australian “study”, (someone has a sense of humour, or the Devil had a hand in it),
    for which the press release headline was
    “Heavy metal music has negative impacts on youth”.
    “A senior lecturer in Music Therapy at the Melbourne Conservatorium of
    Music, Dr Katrina McFerran is immersed in a new study that aims to find out why
    some young people use heavy metal music in a negative way.”
    My position is that this is part of the PMRC continuum, and like the “Tipper Sticker”, we could see the “Katrina Sticker” warning the would-be listener that the music could be damaging to their mental health.
    No wonder one becomes depressed at times and needs a good dose of Sabbath (my generation) or Portal.

  • Joe Dooley

    so what would sam dunn classify The Darkness as?? in reference to a series called metal evolution which has been recently shown ABC2 in Australia

  • Waza58

    Just finished watching the Metal Evolution series on ABC2 in Australia. Fantastic series and bought back many memories of days gone by.

    Great work on this and i look forward to your future productions.

  • Griff25007

    brother you keep metal alive. i am just a little younger than ya so my start was ac dc and hair shit,untill i heard justice for all then everything changed and i was a metal head.  you are the most interesting guy i could ever talk to so keep asking my heros all the right questions.  tell king and hetfield that if they put it out i will listen!!


  • tank

    Where is ac/dc? U claim maiden are the biggest metal band yet evry piece of fvidence points to dc, yet where are they?
    Most albums sold, film credits, influence on other artists etc etc,
    Back in black is also one of the most
    complete albums ever writen and what of led zep?

    • Anon Ymous

      AC/DC is hard rock, not metal. Iron Maiden is still the biggest.

      • tank

        So why where glam and prog rock mentioned and what is the difference betw3n saxon, g n r and acdc? Where do u draw the line between hard rock and metal? They are trulz one and the same but in different genres, is linkin park more metal than dc? What is the point ôf this docu if its not accurate and bised?

  • Jonne Palenius

    Mr. Dunn.. Where is Hanoi Rocks. Should be in glam metal? Slash and many others have said there couldn´t be GNR, Poison, Ratt, etc. without Hanoi. Hanoi Rocks´ influence can be seen in whole genre, still.
    Come on!

    -Greetings from Finland

  • Robert g.

    sam can you make a 30 minute documentry on growing up with metal in our lives how there were struggles when one kid had been made fun of hold it in all day then came home to listen to metal that made parents call it shit please help pepole under stand but i live in san antoino were it is a struggle becuase there are millions of metal heads but more ignorant shit tards that think were to be killed. can banger films do this.m/

  • Metalfreak

    the documentary about powermetal was so stupid ,i have no idea how an antropologist like sam dunn can think what he showed in this episode is powermetal,the first real powermetalalbums are released by metal church,vicious rumors and helstar,we the people in europe we dont see in blind guardian ,helloween strarovarius real powermetalbands they are melodic speed or symphonic metalbands they only real powermetal band with success is iced earth .

  • Metalfreak

    the powermetal documentary was so dissapointing,please sam read on wikipedia there is more written about powermetal not the stupid thing what you showed in this episode vicious rumors,metal church,helstar,early savatage, early jag panzer this is real powermetal what iced earth in the end mixed with maiden and metallica influences,this stupid rhapsody,stratovarius,helloween thing we the metalfans in europe we dont see this bands as powermetalbands also blindguardian is melodicspeed influenced from helloween but this is not real powermetal,but is trendy in europe to sell every stupid melodic rock band as powermetal

    • Admin

      Hey, thanks for the comment(s). Clearly you are yet another passionate metalhead and we admire your loyalty to your chosen genre. Our small army of demonic researchers chose to communicate directly to the bands themselves in order to gauge first hand what their influences are/were and how they even referred to themselves (power/symph, whatever). We were less interested in simply listing off a boat load of bands that may or may not fit into a ‘power metal’ genre box. You can use Wikipedia for that.

      Also you’ll find I removed your more recent posts which were just repeated the same moaning and whining which you’ve already communicated in the message above. :) As always, thank you for engaging our website.

      Keep it Brutal!!

      • tank

        Lifespan of the bands? Christ dc have been aroumd longer than than most of their contemporaries! Even ur beloved maiden, problem is there wasnt a section u could fit them in unless u put them in with founders, such as sabbath and any hint of rock goes out of the window with the death of bon scott and the arival of back in black! I love most rock and metal and have done so since the seventies, i understand u have ur favourite bands as have i, but unless a true picture is por

  • Metalfreak

    on the documentary about the nwobhm i missed that nothing was to say about the success of the other bands only and always iron maiden,i respect that this is your favourite band but sometimes i think you dont know very less of heavy metal music

  • Hansenfamily1234

    Thanks Sam,

    I appreciate that you’re doing “rock” umendataries (I love them).  Keep up the good work.

    I have a 13 year old son that I am trying to “steer” him into heavier music.  He is very talented.  I am trying to also*”guide” him into guitar based music, but am battling with (M&M, etc). 

    Any suggestions?


    PS First, and favorite song, Ride the Lightning!

  • Metalfreak

    about this totally stupid powermetal documentary sam dunn think nightwish is powermetal this has more to do with symphonic rock and symphonic metal and is also nearer to some gothic styles as to do something with powermetal ,sam dunn has no idea of what hes talking about because the first real powermetal came from america and was not so cheesy like they in europe all trendy selled melodicgroups,

  • Metalfreak

    bands like iced earth,communic ,nevermore these are real powermetal bands in the style of the founders vicious rumors,metal church ,savatage all the stupid stuff like rhapsody or stratovarius is symphonic metal but mr sam dunn make documentarys about heavy metal without any know how,

  • Admin

      Hi Tank, that is a good question. “Where do you draw the line” between some of these bands? You can bet there were countless hours of seance rituals and debate during each and every episode as we carved ritualistic runes in our flesh in order to come to a consensus. Often we would look at the lifespan of the band in question and more importantly, what did the bands themselves have to say about their style of music and the styles of their influences. In the end we will always end up making decisions that might not sit well for everyone. Keep Raging!!

    • tank

      Lifespan of the bands? Christ dc have been aroumd longer than than most of their contemporaries! Even ur beloved maiden, problem is there wasnt a section u could fit them in unless u put them in with founders, such as sabbath and any hint of rock goes out of the window with the death of bon scott and the arival of back in black! I love most rock and metal and have done so since the seventies, i understand u have ur favourite bands as have i, but unless a true picture is por

  • Metalfreak

    communic,iced earth,metal church,nevermore ,these are the real powermetalbands and not too forget iced earth

  • Metalfreak

    i saw the documentary about prog how can sam dunn always talk with his favorite bands and why he is not thinking about who count really. so mr sam dunn who has no idea about heavy metal the real founders of progressivmetal are fates warning and thats absolutely dissapointing to hear not one word about that but sam dunn has no idea of what hes talking about also i missed to hear something about opeth noone cares about the stupid dillinger escape plan

  • Metalfreak

    mr sam dunn knows nothing about heavy metal he make only interwiews with his favourite bands iron maiden,rush,mastodon and testament thats not a documentary thats only interwiews with his favorite bands

  • Metalfreak

    rush are the best progrock band in the world but fates warning were the founders of progressivmetal they mixed progressive rock with iron maiden influences long before queensryche came out but mr sam dunn who has no idea about heavy metal said nothing about that in his documentary

  • Metalfreak

    this powermetal documentary what for bullshit kamelot nightwish rhapsody these are all symphonic metal bands and have absolutely nothing to do with powermetal iced metalchurch viciousrumors helstar this is real powermetal mr sam dunn is a fan who knows anything about heavy metal

  • Metalfreak

    mr sam dunn powered so much money in this documentarys but he has no idea about that you have to read first wikipedia than you can ask some drunken fans on wacken

  • Metalfreak

    dillinger escape plan what the hell has this to do with progressivemetal stupid noise of a band also in this documentarys we saw cover of rhapsody or blind guardian who having absolutely nothing to do with progressive metal mr sam dunn is only a fan but not an expert of heavy metal music and he is making documentarys what are not correct if mr dunn is only a fan who knows nothing about heavy metal he should read wikipedia before he bring so stupid things on dvd

  • Metalfreak

    fates warning were the founders of progressive metal and in the middle of queensryche success and dream theater success they selled the most  also their videos commercial videos we saw on mtv so mr sam dunn you know anything about heavy metal

    • Dan

       Metalfreak, Take Wikipedia and shove it up your ass and shut the fuck up. What the hell is wrong with you? Can you block this moron somehow?

  • Metalfreak

    i think the nu metal documentary were the documentary with the best informations also shock rock was very dissapointing no real interwiews about managing all the the rock theaters no one believ that this bands can do that with a good manager behind to organize im sure that by marilyn manson trent raznor had some ideas

  • Deadli_sinners

    sam, youre a fucking legend! i can hardly wait to see your next doco!

  • Metalfreak

    by the powermetal documentary was also so stupid to bring scorpions and accept this pure metal thing has absolutely nothing to do with powermetal mr sam dummy, metal church  vicious rumors  helstar  old helloween  brainstorm  mysticprophecy   triosphere communic  nevermore these are powermetalbands all in the stupid documentary  like stratovarius   or  rhapsody or nightwish these are all very successful symphonic metal bands including kamelot

  • Metalfreak


  • Mossgrinder

    Thanks for the Metal Evolution series, nice job, almost impossible to please everybody. Opinions are like a-holes, everyone has one. Me too. From nu metal (hate it too) episode there was missing one important band: Helmet. Check out Strap It On (´90) and Meantime (´92) albums. Page Hamilton said “…it’s frustrating that people write [us] off because we’re affliated with or credited with or discredited with creating nu-metal and rap metal or whatever the fuck it is, which we sound nothing like. I don’t sit around worrying about that stuff. (Loud Mag)
    Black Top:
    In the Meantime

  • Chbdms

    As a Big Fan of Banger Films, your fans demand Black T shirts with graphics with the Metal Evolution  “Heavy Metal Family Tree”. 

  • Whiplasher

    Thanks for Metal Evolution.  Great Job  

    Greetings from Germany

  • SeattleJohn

    Just wanted to thank you for the creation of “Metal Evolution”. I’ve been a huge metalhead since I was 7, was into Dio, Rainbow, Sabbath, etc. However, like Sam, Power Metal was a complete mystery to me (I’m from the US), as it’s been strangely absent from the US markets. However, thanks to that episode, I’ve discovered great bands I didn’t even know existed. I’m currently checking out the catalogs of HammerFall, Blind Guardian & Stratovarius, and I’m really digging their music. Thanks!

  • N’Donna R Russell

    Dear Sam Dunn,

    I want to take the time to say thank you for all the work that you’ve done, and that you’ve inspired me not only as an Anthropology student, but as a human being. While I wouldn’t say I’m a Metal enthusiast, the documentaries “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” and especially “Global Metal” took my breath away. They were so well done, enjoyable to watch, and I still tear up when I see the final scene of global metal with the Iron Maiden concert in India. While my interests lie in Urban Culture as well as Japanese culture (particularly with youth), it’s films like that that encourage me to follow through with my dreams, even though my interests may not be so traditional in the scope of Anthropological study. If I work hard at it, then I can achieve. Also, I’m even more thrilled that you’re an Alumni of my university – people know you are here! It makes me want to work harder even more.

    Please, please, keep doing what you are doing, and I’m really looking forward to your upcoming documentaries. Thank you again for all that you do, and you are an inspiration to me!

  • Erin

    Sick cover photo! I used to eat there every weekend when I was stationed in Tucson! Cooperstown has the best fries, I fell in love with that Dio jersey they have there…

  • Tyranum

    Sam (and crew), Just wanted to say thanks for all the great Doc’s. I’ve seen all the metal ones and the Rush one is next on my list. “Iron Maiden Flight 666″ is not just my favourite doc…It is one of my favourite movies period. As a fellow Canuk, and devout Maiden fan I thank you. Now please do a Evolution of Metal season 2!! Keep Rockin’ Sam – Up the Irons m/

  • lnd22

    Just want to say thanks for documenting all of the music of my life. I have watched the metal evolution series. It is what I lived and what I loved. You documented what I would have if I had the ways and the means to do it. I just can’t thank you enough for the music docs. I wish I had the balls to do it myself but I am a 44 year old metal chick who is just a working stiff. Thanks again for getting out there and getting the job done! Rock on my man!!

  • Dal

    I love the idea of this series and respect the huge undertaking and research which has evidently gone into it. However, I have some serious misgivings about it.

    I think the mere fact that an entire episode is given to thrash and barely a shout to doom metal is extremely disappointing. This genre and its many subgenres has a very rich tapestry of influence which philosophically would have been wonderful to explore, focusing on an arguably more cerebral part of metal’s history.

  • Caity F

    Just letting you know that I just watched Global Metal and was very inspired. Slayer graffitti in Iran? Awesome! And the fans were so excited for that Iron Maiden concert in India I started getting a bit emotional. Can’t wait to see some of your upcoming projects, and thank you for showing that this country produces some of the coolest people in the world (literally coolest, if we’re talking about winter lol).

  • critical

    hey man, love the films and the series. Was never into much metal before the docs, but i really really enjoyed the look into the sound and its many sub-genres and became quite a bit of a fan off the back of your documentaries. However, i was disappointed there wasn’t a deeper look into the extreme ends of the sound in the TV series as this was pretty much the only stuff i ever really considered my self a fan of before watching the docs. I watched every episode in the series wishing that it would finally be the one, but alas it never came. I just saw the indiegogo page for the funds and noticed you didn’t reach the limit but i do hope you manage to finish it! Good luck!

  • Tousif

    hey sam I just want to say this u have done so many works on the genre METAL and it was incredible I hope u do the same great work and u deserve an oscar for Global metal. But what about Metalcore. Why didn’t do any documentary leaning towards this particular genre. But it was just a suggestion I appreciate all that u have done for metal and I am proud to say that I am a headbanger .

  • c.monty

    Hello! Is there any official source where to obtain the family tree? THX

  • headfridge

    Keep it up, Sam!
    I love your style.

  • Diogo

    Any updates on the Satan documentary? That should prove to be really interesting.
    Probably the concept with the wider number of interpretations in metal.

  • Britt

    Hey Sam!
    Wanted to say thanks for your amazing contribution to the metal community. Very awesome, keep it up!
    Lots of love from Drunken Duncan m/

  • Jack Towers

    Hey Sam.

    I’m a Huge fan of your shows, especially metal evolution.

    documentaries have been a massive moral boost to the metal community
    and I’d like to Personally thank you and Scot for opening my eyes to
    different kinds of metal, like Prog metal, (before the show came out I’d
    Never heard of Gojira before) and also, finally, someone sees my point
    of view on the fact that grunge is part of the metal family.

    Thanks for the Great show.


    I’ve noticed you put the Band Silverchair in under ‘Post Grunge’. I’d hate
    to be partial to music of my native Australia, but just cause they came out
    in 97′ doesn’t make them a Grunge Derivative

    P.P.S. How would you like to put out a metal evolution soundtrack? It could be something like a 5 disc comp. of all the key bands in heavy metal. if you’re interested email me at

  • James Clark

    Where’s the Satan documentary? I can’t wait! :-)

  • Lee Dolby

    I have developed a cd series based on the Metal Evolution tv series. I would love to get it published, and obtain the rights to use the songs and the M.E. name.
    It is 14 cd’s, running from Pre-Metal to Hard Rock of the 2010s.
    Lee Dolby
    Kernersville, NC, USA

  • Volga

    hey.. thank you so much for everything. and you should come to Turkey if you will make a new movie

  • UrbanCyclist666

    Would love to see another season of Metal Evolution. I really enjoyed season 1.

  • Johnny Ags

    Hey Sam,

    i’m a huge metal fun and i loved your movies a lot….but there’s only one problem I’m from limassol,cyprus and we have a really huge problem in the metal scene i could say that we are centuries behind and you are very welcome to come anytime and get some info . I also have an old school death metal band called procreation.