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On September 7, CC Getty of the “Metalheads United” show on MetalNationRadio.com conducted an interview with Sam Dunn of Banger Films Inc.. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below.

Dunn is currently working on the “lost” episode of the “Metal Evolution” series focusing on “Extreme Metal”. The episode will take viewers on an unprecedented journey across Europe and North America to tell the story of metal’s most aggressive and misunderstood sub-genre.

After an enormously successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign raising nearly $40,000, Grammy-nominated and Juno-winning Banger Films is embarking on a final push to create the “Extreme Metal” episode.

“Our first Indiegogo campaign was a huge success and we were blown-away by the support of the metal community,” says Dunn. “The research, writing, travel and filming is now complete and we’ve captured some amazing interviews and footage. But we need to turn this footage into an episode!” The new campaign kicked off August 9. Details of the campaign, including a brand-new trailer featuring exclusive footage from Banger‘s “Extreme Metal” filming trip, can be found here.

Originally broadcast on VH1 Classic (USA) and Much More Music (Canada), Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn‘s series “Metal Evolution” presented 11 episodes based on the Heavy Metal Family Tree originally shown in their groundbreaking documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey”. Host and metalhead-turned-anthropologist Dunn crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40-plus year history, covering everything from the pre-history of metal and shock rock to grunge and thrash metal. But one very important episode was left out: “Extreme Metal”. “Some of the networks felt that extreme metal was too heavy or too niche. We’re out to prove that extreme metal is metal’s most vital sub-genre and that metal would probably die without it!,” says Dunn.

Tom Gabriel Warrior, legendary frontman for extreme metal bands HELLHAMMER, CELTIC FROST and TRIPTYKON, was interviewed by Dunn for the episode. “It was an absolute honor and a pleasure to host Sam and his outstanding team at my place in Zurich,” said Tom. “That extreme metal has been overlooked in this series so far is a scandal. This episode is utterly overdue!”

Bands appearing in the episode include VENOM, CELTIC FROST/HELLHAMMER, SLAYER, NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, DEATH, MORBID ANGEL, OBITUARY, DARKTHRONE, MAYHEM, EMPEROR, DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH, ENSLAVED, GOJIRA and more. The episode will also feature some renowned locations in the history of extreme metal, including Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, as well as travel footage from Norway, Switzerland, U.K., U.S., and Hellfest (France), one of the world’s biggest metal festivals.

Contributors’ support for the new Indiegogo campaign will cover costs of finishing the episode which includes editing, archival and music licensing, onlining, sound mixing and other post-production costs.

“People are often surprised by how much making quality film and TV costs,” says Dunn. “It requires a lot of hard work from a team of talented people to ensure we make the best possible show. ‘Extreme Metal’ deserves the same high-production value and attention to detail that we gave the other ‘Metal Evolution’ episodes. I’m not getting paid to make this episode but what matters to me is that the ‘Metal Evolution’ series is finally completed!”

For more information, visit BangerFilms.com.

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Clips from “Extreme Metal” episode of “Metal Evolution” series:

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Sam Dunn of Banger Films Inc. spoke with bassist Shane Embury of British grincore pioneers NAPALM DEATH for the “lost” episode of the “Metal Evolution” series focusing on “Extreme Metal”. The episode will take viewers on an unprecedented journey across Europe and North America to tell the story of metal’s most aggressive and misunderstood sub-genre.

In the clip below, Embury defines the ever-popular blast beat.

After an enormously successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign raising nearly $40,000, Grammy-nominated and Juno-winning Banger Films is embarking on a final push to create the “Extreme Metal” episode.

“Our first Indiegogo campaign was a huge success and we were blown-away by the support of the metal community,” says Banger Films co-founder Sam Dunn. “The research, writing, travel and filming is now complete and we’ve captured some amazing interviews and footage. But we need to turn this footage into an episode!” The new campaign kicked off August 9. Details of the campaign, including a brand-new trailer featuring exclusive footage from Banger‘s “Extreme Metal” filming trip, can be found here.

Originally broadcast on VH1 Classic (USA) and Much More Music (Canada), Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn‘s series “Metal Evolution” presented 11 episodes based on the Heavy Metal Family Tree originally shown in their groundbreaking documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey”. Host and metalhead-turned-anthropologist Dunn crisscrossed the globe exploring the vast history of heavy metal across its 40-plus year history, covering everything from the pre-history of metal and shock rock to grunge and thrash metal. But one very important episode was left out: “Extreme Metal”. “Some of the networks felt that extreme metal was too heavy or too niche. We’re out to prove that extreme metal is metal’s most vital sub-genre and that metal would probably die without it!,” says Dunn.

Tom Gabriel Warrior, legendary frontman for extreme metal bands HELLHAMMER, CELTIC FROST and TRIPTYKON, was interviewed by Dunn for the episode. “It was an absolute honor and a pleasure to host Sam and his outstanding team at my place in Zurich,” said Tom. “That extreme metal has been overlooked in this series so far is a scandal. This episode is utterly overdue!”

Bands appearing in the episode include VENOM, CELTIC FROST/HELLHAMMER, SLAYER, NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, DEATH, MORBID ANGEL, OBITUARY, DARKTHRONE, MAYHEM, EMPEROR, DIMMU BORGIR, CRADLE OF FILTH, ENSLAVED, GOJIRA and more. The episode will also feature some renowned locations in the history of extreme metal, including Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, as well as travel footage from Norway, Switzerland, U.K., U.S., and Hellfest (France), one of the world’s biggest metal festivals.

Contributors’ support for the new Indiegogo campaign will cover costs of finishing the episode which includes editing, archival and music licensing, onlining, sound mixing and other post-production costs.

“People are often surprised by how much making quality film and TV costs,” says Dunn. “It requires a lot of hard work from a team of talented people to ensure we make the best possible show. ‘Extreme Metal’ deserves the same high-production value and attention to detail that we gave the other ‘Metal Evolution’ episodes. I’m not getting paid to make this episode but what matters to me is that the ‘Metal Evolution’ series is finally completed!”

For more information, visit BangerFilms.com.

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Veteran rock journalists Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman recently spoke to the “Rock Book Show” about their recently published book, “Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal”. You can now watch the chat below.

Emerging from the blues and psychedelic rock of the 1960s and ’70s, heavy metal has been a driving force in music for nearly 50 years — known for its massive sound, extended guitar solos, and unrelenting intensity. Despite being critically reviled throughout its history, metal has stood the test of time with bands such as BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST and MÖTLEY CRÜE achieving legendary status, unfathomable wealth and exerting a profound influence on generations of musicians and fans. Unlike many forms of popular music, whose followers are fickle and transitory, metalheads tend to embrace their favorite bands and follow them over decades. Metal is not only a pastime — it’s a lifestyle.

“Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History Of Metal” (It Books; May 14, 2013; Hardcover; $32.50) was assembled from more than 300 interviews with members of METALLICA, MEGADETH, KORN, PANTERA, VAN HALEN, LIMP BIZKIT and many others, conducted over a 25-year span. Turman and Wiederhorn dug deep into their extensive list of contacts to uncover never- before-heard stories, eye-opening admissions and the truth behind metal’s most explosive legends. With an introduction by Scott Ian of ANTHRAX and an afterword by Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST, this is the book metal fans have been waiting for.

Icons of the genre offer candid and confessional commentary, including: Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Eddie Van Halen, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Lita Ford, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Axl Rose, Slash, Corey Taylor, Dave Mustaine, Chuck Schuldiner, King Diamond, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Kerry King, Philip Anselmo, Rob Zombie and more. The many musicians interviewed offer their take on their influences, touring, the music business and songwriting, as well as their often-traumatic upbringings, battles with substance abuse and bizarre sexual exploits. Industry insiders (including managers, record label executives, family members, friends, scenesters, groupies, journalists and porn stars) provide additional insight.

“Louder Than Hell” explores the transformation of metal culture, with stories and anecdotes straight from the mouths of the most infamous and successful bands. Filled with hundreds of revealing interviews representing every type and era of heavy metal — from metal progenitors such as BLUE CHEER, LED ZEPPELIN, and the MC5 to current day innovators including SLIPKNNOT, MASTODON and LAMB OF GOD“Louder Than Hell” is the ultimate look behind the curtain at one of our most dynamic, controversial and enduring musical genres.

Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE): “Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn know metal. ‘Louder Than Hell’ is an amazing gathering of different breeds of heavy metal rockers telling the tales metal fans want to hear.”

Alice Cooper: “This is the book every metal fan should own. A fascinating high-octane chronicle of metal mayhem that takes readers on a wild ride, from metal’s earliest days to the headbanging present. I’m not saying this just because I’m in the book, but . . . if you love metal, great stories, and music history told by the people who made it, then ‘Louder Than Hell’ is a must-read.”



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Continuing in their efforts to fund the production of the “Lost Episode” of the Metal Evolution series, Banger Films is offering fans for the first time ever an extended cut of director Sam Dunn’s interview with Norwegian black metal vocalist Gaahl, past member of Gorgoroth and currently with God Seed.

Gaahl’s interview has been cited as one of the most compelling and entertaining interviews Sam Dunn has ever conducted. The video will be delivered digitally when the crowd funding campaign wraps up in mid-December.

In 2004 Sam, Scot, and the Banger Films crew traveled to Bergen, Norway to interview Gaahl for their groundbreaking documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.” According to Dunn, “as the crew started to set up cameras, lights, etc… Gaahl insisted that everyone move to the wine cellar where the room is lit only by candlelight.” What resulted is one of the most memorable interviews in the history of metal documentaries.

Banger Films has issued a call to arms to the global metal community to help make the “Lost Episode” of the Metal Evolution series by means of a crowd funding campaign on IndieGoGo. For just $5.00 fans can pre-order the episode which will be delivered to them via secure e-mail link once the production is finished. There are other campaign perks available as well, such as the opportunity to have renowned artist Vince Locke design an exclusive custom tattoo and have Banger Films cover the ink costs. For more information and to find out how you can help make this episode happen visit this location.

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Washington, DC-based heavy metallers A Sound of Thunder have begun work on their third full-length album entitled “Time’s Arrow.” The band has entered Assembly Line Studios with producer Kevin “131″ Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven). With the same band line-up, producer, and studio that created 2012′ “Out of the Darkness” (reviewed here), “Time’s Arrow “features 11 new songs combining rousing and catchy traditional metal with crushing modern production. “Time’s Arrow” will release in early 2013 and is the subject of the band’s current Kickstarter campaign.

Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden, Wolfsbane) makes an appearance on the album, performing a duet with vocalist Nina Osegueda on the track “My Disease.” Guitarist Josh Schwartz comments, “Blaze is a legendary figure in the history of metal, but more importantly he brings incredible power, passion and sincerity to his performances, and that’s exactly what we needed on this song. Musically it has little in common with Maiden, and sounds more like a cross between Black Sabbath and Blaze’s first few solo albums…and of course A Sound of Thunder.”

Bayley also commented: “It has been a real pleasure to work on this song. Filled with passion and intensity, it has an edge. I wish A Sound of Thunder the very best of luck with their project, but with a song this good, I don’t think they will need luck.”

On August 20th, 2012 A Sound of Thunder started a Kickstarter.com fundraiser campaign for the recording of “Time’s Arrow.” The campaign will run for 30 days and offers fans a chance to pre-order the album, have their name printed in the album booklet, reserve an ultra-limited box set edition of the album, and acquire unique and rare items from the band. Video at the band’s Kickstarter page contains the first clips from the new album.

The band has also announced a second new release, the “Queen of Hell” EP, due out in November. Also recorded at Assembly Line Studios with producer Kevin “131″ Gutierrez, the “Queen of Hell” EP contains four new tracks and is only available via the band’s Kickstarter campaign.

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Canadian rock/metal site PureGrainAudio.com recently debuted a column entitled “…And Justice For Art”, a new series focused on exploring every detail behind the making of some of the most stunning cover artworks in the history of metal music. The first installment of the series, which we posted earlier this month, explored the impact that cover artwork can have on the overall album experience and tapped the brain of famed artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Atheist, Sigh) as well as members of Archaios and Cormorant. The second edition to the series got a bit more in-depth and examined the creation of the artwork for Death’s “Symbolic.”

Part Three, which can be found here, sees Kantor discussing his work on the cover for Sigh’s newest album, “In Somniphobia.” Next week, the series will examine the visual accompaniment to CORMORANT’s Dwellings. “…And Justice For Art” is the result of writer Ramon Martos-Garcia, who is also known in the underground scene for his involvement with third world metal bands like Archaios, Divinis Invocat and the indie record label Dark Canvas Records.

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Forty years of hard rock and heavy metal to page and click through: with “History Of Metal”, the music magazine Metal Hammer explores the roots and development of hard rock music and presents the history of heavy metal to music fans as an interactive iPad app in two languages.

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Finnish metal superstars Children of Bodom have inked a worldwide recording deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The celebrated metal label — which worked with the band over the early stages of its career — is proud to announce the renewed partnership. Children of Bodom kicked off a year long celebration of its 15th anniversary with a successful North American tour alongside label mates Eluveitie and now has a new studio album planned for release in 2013.

“We had a good, long, productive run with Spinefarm Records for fifteen years and now it’s simply just time for a change,” said Children of Bodom front man / guitarist Alexi “Wildchild” Laiho. “I’m absolutely stoked to start the new chapter of COB’s career with Nuclear Blast and look forward to working with them.”

“Personally, I am so excited to work with Nuclear Blast again,” adds COB bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith. “We have such good memories from the beginning of our career with them. We know the people already and we know how committed they are in doing metal!”

Nuclear Blast Europe A&R rep Jaap Wagemaker shares: “15 years ago we were introduced to a very young band from Finland who blew us away with their track ‘Deadnight Warrior’ from their debut album Something Wild. And their music was indeed something wild! Fast-tapping guitar work combined with incredible keyboards and angry vocals…it was the start of the career of Children of Bodom. Nuclear Blast released their first three albums outside of Finland: Something Wild, Hatebreeder and Follow The Reaper; albums that became classics in the history of metal. Unfortunately, after the third album, we went separate ways but we have always been following them and stayed in contact. Children of Bodom became a very big band worldwide and now the time has come to welcome them back home! We at Nuclear Blast are very happy to see Children of Bodom rejoining the Nuclear family and are looking forward to working their next albums. You can be sure that ‘something wild’ will come your way!”

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Riot guitarist and founding member Mark Reale passed away yesterday (January 25th) due to complications from Crohn’s disease. He was fifty seven years old. He had been in a coma since January 11th as a result of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He had battled the disease for most of his life, and was bravely attempting to practice to perform with the band at their scheduled shows, before his condition worsened. His band mates have issued the following statement:

“To friends and fans of Mark Reale and Riot, we are deeply saddened to confirm that Mark has lost his battle with a lifelong illness. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated by Mark’s family, friends, and bandmates at this difficult time.”

Metal Blade founder and CEO Brian Slagel commented:

“I was a huge fan of Riot’s Fire Down Under album and got to interview them for my fanzine. Great guys and I was lucky enough to finally re-issue Fire Down Under and the other early Riot albums on Metal Blade. We signed the band for their second run, so to speak, and put out some records in the ’90s that did well, especially in Europe and Japan. It was a pleasure working with them and Mark was always a kind soul — an amazing player who really has a big time place in the history of metal. One of the really nice guys who put out some incredible stuff.”

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As Judas Priest will be hitting the road this year for their reported final tour, it’s appropriate to wander back to their 1977 masterwork, Sin After Sin.

Sin After Sin was, at one time, an acquired taste in Priest’s catalog. While it remains one of their all-time heaviest and most polished recordings, most fans picked up with the band either via British Steel and Hell Bent For Leather or Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith. Those albums are slicker, louder and filled with iconic heavy metal classics. Sin After Sin is iconic itself, but you really had to dig backwards when learning the history of metal in order to appreciate their grinding “Dissident Aggressor” (made popular by benefit of Slayer’s cover) and the banging “Sinner,” “Race With the Devil” and “Starbreaker.”

A bit more refined than the over-the-top bludgeoning and tunefulness of their later work, Sin After Sin is a portal into a heavy metal wonderland, in sound by “Last Rose of Summer” and visually by the album’s escapist artwork. I have a great fondness for a lot of the older, detailed paintings gracing Judas Priest’s albums, in particular for Sad Wings of Destiny, Rocka Rolla and the Hero Hero compilation. I’m most fond, however, of the minimalist copier paper trail to infinitum found on Point of Entry. As a writer, that triggers my neurons and sends them scampering in search of that elusive vanishing point.

Yet the Sin After Sin album cover may provoke the most imagination of any of Priest’s albums. I think of Heavy Metal the magazine, I think of Arthur’s fadeout in Excalibur and I think of lust and desire, depicted in the abstract forms found at the sepulchure’s portal on this cover. One must deal with temptation from both sides when approaching the tomb, which really strikes my fancy.

Seduction and damnation await all who enter, and yet the Sin After Sin cover makes you want to see more, particularly to see if there’s a payout to the suggested sex by the translucent girl parting her legs to the side. What’s she hiding between her thighs? Kind of reminds you of an installment of Den from the pages of Heavy Metal, yes? With the devil obscura towards panel left, you get the feeling there’s pain coming with the pleasure, woe be to your genitalia…

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