Airing Tonight: “Metal Evolution Pt. 11: Progressive Metal”

They say that all good things must come to an end and that I fear is the case with the solid VH1 Classic documentary “Metal Evolution” the Sam Dunn put so much time and effort into. Tonight airs the final episode, the one that gives us the inside look at “Progressive Metal”. Have you enjoyed this series so far?

In This Episode: The series finale of Metal Evolution features the subgenre progressive metal. Metal was influenced by progressive rock, which used textured sounds and intricate arrangements while incorporating the rock element in its own distinctive way. Modern prog rock most often cites the influences of the percussive guitar-playing of Steve Hackett of Genesis, and the instrumentals of Yes. Meanwhile, King Crimson added much to the development of the genre. Prog rock came to the forefront with the Canadian band Rush which is profiled in a one-on-one with Geddy Lee while on tour in Cleveland, Ohio. The nineties introduced the groundbreaking, innovative sounds of the seminal band Tool who, being the elusive group they are, declined interviews and did not permit broadcast of their music for the documentary. Interviews with members of Queensrÿche, Dream Theater, Mastodon, Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan were also present (as taken from Wikipedia).

Much like the Power Metal stuff that was discussed in the previous weeks installment, I have a very strong personal attachment to the Progressive Metal genre. There are just too many bands that I am listening to today that fall under this particular genre specification such as Rush, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, and well…..far too many more. The down side is that this is the final episode of the series and there is no heavy emphasis on the Death Metal or Black Metal stuff. That much troubled me since each are vital genres in their own right and deserve to be expanded upon. Oh well, perhaps they will continue this eventually and give us this kind of program.

As discussed before on numerous occasions the widget below brings you to a few documentaries that I feel are very worth seeing. Maybe some are even on Netflix now so you don’t have to purchase them if you don’t want to.

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