Speeding with the thunderous force that drives this kind of Metal comes the penultimate episode of “Metal Evolution” and I am speaking of nothing less than the glorious Power Metal which is one of it not my very favorite genre at the moment. Actually it has been for a number of years now so thank you VH1 Classic for delivering us this Sam Dunn documentary.
In This Episode:Completely alien to the genre, Sam Dunn sets off to find out what it’s all about, and why it’s so unfamiliar to him. Tracing its roots back to Europe, he analyzes the differences between traditional heavy metal and power metal, and identifies power metal’s ties to European classical music and the way in which power metal flourishes with metal festivals such as Germany’s Wacken Open Air and Slovenia’s Metal Camp. Notable interviews include Yngwie Malmsteen, members of Blind Guardian, HammerFall, Helloween, Rhapsody, Kamelot, DragonForce and the band that took Power Metal to number one on the European charts: Finland’s Nightwish (Tuomas Holopainen and former vocalist Tarja Turunen). (as taken from Wikipedia)
This is probably going to be my favorite episode of the series because the world is going to get a glimpse of some fantastic bands and let’s face it, when you live in the states you are not getting the level of exposure to this kind of stuff as much as you would had you lived abroad. Sit back and enjoy the ride my friends and then please do look into some of these groups. Trust me on this.
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It’s time to get shocking with VH1 Classic’s “Metal Evolution” series that reaches its “Shock Rock” episode with this evening’s airing. Are you a fan of this kind of stuff? I know I am.
In This Episode:Unlike any other genre profiled on the show, Shock Rock is defined by its visuals and public image, not by its sound. The genre has roots in Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Arthur Brown. This episode focuses on metal’s impact in pushing the envelope when it came to disturbing and horrific imagery and its place as Public Enemy #1 to conservative America. From its first major figure in Alice Cooper in the 1970s, to early black metal pioneers Venom and Mercyful Fate (featuring the vocal histrionics of lead singer King Diamond) in the 1980s, to Marilyn Manson, who was made a scapegoat for the Columbine High School massacre of 1999. Slipknot and Rammstein (copied from Wikipedia)
As I’ve not yet seen the show I am surprised that they are not citing KISS as a “Shock Rock” act but perhaps they don’t apply as to the definition that they are using. I guess I will know more by tomorrow. I always felt that Motley Crue was a Shock Rock band in the beginning as was W.A.S.P. and kind of chuckle at their citing both Venom and Mercyful Fate who were in my humble opinion more important to other genres as opposed to this one.
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The second sequel to the “Underworld” series continues with “Underworld: Awakening” and of course it stars the deadly Kate Beckinsale as Selene, the series heroine vampire. Having enjoyed all three of the films that preceded this one, I am very excited for it. Check out this basic premise that I copied from the film’s Wikipedia page:
“Six months after the events of Underworld: Evolution, humans have captured Selene during “The Purge”, a global military crusade to exterminate vampires and lycans. Vampires have waged guerrilla warfare against the government, but the humans have overrun them, forcing survivors to hide underground and resist the humans on their own.”
Of course the entry gives out more information that would end up making this a spoiler and I cannot allow that to happen so will close it up with the casting detail and the view that to learn the rest of the story you will just have to sit in the theaters of our fair metropolis. Well, if you don’t live in NYC like we do feel free to do that same thing in your own metropolis 🙂 So who else enjoyed this overall creepy premise and is excited for the next chapter?
Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a Death Dealer and a Vampire-Corvinus Strain Hybrid
Michael Ealy as Detective Sebastian
India Eisley as Eve, Selene and Michael’s Hybrid daughter.
Theo James as David, Selene’s Vampire ally
Stephen Rea as Dr. Jacob Lane, a Lycan-Corvinus Strain Hybrid
Kris Holden-Ried as Quint Lane, a powerful Lycan-Corvinus Strain Hybrid
Charles Dance as Thomas, a Vampire Elder and father of David.
Sandrine Holt as Lida
Catlin Adams as Olivia
Adam Greydon Reid as Alan
Scott Speedman as Michael Corvin, a Lycan-Vampire Hybrid
Wes Bentley as Edward Vronski, an Antigen scientist (uncredited).
The other chapters in this exciting series are all available on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Here are the links to some Amazon.com purchase points should you still need to check them out.
Hey Metal fiends, are you still following along with VH1 Classics “Metal Evolution” series? If so, then you will be excited to learn that tonight will air the episode that focuses on “Nu-Metal”. I realize that by saying that genre how several of you immediately lost interest but let’s give the show a look see to find out how it all ties together and what brought it about.
In This Episode:If hair metal was the antithesis of heavy metal purists in the eighties, that was delegated to nu metal in the late nineties. Likewise, if the keyboard was an instrument that such purists felt had no place in a heavy metal band, that disdain was now held by the incorporation of the turntable. Early influences came from bands such as Anthrax and their 1991 collaboration with Public Enemy, Faith No More, even thrashers such as Pantera whose riff-driven hooks were described as “groove metal”, and Sepultura with their 1996 album Roots are given credit. This spawned the rise of a new genre of music influenced by two seemingly opposing forces: Hip Hop and Hard Rock. Nu Metal broke ground and gave way to bands like Korn, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, and Limp Bizkit. At the height of its popularity the show documents the unfortunate events that conspired in Woodstock in 1999 which included performances by Korn, Rage Against the Machine and Limp Bizkit leading to Nu Metal’s decline soon thereafter. Yet the mantle has still been carried on by acts such as Linkin Park and Disturbed, among others. (taken from Wikipedia)
Don’t hate me for saying this but this is perhaps my least favorite of the genres that Metal has ever offered up. Like many of you I held groups like Limp Bizkit in contempt and felt that Korn and Rage only spoke to me on a couple of occasions. I’m comfortable in saying this to you because this music was not aimed at my particular demographic anyways and it certainly didn’t suffer without our support.
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Let’s get those flannel shirts opened and let the facial hair go scraggly as we head to Seattle for the latest installment of the “Metal Evolution” series by VH1 Classic and its “Grunge” episode. Depending on your age, I am wondering what this genre did for you as a fan of Hard and Heavy music.
In This Episode:On April 5, 1994, Kurt Cobain pressed a shotgun to his head and pulled the trigger extinguishing the life of one of rock’s most enigmatic but tortured geniuses and symbolically ending the storybook reign of grunge. In Episode 7 of Metal Evolution, Sam explores grunge, a.k.a. the Seattle Sound, from a decidedly fresher approach, inspiring two fundamental questions: “Why did grunge polarize the Metal community?” and “What are the true roots of grunge?” The Melvins, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam are featured in this episode, as well as post-grunge bands Creed and Nickelback.
Living in the USA when Grunge first made its appearance was like watching a number of styles of Metal you liked go away. I am not kidding because the emphasis was suddenly placed on this more simple form and barely a blink given to the stuff that I loved to much. I was in a band that was playing a blend of the now referred to Traditional Metal with dabs of Thrash to it and suddenly this sound was not on anyone’s interest plate. It was all Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and while I really enjoyed some of that stuff I sure didn’t want to see my favorite stuff be hidden away. Oh well. I am very interested in seeing how Dunn works this chapter out. Hopefully you are too.
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