New York Times - 04/21/2006
"[S]incere....Mr. Dunn and his colleagues dig up some interesting information during their inquiry..."
Total Film - 06/01/2006 3 stars out of 5 -- "Metal fans will love it, though actually liking the music certainly isn't a prerequisite to finding A HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY engrossing, horrifying and -- yes -- funny."
Los Angeles Times - 04/14/2006
"Canadian anthropologist Sam Dunn conducts a first-rate tour of musical metallurgy in the documentary METAL..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2006
"[METAL] makes a strong case for treating this enduringly popular, remarkably resilient pop subculture with more respect....Dunn applies both critical discipline and partisan passion to the subject."
Rolling Stone - 06/29/2006 3 stars out of 4 -- "Through live clips, a genealogy classifying its subgenres and interviews with the likes of Alice Cooper, Dunn parses all aspects of metal's culture."
Total Film - 09/01/2006 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] rarity: a heavy metal doc that resists the temptation to mock."
Ultimate DVD - 09/01/2006 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n energetic and enthusiastic audio and visual experience, that's as entertaining as it is enlightening."
Professional anthropologist and rabid heavy-metal fan Sam Dunn devoted himself to making the most complete portrait of the heavy metal scene every created; the result, METAL, A HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY, is a resounding success. Mixing his academic eye with his personal love for the genre, Dunn travels from the clubs of Sunset Boulevard to the dark forests of Norway in an attempt to understand the ongoing phenomenon of metal music. He tackles subjects of sexuality, religion, violence, and death, and talks to some of the superstars of the metal world, including Tony Iomii of Black Sabbath, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Lemmy of Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, and the members of Slipknot and Cannibal Corpse (whose albums have been banned in Australia). The highly engaging film provides fascinating history and insight for viewers unfamiliar with metal music while simultaneously offering up essential viewing for metalhead fanatics.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
Sam Dunn, a 30-year old anthropologist, decided to study the plight of a different culture, one he has been a part of since he was a 12-year-old: the culture of heavy metal. Sam sets out on a global journey to find out why this music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Along the way, Sam explores metals obsession with some of life's most provocative subjects - sexuality, religion, violence and death - and discovers some things about the culture that even he can't defend. Shot on location in the UK, Germany, Norway, Canada and the US, this documentary is the first of its kind. It is both a defense of a long-misunderstood art form and a window for the outsider into the spectacle that is heavy metal.