Sam Dunn is a man who may have single handedly made more of an impact on Heavy Metal than anyone else in the business. This Toronto-based hard music aficionado, musician and anthropologist has produced, directed and hosted many ground-breaking documentaries on the subject of metal, plus took on the daunting task of mapping out the genre’s innumerable sub categories with a thoroughly comprehensive chart. With much-loved films to his credit (‘Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey’, ‘Iron Maiden: Flight 666’, ‘Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage’), he discusses with us how metal fans can now help to create his next work ‘Extreme Metal: The Lost Episode’. Sam also elaborates on what he and his crew are up to currently, his work with Alice Cooper, plus future projects. Watch now, learn about this amazing man and his deep passion for music, and see why he needs your help!
Casey Jones has self-released Start to Finish, a documentary that chronicles the life and death of the band, with a pick-your-price option – it can be purchased for a range of prices from $5 to $20. The straight-edge hardcore band from Jacksonville, Florida called it quits earlier this year and what better way to say goodbye to the fans than through a documentary-style video retrospective?
This Blu-Ray disc captures, The Raconteurs, (fronted by Jack White of White Stripes fame) at the 2008 Montreux festival where they entertained the capacity crowd with their brand of raw, gritty rock and roll. The performance was part of a tour in support of their second release, Consolers Of The Lonely and it really showcases the band in what I feel was the highlight of their career. The movie includes fantastic, passion-filled performances of hits such as “Broken Boy Soldier”, “Salute Your Solution” and many more.
Does the world need another Iron Maiden live video or album? Hell yes!!! Especially if it possesses the lavish visual quality of their latest offering En Vivo!. Filmed at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago de Chile during their 2011 world tour in support of the The Final Frontier album, this concert offers everything Maiden fans would die for. The well-balanced set list mixes classics like “The Trooper”, “Hollowed be Thy Name” and “The Wicker Man” with some the band’s recent material, including “The Talisman”, “When The Wild Wind Blows” and “El Dorado”.
Just when I thought I’d seen it all, I received a DVD copy of the independent comedic horror/suspense movie, Clown Hunt. As the name suggests, it’s a movie about a world in which clowns are hunted for sport and food; much like many hunt deer, bear and other forest animals. And as with the real world, over-hunting has decimated the population of huntable clowns and their numbers have gotten frighteningly low. It’s interesting to see clowns, in full clown regalia running in the Savannah alongside wild horses and giraffes. I am a clown hunting novice for sure – I didn’t even know that there were two clown seasons; happy clown season and sad clown season, and the repercussions for hunting out of season clowns can be harsh.
Think Cheech and Chong meets ‘Friday’ and you might be able to get a good idea of what this movie is like. It’s basically the story of two ne’er-do-well stoner security guards Left & Loose who smoke insane amounts of weed from modified gas mask bongs and work, (if that’s what you want to call it) as security guards in a parking garage. This is not your everyday, average parking garage though, because as fortune might have it for our two main characters, this garage is the location of a massive grow house and storage facility for some big time drug dealers. I won’t spoil the rest of the plot, but these two bumble heads manage to get themselves involved in all manner of things with some hilarious outcomes.
House of Flesh Mannequins is a very interesting and extremely disturbing movie; it’s flat out creepy on just about every level and left me wanting a shower to remove the scum I felt I’d accumulated during the viewing. Let me see if I can explain a bit.
Originally broadcast last year by the BBC in celebration of Queen’s 40th Anniversary, Days Of Our Lives has been presented to audiences as “the definitive documentary” about this iconic British rock band. Trying to comprise decades of vital rock history in just 2:30 hours was a task of monumental proportions, but director Matt O’Casey (mastermind behind the BBC series ‘I’m in a Rock N’ Roll band’) accepted the challenge and emerged mostly victorious.
Since its inception in 1995, The Vans Warped Tour has been crisscrossing the country every summer bringing with it a mixture of up-and-coming bands and well-established musical acts. Over the years many groups have gotten their first real exposure while playing on the tour and the list of artists who have played its stages reads like a who’s who of the music world.
With the electrifying performance of the legendary band Fishbone in the opening scene of this fascinating documentary, director Raymond Gayle effectively establishes and proves his point: black musicians REALLY rock and oh boy… they rock hard!
This Blu-ray captures legendary guitarist Al Di Meola live in Morocco in 2009. Di Meola takes center stage surrounded by an unbelievably talented group of musicians. As a self-proclaimed hack guitarist, I found myself in absolute awe watching how effortlessly Di Meola moves about the frets of his acoustic guitar; it’s truly astounding what he is capable of. Di Meola’s performance is beautifully accented by a stage drenched in rich, vibrant colors and tons of slides and images of Morocco.
In 2009, following the devastating fires that swept through Greece, as well as many other places around the world, the concept for the Earth Is calling Us EP was devised, and the need to take action and help reforestation was fully realised In December 2010, the EP was released as Katerina’s first solo project with friend Gina playing the guitar, Maria Roka on bass and Tolis Toleas on drums.
The New York Dolls were one of the most influential bands to emerge from the ’70s music scene. Their direct impact on the punk movement is widely acknowledged and more than obvious but even now, more than 30 years later, their influences can be found. Lookin’ Fine On Television is a series of interviews and performances that captures the rawness and the energy of the cross dressing, gender bending visionaries, David Johansen, Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Sylvain Sylvain, Arthur Kane.