93 minutes – Documentary
Release date: April 24, 2008
DVD Release date: November 4, 2008
Canadian distributor: Seville Pictures
Directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn set out to discover how the West’s most maligned musical genre heavy metal has impacted the world’s cultures beyond Europe and North America. The film follows metal fan and anthropologist Sam Dunn on a whirlwind journey through Asia, South America and the Middle East as he explores the underbelly of the world’s emerging extreme music scenes; from Indonesian death metal to Chinese black metal to Iranian thrash metal. Global Metal reveals a worldwide community of metalheads who aren’t just absorbing metal from the West they’re transforming it – creating a new form of cultural expression in societies dominated by conflict, corruption and mass-consumerism.