|CRADLE OF FILTH- TRUE NORWEGIAN BLACK METAL?|
Although the inclusion of episodes based entirely on proto-metal, grunge, nu-metal and whatever the hell shock rock is (a musical genre that basically includes any band that wears makeup) were baffling at best, Metal Evolution's biggest crime was ignoring anything heavier than Slayer and darker than Mercyful Fate. Considering the other two films spawned from Dunn's Banger Films acknowledged that real heavy metal lived past the '80s, this was frustrating to any viewer that actually knew the subject material.
The solution? Ask the fans to pay for the production costs of a single episode to cover death metal, black metal and grindcore.
With just a little over two days left on the Indiegogo page set up to funnel donations to Banger Films, the donation total sits at $35,214, well short of its $135,000 goal. It looks like the "lost" "Extreme Metal" episode won't be coming to fruition.
Good, I say.
Bands like Bathory and Death were both playing more or less full ahead versions of black metal and death metal respectively all the way back in 1987. Why, a quarter of a century later are we still acting like these two distinct movements (I refuse to use the umbrella term "extreme metal" to try and condense what accounts for more than half* of all metal bands that have ever existed) are ineffectual or mere footnotes? If the grunge movement warrants an entire episode in a TV series about heavy metal, shouldn't death metal receive at least two shows?
And once again, Sam, you forgot that doom metal is a thing.
*= As of writing Encyclopedia Metallum listed 87,871 bands in their database, 29,837 contain the word "death" in their genre tag and 21,870 contain "black."