Heavy Metal Britannia

This is another of the Britannia series of documentaries, the previous one I watched was Synth Britannia, which I wrote about a couple of posts back.

In this we follow heavy metal from it’s very early beginnings in England with bands like Budgie, Deep Purple, and of course Black Sabbath. There are plenty of interviews with many people including Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Lemmy, and Ozzy. And there is plenty of interesting footage and photos.

I learned a few interesting things such as how the term “heavy metal” was coined by William H. Burroughs in his “Naked Lunch” book. Steppenwolf then used it in their song “Born To Be Wild”. However, to check the story on the interwebs I came up with this article which tells a different and not conclusive tale.

I also learned that it was Judas Priest who started the whole leather, gun belts, and plenty-of-studs look that defined how a heavy metal band should look. And I learned that many of these heavy metal chaps are quite nice fellows who just love what they do…always the best way to be. Rob Halford is a very likeable fellow, and Ozzy is just plain funny.

Rob Halford

Definitely a must-watch for metal fans, and an education for those who know little about one of the happiest forms of music there is (I can attest to that).

Date watched: October 28th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2018: 71

Nile – At the Gates of Sethu

This is the lastest album from a metal band I like called Nile.

Nile are heavily influenced by Egyptology so their music sometimes uses Egyptian instruments and the lyrics are all about Pharoahs, Mummies, Egyptian mythology etc. Their first few albums were some of the fastest metal releases around, with one of the fastest drummers in the metal world. This album though slows down a bit and doesn’t really work for me. I liked this band because they were fast yet quite melodic at the same time, melodic by metal standards at least.

So I am a bit disappointed. It’s alright but could have been much better:

Album count 2012: 34
Score: 6.5/10

Arch Enemy – Rise of the Tyrant

I found this Swedish band at a Tower Records in Tokyo, at a listening station. It sounded good so I bought the album. The album I bought though had the original singer, a dude with a good metal voice. The band kicked him out as they said he was not a good frontman and replaced him with Angela Gossow, a German music journalist who impressed them with her growls. And she turned out to be one of the best vocalists in metal, whether man or woman. This album though is a little disappointing compared with other albums but it is growing on me.

Score: 7.5/10
Album count 2010: 15