Review-” Inside Metal” is a must own for any metal fan. This 76 minute journey, takes us back to the heyday of music, the eighties. They briefly cover topics such as, The PMRC, The Rise of Yngwie Malmsteen, the sessions for the charity song Stars, the LA Strip and so much more. The panel of people to discuss it are featuring Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot, Ratt), Jack Russell (Great White), Don Dokken (Dokken), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Chris Holmes and Randy Piper (W.A.S.P.), John Bush (Anthrax and Armored Saint) and Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Mike Inez (Alice In Chains), Gene Hoglan (Testament, Fear Factory and Dethklok), Ron Keel (Steeler, Keel) and many more. I will say right now, the biggest negative was that they did not cover the topics more in depth. I would have loved this to be longer, and for topics like the fight with Tipper Gore to have been more than just a passing thought. I can remember, what that day meant to music. I can remember, that the warning label stickers, became a very popular t shirt.
I was happy that they covered Yngwie. We all know what a great player he is, and how gifted his fingers on that guitar are. I just wish, they could have had the man himself talk on here. I am pretty sure in 2012, he had some free moments to spare. I love this documentary better than the VH1 one that explored all the facets and subgenres of metal. I felt the VH1 and Sam had an agenda and wanted to feature only people who would pay to do it. To make money off your art in the form of a sheep is always a clever living to make. This documentary, makes me crave to see the other documentaries in this series to see what they have to offer. It was good to see Randy Piper looking alive. Chris Holmes though, still looks bat shit insane. I bet if Chris Holmes cut his finger and blood came out of the cut, everyone around him would be drunk by the smell alone. All in all, if you are a metal fan, this is a good little stroll down the 80’s and so worth giving it a look or purchase. There were some surprise interviews on here that really made me happy. The bonus features contains a little more footage in the form of deleted scenes. I really cannot recommend this enough to the metal fan, as you have read.
9 out of 10