Iron Maiden And The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (DVD)
Released: 2008, Chrome Dreams
Normally, I would not waste my money on certain DVD’s, however, this DVD looked interesting and was very affordable. This low budget, low-key documentary was released in 2008 and was produced by Chrome Dreams, the same group that produced the thrash documentary, AURAL AMPHETAMINE .
The standard DVD package had no booklet and a pretty shoddy cover art. There are many, many of these styles of documentaries that seek to capitalize on the name of bands and yet do not have permission. There are a pair of indicators that IRON MAIDEN AND THE NEW WAVE OF BRITISH HEAVY METAL is one of those DVD’s . First, the font of the word Iron Maiden on the cover is not the font used by the band. It is designed to look similar, perhaps even to fool the untrained eye, but obviously they could not use the bands patented (or trademarked font) so they compensated. Second clue, a little more obvious, on the back of the case it’s says it is not authorized. At least the producers were honest and stated that upfront, probably a legality.
Be that as it may, anyone can make a documentary and this one is actually very well done. The movie is largely anchored by interviews with a number of British Rock/Metal journalists and the whole thing had a BBC documentary fell to it. That is partly aided by the fact that former BBC DJ, Nicky Moore narrates the film. The production values are decent, lots of archival footage and talking head shots. The pace is calm and even a little slow, quite measured…in other words, very British.
In terms of Metal credibility this documentary has it in spades. Many of the titans of British Metal journalism contribute thoughtful commentary and trivia throughout the entire film. People like Malcom Dome, Jerry Ewing, Geoff Barton, Neal Kay, Joel McIver and more. In terms of musicians there are a few who agreed to contribute, including, Brian Talter (Diamond Head), Rob Weir (Tygers Of Pan-Tang), Chris Troy (Praying Mantis), Girlschool, Saxon, and ex-members of Iron Maiden.
While this documentary may not be as flashy as the Early Metal (UK) episode of Sam Dunn’s documentary series, METAL EVOLUTION it is certainly more in depth. While IRON MAIDEN AND THE NEW WAVE OF BRITISH HEAVY METAL may not be the most dynamic or flashy documentary, it’s calm intellect and thorough research make this one of the best documentaries on this scene, that I have seen.