Metal Rock Films’ Flying V Doc Is A Widely Appealing Offering For Music Lovers, Metal Fans Alike

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The Flying V is without question one of the most iconic instruments in the history of modern rock.  Interestingly enough, the guitar did not start out at the fore of the industry.  That is where the guitar’s story starts in Metal Rock Films’ recently released rock-umentary Flying V.  Released in September, the 70-minute doc tells the guitar’s story from its humble beginnings to its more prominent place today in the rock realm.  The story itself makes this presentation worth watching at least once.  It will be discussed shortly.  The manner in which the documentary is told adds its own share of interest to the overall presentation.  It will be addressed a little later.  The doc’s editing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the documentary.  All things considered, they make Flying V a presentation that fans of the famed guitar will enjoy as much as music lovers in general.

Metal Rock Films’ recently released documentary Flying V is an interesting presentation that music aficionados and fans of the guitar alike will find worth watching at least once.  That is proven in part through the story at the center of the documentary.  The story in question is that of the famed, uniquely shaped guitar.  Audiences learn through the main feature that while the Flying V guitar enjoys superstar status today among rock and hard rock’s elite, that was not always the case.  In fact, it started out more popular among blues artists way back in the 1950s, before initially gaining its rock fame overseas.  As audiences learn, it would not be until at least the mid 1980s that it would start to rise to fame in the United States.  The whole thing ends with the narrator postulating the future of the Flying V guitar.  Odds are, the guitar’s future is bright, and it is sure to make plenty of great hits.

The story at the center of Flying V is itself reason enough for audiences to watch it at least once.  Adding to the interest is the fashion in which the story is presented.  The story is told largely through anecdotes shared by some of the guitarists who made the guitar famous.  Among them are musicians, such as James Hetfield (Metallica), KK Downing (Judas Priest), Kerry King (Slayer) and even Michael Schenker (Michael Schenker Group, Michael Schenker Fest, Scorpions, UFO).  Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) and Wolf Moffman (Accept) join that group to share their own comments about the guitar.  One of the most common sentiments that comes from the collective is how the guitar’s unique shape played a big part in the decision to give the guitar a chance.  One member of the group of interviewees even notes that the shape is actually helpful in sitting performance because it forces the guitarist to hold it in the style of classical guitar, which trains guitarists in a much different fashion than that of most “normal” guitars.  Other guitarists note how the shape looks for performances on stage and its general functionality in comparison to other guitars.  All of the noted anecdotes noted here and throughout the documentary are paired with occasional narration to advance the historical story of the Flying V even more.  The whole makes for its own share of engagement and entertainment.  Together with the story itself, the two elements give audiences even more reason to watch the program if even jut once.  They are collectively just one more part of what makes Flying V worth the watch.  The doc’s editing rounds out its most important aspects.

The editing used in Flying V is important in its own right because it is this aspect that brings everything full circle.  The interviews, the photos, the music; all of it is brought together through the editing.  It can be said here that the work put in with this element paid off.  The transitions between the interviews are seamless, and the use of the performance footage and photos within the interviews adds its own accent to the presentation.  The timing of that noted secondary content along with the interviews is handled very well throughout the program, ensuring even more, viewers’ engagement and entertainment.  The transitions between the interviews and narration segments are just as smooth as those between the interviews, and even between the interviews and their companion content.  The resultant effect of the solid editing is that the 70-minute program progresses without ever leaving viewers feeling left behind or lost with the story.  That effect, paired with the engagement that the story and the way in which it is delivered, makes the program in whole a documentary that while maybe independent, is still a presentation that music lovers and fans of the Flying V will equally enjoy.

Flying V, the recently released profile of the famed guitar by the same name, is an intriguing presentation.  It documents the famed guitar’s rise to fame within the rock and metal communities from its humble roots way back in the 1950s.  The manner in which the story is told is certain to entertain and engage viewers in its own right.  Much the same can be said of the documentary’s editing.  The editing brings everything together seamlessly within the bigger picture of the documentary.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the documentary.  All things considered, the documentary is a presentation that audiences will agree is worth watching at least once.  Flying V is available now.

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Metal Rock Films’ New Thrash Metal Retrospective Will Resonate With Thrash, Metal Aficionados

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Throughout their rich histories, the rock and metal communities have seen a lot of “hot spots” develop across America.  Seattle, during the 90s was the hub for the burgeoning “grunge” scene.  Atlanta, for decades has been its own hub for so many kinds of rock  and metal.  Sevendust calls Atlanta home as do the like of Stuck Mojo, The Black Crowes, and Mastodon.  New York City has often been known as one of the key cities (if not the key city) in which the hardcore punk movement started.  The San Francisco Bay area meanwhile is where the thrash metal scene got its start.  The Bay Area and the thrash scene that developed therein are the focus of the recently released independent “rock-umentary” Bay Area Godfathers.  Released Nov. 10 on DVD by Metal Rock Films, the 90 minute retrospective is a presentation that thrash metal fans will find worth watching at least occasionally.  That is proven in part through its central feature, which will be discussed shortly.  The pacing that results from the main feature’s presentation presented plays its own key part to the retrospective’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  The bonus content that accompanies the main feature adds some appeal to the overall presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Bay Area Godfathers.  All things considered, it is a presentation that serves as a good starting point in an examination of what is just one of metal’s many sub-genres.

Bay Area Godfathers is a presentation that thrash metal fans will find worth watching at least occasionally.  That is proven in part through the 90-minute program’s main feature.  The main feature follows the genre’s growth from its infancy in the early 80s to its growth in popularity in the late 80s.  Audiences learn through the presented history that the genre’s development was apparently somewhat unexpected.  That is because in the lat 70s and early 80s, pop, disco and other genres were still very prominent and popular in the San Francisco Bay area.  Even with those genres still being popular, audiences learn that there was a movement in the underground away from those more popular genres and acts and toward the heavier rock world.  The guerilla style presentation is not the spit-shined work that audiences might expect from say MTV, VH1 or ay of those well-known outlets.  The story is told through first hand accounts and stories of the musicians and bands that rose to popularity in the early days of thrash.  The interviews are captured with ordinary cameras.  There are no wireless microphones to amplify the speakers’ voices.  There is no editing to clean up the look and sound of the interviews.  They are presented wholly in a very distinct DIY fashion.  At the same time, the program is clearly segmented into specific portions (E.g. thrash’s early days, the division of punk and thrash, the growing popularity of thrash on rock radio and magazines).  That clear segmentation helps to keep viewers engaged and entertained throughout the course of the documentary.  Between this and the fact that the story is told mainly by those who were part of the genre’s evolution (in place of lots of third hand narration), and the video that helps tell the stories, this main feature in itself gives audiences quite a bit to appreciate.

While the main feature in Bay Area Godfathers mostly ensures viewers’ appeal, it is not a perfect presentation.  The pacing that results from the in-depth tale does suffer at points throughout the program.  While Bay Area Godfathers’ run time is listed at 90 minutes, there are times when it feels like it runs a little bit longer because of the pacing.  Whether that is due to the lack of that extra narration or maybe just a little bit too much in the way of anecdotes and stories is anyone’s guess.  Maybe it is the result of both of those elements.  Regardless, there are moments in the program that do feel as though they are dragging more so than at others.  Thankfully, that is not the case throughout.  That aside it is still noticeable, so it does detract from the documentary’s presentation at least to a point, just not enough to make the program fail.

Once audiences have made their way through the main feature of Bay Area Godfathers (or even before), they also have some bonus content to watch.  The documentary’s writing/directing/producing team of Bob Nalbandian and John Strednansky discusses favorite memories of the early days of the thrash metal scene in the bay area.  The men also share their thoughts on topics such as the impact of the scene on the overall metal community and why the pair even got started making its “Inside Metal” film series.  The history behind this aspect is interesting as it takes listeners briefly into the bigger history of the rock ad hard rock scene in California.  The discussion on the roots of the metal scene in the Bay Area in the early 80s shows the seriousness of the team’s dedication to the genre.  It is refreshing to hear from the men, that this was not just some pet project, but something that stemmed from their own love for the genre.  On a completely random note, as the men are talking (apparently in a hotel lobby) a figure walks to the elevators behind them in what looks like the outfit of the Kansas Jayhawks mascot outfit.  All that is visible from the camera angle is from the waist down, but it certainly makes for a funny moment as the mascot stands there pacing a little, waiting for the elevator as the men talk.  In discussing the favorite memories, Stradnansky talks about his first “Metal Monday” show, seeing Motley Crue and how that changed his life.  It is its own continued testament about the love that these men had for their project.  There are even discussions about favorite clubs, which adds to the discussions about the clubs featured in the documentary.  This enriches that aspect of the presentation even more.  Between this, so much more in the nearly 10-minute bonus and everything featured in the documentary’s main feature, this presentation proves itself a relatively entertaining and engaging presentation for thrash and metal aficionados in general. 

Metal Rock Films’ recently released thrash metal retrospective Bay Area Godfathers is a presentation that rock and metal aficionados alike will find intriguing.  They will find it as a presentation that is worth watching occasionally.  That is proven in part through its main feature, which takes viewers back through the early history of thrash metal in the San Francisco Bay area.  The rich, in-depth story told in the main feature is presented largely through first hand stories and anecdotes from those who were part of the scene at the time.  Some are well-known names while others are less so, creating a rich starting point in the history of the genre.  For all of the content that the main feature offers audiences, there are some occasional issues with the feature’s pacing.  There are moments throughout the documentary in which the story feels like it slows down.  Thankfully those moments are not enough to derail the program.  The bonus content that accompanies the documentary’s main feature adds a little more enjoyment an engagement to the whole.  Together with everything in the main feature, the two elements join with the better elements of the program’s pacing to make the retrospective/history piece worth at least an occasional watch.  Bay Area Godfathers is available now.

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Metal Rock Films Announces Release Date For New Flying V Guitar Documentary

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Metal Rock Films will release a new documentary next month, about the history of one of rock’s most well-known guitars.

Flying V is scheduled for release Sept. 11 on DVD.  The documentary, which is part of the studio’s Inside Metal documentary series, focues on the history of the Flying V style guitar.  The documentary was produced and directed by Peter Hansen and co-produced by Michael Denner.

The program tells the guitar’s history through interviews with metal luminaries, such as James Hetfield (Metallica), Kerry King (Slayer), and Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, Michael Schenker Group, Michael Schenker Fest).

The documentary follows the creation of the Flying V in the 1950s and follows its evolution through the decades, including its use by guitarists in a variety of musical styles, not just metal.  The documentary’s trailer is streaming here.

Flying V is available to order through Amazon and MVD Entertainment Group.

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