Metal Britannia (1×60′) – Metal Britannia traces the emergence of the genre in Britain in the late Sixties and Seventies. Metal began life in the mid-Sixties underground rock scene – a fledgling style spearheaded by the likes of Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. This early metal was dominated by paranoia and darkness, albeit often tongue-in-cheek. The players were male, mostly working-class – a unique Seventies British style – spawning their own long-haired, head-banging audience with their own dress codes and world view.
While this generation still defines classic British metal, it was nearly overtaken by British punk in the late Seventies. Then back came a new generation such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Saxon, dubbed “The New Wave Of British Metal” by the press.
As the Eighties dawned, the best of these two metal generations were ready for the long haul, to make their genre the key force in music it remains today.
TX: Autumn 2009 / Winter 2010
Source: BBC Press Office