Published Dec 03, 2015Ever since their breakthrough 2005 film Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn have found their niche as the metal world's go-to documentarians. Now, their empire is expanding as they plan to launch their very own streaming service.
In the fall, the pair launched BangerTV on YouTube. While a YouTube channel is certainly nothing new, the plan is to develop it into a full-blown metal network available to paid streaming subscribers.
In a new interview with the Toronto Star, Dunn explains that they hope to become the "Netflix of heavy metal."
"We know from travelling the world and spending time with people who love metal and rock music that there's a lot of frustration with how the world is territorialized, still, in terms of TV," he said. "We're able to consider this now because of the international scope."
The YouTube channel already has original programming like Lock Horns, which sees Dunn debate metal subgenres with guest hosts. (Watch him discuss mathcore with former Exclaim! contributor/This Exists host Sam Sutherland here.)
Up next, the channel plans to offer up a new series called Metal Evolution: The Albums to paid subscribers. The first album to be discussed is At the Gates' Slaughter of the Soul. In the video, Dunn travels to Gothenburg to interview At the Gates. Watch a preview for the video below, and pre-order the clip for $4.99 here.
The goal is for BangerTV to be launched as a full-fledged streaming service by 2017. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.