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The Decline of Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years Details


[[Performer~P105223~Ozzy Osbourne~ozzyosbourne]], [[Performer~P65745~Gene Simmons~genesimmons]], and Aerosmith's [[Performer~P268019~Joe Perry~joeperry]] and [[Performer~P72287~Steven Tyler~steventyler]] are among the Heavy Metal artists interviewed in The Decline of Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years. This follow-up to filmmaker Penelope Spheeris' classic 1981 "punk" documentary The Decline of Western Civilization is a bit more reflective and word-dominated than its predecessor, but no less entertaining. One striking aspect of the film is its before-and-after comparisons of the impact of MTV. Heavy Metal newcomers tend to overpraise the cable service, while the "oldsters" implicitly decry the mainstreaming-and in some cases, homogenizing--of their best work. Interestingly, Spheeris' own style has become more mainstream in the years since [[Feature~V61955~Decline of Western Civilization,~thedeclineofwesterncivilization]] thanks to experience gleaned on such dramatic films as [[Feature~V63311~Hollywood Vice Squad~hollywoodvicesquad]] (1986) and [[Feature~V14921~Dudes~dudes]] (1987). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi