comments . . 28/09/2017

If you have any interest in metal, particularly black metal, this is well worth the watch.

These two American filmmakers spent a bunch of time in Norway with members of various black metal bands like Darkthrone, Burzum and Satyricon, some of which helped to steer the genre itself, to tell the misrepresented tale of how black metal came to be and how it was misrepresented by the media

This is a good introduction to the documentary.

“In the early 1990s, black metal began to take off in Norway and it left the peaceful Scandinavian country reeling in its aftermath. Mayhem vocalist Per Yngve ‘Dead’ Ohlin had shot himself in the head, Burzum founder Varg ‘Count Grishnackh’ Vikernes had been sentenced for brutally murdering his former friend (Mayhem guitarist Euronymous), and church burnings swept across the land.”

While this is a pretty low budget documentary that almost feels creepily nonchalant for the dark themes, once you get through the whole thing and fully appreciate some of the more sinister moments, it’s actually a pretty haunting imagination of a subculture wrought with misunderstandings and brutally macabre characters.

As the above link details, the gnarliest point for me from watching the documentary is how serene the interviewees are when talking about incredibly dark moments, such as murder of a bandmate, the burning of churches and live self harm. It’s chilling to say the least.

What a gloomy facet of an otherwise golden society.

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