Released: 2002, Bill Zebub
Bill Zebub is one the great underground, counter-culture film-makers in America today. He has made dozens of ultra low-budget horror films and a good number of Heavy Metal documentaries. He is also the Editor of the fanzine, Grimoire Of Exalted Deeds’. I’ve written reviews of five of his movies. They are all very quick reviews, because they all essentially very similar in a series. The films are Black Metal, Death Metal, Pagan Metal, Metal Retardation and Extreme Metal Retardation. The features of each movie are all pretty much the same, namely, a standard single DVD with no booklet, hand-held camera production values and bad sound. Every film has a very causal (pre-show or post-show) backstage, bus, and bathroom interview feel. That is the whole idea. No themes, no props, no sets, just interviews. Enjoy the reviews in this series.
DEATH METAL features a couple of hours of low-key casual interviews with many Metal artists and industry people. There is some low quality footage spliced in as well, but mostly talking head shots. It is all fascinating stuff, people talking about the art. He is not necessarily strictly interviewing Death Metal people, there are appearances by Marduk, Dani Filth, Theater Of Tragedy and other artists that are not strictly ‘Death Metal’.
The bonus feature is a movie called ‘Spooked’ which runs about an hour and 30. The remaining 30 minutes of bonus features are outtakes, and some old skits from the early days of Bill Zebubs film career. Raw and unrefined, DEATH METAL is an entertaining collection of interviews.