Released: 2009, 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.
METAL RETARDATION is just a collection of interviews done for the zine The Grimoire Of Exalted Deeds. It is like a clip show. The quality lies in the offensive (to some) humour and the off-kilter questions asked of the band members. It is not as if the questions are ambush journalism but the questions are more innovative than a standard interview questions. The low-quality movie runs for an hour and half and has interviews with any number of members of a couple dozen Metal bands from many genres. There is some footage of bands goofing around as well.
There are three bonus features, some band introductions (10 min) a phone interview with Venom (8 min) and a phone interview with Darkthrone (6 minutes). During these phone interviews there are pictures of scantily clad girls as the visually accompaniment.