Released: 2006, 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.
Black Metal has interviews with members (past or present) of a couple dozen Black Metal bands, pretty much all the big names from Absu to Ulver. The feature runs just about 2 hours and unless you are a die-hard Black Metal fan it could get boring because any lack of structure whatsoever. However, if you want real unedited interviews without posturing, this is the movie.
The bonus features are an extended interview with Fenriz, some extra live footage that was not used in the movie, and about 30 minutes of deleted scenes. Oddly enough there is an hour long comedy called ‘Stereotypes Don’t Just Disappear Into Thin Air’ and is billed as the most offensive comedy ever, which may very well be true. It doesn’t have anything to do with the main feature but the film serves as an introduction to Bill Zebub’s other line of work. Raw and unrefined, BLACK METAL-THE MUSIC OF SATAN is an entertaining collection of interviews.