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Bill Zebub
Pagan Metal (DVD)
March 2015
Released: 2009, Bill Zebub
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: JP

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.

PAGAN METAL is probably the worst of the five films in terms of production value. There is no introduction, no menu, the movie just starts. After a few ads for some of the other Bill Zebub productions, the movie just starts and what follows is just abut 2 hours of interviews and stage footage with all the titans of Pagan Metal from Ensiferum, Korpiklaani, Tyr, Enslaved, Primordial etc. That is it. Just interviews, no more no less. This may be your only chance to see extensive interviews with these bands so it is a valuable film for fans of the genre.
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