A feature length documentary chronicling the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal – a musical subculture infamous as much for a series of murders and church arsons as it is for its unique musical and visual aesthetics.
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Worth watching solely to laugh at the megalomania and utter lack of irony or humor among the founders of the scene. Like the equally bad "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", gives a cursory and shoddily assembled look at a genre which deserves comprehensive portrayal by competent hands. ★★
Not quite as all-encompassing as the synopsis makes it seem. But limited scope leads to its most interesting aspect: black metal being stripped down to aesthetics by gallery artists & (more importantly) the reactions of its originators, the musicians themselves. Sadly missing, then, is Gaahl of Gorgoroth, who always held aesthetics & politics in equal measure, & who now designs high-end fashion & beds male models.
Complete apologist piece for Vikernes. No mention of his role in the Heathen Front. No confrontation about his earlier writings in neo-nazi zines. It's as if his Odinism somehow exists outside his racist, pure-blood nationalism and eugenicism. Vikernes' real extremism goes completely unexplored. I'm not looking for demonization, I'm looking for basic, fully realized journalism. It's not here.