Not so much a comprehensive documentary about black metal but more about the darkness and controversy around it(the title is a Burzum track so i was expecting it).it succeeded in depicting the bad influence of commercial media and although I don;t agree with Varg's non musical stunts he had some strong points, also Fenriz was quite a charismatic host+Harmony Korine as brief bonus
Besides 7 Ages of Rock, this is the most enlightening documentary on music. This is an answer to Samuel Dunn (Metal: A Headbanger's Journey) who says he never understands the phenomena of Scandinavian (Black) Metal that seems to have its indigenous characteristics. It's probably a film with the coldest (and real) character I've ever seen. And judging by his brief appearance, Harmony Korine seems sort of misleading..
Outstanding, mainly because -as a great documentary should- it allows to face the thoughts, ideas and circumstances of a bunch of guys you don't necessarily will agree with. This documentary is not "politically correct" and that's something the directors should be proud of.
After resenting any form of metal in my teen years, I've recently come to respect Black Metal as a legitimate form of artistic expression. Therefore, I found this doc to be very informative but not particularly well-made. There's way too many scenes showcasing the people being interviewed in their own environment and I personally would have enjoyed more from MAYHAM.
Does anybody know if any of this other doumentaries are worth watching? Det svarte alvor (1994). Satan rir Media (English: Satan Rides the Media) (1998). Norsk Black Metal (2003), Black Metal: A Documentary (2006), produced by Bill Zebub. Murder Music: A History of Black Metal (2007). Once Upon a Time in Norway (2007). Pure Fucking Mayhem (2008) Black Metal: The Norwegian Legacy (2008), produced by Bill Zebub.
A great look into the history and origin of Norwegian black metal. I wish there was more of a voice of opposition throughout the film; something for counterbalance, I suppose. But for what it is, it is fascinating and tells the stories well, for the most part.
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.
Even though the black metal scene is filled with idiots, the ones behind it aren't stupid. Some, like Varg Vikernes, are extremely misguided and lost, but others are quite intelligent and reasonable. The latter know it's all an act and fill it as such, just as Shakespeare did with "King Lear": death and props all around: fun! Although, when they actually start burning churches and killing themselves and each-other...
Re-watching this confirmed my first impression from years ago that this film is inferior to the subject matter it presents. Some may argue it need not present new ideas or perspectives on the material, but the reality is that even as a chronicle, it is flawed and vague. It is hard to tell what the film is using for plain shock and what it is criticizing. But in the end I support it as a fan of black metal.
would have liked to seen a more..hm...developed picture of the history of norwegian black metal...the film seems to skip through the history very quickly and focuses primarily on varg (which is ok because he IS a total character) and his bad acts but neglected his nationalistic/xenophobic politics completely...still an interesting watch and good to see that it wasn't anything like lords of chaos.
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. ★★