A fantastic doco mainly chronicling the mainstream incorporation of Norweigan black metal into pop culture and art, and the origins of the genre with Mayhem and the church burnings. Varg is chilling as alway, Fenriz is surprisingly funny and amiable and overall a good (if not a little rough around the edges) summary of the challenges facing the genre years after it's creation.
Truly intersting little documentary, which focuses mainly on Varg and Gylve (Fenriz). I liked the plain execution and the talking heads, but I wished for more material and more contemporaries from the early 90s Norway scene. I'd been interested in hearing more about the ideology/ideologies, since that is the maybe most relevant side of it all; ideology as a means to escape.
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.