Wednesday, 2 May 2012

DEATH METAL: A DOCUMENTARY (2003)


Here we have a 2003 documentary DVD about all different aspects of the genre of death metal, made by "The Grimoire of Exalted Deeds" magazine's Bill Zebub. It's got interviews with many of the top musicians in death metal today, including guys from Immolation, Suffocation, Mortician, Amon Amarth, Malignancy and others, speaking on such topics as participation levels of American fans compared to European fans, the role of the internet in metal today, record companies, the difficulty of finding financial success in this genre, and the "battle" between black metal and death metal.

The interviews are very informative and insightful and show these musicians as more than just musicians – as intelligent, forthright and interesting people. The only questionable inclusion was Peter Steele of Type O Negative. Mr. Zebub must have known death metal fans would find this questionable, since he included a note on the back that states that Steele was "invited to participate because of his contribution to brutal vocals in the Carnivore days," but he seems very out of place in this video and didn't add much except strange stories about himself.

Between interviews are live performances and videos by all the bands who participated in the interviews; the live performances werer shot by Zebub, giving it a real bootleg feel. It’s all filmed very well, but the sound in some places leaves something to be desired. All in all, this a decent watch mainly for the die-hard fan but it is no way worth paying upwards of the $15 it has been selling for online.


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