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VikingWolf
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 12:43 pm 
 

Every now and then, I always enjoy watching a good metal documentary. (I think most people here are pretty familiar with Sam Dunn's stuff.) Anyone have a good one to share?

I really like this Belgian black metal documentary from 1998. What's really cool about it is that it's not a typical, objective documentary that tries to interview every pioneer band. Instead, it just passively films the on-goings at a show and gets a great inside perspective of the local black metal scene. (There's not a trace of one where I live, so it's an awesome sight for me.) Only problem is that half of it's not in English and there are no subtitles.
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 3:37 pm 
 

Well, are you looking for documentaries about metal in general or a specific genre, or do you mind being recommended documentaries about specific bands?

Anyways, I would highly recommend checking out the Cannibal Corpse documentary, "Centuries of Torment". It's a really in-depth 3 hour documentary that basically shows all other documentaries how you're supposed to cover the history of a band. Also, Metal Blade is cool enough that they have the whole thing uploaded on their own channel on Youtube, so you don't have to worry about digging through random channels to find the whole thing.

Another one I suggest checking out is Sodom - Lords of Depravity Part 1. This is another lengthy documentary (3 hours 15 minutes), which covers the band's history from their start to the mid 90s. Unfortunately, Part 2 (which covers from where Part 1 left off to 2009) isn't uploaded on Youtube, so Part 1's all you've got to work with for now. But still, that's 3 hours just for one half, so it's not like you're getting the bare minimum.
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PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2015 4:40 pm 
 

Thanks, I'll check those out.
It can be any of the three types you mentioned.
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Some years ago, the user e_ddi_e made a very impressive, helpful list and, since I had it in my bookmarks, here it is (with a few additions):

The list:

Arena Heavy Metal - BBC2 Documentary (1989)
Originally broadcasted on the BBC. Interviews with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Napalm Death, David Lee Roth, Guns 'N' Roses, Outrage (Jpn).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqiS1CVuLWU

Old 20/20 piece on Heavy Metal
Lite kort och åldrat Tv-inslag om; ja just det, Heavy Metal.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqoBbRqXnuM

Dancing With The Devil
This award-winning, highly successful film investigates the allegations of links between devil worship and heavy rock music. Should heavy metal music in particular carry a government health warning? Recommended by Time Out magazine as ‘compulsive viewing'. Winner of Prix de la Critique & Mention D'Honneur, Jury International des Journalistes. Critics Prize, Prix Danube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP9eYxELA8Y

Dream Deceivers - The Story of James Vance & Judas Priest
Documentary about the courtcase against Judas Priest who were accused of inspiring the suicide attempts of two teenagers of whom one survived. Contains interviews with Judas Priest as well as courtroom footage.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEKJSOrctcY

True Norwegian Black Metal
VBS.TV (ViCE) An introduction to the Black Metal scene of Bergen, Norway.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32iX5lbVDto

NRK1 Black Metal Documentary
Black metal documentary from Norwegian TV. Features interviews with Darkthrone, Satyricon, Mayhem, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d3bCvQYt0o

Det Svarte Alvor
Norwegian black metal documentary broadcasted by NRK1 (Norwegian TV). Contains interviews with Immortal, Ulver, Ihsahn (Emperor), Hellhammer (Mayhem).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2fYugdY6P0

666 At Calling Death
Black metal and death metal documentary. Interviews with: Deicide, Atrocity, Death, Samael, Impaled Nazarene, Sepultura, Benediction, Cannibal Corpse, Pungent Stench, Paradise Lost, Morbid Angel, Morgoth, Gorefest, Fear Factory, Cathedral, Ancient Rites, Carcass, Messiah, Blasphemy, Immortal, Grave, Unleashed, Tiamat, Iron Curtain, Scott Burns.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=095jeUCikMM

Musikbyrån: Thrash Metal Documentary
Documentary about the history of thrash metal. Broadcasted on SVT2 (Swedish TV). Features interviews with Anthrax, Metallica, Motorhead, Sepultura, Kreator.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63tknJ-uPhI

Death Metal Special '93 (MuchMusic (Canadian TV))
Death Metal special broadcasted by MuchMusic (Canadian TV). Features interviews with Slayer, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Gorguts, Atheist, Demolition Hammer, Scott Burns (producer), Entombed, Chuck Schuldiner (Death), Andy LaRocque (King Diamond, ex-Death).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnP3C_vVoG0

Black Metal A Documentary I totally recommend Bill Zebub's documentaries
Black metal documentary made by independent filmmaker Bill Zebub. Interviews with: Venom, Primordial, Acheron, Gorgoroth, Korova, Darkthrone, Arkhon Infaustus, Summon, Mortiis, Enslaved, Immortal, Gloomy Grim, Dark Funeral, Celtic Frost, Grom, King Diamond, Destruction, special appearance by Jeff Becerra (Possessed).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fESRCni06gg

Murder Music
Black metal documentary aired online at http://www.rockworld.tv. Contains interviews with Black Widow, Mantas (Venom), Sabbat (UK), Abbath (Immortal), Dani (Cradle Of Filth), Satyr (Satyricon), Anti-Christian (Tsjuder), Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Dimmu Borgir, Heimoth (Seth), Astarte, Frosthardr, Reign Of Erebus.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrtq_W6fcCU

Cult of Aggression Part 1/4
This is a documentary about Mayhem's music, containing interviews mainly with Kjetil Manheim and Necrobutcher. Its world premiere was in 2004, at the Oslo Filmfestival. Released exclusively in VHS format and available for purchase only through Metallian Videos now defunct website. A sequel entitled "Pure Fucking Mayhem" was released in 2008.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtD55rRfX1c

Pure Fucking Mayhem
Documentary about Mayhem and the Norwegian black metal circle. It has an eerie soundtrack (creepy piano versions of Mayhem songs).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYlxyNJq6WY

Once upon a time in Norway
Documentary about Mayhem and the Norwegian black metal circle. Contains interviews with Necrobutcher (Mayhem), Messiah (Ex-Mayhem), Neddo (Cadaver), Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Tchort (Ex-Emperor, Carpathian Forest).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF0RPydCRwI

Satan Rides The Media
Documentary about the Norwegian black metal circle and the church burnings. Features interviews with Varg Vikernes (Burzum), Hellhammer and Necrobutcher (Mayhem), Jorn Inge Thunsberg (Hades), Snorre Westvold Ruch (Thorns).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB7NkcsbdsI

Heavy Metal: Louder Than Life (Portuguese subtitles)
Documentary about the history of heavy metal. Interviews with members of Twisted Sister, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Napalm Death, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Ratt, God Forbid, The Scorpions, Korn, Overkill, Testament, Dio, Megadeth, The Donnas, Anthrax, Motorhead, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Metallica, L.A. Guns, Kittie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU59N6tOncI

VH1's Heavy: The Story Of Metal
Four part documentary about the history of heavy metal. Interviews with Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Dio, Anthrax, Pantera, Quiet Riot, Metallica, Megadeth, White Zombie, Velvet Revolver, Limp Bizkit, Great White, W.A.S.P., Alice Cooper, Slipknot, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Ratt, Motorhead, Queensryche, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison, Warrant, Alice In Chains, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Biohazard. Also contains old interview footage of Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and Guns 'N' Roses.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mrG3uJeeIs

When Metal Ruled The World (80's LA Sunset Strip Story)
Mind you, this is what mainstream media understood by "Metal" back in the 80's. Pretty interesting, though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct5WW7rFydw

Heavy Metal Britannia
A documentary made by the BBC on British Heavy Metal bands from the 70's and 80's, with all the main people interviewed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRIkPhqml3o

The Decline Of Western Civilization part 2: The Metal Years
Documentary about metal in the eighties, focuses a lot on glam metal. Interviews with Kiss, Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, London, Megadeth, Lizzy Borden, W.A.S.P., Faster Pussycat, Seduce, Odin.

Rat Skates - Born In The Basement (trailer)
Founding Overkill member Rat Skates tells the story behind the rise of thrash metal band Overkill and reflects back on the metal scene of the eighties.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdrUEWDAjUo

Death Metal - A Documentary Totally recommended!
Death metal documentary made by Bill Zebub from Grimoire Magazine. Interviews with: Peter Steele (Carnivore, Type O Negative), Malignancy, Brutal Truth, Immolation, Mortician, Suffocation, Amon Amarth, James Murphy (Disincarnate, ex-Death, ex-Obituary), Tzefa, Seance, God Dethroned, Cronos (Venom), George Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9MKauztJxs

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (Trailer)
Sam Dunn's famous documentary about heavy metal music and culture. Interviews with Rush, Steppenwolf, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Cannibal Corpse, Lamb Of God, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Voivod, Slipknot, Korn, White Zombie, Rage Against The Machine, Mayhem, Dio, Twisted Sister, Motley Crue, Girlschool, Doro, Kittie, Arch Enemy, Slayer, Hades Almighty, Gorgoroth, Enslaved, Emperor. Also includes the short Norwegian Black Metal documentary which is extra material on the DVD. Interviews with Darkthrone, Enslaved,
Mayhem, Emperor, Gorgoroth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXtsDoAreBk

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey (Norwegian Black Metal Special)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43vJhGR6jyw

Global Metal
Sam Dunn's documentary about global metal scenes. Features interviews with musicians and fans from Brazil, Japan, India, China, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Dubia and Egypt. Interviews with Dorsal Atlantica, Angra, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Slayer, Metallica, Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), X-Japan, Sigh, Demonic Resurrection, Exhumation (Ind), Kryptos, Kaiser Kuo
(Spring Autumn, ex-Tang Dynasty), Ritual Day, Napalm Death, Siksakubur, Tengkorak, Orphaned Land, Whorecore, Arallu, Salem, Abed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gfd1_yYf8c

Heavy Metal In Baghdad (Part 1)
A feature film documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day. Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has always been a difficult (if not impossible) proposition but after Saddam's regime was toppled, there was a brief moment for the band in which real freedom seemed possible. That hope was quickly dashed as their country fell into a bloody insurgency. From 2003-2006, Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay alive, always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTJ1Ki4OM-g

Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Hemsida)
A 2008 documentary film about the Canadian heavy metal band, Anvil. Features interviews with other musicians who have been influenced by the band, including Slash (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Lemmy (Hawkwind, Motörhead), and Lars Ulrich (Metallica). - http://www.anvilthemovie.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV4Jj8SIxh0

Until the Light Takes Us (Hemsida)
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.This is the first (and only) film to truly shed light on a movement that has heretofore been shrouded in darkness and rumor and obscured by inaccurate and shallow depictions. - http://www.blackmetalmovie.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10oqjp6msyQ

Get Thrashed (Hemsida)
Documentary about the history of thrash metal. Interviews with: Dark Angel, Megadeth, Vio-lence, Metallica, Exodus, Anthrax, Overkill, Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Sodom, Death Angel, Hirax, Kreator, Testament, Heathen, D.R.I., Sepultura, Occult, Destruction, Municipal Waste, Merciless Death, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, The Haunted, Concrete Coffin, Viscid, Pantera, Meshuggah, Hatebreed, Strapping Young Lad, Biohazard, In Flames, Shadows Fall, Godsmack, Fozzy, Kittie, Lamb Of God, Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Chimaira, Killswitch Engage, Soilwork - http://www.getthrashed.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_TBvw2PWwg

American Hardcore (Trailer)
Documentary about the history of American Hardcore.
http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony/americanhardcore

Dig! (Trailer)
A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84oiQJ1N9To

Heavy Metal Parking Lot & Heavy Metal Basement
Two short documentaries about heavy metal fans. The first one features interviews with fans who are gathering at a parking lot for a Judas Priest concert. The second one features interviews with a older heavy metal fan who keeps his record collection in his basement. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_Metal_Parking_Lot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whZuz5Dwtw8

Why You Do This
This documentary is a personal story told from the perspective of satellite engineer and vocalist Michael Dafferner, who is a member of an inknown "math-core" metal band called Car Bomb. In 2007, Michael ventures out on his first US tour and discovers that performing in an unknown band playing an unknown genre of music is not the ego boosting experience he was hoping for. The next year, Car bomb is offered a tour with the goth-punk groups Gorgeous Frankenstein and Bella Morte who offer the prospect of playing for large r gruoups of people. Several thousands of dollars in debt and dozens of wasted vacation days later, the band finishes its disappointing tour.
Finally, in 2009, Car Bomb is offered a tour with the well known and respected bands Gojira and The Chariot. During this tour Michael learns what it would be like to live out his dream and the costs associated with making that dream come true.
Includeds interviews with Lamb of God, Gojira, Richard Christy and many more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJSp-yRMrsY

Attention! Black Metal
This is a documentary focused on Melodic / Symphonic Black Metal bands, with people from Hecate Enthroned, Tvangeste, Rotting Christ, Bal-Sagoth. Carach Angren, and more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM1_B_aAD5M

Black Metal Satanica
Yet aother documentary on Black Metal, featuring interviews with "modern" Black Metal bands such as Rimfrost, Svartahrid, Vreid, Mordichrist, Watain, Ondskapt and Shining
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToVtnXmYhv0

Black Metal's Unexplored Fringes - One Man Metal
A three-part documentary, featuring interviews with Leviathan, Striborg, and Xasthur, three solo artists who produce Black Metal on the margins of society.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQl6PzXU4cQ

Death Metal: Are We Watching You Die?
Another great documentary made by independent filmmaker Bill Zebub
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ObMBK33svw

Pagan Metal Documentary (teaser)
Yes, also made by Bill Zebub, with Liv Kristine, Primordial, Tyr, Turisas, Finntroll, you name it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT1MIGJ0b10

South American Hell (Trailer)
First trailer of the documentary made by some Zero Tolerance guys. There are two trailers that I know of: one about Medellin (Colombia) interviewing Victor from Reencarnacion and Dagon from Inquisition, and the second featuring bands from Ecuador. This documentary has not been released yet, but it will surely be great!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj_DZuUog9Y

Last Days Here
Directed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton, this is a moving 2011 American documentary film following Bobby Liebling, lead singer of the American doom/heavy metal band Pentagram (a band founded in 1971 and active sporadically throughout the following four decades), At the film's outset, Liebling is in his 50s, living in his parents' basement, and addicted to drugs. After Pentagram's music is rediscovered by the heavy metal underground scene, Liebling begins to recover from his lifestyle. His friend and manager Sean "Pellet" Pelletier attempts to help Liebling overcome his drug addiction and escape his old life. he film ends in 2010 with Liebling and Pentagram returning to the stage and Liebling sober, married and his new wife expecting their first child
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQe-MULjioU

Death Metal Angola (Trailer)
International Award winning documentary directed by Jeremy Xido
International Award winning Death Metal Angola follows a loving Angolan couple, Sonia and Wilker, whose love for death metal music is bringing hope to the town and children of Huambo and Angola as a country. The devastating reality of Angola’s history of wars and civil unrest has left the country’s people torn, broken, and starving for something to give them peace. Sonia and Wilker’s dream to put on the first national rock festival ignites the emotions of the Angolan people, and helps them heal from the war-stricken path Angola has left behind. This engaging reality of Angola touches the heart of the viewer and sheds new light on a music genre that is not well understood.

Finland - Promised Land of Heavy Metal
A documentary about Finland, the only country where heavy metal has become mainstream. Starring Alice Cooper, Mr Lordi, and Ville Valo. Finland may as well be the ONLY country in the world in where Heavy Metal (and its subgenres) has became mainstream.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksYx1XuQivw

I hope you find this useful... Cheers!
EDIT: Fixed most of the links, added some more documentaries, so you have to take a closer look at the list. Enjoy!
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 9:52 am 
 

Great posts guys. I've been wanting to watch some metal docs lately myself as well. Immense help there, with several interesting-seeming docs I've yet to see being namedropped.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 10:28 am 
 

Tezcat - that's impressive man but maybe fix your busted links :nods:

However, hasn't this thread been done before?
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 10:31 am 
 

dreadmeat wrote:
Tezcat - that's impressive man but maybe fix your busted links :nods:

However, hasn't this thread been done before?


Yes, I am currently fixing the links and adding some recent material
And yes, this thread has been done before :)
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 10:31 am 
 

Wow! Well, I know what I'll be doing the next couple days. Never knew there were this many docu's online.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 11:11 am 
 

Tezcat wrote:
Some years ago, the user e_ddi_e made a very impressive, helpful list and, since I had it in my bookmarks, here it is (with a few additions):

The list:

*snip*

Since you're adding to the list, may I suggest including Why You Do This as well? It's by the vocalist of Car Bomb and follows his band on three separate tours, the first two being independently booked and generally going poorly, the last with Gojira and The Chariot. It's a very sobering look into the life of a touring metal bands, featuring interviews with dudes in the other touring bands plus guys like Randy Blythe, Richard Christy, and Ben Falgoust.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 11:17 am 
 

Scourge441 wrote:
Tezcat wrote:
Some years ago, the user e_ddi_e made a very impressive, helpful list and, since I had it in my bookmarks, here it is (with a few additions):

The list:

*snip*

Since you're adding to the list, may I suggest including Why You Do This as well? It's by the vocalist of Car Bomb and follows his band on three separate tours, the first two being independently booked and generally going poorly, the last with Gojira and The Chariot. It's a very sobering look into the life of a touring metal bands, featuring interviews with dudes in the other touring bands plus guys like Randy Blythe, Richard Christy, and Ben Falgoust.

Duly noted. Adding that one.
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Since two docs I was going to recommend have already been mentioned, I'm just going to add: THIS IS SPINAL TAP.
I think Last Days Here is worthy of a +1, though.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 12:21 pm 
 

im sure most people here have already seen it, but I really liked "One Man Metal" with Xasthur, striborg, and leviathan.

I really liked hearing Connor and Whitehead's stories/thoughts behind their music. also seeing Menzies growling in the cave with that Halloween cape is a classic moment :-P

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That was a very impressive post, Tezcat. Thanks for sharing.

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I second Death Metal - A documentary!!! Not for what it says about death metal, but for Peter Steele's ramblings that have nothing to do with anything the documentary is about. He's awesome as ever. RIP.
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Such Hawks Such Hounds is a really good one that covers the history of the US hard rock underground.

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Eventhough it does't focus on the metal bands themselves, I'd also suggest watching 'The Beasts Of Satan' (aka 'Death Metal Murders') which is about a occult gang of Italian youngsters into extreme metal (somewhere in the 90s) getting doped up and luring in new young metal fans into their little club so they would eventually kill them as a sacrifice to Mr. Satan. Pretty disturbing.....
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The two documentaries I absolutely recommend are One Man Metal and Anvil: The Story of Anvil. Both are available on Youtube.

One Man Metal changed the way I view depressive black metal, especially Xasthur. Despite being a fan of the genre, like many of its haters I was under the impression that the musicians were the "emos" of black metal: pretending to be sad just to be kvlt. But OMM helped reassured me that it’s genuine, at least in part.

The Story of Anvil, too, can change your perceptions. Think old bands that are still around are just milking nostalgia for money, and don't really love the music? Think again. I was disappointed to find out that some of the story is fake, but it’s a worthwhile watch anyway.

Other than these two, I recommend Iron Maiden: The Early Days if you're a fan of the band, and Satan Rir Media though it doesn't really focus on the music. Don't bother with the other popular black metal documentaries unless you have nothing better to do.

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Tezcat wrote:

Last Days Here
Directed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton, this is a moving 2011 American documentary film following Bobby Liebling, lead singer of the American doom/heavy metal band Pentagram (a band founded in 1971 and active sporadically throughout the following four decades), At the film's outset, Liebling is in his 50s, living in his parents' basement, and addicted to drugs. After Pentagram's music is rediscovered by the heavy metal underground scene, Liebling begins to recover from his lifestyle. His friend and manager Sean "Pellet" Pelletier attempts to help Liebling overcome his drug addiction and escape his old life. he film ends in 2010 with Liebling and Pentagram returning to the stage and Liebling sober, married and his new wife expecting their first child
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQe-MULjioU



This is the first one that came to my mind. Morbidly fascinating to see someone fall so incredibly far, to the point of paranoid delusions and incoherence. Mother fucker rose from the ashes like a decrepit mummified phoenix. An encouraging story of redemption. Really a good watch.
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Ceald Hraew wrote:
I was disappointed to find out that some of the story is fake, but it’s a worthwhile watch anyway.
Can you elaborate on this and/or provide a source?
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Ceald Hraew wrote:
One Man Metal changed the way I view depressive black metal, especially Xasthur. Despite being a fan of the genre, like many of its haters I was under the impression that the musicians were the "emos" of black metal: pretending to be sad just to be kvlt. But OMM helped reassured me that it’s genuine, at least in part.

Changed my mind on a lot of my perceptions of that type of black metal as well after going through an extended bout of suicidal ideation myself. It's a lot different from whatever preconceptions people have of it. What didn't change is that I still think the music, lyrics, imagery, etc. suck.
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 8:22 am 
 

I liked the Dismember - Death Metal And More Mental Illness docu. Not very informative if you want to know about the scene but I thought it was fun to watch. Nice, if you like the band.
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 8:45 am 
 

March of the Gods is a documentary about the metal scene in Botswana. Very recommendable. At least a bunch of trailers are in YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MarchOfTheGods/videos

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 11:27 am 
 

The History of At The Gates - Under a Serpent Sun

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 2:07 pm 
 

Chimaira: The Dehumanizing Process
I've never been a fan of these guys, always found their music quite stale, but this documentary is really top notch and entertaining and really lets you into the real world of being in a band and recording and dealing with members quitting and wha tnot.

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 10:23 pm 
 

Im just a few minutes into "Dancing with the Devil" and it seems to be about Brazil and drugs/crime....is that right?

What are the best docs that focus more on the fucked up people in metal and less on the music like Last Days Here/Pure Fucking Mayhem/One Man Metal/etc.?

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RE: Such Hawks Such Hounds

I honestly wouldn't recommend it myself... The only parts that I found memorable or even really worthwhile were the interview portions with Wino, and this was in part because they were sort of unintentionally(?) funny.

That's just my dumb impression of it, though, so don't take my word for it. I've always been more into classic doom stuff, and the film seems to focus more on contemporary stoner bands who do almost nothing for me.

BURlAL wrote:
Im just a few minutes into "Dancing with the Devil" and it seems to be about Brazil and drugs/crime....is that right?

What are the best docs that focus more on the fucked up people in metal and less on the music like Last Days Here/Pure Fucking Mayhem/One Man Metal/etc.?


I guess "The Decline of Western Civilization" docs (both, really, even though the first is about punk bands) would be good (too obvious?) suggestions.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 2:33 am 
 

BURlAL wrote:
What are the best docs that focus more on the fucked up people in metal and less on the music

Metallica - Some Kind of Monster :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 2:36 am 
 

VikingWolf wrote:

That was pretty cool. I had no idea there were scenes where everyone put so much effort into dressing up and even fans wore corpse paint. I wonder if that was a 90s thing or just that particular scene.
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narsilianshard wrote:
VikingWolf wrote:

That was pretty cool. I had no idea there were scenes where everyone put so much effort into dressing up and even fans wore corpse paint. I wonder if that was a 90s thing or just that particular scene.


you can see that this was filmed just after the commercial peak of black metal. You can also see the people who seem to be more in touch with the actual origins of black metal as they are older and wear different jackets/shirts etc. Funny to see so many people in cradle of filth shirts too.

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 4:25 pm 
 

Heavy Metal Gangs of Wadeye is pretty fascinating. It's about black aborigines gangs in Australia who live their lives in gangs based upon love for metal bands. There's the Iron Maiden gang, Slayer gang, and even the Evanescence gang. And many more.

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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 3:53 pm 
 

VikingWolf wrote:
Weird, it doesn't show up on IMDB, I even looked at these artists' individual records:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0913931
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330696
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Why You Do This
This documentary is a personal story told from the perspective of satellite engineer and vocalist Michael Dafferner, who is a member of an unknown "math-core" metal band called Car Bomb. In 2007, Michael ventures out on his first US tour and discovers that performing in an unknown band playing an unknown genre of music is not the ego boosting experience he was hoping for. The next year, Car bomb is offered a tour with the goth-punk groups Gorgeous Frankenstein and Bella Morte who offer the prospect of playing for large r gruoups of people. Several thousands of dollars in debt and dozens of wasted vacation days later, the band finishes its disappointing tour.
Finally, in 2009, Car Bomb is offered a tour with the well known and respected bands Gojira and The Chariot. During this tour Michael learns what it would be like to live out his dream and the costs associated with making that dream come true.
Includes interviews with Lamb of God, Gojira, Richard Christy and many more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJSp-yRMrsY

This one was great. Technically it's a bit shaky, but the guy is genuinely interested in why people (and himself) play in bands that hardly anyone wants to listen to, and he gets really good comments from the people he interviews.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 8:19 pm 
 

Since reading Tezcat's post I can't help but think of a database with the following fields:

.imdb_id
.youtube_id
.title NOT NULL
.year
.abstract
.director
.country

The youtube_id would need to be constantly updated.

It would be a great database to have online.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 9:47 am 
 

t1337Dude wrote:
Heavy Metal Gangs of Wadeye is pretty fascinating. It's about black aborigines gangs in Australia who live their lives in gangs based upon love for metal bands. There's the Iron Maiden gang, Slayer gang, and even the Evanescence gang. And many more.


Watched this one last night and it is some fascinating stuff. Heavy metal dance-offs need to be a thing.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 8:14 pm 
 

kalervon wrote:
Since reading Tezcat's post I can't help but think of a database with the following fields:

.imdb_id
.youtube_id
.title NOT NULL
.year
.abstract
.director
.country

The youtube_id would need to be constantly updated.

It would be a great database to have online.

...or make the list a sticky thread, constantly adding new titles :)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:04 pm 
 

Tezcat wrote:
...or make the list a sticky thread, constantly adding new titles :)


I second this.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:05 pm 
 

Awesome list, i am particularly interested in watching Arena Heavy Metal.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:35 pm 
 

I watched a good documentary on Kreator and a relatively decent one on Destruction a couple of years back. They both spoke about the history and the discography in general, and they were pretty insightful, although, I found the Destruction one to be a little rushed. I just tried to find them on YouTube, but alas I can no longer find them. They were around 40 something minutes long a piece, and are worth tracking down. I was going to watch one about Sodom, but the first part itself was around four hours long, so I can see that being a bit of a drag.

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I found the Kreator documentary but I was wrong, it's over an hour. I am unable to find the one on Destruction, though.

Edit 2: I just noticed that in the recommendations was a Napalm Death documentary that one spoke of the recording process behind Scum which was pretty fucking good. I seem to remember the major surprise was that the album did not take long at all to record (both parts). There was a good Ackercocke one I saw, too, which injecting some good humour into it but I haven't really heard the band's material.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:01 pm 
 

Make this a sticky thread :)
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:35 am 
 

It's a punk rock docu, but "Another State of Mind" is amazing. It's about a disastrous tour Social Distortion tried to run in 1982. If you listen to Social D's later stuff and hear Mike going on about how he fucked up and he's lucky to be alive, that movie will explain it all to you. Ness is as much of a survivor as Mustaine, maybe more so.

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