The 10 Best Heavy Metal Documentaries

Categories: Metal

Lemmy starring as himself in the film LEMMY
Keeping in theme with last week's post of the Top Ten Heavy Metal Movies, we decided to offer up a slight variation, with a list of top ten documentaries about heavy metal: in terms of the music, its origins and history, key figures, global cultural impact, and the lifestyle of fans. We now present, our list of the 10 Best Heavy Metal Documentaries.

10.Until The Light Takes Us (2008)
This film was released in selected theaters in 2009, and was about the musical, cultural and religious (or anti-religious) roots of Scandinavian black metal music from the early '90s in Norway. Directed by Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell, The movie analyzes the mass hysteria over the church burnings in Norway in the early '90s, and violent string of murders and other acts of violence committed in the early 90s. Fenriz from Darkthrone, Varg Vikernes from Burzum give the most candid interviews for the film, which also features members of Immortal, Mayhem, and Ulver. Also highlighted, is 'Frost,' the drummer from 1349 and Satyricon, who breathes fire and uses his own blood from self-mutilation session to create art. Perhaps the interview about the ghastly details of the murder and the cold tone of Vikernes will disturb some, but for those interested in the study of black metal as a topic to examine and for fans of the black metal's musical genealogy and historical origins, this is a very interesting film.

9. Get Thrashed (2006)
For a true thrash metal lover, this film is the best chronology of the subgenre, sometimes referred to as speed metal, which combined the speed and aggression of punk with the brutality, technicality and musicianship of early heavy metal in the early to mid '80s. The movie does a great job for head bangers classifying the origins and early regional scenes and origins of thrash metal: including the Bay Area scene led by Metallica, Exodus, Death Angel and Violence, the LA thrash punk scene led by Suicidal Tendencies and Slayer, and the NY thrash scene led by Anthrax. This movie contains interviews with members of Megadeth, Slipknot, from Phil Anselmo, Corey Taylor from Slipknot, as well as members of Kreator, Megadeth, Hatebreed, In Flames, Megadeth, Lamb of God and tons more. This film is a great homage to the influence and long-lasting legacy of thrash metal.

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