Friday, September 7, 2012

Pagan Metal: A Documentary

Pagan Metal: A Documentary

Uploaded by MVDmusicvideo on Oct 18, 2011

First ever documentary about pagan/folk metal from the mind of Bill Zebub (Grimoire of Exalted Deeds magazine, Metal Retardation DVD). - Pagan/Folk Metal has been growing in popularity, and has overthrown Black Metal in Europe. These bands have tested the American shores and have played sold-out shows. The time has come to explore this invasion. This is the first documentary about Pagan/Folk Metal that has ever been made, and it features the best bands from the genre: Korpiklaani, Primordial, Finntroll, Ensiferum, Leaves Eyes, Turisas, and Tyr. Enjoy live performances, learn about the subcultures, and gain insight into the music. The artists give cordial and informative interviews - you will feel like you have made new friends. Two hours of metal await you! From the twisted mind of Bill Zebub (Grimoire of Exalted Deeds magazine, Metal Retardation, Breaking Her Will).


If you can endure the strange/cheesy first four and a half minutes, this is a fairly decent documentary about pagan/folk metal from Scandinavia and Ireland. Remember, this is "native cultural identity music" (pre-Christian). Even if you don't like metal, look for other types of identity music. Some even have a Christian/Catholic theme; and if you find something you like, then support it.

As far as pagan-folk metal, it's not unlike the heavy metal era in the 80s. Some of it good, a lot of it not so good. I think the best one I've heard so far is a band--covered here before--from Barcelona called the Crystalmoors, who play Gaulish-themed metal.

Lastly, you'd be surprised at the sub-culture of this type of music in North America. These bands do tour all around, and we don't generally even hear about it, but they attract good audiences. One good thing about YouTube is that in many cases, they have automatic links on band-specific videos, where you can see where they may be playing near you.


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