The documentary RocKabul by director Travis Beard celebrated its world premiere at the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam in February. The film shows the birth, rise and fall of Afghan heavy metal on the front-line of one of America’s longest wars and follows the members of Afghanistan’s first ever metal band, District Unknown, who put their lives on the line for their music. Moreover, RocKabul features never before seen footage of Kabul and the underground expat party scene, at odds with an extremely conservative society.
Executive Producer to the film is Bill Gould, bassist of American rock band Faith No More, he says:-
“RocKabul is a fascinating view in an Afghanistan that is rarely seen - from a perspective that anyone who has ever been in a band can relate to. With District Unknown I see the energy and enthusiasm that I had when I just started playing. I got into music because of the feeling of empowerment that it gave me and it is obvious that this is what motivates District Unknown, which is why we connect so well. But then again they are living in a hostile environment - and they are not afraid to do it. They are making it happen. That’s the kind of rock and roll spirit we have to admire.”
RocKabul is a coming of age documentary which deals with youth identity and freedom of expression that existed on the precipitous of the fragile city of Kabul. It shows the strength of the human spirit as Afghanistan's first and only metal band, District Unknown, reach out to the disenchanted Afghan youth, the expat community and eventually the outside world. However, by challenging this traditional Islamic republic, District Unknown literally put themselves and their fans in the firing line. The grassroots music movement which encouraged the participation of men and women alike ultimately crumbles under the weight of the conservative society that shadows them. Captured by Australian film-maker, Travis Beard who lived in Kabul for seven years, the film features a side of Afghan life rarely shown in Western media.
Belarusian Pagen / Folk Metal band Kaira have released a new documentary of their exploits during 2016. It features great footage of the group onstage and some fun backstage clips from the making of recent official videos. Although the interviews are in Russian, the majority of the hour long piece concentrates on the visual side of things and is well worth watching to get a good look at Kaira’s unique approach and vision.
Kiev-based rockers Ethereal Riffian in association with Robustfelow Prods have premiered a 30 minute Mini-Documentary titled "Robust Rehearsal Vol. II: Bobina Records & Ethereal Riffian".
The video, which covers a five year period of the band including their first two albums "Shaman's Visions" (2011) and "Aeonian" (2014), offers live-in-studio clips, interview segments and snippets of live performances. It also features showcases work from Etherial Riffian's latest effort, "I AM. Deathless" EP, released earlier this year.
Along the video, you will be able to watch the band members from this Ukrainian band explore and discuss spirituality and belief systems, providing an insightful and interesting story for both die-hard fans and those who are just discovering the essence of Ethereal Riffian.
Watch the documentary above.
February 2016; Enter Shikari head out on a tour of the UK, taking in some of the biggest venues they have ever headlined in their decade-long career.
In the DIY fashion that the band have become synonymous with, the video screen content and programming for the front of house quadrophonic audio system has all been created and slaved over for months by the band themselves. Wary of the potential disaster / glorious victory that lies ahead, but never ones to shy away from lifting the curtain to show the inner-workings of their endeavours, the band consider it a wise move to ensure someone is on hand to capture it all on video.
Enter Shikari met photographer / videographer Alexey Makhov on one of their now regular trips to Russia; so when he mentioned his availability prior to the tour, it struck everyone as a no-brainer.
The resulting 30 minute mini-documentary mixes beautifully shot & edited live footage, behind the scenes access, and candid interviews with the band; following them from the tour’s production rehearsals right through to its conclusion at a sold out show at London’s 9000 capacity Alexandra Palace.
Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject
“It was great to have Alexy along to document the biggest tour of our lives. He captured both the tension behind the scenes and the emotional release on stage perfectly! "
A full audio recording of the Alexandra Palace show, however, DOES exist, and has now been mixed and mastered. Details of what will be happening with that will be forthcoming shortly.
Enter Shikari have a small number of European festival dates remaining this summer, along with an outdoor headline show at Budapest’s Barba Nagra Track, before heading to Japan and finally rounding off their live 2016 with a short Australian run.
ENTER SHIKARI - LIVE 2016
30th - Amber Beach Party Festival - Russia
11th - Kubana Festival - Latvia
19th - Zaxidfest Festival - Ukraine
20th - Rock Am See festival - Germany
22nd - Here Come The Wolves Festival - Austria
24th - Barba Negra Track, Budapest - Hungary
25th - Czad Festival - Poland
3rd - Home Festival - Italy
6th - Tokyo, Japan
8th - Osaka, Japan
9th - Nagoya, Japan
10th - Tokyo, Japan
19th - Melbourne, Australia
20th - Brisbane, Australia
21st - Sydney, Australia
22nd - Adelaide, Australia
24th - Fremantle, Australia
The official Moonsorrow documentary, "Home of the Wind: A History of Moonsorrow", is nearing completion on its crowdfunding campaign. Available until June 11th via Indiegogo, the campaign is close to the 90% of the minimum goal.
Offering a unique chance to be a part of metal history, and a chance to personally enter the chronicles of the pagan metal giants, you can visit the campaign here and check out contribution incentives: https://igg.me/at/homeofthewind. This is an independent project from fans, for the fans. No discographic labels are involved, no distributors, no market-imposed deadlines, only sheer passion and love for music.
Moonsorrow is the essence of Finland made music. Formed in 1995, when the extreme metal world was becoming saturated with black metal, their unique approach to music soon made them become one of the pioneering bands in pagan metal, or as they call their own art, Epic Heathen Metal.
"Home of the Wind" is an entirely independent project directed by Leo Aragón (produced by Jörmungandr Media, including writer Grilo do Demo, author of the Unofficial Moonsorrow Biography). Supported by the band and record label, the documentary will centre on the unique life and history of the band, and will consist on interviews with the band members and other related people in the locations they drew their inspiration from.
The team behind "Home of the Wind" are working with a very strong cinematic approach. This is often overlooked in documentaries. There are too many cases of documentaries that offer a great deal of the most interesting information in a visually plain way. "Home of the Wind: A History of Moonsorrow" will have a clear beginning and ending, an artistic visual treatment, the closest attention to detail and the most careful photography. It won't matter if someone is not familiar with Moonsorrow or paganism: they're making a movie worth watching.
As founding member Henri Sorvali says: "We guarantee it will be worth the wait. We're fully supporting it and are thankful of all the support you can give."
Guitarist Mitja Harvilahti adds: "There's a lot of music you haven't heard, there's a lot of places we can show you."
"It's been more than a year working day by day and I can't believe how close we are to make this real," says director Leo Aragón. "The documentary won't be commercialised after the Crowdfunding Campaign, this being the only chance to obtain a physical copy, as well as the remaining (and previously unseen) Moonsorrow memorabilia."
THE TYRANT WITHIN / BEYOND JUSTICE
PRODUCED BY SMALL FISH FILMS
So I was walking around Colchester Town one day and I was handed a DVD with two documentaries on it, so I was instantaneously hooked, the two documentaries are called 'The Tyrant Within' and 'Beyond Justice'. Now 'The Tyrant Within' focuses on this case of microchipping people in order to obtain medical history and personal information regarding a person of whom has had an accident and by using a mobile scanner, medical staff can call-up information regarding a patient by scanning the body for the microchip and resulting in details being shown on a computer screen. Whilst there is a clear debate on the issue, Global Metal Network is impartial to comment on the topic simply because we do not feel that we can either support or revolt against such a technique, for sure it aids the promptness of in an emergency that medical history being recalled could inevitably able medical staff to aid the patient in question but on the other hand it could be seen as an elaborate form of private intrusion, but once again Global Metal Network does not support nor condone the action. On a more striking note, using such a microchip as a method to purchase goods and services just by it in being in you could provoke groups such as the Christian faith or scientology groups into revolt, as such could it also be upgrading the potential for GBH or intrusive abuse such that criminals can take advantage of the technology. Credit and debit cards do not have the same valuation as this proposed new technology and as such, in its darkest form when someone dies what will happen to the chip? Will the body have to be exhumed to retrieve the microchip or will it be buried / cremated with the owner? This is a real debatable topic and if the society has its own why, it may not pass. Interestinlgy the cultural reference of 'mark of the beast' keeps cropping up, but extraordinarily they implement it in the wrong context, the mark of the beast is the devil's advocate, but in truth it is science vs. religion and this has always been a two-topic war for which countless centuries have seen both sides fight. What this documentary has to offer is a question with no definite answer, but one question that humanity has left to decipher the reasoning behind this notion of using such technology, in conclusion it is a great documentary to watch but again there lies no real opinion on it and Global Metal Network refuses to give its own opinion on the matter.
The other documentary 'Beyond Justice' focuses on the inequality in the justice systems across the world, the debate revolves around crime and punishment, whereby the 'developing' world such as countries like Kenya opt for physical punishment such as beating up criminals and torturing them whereas in the more democratic societies such as the UK, they opt for jails for criminals to be locked up in for a set perioud of time. Now, whilst the Global Metal Network is reviewing this documentary, its views are not going to be put forward as to remain on an unbiased perspective. Some argue that torture and executions are not humanely feasible and are against the belief in it, regardless of the fact that centuries ago this was the norm around the world, from the Dutch navy using 'keelhauling' on its criminal sailors to the barbaric Iron Maiden and spine-stretching in medieval England and France.
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