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.
The graphic novel everyone is talking about is coming to the large and the small screen!
The animated motion comic version of ‘Realm Of The Damned’ will feature the dark and disturbed voices of David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth) Jill Janus (Huntress) and many more.
Directed by Tom Paton who’s first Sci-fi debut set the world alight with his post-apocalyptic vision – Pandorica. Tom now takes on the world of animation by bringing the graphic novel Realm of The Damned to life as a motion graphic comic.
This is a fresh and genuinely brilliant new world for fans of anime, horror, vampires and Metal the world over. So feast your depraved souls on this rare spectacle if you dare………
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There’s no one left to protect us from what lurks in the dark. No one is coming to save us. The monsters have won. Our world now belongs to them.
The Vatican’s last line of paranormal defence – The Congregation – has finally been overrun by the supernatural forces of darkness. Our heroes are all dead; only the damned remain. Among them is Alberic Van Helsing – addict, murderer, survivor – and the creatures that were once his prey now hunt him across America. But when an apocalyptic evil is resurrected in the forests of Norway, it falls to Van Helsing to become the hunter once again if mankind and monster alike are to see the dawn.
Van Helsing’s quest for salvation and survival takes him through the ruins of a neo-Gothic Europe, where he must face the vampire queen of the Vatican, a man-made monster with the heart of a storm, the lycanthropic lord of the forest, the mummified ruler of the slums of Cairo, and the crazed vampire demi-god who threatens to devour them all.
This is Realm of the Damned: Tenebris Deos, an animated motion comic of pure Black Metal horror that unleashes the classic gothic monsters on a modern rampage of redemption and damnation. Raw, fast-paced and bristling with atmosphere, this is a bloody and blasphemous epic that leaves no church unburned.
Track selections from "Brute Force Lobotomy", the latest full-length from Belgian death metal horde Serial Butcher will be included in the soundtrack for Troma Entertainment's upcoming "Return To Return To Nuke 'Em High Volume 2" by Lloyd Kaufman, prexy of Troma and creator of "The Toxic Avenger".
Serial Butcher, a band that forged in 1995, continues to create powerful testaments to homicidal rage and unrepentant hostility. In a collective description of the inspiration behind "Brute Force Lobotomy", the band notes: "Sometimes you just want to stab Uncle Lloydie in the eye with a blunt, rusty knife. Until he's dead. And then you stab some more... just to be sure..." It's a fitting theme for "Return To Return To Nuke 'Em High Volume 2" which, keeping in the Troma tradition, is sure to relentlessly assault the audience with scenes of graphic, yet Magritteian scenes of horror, eroticism and hilarity.
Troma Entertainment is a legendary, forty-two-year-old independent movie studio responsible for such world-renowned cult classic films as The Toxic Avenger, Class Of Nuke 'Em High, Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead, and Return To Nuke 'Em High Volume 1, as well as many other iconic films that have cultivated their reputation as long-standing leaders of independent cinema.
Troma and Belgium have a long-time relationship. Troma released the very first Belgian horror film, Rabid Grannies, in 1987. Additionally, Lloyd Kaufman was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award and was made Knight Of The Order Of The Raven, at the Belgian International Fantasy Film Festival.
The entire score and soundtrack for "Return To Return To Nuke 'Em High Volume 2" is injected throughout with skull crushing thrash and death metal. The movie is the long-awaited sequel to "Return To Nuke 'Em High Volume 1", and it is currently in the post-production stage, scheduled to be released in the Summer of 2016.
Serial Butcher's "Brute Force Lobotomy" is out now on Unique Leader Records. Order your copy today at THIS LOCATION.
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