FILM REVIEW: “Lords of Chaos” by Jonas Åkerlund

Hype and all that comes with it is a curious mistress to any fandom. It can take an unknown band in a tiny European country and create a global music phenomenon. It also can help eat the subject of it from the inside out. This is not only a microcosm of the rise of first-wave Norwegian Black Metal, but also the movie Lords of Chaos directed by Jonas Åkerlund (Gunpowder Sky, Vice Media/Insurgent Media, 20th Century Fox, Scott Free Productions). We’ve heard about this movie for so long, that I’m sure that some have very high expectations for this film. The film also has its many detractors as protectors of their genre, and those who never wanted to see this film made. We’re not going to use this review to retell the story we’ve all seen and heard before, but rather rate the merits of this film. Continue reading

Lords Of Chaos Film Opens, Available OnDemand Soon

Lords of Chaos, the upcoming film based on the (un)popular book about the early history of the original Black Metal scene in Norway has made its debut at limited screenings worldwide and will be available On Demand on February 22nd.  A special screening was held last night in Brooklyn at Alamo Draft House, with a Q and A following with director and one-time Bathory drummer Jonas Åkerlund, and co-stars Rory Culkin and Emory Cohen. Åkerlund is well known for stunning videos by Metallica, Lady Gaga, and Rammstein and his own short films, and commercials. He spearheaded the project along with Gunpowder and Sky and is co-produced by VICE Studios, 20th Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Insurgent Media. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and currently holds a 75% fresh rating over on Rotten Tomatoes, down from a high of 91% so far. Watch trailers below. Continue reading

Lords Of Chaos Film Shares First Full Trailer

Lords of Chaos, the upcoming film based on the popular book about the early history of the original Black Metal scene in Norway hits theaters and On Demand early next month. The film has its first full trailer and it’s, …uh interesting. As in it looks somewhat compelling if you know the story, but also sadly a little campy. Maybe that is the way to market black metal to a mass film going public, but we’re really hoping it’s not too tongue in cheek. Starring Rory Culkin (Castle Rock, Sneaky Pete, Metallica’s Man Unkind, The Zodiac), Lords of Chaos was directed by Swedish filmmaker and one-time Bathory drummer Jonas Åkerlund, also known for videos by Metallica and Rammstein spearheaded the project along with Gunpowder and Sky and is co-produced by VICE Studios, 20th Century Fox, Scott Free Productions and Insurgent Media. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and currently holds a 92% fresh rating over on Rotten Tomatoes, so far. Watch the full trailer below. Continue reading

Lord Ahriman Of Dark Funeral Talks Black Metal History With Ghost Cult

This past spring Dark Funeral played a string of sold-out shows in America for their first time in a few years. Joined on the trek with Septicflesh and Thy Antichrist, by all reports the shows were pure chaos. The band was supporting their latest album Where Shadows Forever Reign (Century Media), and both the 25-year anniversary and the 20-year anniversary of their second full-length album Vobiscum Satanas. Ghost Cult caught up with leader Lord Ahriman at The Gramercy Theater to talk about the new music, the history of the band, black metal controversies, Inferno Festival, and the upcoming Lords of Chaos movie. Videography and photos by Omar Cordy for OJC Photography. Continue reading

Check Out The Poster For The Lords Of Chaos Film

Long in the making, the film Lords Of Chaos, a movie based on the book Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground is a book by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind is getting a release this year. Director Jonas Åkerlund himself a former member of Bathory and Ghost has been the director on short films and music videos for Metallica, Madonna, Rammstein, and Paul McCartney. Most of the bands featured n the film, chronically the early days of Norwegian black metal in the early 1990s, have been outspoken against the film.  Åkerlund shared the first poster for the film on Twitter. Yes, that is a church on fire! Continue reading