For those of you in the metal community living under under a rock, Thunderflix, the first streaming service thats been dubbed the metal Netflix is full of great content. There are new things being added on a weekly basis including documentaries, live concerts and feature films. Creator Samuel Douek has created a metalhead oasis where you can escape the mundane and immerse yourself in metal culture. Below Metal Lair’s list of 8 things you need to watch now!
1. Death – Death By Metal: Released 2016 and Directed by Felipe Belalcazar Produced by Mental Pictures.
This documentary follows the story of how legendary founder and front man Chuck Shouldiner, founder of the band Death broke boundaries and created a whole new genre of metal. You hear the boundary-crushing metal he wrote and performed for his band Death and follow his never-ending pursuit for musical perfection.
Born May 13, 1967, he was an American musician from Orlando, Florida. He founded his band in 1983, in which he was the lead vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter and only continuous member until his death in 2001.
We hear commentary from musicians, label executives, bandmates, friends and family. There’s candid footage of Chuck. We see interviews, hear entertaining anecdotes by those who knew him well and see Death live in concert. A very interesting and intimate look at his life.
2. Until The Light Takes Us: Directed by Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell. Released 2018.
A grim and frostbitten documentary that touches on the history Norway’s infamous, artistic and cultural black metal underground music scene. This is a subgenre of music born from figures with lifestyles and back stories that rival the Nordic folklore often associated with the style.
The film is framed around how the real-life deaths of Mayhem’s Aarseth and Per Yngve Ohlin contributed to the reputation of black metal.
Directors Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell gain access to Burzum’s Varg Vikernes, Darkthrone’s Gylve Nagell, Mayhem’s Jan Axel Blomberg, and Satyricon’s Kjetil Haraldstad. The film covers rituals and violence within the black metal mythology and reveals what these artists are raging against. The documentary closes with a performance art suicide by Satyricon’s Kjetil Haraldstad.
3. God Bless Ozzy Osbourne: A 2011 film Directed by Mike Fleiss, Mike Piscitelli. Written and produced by Jack Osbourne.
The documentary chronicles Ozzy Osbourne’s life with footage of the Sabbath days. His rise, to fame. The Randy Rhoads days. Candid interviews with band mates, friends, musicians and family members. His struggle with sobriety and everything else in between.
Its definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already seen it.
4. Powerwolf The Monumental Mass: A cinematic metal event. Release date: July 8, 2022.
At the end of 2021, POWERWOLF – the most successful German metal band to date – fascinated with a streaming event of unprecedented dimensions. Those who thought they had seen everything in the live sector were instantly proven wrong with unmatched audio production and visuals that can only be described as simply breathtaking.
The concept of THE MONUMENTAL MASS – A CINEMATIC METAL EVENT was conjured by POWERWOLF mastermind Matthew Greywolf, who is also involved in the screenplay, while Jörg Michael is responsible for the cinematic production. The artwork was once again created by Zsofia Dankova, with audio production, mixing and mastering by Kristian “Kohle” Bonifer.
5. Truth To Power: Released 2020.
Serj Tankian — lead singer of System of a Down uses music as a voice for social and political change. Serj Tankian, the Grammy-winning lead singer of System Of A Down leads with exclusive interviews, adventures, and original footage personally filmed by Serj, TRUTH TO POWER allows audiences backstage access to an international rock star whose faith in music not only revolutionized heavy metal, but also world events. Throughout his life, the musician has pursued social justice, harnessing the power of his songs and celebrity for real political change. Serj’s voice is equally likely to take on American corporate greed as lambast the corrupt regime of his homeland. His decades-long campaign for formal U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide was finally approved by Congress in 2019.
Set to an original soundtrack composed by Serj, his critically acclaimed solo work, as well as the iconic music of System Of A Down, TRUTH TO POWER is also an artist portrait with a revealing look at the musician as he writes music—from inception to recording—and pursues ambitions outside of the band.
6. Megadeth – A Night in Buenos Aires
A live concert event from metal legends Megadeth performing in Argentina 2005 before a thousands of adoring fans! Founder/ vocalist Dave Mustaine leads his band through several of Megadeth’s best loved tracks including
“Symphony Of Destruction,” “Tornado Of Souls,” and “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” PLUS several tracks from the then brand new album The System Has Failed!
7. Mötley Crüe – The End – Live In Los Angeles: Released 2014, Directed by Christian Lamb.
On January 28, 2014, Mötley Crüe held a press conference at Beacher’s Madhouse Theater in Hollywood, where they announced a final tour. The band became the first to sign a binding legal document known as a “cessation of touring” contract, preventing them from touring under the name Mötley Crüe past the year 2015.
The tour eventually ended with three nights at the Staples Center in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles on December 28, 30 and 31st of 2015.
The visually stunning and final concert of Mötley Crüe’s final tour, Mötley Crüe: The End was captured with 30 cameras in Ultra HD 4K in front of a sold out crowd of die hard Mötley Crüe fans.
The film, which features documentary footage shot by “Jackass” Creator and Director Jeff Tremaine and the full concert performance directed Christian Lamb (Madonna, Rihanna, Taylor Swift) is a one of a kind and unique experience for Mötley Crüe fans and beyond!
8. Super Duper Alice Cooper: 2014 Canadian biographical documentary film about shock rock musician Alice Cooper, written and directed by Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Reginald Harkema.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage mad scientist whose cloning experiment ran amok. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, preacher’s son, who struck fear into the hearts of parents everywhere as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as frontman for a group of Phoenix freaks in the sixties to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the seventies to the winking comeback as glam metal godfather in the eighties, we will watch in wonder as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s souls.
The story is told in the from of a “doc opera”, a dizzying blend of documentary archive materials and rock opera. In a culture marked by defining figures, Super Duper Alice Cooper will cement the myth of Alice Cooper.