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Noieys documentary series on New Orlean’s Heavy Metal is a must watch.  Today Vice’s music subsite released the fifth of seven part of their NOLA: Life, Death, & Heavy Blues from the Bayou.  Check it out now.  Links to previous episodes below.

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Noisey has unleashed the fourth episode of their NOLA: Life, Death, & Heavy Blues from the Bayou documentary series.  The episode features interviews with Sammy Duet, Crowbar, Down, Philip Anselmo and more.  This is a great series that needs to be seen.

You can find the first three installments here and here.

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Over the past few weeks, Vice’s music division, Noisey, has released a documentary in pieces about the New Orleans, LA music scene.  Today they released the third episode.  I have to say, these have been fun and informative to say the least.  Let’s hope Noisey keeps more quality material coming at us rather than more depictions about how Kanye West thinks he’s Jesus…with a fat wife.

The previous two episodes can be found here.

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Noisey had released the first two episodes of their new NOLA: Life, Death, & Heavy Blues from the Bayou documentary series.  Both episodes can be viewed above.  These are must see, as is the Slow Southern Steel documentary, which after years in hiding was finally released a few weeks ago.  It can be seen here.

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Upon pressing play on Slow Southern Steel the viewer is met with one harsh reality, life in the south is fucking hard. At least according to the bands profiled in in the film. The common denominator for most of the bands featured in the film is family. That’s where the inspiration and desire to create music comes from. It didn’t matter if it was gospel, soul, rap, or blues, it was the music that family members had that first inspired the musicians. Glenn Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy seemed to be the one song most of the interviews had in common. Well, that song and anything from KISS.

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Slow Southern Steel, the documentary directed by David Lipke and Rwake’s Chris Terry is now available for streaming.  The best part of the deal is that it’s streaming for my favorite price, FREE!  Making it’s debut in 2007 in select theaters, it’s been unavailable for purchase or online viewing until now.  This is most likely a move to capitalize off of Noisey’s upcoming NOLA: Life, Death and Heavy Blues from the Bayou.  A review is forthcoming.  You can watch the film below.

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An video has appeared online that chronicles Metallica’s first European tour in 1984.  From the video’s description:

‘How Metallica raised hell in De Westereen’ (original title: ‘Hoe’t Metallica De Westereen op ‘e kop sette’), the 2014 Omrop Fryslân TV documentary of Douwe Talma about the show Metallica did in the small Dutch village Zwaagwesteinde (De Westereen) on June 9th 1984. The documentary features exclusive interviews with Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich.

That Zwaagwesteinde gig 30 years ago was the first Metallica European headline show ever, thanks to a mistake of the local venue owner. The documentary features a story full of anecdotes about the time that Metallica was still an unknown band and heavy metal was something completely new to everybody in Holland.

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The Distortion of Sound documentary covers what has gone on with the loudness wars over the past few years.  As the way consumers have listened to music, and the reliance on all-in-one components have began to misshape the way albums were intended to sound.  The 20+ minute film has an all-star cast listed below.

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The band get’s two things out of the way in the first two minutes; there are two new members in the band in the last few years and they are marijuana connoisseurs that will gladly accept your pot, but please people, have standards! With that out of the way we head straight out on The Warped Tour! Proclaiming they are on the tour to save kids before EDM and Internet rap can ruin the youngsters lives, the band quickly show what life on The Warped Tour is like, both on stage and behind the scenes. This is quite interesting for anyone who has ever been to the tour. I attended the first few tours (side note: I saw Sublime on the very first Warped Tour, which drew terribly in a 40,000 seat stadium, and a few years later saw Eminem on a tiny side stage prior to his debut album’s release), but stopped going prior to the festival adding any metal band’s, so the backstage situation was very interesting.

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Sam Dunn and Banger Films have once again put together a must see documentary for heavy, and in this case extreme, metal fans. Metal Evolution: the Lost Episode – Extreme Metal is well worth your time. Attempting to crowd fund the project through an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $135,000, Dunn and company fell well short. Even though the program only raised 30% of its goal, the campaign utilized the Flexible Funding option, which means that whether or not the campaign reached its funding amount the film would be made. True to his word, Dunn completed the film, but as a bonus made it available to everyone through a bit torrent download.

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