BlackHearts

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Genre: documentary
Producers: Fredrik Horn Akselsen and Christian Falch
Country: Norway

There are films that are similar in perception to a successful merchant's shop – like when you drop in just for the album of Dark Throne, but left the show loaded with a thematic T-shirt, book, figurine and a postcard with the rock star, which personally wishes you "health & wealth " on top of it all. Blackhearts is one of these documentaries. The producers managed to create the right proportion of an excellent mix of subject stories, geographical movements and even to some extent historical reports.

The main characters are three black metal bands making a kind of pilgrimage to Norway from their lands. Of course the countries were chosen for a reason (with a claim to black metal deficiency) - Iran (with the one-man band and the only black metal musician in his homeland), Colombia and Greece. The last one significantly stands out. First of all at least Septic Flesh and Rotting Christ would raise their eyebrows with a silent question: "Excuse me, but we’re doing good. " Secondly, the Greek guys in the Blackhearts feel more than free, unlike the other "pilgrims" who instinctively draw their heads in the shoulders. In general, the contrast between Norwegian and "guest" musicians is noticeable at once. And it concerns not only their behavior, but also the attitude towards black metal.

On one side stands free from raids from any pressure black metal Norway. And what do we see there? The representative of the Bergen administration gives a welcoming speech to the audience of Blastfest, clumsily but diligently making the sign of the horns. The scale of the Trondheim Rockheim blows up one’s mind.  "Special tours" to the replica of Fantoft. The representatives of the black metal scene during their free from metal time compose Christmas songs and perform in cover bands, living a versatile life. Why not?

On the other side stands an absolute antagonist. The threat of being put into jail for making music in this genre is more than real, and it does not matter whether he’s in his own country or not. Extremely small clubs (more like rooms), where audience consists of smth. like three people on chairs. Accusing glances of people passing by - a paradise for “whining oldies”. Readiness (and realization) to sell one’s soul, to reach the desired Norway for sure. The reverential touching of every brick in the basement of Helvete and the CDs of one’s own album accompanied by the comments of the professionally smiling employee of the label that had released it.

The full package for crying? Not at all. None of the characters of the film whines; they face harsh reality in a calm and positive way. Positive approach, by the way, is traced throughout the whole movie. And this, perhaps, is another of its distinctive features. The movie about the aggressively-depressive dark music turned out to be surprisingly light, without leaving melancholic aftertaste and making the viewers fall in love with Norway over and over again.

Even if you’ve already got enough of Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, you've seen Fantoft hundreds of times, visited Helvet and Rockheim; you are not interested in the life of black metal lovers from "exotic" countries; still there’s a thing you must watch the movie for -  Abbath without corpse paint.
To sum it up – watching Blackhearts is a must.


Watched: Nat Nazgul



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