The crowdfunding campaign launched via Indiegogo to help finance the first-ever documentary to focus on the underground extreme metal scene in the Netherlands that spawned such influential bands like Asphyx, Pestilence and The Gathering has now reached its goal. Yet there’s still three weeks left until the end of the campaign and to help spread the word about the ambitious project. If you’re interested you can find out more here.
Titled Metaal (a literal translation of ‘metal’ in Dutch) this documentary gives a retrospective look into the glory days of extreme metal in The Netherlands between 1985 and 1995. Redman, an award winning documentary filmmaker and renowned music producer along with Köhnen who is also a founding member of re-activated doom-metal group Celestial Season are set to produce an educational and entertaining memoir of a period in time where Dutch metal saw rise to a legion of influential bands that formed an explosive scene. Documenting interviews with original members of Thanatos, Asphyx, Pestilence, Celestial Season,Gorefest, Sinister, Acrostichon, The Gathering and so on. Metaal will also feature testimonies from a great number of fans of the scene including Eric Peterson of Testament, Kelly Shaefer from Atheist and Max Cavalera of Soulfly, CavaleraConspiracy and Killer Be Killed.