Movies and music have always been married to each other. Film scores have helped to create some of the most iconic scenes in movies, but music has never been the focus of a lot of great movies until recently. In recent years, documentaries about music have absolutely exploded, with films about grindcore, shoegaze, punk, and practically every major band you can think of. Comparatively, full on theatrical releases with music as the focus have been fairly sparse in recent years. Although last year we were graced with Whiplash, a movie about a jazz drummer, there wasn’t many other notable releases in the past few years that featured a plot directly related to music, and even less so for the world of loud rock and metal. Looking forward, we are getting a few releases at least: Deathgasm, which seems to be more of a campy release, and Metalhead, which seems to be a very promising, well-written drama.
Metalhead, directed by Ragnar Bragason, is a very intense Icelandic drama where a young woman named Hera, played by Thora Bjorg Helga, is haunted by the death of her older brother in a farming accident, which sends her to a place of gigantic guitar sounds and wailing vocals. The film was the winner of eight awards at the 2014 Icelandic Film Awards including best actress, best supporting actor, and original score. The film also received rave reviews during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and the 2014 SMJ Music Marathon in New York. Now, the film has been premiered by Decibel magazine with a scene from the film, a new trailer, and now has a release planned for VOD on April 3rd as well as a few screenings in select places throughout America.
You can check out both of available clips below:
and the trailer:
Not only does the film look like a very intense drama, but the music behind it looks just as promising. It was arranged by Petur Ben, boasts some 80s and 90s head banging classics, and won original score, so what could possibly go wrong? Not to marginalize the film, but if it’s like Whiplash with metal, then this could end up being one of the biggest releases in 2015.