By Ana Cubides
«It is not easy to be in the Metal. Society is against Metal »
Toshi, vocalist and bass player of Syphilectomy
It is definitely one of my must-see recommended for the I Film and Metal Festival (FICIME, by its Spanish acronym). This magnificent and millimeter audiovisual document is imposed as one of my favorites into the ecosystem of musical documentary cinema. Its director Roy Dipankar (link to http://www.royvilleproductions.com/about.html) immerses himself in the underworld of extreme underground music, in one of the farthest and less informed continents related to Metal Music. Roy, an active agent in various roles of the subcultures of India, presents his first documentary released this year. The FICIME will be his first test in the Metal universe, even before its projection in the famous Wacken Open Air 2019 (August 1 and 3).
This documentary is a geographical tour inside the historical Indian subcontinent, which currently includes countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. These are like Latin American countries; they belong to emerging economies, they have internal conflicts and are predominantly tropical. In other words, there are many coincidences with Colombia. This area of South Asia is full of music, but its director says: "Heavy metal or its more obnoxious offshoot underground extreme music, has largely remained unexplored, misconstrued and misrepresented since years...”
In this way, Roy reveals the current state of Metal in this area and the testimonies of its actors (artists and specific bands) and practices in this sound ritual. This area that is not exempt from globality and that in recent times where the Network specifically warns of a world where ideological extremes are inflamed and fanaticized religion increases. Metal does not isolate itself from it. This is perceived; with worldwide live canceled for including bands with specific exclusionary policies and with direct accusations of spreading these ideas of hate and segregation from the Metal. Colombia would not be excluded, Marduk was canceled last year and the incrimination of Inquisition in several messes.
When you open this audiovisual book, you will find three chapters that manifest the visions of the world and the convictions of the bands and their members. This well-accomplished piece is a profound document with a methodical and neat investigation into the unfathomable territories of Metal shown from Black Metal, transiting Death Metal and Grindcore, even to Power Electronics. The technical part is extremely exploratory and fresh, this is evidenced in the precious details of the daily life of each city visited; high definition details of cities as far away as sisters of Colombia. In the live shows, unique and hallucinogenic planes appear, in the interviews and conversations diversified and almost organic planes appear, where each artist exposes her/his arguments.
In this journey will be known: the expansion of the incredible death metallers of Genocide Shrines released by Cyclopean Eye Productions and their cancellations of international live shows or the pioneers of the Indian stridency, Millennium. They also examine Metal and its predominant religions, where the anti-Buddhism that explores Metal with Power Electronics appears, or a vegan vocalist/guitarist and Black Metal animalist who exposes his transit to believe in the elephant deity; the danger of Muslims, the 969 movement in Myanmar and the fear that the Taliban infuse to make Grindcore or any music in Pakistan.
The documentary shows us some groups and most importantly, it resembles the problematic approaches of which also Songs of Injustice (2019) of Professor Varas-Díaz, in the Extreme Nation case, What is Metal saying to the Indian subcontinent (and how it manifests)?
Public spectator friend, we wait for you at the avant premiere for Colombia and the westernized world of Extreme Nation and later at the film forum with the ethnomusicologist of the UNAM, Alfredo Nieves. These activities will take place on Friday, July 26 at the Cinema Luna open-air screening at the Fe y Alegría of Bosa School from 5 to 8 PM.
Do not miss it!