(*/10) Norwegian death metal band Extol worked on a documentary that is called "Extol: of light and shade". The Christian metal band is well established and was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy. The death metal band is very well known in Norway but also outside of their home country.
The main topic of this rockumentary is religion and death metal. Extol was caught in a paradox situation being a Christian band that plays death metal. To some people this seems to be a total contradiction. Being condemend by the churches and threatened by self-appointed satanists the band was caught in the middle. The film is about how the band members combine their belief and their faith with the passion for death metal. The subtitle "God bless death metal" brings it right to the point.
Next to that also the five years break of the band, between 2007 and 2012, based on on illness and anxiety, are openly thematised on the DVD.
In addition to the band members it's also a few more people that are on this DVD. Hank von Helvete (Turbonegro) has been interviewed for the DVD as well as Californian pastor Bob Beeman and pater Arnfinn Haram, that deceased in the meantime.
The film was shown already on several festivals and was also on Norwegian TV.
"Extol: of light and shade" gives interesting insights into the live of a band and its musicians that have to handle a constant struggle between two extreme poles by just following their passion and their own belief.
Directed by Åsmund Janøy
Produced by Peter Espevoll and Åsmund Janøy
Label: Indie Recordings