If you’re into Black Metal – a sub-sect of the genre that’s lathered in Paganism and plenty of blood – then you can throw a pair of devil horns in the air, because director Jonas Akerlund’s (Spun, Horseman) latest macabre odyssey of metal mayhem just received a teaser trailer.
Telling the story of Norwegian Black Metal’s rise to infamy in the early days of Oslo, Norway, Lords of Chaos depicts the upbringing of Euronymous (Rory Culkin), a young guitarist who forms the band Mayhem in 1984 with fellow musicians Manheim (James Edwin), Necrobutcher (Jonathan Barnwell) and Maniac. What ensues is the birth of a genre that would encapsulate a country and envelope it in the blackest blood the country has seen since the Vikings laid ruin.
Jonas Akerlund, who entered the Black Metal scene in 1983 as the drummer of the influential band Bathory, began directing music videos for the likes of metal heavies Candlemass and British ravers Prodigy, bringing the intrusive brilliance of ‘Smack My Bitch Up‘ to life. After directing the documentary I’m Going to Tell You a Secret, Akerlund garnered a Grammy Award for directing the extensive music video for Madonna titled The Confession Tour, proving that the vision of Black Metal runs deeper than Baphomet and church burning.
Based off the book of the same name written by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind, Lords of Chaos looks to illustrate not only the rise of Black Metal pioneers Mayhem but the suicide of fellow band member Dead (played by Jack Kilmer) and their involvement with Burzum founder Varg (portrayed by Emory Cohen) – who would serve 15 years of a 22-year sentence for the murder of Euronymous and the subsequent arson of Christian churches.
Our own Kimberley Elizabeth was lucky enough to catch the Fantastic Fest premiere back in October, and called the onslaught of metal, murder and mayhem “confronting, upsetting and sometimes hilarious.”
Lords of Chaos also stars Anthony De La Torre, Sky Ferreira, Valter Skarsgard, Sam Coleman and Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht and will hit theaters on February 8th, 2019.