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The long-mooted and controvers­ial Lords Of Chaos finally saw release


Metal’s most infamous scene finally got the big screen treatment, and attracted all the debate and controvers­y that you’d expect for a film about self-harm, suicide, church burning and murder. Directed by music video director extraordin­aire and former Bathory man Jonas Åkerlund, Lords Of Chaos

– based on the 1998 book of the same name – fiercely split opinion in the extreme metal scene. “They made a movie of our lives and didn’t even bother to call us,” ranted Mayhem’s Necrobutch­er, with many accusing Jonas of stretching the truth too thin. Nonetheles­s, like the scene that bore it, the film certainly made an impact.

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