YAKUZA Recording New Album; Documentary in the Works

YAKUZA are currently at Engine Studios in Chicago to craft their sixth studio effort, which will be released later this year via Profound Lore Records.

Mainman Bruce Lamont comments, “There is one common thread in YAKUZA records – we thrive on VARIETY. We try to go to places we’ve never gone before and create open space – being experimental so to speak, but we still have a love for a good melody. Sanford [album producer]is a big help bringing the sounds together.  Lyrical themes focus on life and death, the light and the dark. Our last record was a reaction, somewhat of a warning call  for what has been happening globally and spiritually but not in a religious sense. This album is the aftermath, the balance between the light and the dark. And as dark as it gets, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.”

YAKUZA is also preparing a brand new visual offering. Director Justin Baron has filmed a documentary on the band’s history and unique sound. Be That As It May: Yakuza’s Seismic Consequence will be released later this year and features appearances by members of MASTODON, NACHTMYSTIUM, TRIPTYKON/CELTIC FROST‘s Tom G. Warrior and many more. Director Justin Baron is in need of funds to finish the project and has launched a Kickstarter in support of the film here.

Full-length Black Metal Documentary, Until the Light Takes Us, Posted for Streaming

The black metal documentary Until the Light Takes Us has been posted for streaming in its entirety including many hours of extra footage. The film spent most of last year playing at various theaters around the world and was recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The filmmakers, Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites, have decided to make the film available for online viewing* to give everyone an opportunity to view the film.

*Unfortunately the feature film is still not available for those in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and German speaking countries but the extras footage is.

Watch the film and extras here: http://www.blackmetalmovie.com/moviepage.html

Visit Factory 25 to purchase the DVD and/or Blue-Ray: http://www.factorytwentyfive.com/until-the-light-takes-us/

Until the Light Takes Us to Get DVD, Blu-Ray Release in North America

Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aits‘ documentary about black metal, Until the Light Takes Us, which has been screening around the world, has been confirmed to receive a DVD release in North America. Three versions will be available: a single disc DVD, a limited double DVD, and a Blu-Ray version of the limited double DVD.

The limited version contains every available second of special features, deleted scenes, outtakes, a class on the history of metal with Fenriz, interviews with ENSLAVED, Nocturno Culto, Necrobutcher and more, and expanded interviews with Garm, IMMORTAL, Varg, Fenriz and Hellhammer.

Until the Light Takes Us is available in Zone 1 (America and Canada) and Zone 4 (Mexico) with Spanish and French subtitles.

Discounted pre-orders can be ordered right now at: http://www.factorytwentyfive.com/until-the-light-takes-us/

Visit the film’s official site and Facebook pages for a upcoming screening information:
Official site: http://www.blackmetalmovie.com
International Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20217005803
International Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Until-the-Light-Takes-Us/68782874275?ref=ts
Main UK page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Until-The-Light-Takes-Us-to-the-UK/210895864087?ref=ts

Variance Films to Release Black Metal Documentary, Until the Light Takes Us, Theatrically in November

Variance Films has announced the acquisition of U.S. theatrical rights for Until the Light Takes Us, the acclaimed documentary from directors Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell. The film, which is the first documentary to go behind the scenes of the black metal genre, will open November 20 in NYC at Cinema Village and in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse, and December 11th in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s Sunset 5, with more dates to be added throughout November, December and January.

Dylan Marchetti, President of Variance Films commented on the acquisition: “I’ll be honest–my personal musical tastes run far more towards RADIOHEAD than black metal, so that fact that I found this documentary fascinating and completely engrossing from the first frame is a credit to the directors–they’ve created a film so truly unique that you don’t have to be familiar with the music, or even enjoy it, to appreciate the film. This is not a typical music documentary–it goes so much deeper than that.”

Directors Aites and Ewell added: “We couldn’t be happier to have partnered with Variance Films on the theatrical release of Until the Light Takes Us. They’re not scared by the fact that it’s as much a social critique as it is a rock doc, and will see that it’s presented properly. We were approached by a lot of companies who, due to the flashy subject matter, wanted this to be an exploitation release, and we had to pass. But Dylan and his team truly understand and respect the film, and we are pleased to be working with Variance in bringing this film to a much larger audience.”

The deal was negotiated between Marchetti on behalf of Variance Films and the filmmakers.

For all the latest information on the film including upcoming screenings in your town, visit these links:
http://www.blackmetalmovie.com
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20217005803
http://www.myspace.com/blackmetalmovie

ENSLAVED Guitarist Featured In The Heart Is A Drum Machine Documentary

The Heart Is A Drum Machine, the eagerly awaited documentary film that explores the complex and critical relationship between humanity and music, will premiere in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 25th at Nike’s Ricardo Montalbán Theater in the heart of Hollywood. Sponsored by L.A. Weekly and Nike, proceeds will benefit the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center in Watts, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Directed by Christopher Pomerenke and produced by Ryan Page, Joe Mundo, and Hans Fjellestad, The Heart Is A Drum Machine explores music’s role in shaping human history, the profound connection people have had to music throughout human history, how it has shaped our experiences, and its involvement in our daily lives. Tackling the topic is a who’s who of musicians including George Clinton, TOOL’s Maynard James Keenan, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERSJohn Frusciante, and JIMMY EAT WORLD’s Jim Adkins. Music historians and writers such as MTV’s Kurt Loder and KCRW’s Nic Harcourt were also interviewed, in addition to Carl Sagan’s widow and collaborator Ann Druyan, who discusses the Voyager Golden Record. THE FLAMING LIPSSteven Drozd created an original score for the film and covered Elton John’s “Rocket Man” with vocals by Maynard James Keenan.

ENSLAVED’s Ivar Bjørnson speaks about lucid dreams and music. He details how he became involved with the film here:

ENSLAVED went over to do three shows during South by Southwest 2008, in Austin, Texas. On the press schedule was My Heart is a Drum Machine, a constellation of words that caught my immediate interest. It turned out to be the shooting for a documentary on the complex relationship between music, humanity and psychology. I went to a villa outside Austin, sat down in a dark room, and started talking about these acutely huge issues: What is the essence of music? What does music mean to me? What can music do? It turned out to be an extraordinary session that seemed to be highly enjoyable for both me and the movie makers. Now, a year after, the movie has premiered in the United States, and hopefully it will make its way across the world. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, but the theme and the makers’ approach to it is truly interesting. I remember being brought back to the hotel and they told me the next guy to do a shoot was Elijah Wood, and thinking I was in good company. When I saw the final list, including TOOL’s Maynard James Keenan, George Clinton, Juliette Lewis and more, I realized the company was a lot more than merely ‘good’!”

Information about the screening day can be viewed here. Tickets are now on sale here. Parking information can be viewed here.

To view the film trailer for The Heart Is A Drum Machine, click here.

Please follow this link for more information: www.TheHeartIsADrumMachine.com