INTERVIEW: LORDS OF CHAOS Director Jonas Åkerlund

Hardcore metal fans will no doubt already be familiar with the book, Written by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlin, that chronicled a series of shocking crimes that shook Oslo, Norway in the early 1990’s committed by the founders of the black metal bands MAYHEM and BURZUM and subsequently blew the lid off the underground Scandinavian Black Metal scene.. Combining a realistic look at the oft-neglected world of metal, a beautiful Norwegian setting, the blackest of black humour and brutally visceral scenes of violence, LORDS OF CHAOS may be the rare film that is truly, uniquely “black metal”.

The film adaptation is directed and co-written by acclaimed music video director Jonas Åkerlund, who’s impressive resume boasts some of the worlds most watched and recognisable clips by massive name artists such as Metallica, The Prodigy, The Smashing Pumpkins, Rammstein, Madonna, Paul Mcartney, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé to name a few.

Åkerlund also happens to be the former drummer for pioneering 80’s black metal band BATHORY who carved a legendary path on their own.

In the lead up to the national screenings, Nev Pearce had the chance to sit down with Jonas for The Faction and Everblack Podcast to talk about the challenges of adapting and casting Lords of Chaos, reactions to the subject material with audiences in theatres, his relationships with the real people behind the story, his legendary career and upcoming work with Rammstein! Check it out here!

LORDS OF CHAOS stars: Rory Culkin as Euronymous Emory Cohen as Varg Vikernes Sky Ferreira as Ann-Marit Jack Kilmer as Dead Lords of Chaos - Official Film Trailer (HD)

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