6(66) Reasons You Should Experience Gutterdämmerung!
No, not the Wagner opera! This is the grandiose lovechild of Swedish artist and music video director Bjorn Tagemose and it’s set to tear the London Palladium a new one on April 27th. You may have seen the name on the Download Festival 2016 poster, but what the hell is a Gutterdämmerung? We are told to expect a silent rock’n’roll film similar to the flicks of the 1920s with a live musical accompaniment…wait, what? It’s a silent movie with a live soundtrack? It’s a band playing with a movie backdrop a la Electric Wizard? Just what exactly is this crazy enigma and why should we go see it? Kerrang! offers you six reasons why you should brandish the date firmly into your memory!
6. Fuck You Establishment!
At Rock Am Ring in Germany, both Lemmy and Tagemose began discussing awards as a middle finger to Hollywood – and Tagemose suggested to call such an award a Golden Lemmy. Lemmy’s boyish response? “I like it!” And thus it was settled: Gutterdämmerung would go on to win five of these awards! Heck, if it’s got his seal of approval, you bet your ass it’s gonna be good! And what does Lemmy say if you don’t like it? “Fuck off!” ‘Nuff said!
5. “I WANT A TIGER TANK!”
The most rockin’ lineup in cinema history were all super enthusiastic to join the project, it was Lemmy who claims the spotlight once again! Legend has it (or a Belgian interview with Tagemose and Rollins, who co-wrote the script) that when approached with the idea of playing a general in the film, Lemmy, playing a one-armed bandit with a lady on his lap, proclaimed “I want a tiger tank!” Further legend has it that Lemmy himself designed the tank he rode into battle...that is a sequence we all want to see!
4. Come to the Sabbat
Enter the world of Satan himself! The organisers have promised to immerse the audience in a “real” black mass! Though we are sure no amount of soul-selling will bring any doom to those in attendance, we at Kerrang! are stoked by the idea of hell’s dominions being worshipped to the tune of heavy metal on stage! The very idea of all this included may not reshape the way we experience either music or cinema, but it sure as hell will define how heavy metal should be witnessed on the big screen. Take us higher, higher!
3. FREAKIN' LASERS!
No immersive rock opera would be complete without freakin’ lasers! After the show got forced to be rescheduled, the show organisers issued a statement not only detailing a venue upgrade but also a goddamn lasershow! It is an unprecedented addition to a “new” Gutterdämmerung show which only promises to add a whole new layer to this already mind-boggling ingenious performance, lighting up the venue in a dazzling display in time to the riffs and fills. Anyone who has ever witnessed a laser-filled show will tell you how damn cool they are!
2. The Greatest Show on Earth
But wait, it’s more than just a movie: it’s a whole damn spectacle! Accompanying the film is a thunderous tour-de-force of rock and metal history performed by a live band fronted by the talented Jesse Smith. With the Grail of Sin being the true star of the film, it makes complete sense to fully immerse the audience with the sounds that led us to this moment in time in the first place. It is listed as a “deafening rock ‘n’ roll version of Secret Cinema taking place in hell” which sounds utterly brutal! But wait, there’s more! We have been told to expect…
1. God Stole Rock and Roll From Ya?
More Grindhouse than silent classic, Gutterdämmerung is the battle between puritanism and rock’n’roll. After God has saved humanity from sin, renegade angel Viscious (Iggy Pop) casts the Grail of Sin – the Devil’s evil guitar – back to earth. The tyrannical priest Svengali (Henry Rollins) tasks the last pure girl (Olivia Vinall) to retrieve it for its destruction, but on the way she must battle a horde of rock’n’roll bastards, including a bad-ass rock chick played by adult film star/Tight bassist Tuesday Cross. Hell, we know which side we want to win in this epic battle! The movie is chock full of some of the biggest names of rock’n’roll! You’ve got Pop, Rollins, Lemmy Grace Jones, Tom Araya, Slash, Josh Homme, Jesse Hughes, Mark Lanegan, the dudes from Volbeat…surely this is the most metal cast in the history of cinema?
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Words: Jamie Cansdale