It seems as though some readers are concerned that the soundtrack of Heavy Metal won't be metal enough. Well, if you're looking for heavy metal, look no further: Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America is probably the most death metal movie I've ever seen, other than the most excellent documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. In a nutshell, Severed Ways is an alternate version of the discovery of America with Vikings.

There's very little dialogue, other than "translations" of Old Norse, a few memorable scenes of killing and dismembering animals, and one scene of the lead Viking (writer/director/star Tony Stone) literally pooping in the woods. Like, up close. This is all to the tunes of bands like Dimmu Borgir, Popol Vuh, Burzum, Brian Eno, Morbid Angel, Old Man's Child, Queens of the Stone Age and Judas Priest. As Manohla Dargis points out in her review of Severed Ways in the New York Times, "Given the Nazi fascination with Norse myths, the decision to use music by Burzum, a favorite of white supremacists, is unfortunate at best."

And, if you're really looking for death metal, get excited for the upcoming adaptation of Michael Moynihan's book Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, which will star Twilight's Jackson Rathbone as Burzum's Varg Vikernes. I can't wait until Stephene Myers' fans get a load of a Cullen playing a convicted murderer, church-burner, and all-around person of extremely dubious political and religious leanings. \M/
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