As the Palaces Burn (2013)
With no radio or TV support, Virginia’s genre-hopping Lamb of God built themselves into twenty-first century metal gods. The group’s diabolically divine trip took a tragic detour in 2010 when a teenage fan fell from the stage at a Prague show and died. Two years later, lead singer Randy Blythe stood accused of pushing the youth to his death and faced manslaughter charges. The documentary As the Palaces Burn accompanies Blythe to the Czech Republic for his trial and weaves a moving tale of heavy metal heartbreak and the redemptive power of rock when life and death hit us hardest.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
Anvil is a great ’80s metal band that almost made it to stardom. Anvil: The Story of Anvil is the great documentary that finally finished the job. Singer Steve “Lips” Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner struggle to keep the dream (barely) alive as the movie starts and we follow them to one of the happiest, hardest rocking endings in all of cinema, metal or otherwise.