TV Documentary “Heavy Metal Save My Life!”: Saviors with Deadly Nails – MEDIA

It’s always easy to say: some kind of music saved your life at this moment or that. But there are clearly cases where it’s not just metaphorical. And in these cases that was not the case Which type of music. Instead, tuned guitars and double bass drums often play an important role in the process.

Heavy metal saved my life! is the name of a two-part TV documentary by Andreas Krieger and Mariska Lief for Hessischer Rundfunk, which can be viewed at the ARD media library – and of course you can listen to it. The second episode is about the queerness of metal, that is, about all the non-sexual aspects that were of course part of the aesthetic fascination of hardness and heaviness and leather and nails from the very beginning. But the first episode is actually about the fans whose lives I literally saved, who pull themselves out of such existential crises with the help of harsh guitar riffs that at first seemed like the most bearable of all the options. With Andy left over from Munich, for example, it’s actually hard to imagine that Schlager or Jazz would have been equally helpful. And with what young Mexico City mom Xian had to contend with, the old disco hit “Last Night My DJ Saved My Life” could have done little as sweet folklore or gangsta rap. Xian, a victim of extreme sexual violence, wants or needs to slip into the fantasy bathrooms of British band Iron Maiden instead.

On the other hand, Andy, who also accompanies the film’s cast at the “Iron Maiden” concert, has been addicted to heroin for too long for lighter doses of music. For years he belonged to the tough drug scene in the station district of Frankfurt am Main. And it is precisely there that he has to return from his new life in Munich, settled in metal, because the concert will take place at the Eintracht stadium, and in the Bahnhofsviertel in Frankfurt an amazing number of people are still hanging on their needles. And in the streets. Maybe more than in his day, Andy says. You see him somewhat shattered in the face of a former life which was very likely to be followed by an early death, and then at the concert you see him gleefully punching into the sky, shrieking, and other men with lots of band patches on their backs and lots of life stories happily beating on shoulders in front of stomachs.

You can scare addicts with classical music; Sometimes you can catch them with the metal

addicts can be reliably intimidated with delightful baroque violins; The corresponding music program is therefore often from the station’s forecourt loudspeakers. With solid metal guitars, on the other hand, it feels like you can still get a grip on it sometimes.

Unfortunately, the cause of this condition is not explored in more detail here. It will be interesting in every way. In an early story by Thomas Mann, a young woman, said to be expendable at the time, is murdered somewhat over the unresolved love chord of Wagner’s “Tristan” while playing the piano for four hands. On the other hand, the tritone, which is very popular with metal bands because it is considered demonic, has been bringing healing happiness to people from all over the world and from all cultures for decades. It was helpful to talk to psychologists, neurologists, and synesthesia experts about the effects of music on behaviour. Which harmonize with any medications or not. And why is that.

On the other hand, what is more important for patients is that the drug works, not how or why. The documentation has other strengths – eg where it shows how this also applies to those who run it, ie the musicians. Bruce Dickinson, the cheerful and much-loved singer of “Iron Maiden” has a lot to say. And as a highlight, Mastodon’s Brann Dailor opens up his heart and photo album. Constantly searching for whether the record would finally make a comeback or at least tour, Mastodon fans have known for years that there’s also a cure to Twitter’s name problem: the now-oft-talked-about SMS service albeit coincidentally the same name as the metal band most influential of the twenty-first century. Mastodon’s vocal and drumming powerhouse, Bran Delor, has often stated how powerfully shaping and motivated her musical work is and almost said: Inspired by the pain of the death of family members. Of course, fans know that the landmark album Crack the Skye was a tribute to Skye Dailor, Brann Dailor’s sister who died in her teens. In this documentary here, he also shows photos of her for the first time and tells how, among other things, she helped him come to terms with loss, because you can’t cry and make music at the same time. At least not like that.

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