Game of Thrones co-creator DB Weiss talks about Metal Lords

by Netflix metal lords hits the streamer tomorrow April 8th. The coming-of-age film stars Jaeden Martell, Isis Hainsworth and Adrian Greensmith along with Brett Gelman and Joe Manganiello. Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello is also the film’s executive music producer.

“Two kids want to start a heavy metal band in a high school where exactly two kids are interested in heavy metal. Hunter (Adrian Greensmith) is a die-hard metal fan – is there any other? – who knows his story and can shred,” reads the official synopsis. “His dream in life is to win the next Battle of the Bands. He hires his best friend Kevin (Jaeden Martell) on drums. interested in Bieber than Black Sabbath, finding a bassist is a struggle.Until Kevin catches Emily (Isis Hainsworth) killing her cello.The ragtag crew must contend with school, parents, hormones and teenage angst while trying to get along long enough for Skullf*cker to win the battle of the bands.

ComingSoon Editor-in-Chief Tyler Treese spoke with metal lords writer and game of thrones co-creator DB Weiss on the film, his own love of the genre, and more.

Tyler Treese: When I was growing up it was the coolest thing to be in a metal band, and obviously times have changed and it’s not really fashionable anymore. So what inspired you to base yourself on a metal band and attract these outcasts?

DB Weiss: I think it’s interesting because, as you mentioned, it’s definitely not as big as it was 10-15 years ago. I think that kind of helps the movie because, like you said, it’s a movie about kids who are outcasts, who are way out of the mainstream. And, I think the further the music moved away from the mainstream, the more it helped make sense of that at the heart of the movie, if that makes sense. Like, I think Hunter would be the only kid who looks like that in his high school. Twenty years ago, he wouldn’t have been the only kid in his high school to look like this. But today I believe in it.

The film asks this question, “what is metal?” several times throughout, and we get a few different answers. When you think of metal, how would you define it?

That’s a very good question. I mean, I think metal, at least as it’s used in the movie, is a way for kids who don’t feel empowered to find a way to feel strong and confident and find the courage to to face the world and face the obstacles that stand before them. I think it gives Kevin, in particular, a sense of purpose, doesn’t it? I think he’s a kid who drifts a bit until he finds this music that helps him lock himself into a piece. And once he’s locked into that track, he actually realizes he’s really good at something. He’s a kid who never really considered himself to be really good at anything. And he discovers that against all odds, he is really good at it. And it changes the way he sees himself, and the way he sees the people around him.

The film is full of metallic references. Metallica, Ironman and even Goblin Cock are mentioned. What are your favorite metal bands?

I mean, yeah, obviously like Metallica and Iron Maiden, the Judas Priests, Pantera, and newer bands like Mastodon and Anthrax, and I go around the map with that kind of stuff. I like it so much we’d be here for a long time saying band names, which might not be very interesting to your listeners. But yeah, I would say that’s a very wide range of the genre that I’ve always been really into.

What did it mean to you to have metal royalty, Scott Ian, Kirk Hammett, Rob Halford and Tom Morello all in this movie?

I come, it was just throwing you away like some kind of Wayne’s World, “I’m not worthy”, like prostrate on the ground, arms outstretched, like “Please, please, please be part of this love letter to the music that you’re going to create”, you know? I will always be grateful to them for agreeing to be part of it.

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