In Celebration of the Best Metal Documentaries

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Heavy metal fans are a tenacious bunch. Plenty of music fans will settle for a download or live television performance from their favorite acts, but metalheads are dedicated, compiling endless reels of footage into scrappy bootleg DVD collections, cataloging YouTube clips, generally devouring anything and everything they can get their hands on with obsessive passion.

The metal documentary is an art form in and of itself. Different from a performance document, the best docs dig into the heart of their subject matter, and in the case of metal, it's a strange, powerful place. Don't know where to start? Allow me to help.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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