Blekkmetal is a documentary about the one-off 2015 festival celebrating the origins of Norwegian black metal. Featuring exclusive interviews and footage of Enslaved, Taake, Aeternus, Gehenna, Helheim, Old Funeral, Kampfar, Hades Almighty and Gaahls Wyrd performing classic and rare songs from their catalog, Blekkmetal features an all-Canadian production team including director David Hall (alumnus of Concordia University), metal studies scholars Vivek Venkatesh (Concordia University) and Jason Wallin (University of Alberta), and mobile media scholar Owen Chapman (Concordia University).  Blekkmetal is co-produced by the festival’s organizers Ivar Bjørnson, Jannicke Wiese-Hansen and Kirsti Rosseland.
The only way to watch the Blekkmetal film is to host a screening at your local cinema theatre or at a film festival that you are organising. Contact producer Vivek Venkatesh at for more details.

Past Screenings

**The Blekkmetal Film ** European Premiere – Norwegian Premiere

Grimposium, Uneasy Sleeper and the Blekkmetal festival organisers present:
**The Blekkmetal Film** – European Premiere – Norwegian Premiere  preceded by exclusive screening of portions of upcoming biopic **Enslaved 25: The Early Years**

TWO screenings on August 26, 2017. Facebook event here.
Georgernes Verft 12, 5011,
Bergen, Norway

Canadian filmmaking team Vivek Venkatesh, David Hall and Owen Chapman were in attendance.

Boundaries and Ties

Blekkmetal screened at the Boundaries and Ties conference at the University of Victoria, BC on Sunday June 11. The film was introduced by Anna Chilewska and followed by a Q&A with Jason Wallin and Vivek Venkatesh. For further information, click here.

Briefcasefest 2017 #1: The Blekkmetal Film with Basilica

Blekkmetal  screened at Briefcasefest 2017 on May 19 at Faith / Void in Toronto. The film was preceded by a performance from BASILICA (Malphas, Wasted Paper Zine) and followed by a Q&A session with director David Hall and producer Vivek Venkatesh.


3rd Annual Fantastic Cinema & Craft Beer Festival

Blekkmetal screened at the 3rd Annual Fantastic Cinema & Craft Beer Festival which was held from May 3-7, 2017 at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock, Arkansas.

April 19, 2017 @ Cinedelphia Film Festival in Philadelphia

Blekkmetal screened at Cinedelphia on Wednesday 19, April.


December 6, 2016 @ METRO cinema in Edmonton, Canada

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BLEKKMETAL was screened at 7pm alongside the 30th anniversary of HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT, as part of METRO’s ongoing music documentary series. The event was followed by a Q&A with Jason Wallin.

September 17, 2016 @ ALTA FIDELIDAD – Muestra Internacional de Cine Documental Musical in Bogotá, Colombia


The Blekkmetal Film was screened on September 17, 2016 in Bogotá, Colombia at the ALTA FIDELIDAD – Muestra Internacional de Cine Documental Musical – an internationally-renowned festival featuring music documentaries.  We salute our fans in Bogotá, Colombia and hope that they enjoyed our ode to the Bergen black metal scene. No fun, no trends.

July 3, 2016 @ Grimposium in Montreal, Canada


April 14, 2016 @ Grimposium 360 in Brooklyn, USA



Complete list of Blekkmetal press coverage

Metal Rules  Blekkmetal (Film Review) by JP

Decibel Blekkmetal documentary gets second US screening at Cinedelphia

Cinedelphia Review of the Blekkmetal film by Andy Elijah

CTV: What’s On: Documenting extreme metal music with Christine Long

CTV Montreal. Permission to think dark thoughts with Mutsumi Takahashi

Daily Vice Metal Music Therapy: Breaking the Silence on Solitude and Depression


Decibel “Norwegian Invasion event screens Blekkmetal movie, hosts Ivar Bjørnson’s BardSpec performance” by Greg Pratt

Voir “Blekkmetal et Bardspec: Des projets artistiques proposés par des membres d’Enslaved” par Yanick Klimbo Tremblay

University of Alberta ‘Blekkmetal’ is what the apocalypse sounds like by Scott Lingley

University of Alberta From shock to doc: Norwegian black metal on the big screen by Kateryna Barnes

Concordia University Montréal dans l’œil de la tempête Grimposium par Elisabeth Faure

Concordia University  Metal Heads, Brace yourselves! Grimposium gets set to storm Montreal by Elisabeth Faure

Montreal Rampage Black Metal Arrives with Grimposium and Ivar Bjornson’s Blekkmetal by Sinj Karan

Exclaim “Grimposium Brings “The Norwegian Invasion” to Montreal for 2016 Event” by Simon Slingerland

Yell Magazine “Grimposium’s Norwegian Invasion Hits Montreal” by Shawn Loeffler

BraveWords Blekkmetal review by David Perri

Zombitrol Blekkmetal review by Andrew Epstein

Hellbound Blekkmetal review by Laura Wiebe

Rezine Blekkmetal review


Extended trailer

Outtake footage

Enslaved performing Jotunblod from the Blekkmetal documentary.

Taake – “Myr” live at Blekkmetal festival 2015. Outtake from Blekkmetal.

Outtake footage from inaugural performance of Gaahls Wyrd from Blekkmetal.