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The film features four bands which play different styles within the metal music genre: Funeral in Heaven (Black Metal), Fallen Grace (Melodic Death), Merlock (Thrash Progressive) and Cannabis (Sludge Metal). The filmmakers show the bands in performance, interview the groups about the music scene and their experiences in it. The film was shot on DV using borrowed equipment in clubs around Colombo and Kandy, Sri Lanka over a period of two years.
The documentary was screened by Mathawaada Chithrapata on 15 May 2010, at the Alliance Française de Colombo. As of August 2010[update], the film has not been widely released to reviewers or the Internet - the filmmakers have stated that DVDs will be distributed at concerts presented by the bands.
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