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Unveiling Malta's Metal Underground: A Journey Through "Brotherhood"

In the depths of Malta's cultural landscape lies a realm often overlooked yet fiercely vibrant: the extreme metal community. "Brotherhood: A Story of Metal in Malta," a captivating feature-length documentary, delves deep into this underground scene, uncovering tales of passion, resilience, and unyielding creativity.

Premier at Embassy Cinema 16/09/2017

Premiering with resounding success on the 16th of September 2017 at the Embassy Cinema Valletta, this documentary immediately struck a chord with audiences. Its subsequent screenings at Spazju Kreattiv, St. James Cavalier, Valletta, further solidified its impact, drawing enthusiasts and the curious alike into its world.

Through candid interviews with both established icons and emerging talents, "Brotherhood" paints a vivid portrait of a subculture often misunderstood and marginalized. Figures like Beheaded, Forsaken, Loathe, and Martyrium, alongside rising stars such as Align the Tide and Krishna, share their personal narratives, offering an intimate glimpse into their lives as part of Malta's metal fabric.

Screening in Malta Embassy CHina

Leo Stivala of Forsaken eloquently encapsulates the sentiment, stating, "Metal is a large, and integral part of my life. You have to experience it to believe it and to really understand what it is." These words resonate profoundly, embodying the essence of a community bonded by its love for extreme music.

Recognition for the documentary's excellence came swiftly, with "Brotherhood" clinching the Best Documentary award in the Feature-length section at the Alternative Film Festival (AltFF) in Toronto on December 18th, 2017. The accolade affirmed the filmmakers' dedication to showcasing Malta's metal prowess on a global stage.

Director Nicholas Bonello and producer Malcolm Alden's commitment to their craft shines through, reflecting their unwavering passion for local music, particularly the metal genre. As Malcolm expressed, "It means a lot to us that our hard work was recognized across the globe. We're happy to help in any way to promote the Maltese metal community."

Indeed, "Brotherhood" transcends mere documentation; it serves as a testament to the resilience and creativity embedded within Malta's metal scene. From gritty garage venues to electrifying album launches, the film captures the essence of a community bound by shared experiences and a love for sonic intensity.

With plans underway for a wider release through a crowdfunding campaign in early 2018, the documentary reached even greater audiences, amplifying the voices and stories of Malta's metal brethren. Backed by songs from Malta’s finest (see track list below) and an original score from David Depasquale, a luminary in the local scene, "Brotherhood" stands as a testament to the power of passion and perseverance in the face of societal stigma.

Anticipation Before the Premier Screening of the Documentary

In essence, "Brotherhood: A Story of Metal in Malta" beckons not just to seasoned metalheads, but to all souls eager to explore a world brimming with epic soundscapes and mythic narratives. It is an invitation to embrace the unconventional, to celebrate diversity, and to discover the profound sense of camaraderie that lies within Malta's metal brotherhood.

CD soundtrack features:

David Depasquale – Brotherhood

Krishna - Gilgamesh' Theme

Rising Sunset - Tower Of Babel

Align The Tide - Dead Religion

Abysmal Torment - High Them High

Forsaken - Dominaeon

Martyrium - Where No Shadows Cast The Fire Light

Beheaded - Beast Incarnate

Club Murder - Derailed

The Ranch - The Ugly Ducking

Loathe - A Glow So Haunting

The remaining few copies of the documentary on DVD and Blu-ray, along with the soundtrack CD, are now available exclusively for purchase from

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