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THE DISTORTED ISLAND: Heavy Metal and Community in Puerto Rico

A new documentary is in the making. This time a film about heavy metal in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.Here’s what the creators of the film have to say:

The Distorted Island Puerto Rico metal documentary

“This upcoming documentary explores the emergence and maintenance of a metal scene in the Caribbean island. The documentary explores how local bands have survived for 30 years via strong community ties, while also highlighting the cultural and historical challenges faced along the way. Local artist Kadriel Betsen, a digital artist and guitarist for the extreme metal band Humanist, developed the artwork. Nelson Varas-Díaz, Osvaldo González, Eliut Segarra and Sigrid Mendoza compose the research and filmmaking team. Dr. Nelson Varas-Díaz is a metal fan and Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico who has led the team carrying out a research study on the local scene. The documentary will see its full release by the end of 2014.

When asked about the artwork for the movie poster, local artist Kadriel Betsen said the following: “This artwork attempts to capture the very essence of Puerto Rico’s Heavy Metal scene. A scene where a particular musical taste influences the way we perceive and express our culture, and where our culture enriches and influences the way we create music. These two powerful factors gave birth to the Distorted Island…””

Check out the trailer:

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I started this website in 2011 because I always had a burning passion of sharing music and keeping people informed about what's going on in the metal world. If I am not sitting in a dark room in front of a computer, listening to some obscure metal (or Whitesnake), then I am usually found at a metal concert or a festival interviewing bands (or drinking beer). I am currently a History student at the University of Essex and I do some band PR on the side as well.

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