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Watch Underside in the Epic New documentary No Silence: Heavy Metal From Nepal

Close your Netflix tab as we’ve got something more awesome to watch than old episodes of Rick and Morty. Brand new documentary No Silence: Heavy Metal from Nepal is here to take you on a mind-blowing journey inside the region’s growing heavy metal scene.

The documentary also shines a light on the growing success of Underside who are set to to be the first Nepalese band to play Download this June.

Tell me more…

At Download we love heavy metal, but in Nepal they LOVE heavy metal. No Silence explores the region’s passion for the the genre with Kathmandu metallers, Underside, at the beating heart of the story.

The roots of the region’s passion for heavy metal, however are shown in the documentary to lie much deeper than just a passion for face-melting riffs. In 2015 Kathmandu was struck by an earthquake, which killed nearly 9,000 people, injured nearly 22,000 and made hundreds of thousands homeless. Although it was the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal in over 80 years, the region’s faith in heavy metal music endured.

The documentary shows how Underside, Silence Festival and the wider metal community took the rules of the mosh – when someone falls you pick them back up – to help people to rebuild their lives again after the earthquake.

Who made it?

The documentary was directed by  Phil Wallis and produced by Alexander Milas. If their names sound familiar it’s because they’re the same guys who made Amon Amarth’s documentary, The Pursuit Of Vikings.

If you’re a fan of Milas’ work you can catch him at the World Metal Congress, a celebration of the global success of heavy metal, taking place in London on 22-23 March 2019. It’s got the Tony Iommi seal of approval, so it’s proper METAL.

Where can I watch it?

You can watch No Silence: Heavy Metal from Nepal in its entirety now on YouTube.

We’ll have our horns in the air when Underside make their debut at #DL2019 this June.

Don’t miss them and our headliners Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool plus many more in Donington Park on 14th-16th June 2019.