Made on a crowdfunded, shoestring budget, this film offers a visceral look into a hazy black hole that lies at one extreme of the musical spectrum.

Doom is a style of heavy metal that’s all about crushing riffs played at sluggish tempos through huge amps, and the foundations of the genre were laid on Black Sabbath’s debut album in 1970.

Doom’s experienced a resurgence in popularity of late, and in this documentary, local filmmaker, Connor Matheson follows the story of Holy Spider Promotions.

They’re a DIY collective who put on doom gigs in Sheffield but they’re constantly up against it, vying for space and attention on behalf of an extreme and polarising form of music.

Through the lens of doom the film explores issues such as drug use, mental health and gentrification, and Connor speaks with luminaries from the scene, including Bill Ward (original drummer of Black Sabbath) and members of Conan, CrowbarPrimitive Man, SlabdraggerWet Nuns, Kurokuma and more.

The premiere on 9th July sold out two screens at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield and was a huge success. See photos from that night here.

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The filmmakers

The Doom Doc initially grew out of Sheffield-based artistic collective, DEADidea.

After producing music videos for local bands and artists, including Sheffield sludge band, Kurokuma, DEADidea decided to begin documenting the UK doom/stoner/sludge scene in more detail.

Connor Matheson
Connor Matheson

Many of DEADidea‘s members would go on to work on The Doom Doc, with Connor Matheson taking on the role of director/producer.

Connor works as a freelance photographer/videographer with work published by the BBC and Der Spiegel.

He graduated with a 1st Class Honours BA in photojournalism from London College of Communication and recently won a place on the Grierson Trust DocLab scheme.

Contact the team at deadideaproductions AT gmail DOT com.

Indiegogo crowdfunder

In the early stages of The Doom Doc the team ended up losing a huge amount of footage due to faulty hard drives.

While initially discouraged, they regrouped and decided to ask the doom community for financial backing through crowdfunding website, Indiegogo.

Crowdfunder success
Crowdfunder success

The target was £500 which would go towards costs for storage media, camera batteries and transport, and perks such as DVD pre-orders, tickets to the eventual premiere and mentions in the credits were offered.

Thanks to the support of bands and fans, they ended up reaching their target in 7 hours and went on to raise nearly £800 in total!

See the Indiegogo campaign page here.