Shihad: Beautiful Machine
For over 20 years, Shihad has defined New Zealand rock music. From their roots in Wellington's furious 90's punk metal scene, to the wild Berlin days, the tragic overdose of their manager, the international explosion of The General Electric, and the infamous American name-change, Shihad: Beautiful Machine asks – what went wrong? More than a documentary, this is an all-access pass to an extraordinary rock saga, charting a legendary band's fight with fame, fortune, the industry, and finally – itself.
i blinking loved it. heaps of nostalgia, obviously, with footage of wellington but unexpectedly it's basically chronicles growing up. probably because i've grown up since the mid 90s and my shihad obsession.
Loved it and found it fascinating. I smiled non-stop through the early years up to Killjoy, and had lots of "ooohhhhhh - righhhhht" interesting moments in the second half. So five stars from me, but if you haven't followed Shihad for most of their career, or wondered where it all went wrong... then maybe knock a star or two off.
very well-shot documentary - mixture of media. Interesting story about each of the band members, the good & the bad, as well as the awesome-ness when everything was great