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Netflix's Metal Lords Writer Shares Praise For Hard Rock Icon's Big Cameo And All The Band References In Hunter's Bedroom

Spoilers below for anyone who hasn’t yet watched Netflix’s Metal Lords, so be warned!  

At face value, Netflix’s Metal Lords is about a hormonal dude who gets very pissy at every obstacle opposing his dream of becoming a metal god. A bit deeper than that, and it’s a tale of teen friends achieving maturity by working through the inanity of the human experience in order to achieve art. No matter how you view the film, though, something else that stands prominently and deserves further dissection is Metal Lords’ stellar set list of rock icon cameos — anchored by Judas Priest’s Rob Halford — as well as the mass assortment of posters, T-shirts, and other band-specific merch that was culled together by the production designers and wardrobe department. 

When CinemaBlend spoke with screenwriter D.B. Weiss, formerly of Game of Thrones fame, I asked about the film flipping Hunter’s stereotypical slur on its head, and that leading to the out and loving it frontman Rob Halford later appearing to offer some of Metal Lords’ most sage advice. Here’s how Weiss put it:

I would say that Hunter's sexuality isn't something that we go into much in the film, but it's an interesting side avenue if we had more time that we could discuss. And we were lucky and blessed to have Rob agree to be a part of the film in the way that he was. And it was just, for me, to meet and be able to spend time with that lovely and amazing man was just kind of... I'm not usually at a loss for words, but I was just kind of at a loss for words at what it felt like to be able to spend time with him, and just what a truly wonderful human being he is. Yeah, just being able to put it all together with him as a part of it, and the music that he created at the heart of it, I could never have asked for more.

It should come as no surprise, especially at this point, to learn that D.B. Weiss kinda enjoys Rob Halford and Judas Priest, along with the plethora of other bands and musicians who are name-checked throughout Metal Lords (currently available to those with a Netflix subscription). I do think that as cool as it was to see Anthrax’s Scott Ian — a Game of Thrones vet in his own right — Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello (an executive producer on the movie), and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett showing up as advisory spectators for Jaeden Martell’s Kevin, it actually meant something for one of very few gay metal gods to be the one who gave Kevin the sage wisdom needed to ditch the random make-out session in order to readjust to his musical priorities.

And just because Metal Lords is something of a more personal passion project for D.B. Weiss ahead of his and David Benioff’s upcoming sci-fi saga The Three-Body Problem for Netflix, that doesn’t mean the details for the set design were any less impressive than they were on Game of Thrones. Albeit with far more concert flyers and band-themed pinball machines involved. When I asked D.B. Weiss about that part of the process being an enjoyable one, he didn’t have to do much to convince me that it would have been a blast to bring it all together. In his words:

Designing Hunter's bedroom was a real [treat]. It was something that they kinda had to pry me away from the process, because it's something I could have obsessed over. The details of, like, what's on his nightstand, and what's on his back wall, and what's everywhere. There was so much fun to be had in putting together all those little details that kind of gave you a window into this kid's mind, and slapped it all over his walls that way. It was great.

As much as I envy those who put all that together, I’m even more jealous of whoever took it all down and kept it. I presume the collection came from a variety of sources in the first place, and that it wasn’t just a free-for-all by way of random dibs. But if ever there was a set for a metal fan to nab something from. Especially since Jaeden Martell and co-stars Adrian Greensmith and Isis Hainsworth weren’t even fans of the music upon going into the film. 

To relive the superb basement bedroom walls and more from the Dalai Halford, fans can stream Metal Lords on Netflix right now, and can then dive into loads of other great Netflix movies while waiting for The Three-Body Problem to arrive later this year [said in the most optimistic voice ever]. 

Nick Venable
Nick Venable

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.