Premiering on Bloodstock’s official YouTube channel earlier this week (Tuesday, October 6th), ‘Heavy Metal Painter‘ is a fantastic glimpse into the mindset of Paul, who tells his story of perusing his passion to paint, despite the financial and logistical roadblocks that got in his way as a young aspiring painter and metal fan.
Featuring members of Gojira, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Saxon, Molly Hatchet and Blind Guardian, with family members and friends, the documentary provides a great deal of clarity into Paul’s incredible life, from purchasing his first gallery, to taking a chance on booking Derby Assembly Rooms with former Bloodstock business partner, Vince Brotheridge for the very first Bloodstock Festival event, which took place back in 2001.
With a running time of just over 41 minutes, the mini-doc is packed full of Paul’s stunning artwork, combined with Bloodstock performance footage, unseen photos, and how the festival’s grassroots initiative, Metal 2 The Masses is now regarded as one of the most important annual events in the UK and Irish underground music scene.
Essential viewing for any self-respected Metal Fan.
In the immortal words of Paul Gregory “If you don’t take risks in life, then you just go away…bored…and die“.
Watch the full documentary below: