Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom. When a title like that comes your way, you don't ask questions - you just accept it. Or well, maybe you do ask the following questions - what is this thing and where can I find it? The answer to the first question would be a short film. The answer to the second which could be rephrased as "where can I see it" would be a film festival for some, such as myself, as I saw it during its film festival run in 2014. For others, the answer would be on the DVD released alongside the film's soundtrack album. Yes, this short film has a soundtrack album. Why, you may ask? To answer that I will have to elaborate on the answer to the first question and explain what this short actually is.

Nightsatan is a Finnish band hailing from the city of Turku - the city where yours truly has been living and going to university for the past few years, thank you very much. Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom is a 24-minute short film that originally premiered in 2013, and for which not only did Nightsatan write the soundtrack, but in which they also star. The band are a synth-based group who - as the description to the film's trailer on YouTube states - are "influenced by the aesthetics and the soundscapes of the golden era of the horror, science fiction and fantasy b-movies of the 1980s". Indeed, Nightsatan's soundtrack wouldn't seem out of place in an '80s sci-fi action movie like The Terminator, or in a cheesy '80s Saturday morning cartoon show.

The short is set in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland in Karelia in the year 2034. This combined with the band's outfits which are heavy on studs and leather can't help but bring to mind Mad Max to a certain extent. The film, as the band's website states, draws inspiration from the Italian genre cinema of the 80s - so much so in fact that despite being a Finnish-made film the dialogue is all in Italian which was dubbed in during post-production. Seemingly bizarre and weird? That about sums up the tone of the entire short actually, me thinks.

Being a synth-based group, my first instinct would've been to categorize Nightsatan as something of a synth pop band. The band themselves however describe their sound as being "post-apocalyptic laser metal" - synthesizer-based metal, if you will. While I won't argue that you can't write metal songs with genre-appropriate melodies and then arrange them as synth tracks, I will argue however that most of the music in Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom isn't very metal. Metal more than anything is about attitude. Heck, I'd call Eminem pretty damn metal despite him being a rapper. But most of the music in Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom is actually quite mellow and atmospheric. Really there's only one or two tracks on the soundtrack that I could instantly imagine as metal songs were they arranged to be played with electric guitars. The only thing that would really tip you off to Nightsatan's metal influences is their look in the film. The band's costumes incorporate lots of studs and leather, making them look more like an 80s speed metal band than anything else. In fact most of my attention while watching the short just went into thinking about how cool the band looks and how much I wanna look as cool as Wolf-Rami (the other two members of the group go by Inhalator II and Mazathoth).

Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom is directed by CHRZU who really didn't make an impact on me until late last year when his latest short The Contract (which is incidentally also scored by Nightsatan) got its Finnish premiere at the Night Visions film festival in Helsinki last November (the same film festival Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom premiered at two years prior). The short premiered alongside a screening of Deathgasm which turned out to be one of my favorite movies of 2015, so needless to say I was very happy walking out of that screening. The Contract is only five minutes in length but CHRZU manages to pack as much utter insanity into it as humanly possible, and then some.

If you manage to track down the film, do yourself a favor and watch it. With how much I laughed during it, I probably added an extra year to my lifespan for every second the short lasted. But mind you, only watch it if you have no reservations about anything, because it will have you laughing at things you probably shouldn't be laughing at. Or then you'll be appalled and shaking your head. It's an acquired taste, what can I say. Much like Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom, although I still haven't quite gotten the taste for that one. It's a nice little light snack I'd say. Just don't go in expecting the satisfaction of a full three-course meal.