Until the Light Takes Us
Directed by Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell
UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US tells the story of black metal. Part music scene and part cultural uprising, black metal rose to worldwide notoriety in the mid-nineties when a rash of suicides, murders, and church burnings accompanied the explosive artistic growth and output of a music scene that would forever redefine what heavy metal is and what it stands for to other musicians, artists and music fans world-wide. Until The Light Takes Us goes behind the highly sensationalized media reports of "Satanists running amok in Europe" to examine the complex and largely misunderstood principles and beliefs that led to this rebellion against both Christianity and modern culture.
The story of black metal; go behind the highly sensationalized media reports of "Satanists running amok in Europe" to examine the complex and largely misunderstood principles and beliefs that led to this rebellion against both Christianity and modern culture.
Cast: Gylve “Fenriz” Nagell, Varg “Count Grishnackh” Vikernes, Jan Axel “Hellhammer” Blomberg, Kjetil “Frost” Haraldstad, Harmony Korine
As others have said, it's not exactly a history of all kinds of black metal, but a specific movement of it at a specific place and moment in time. This movie scarred the crap out of me when I first saw it as a teenager. Now, seeing it again, I can appreciate more what it's trying to do, although it still is a bit unsettling. It's also quite depressing, to be honest.
I watch this documentary every year and still love watching it each time! Alot has changed since this was filmed, Varg's out of prison and has a active youtube channel to spit his views out on on a daily basis. Fenriz has a music podcast/radio show now so I highly recommend checking that out but I still enjoy this film for everything it brought to the world.
A interesting glimpse into the lives of a few of the main players involved in the most notorious story in Black Metal history but certainly not an actual history lesson by any means. Also, they gave that self-absorbed, sociopath Varg way too much of a soapbox for him to listen to himself talk. But if you like the bands and are interested in hearing some of their points of view it's a decent watch.