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
Great doc. The early 90s Black metal scene can never be duplicated. It was something special and this film captures that. RIP Dead
I thought it was an interesting take on the Mayhem incident. It was actually nice hearing from their perspectives as opposed to just reading it. I have heard of the band before and the scene, but this was pretty refreshing to see. I dont condone what they did either.
I went into this with no knowledge of the Norwegian black metal scene and I have to say that the interviews did little to improve my understanding. The documentary feels as if you've stepped into it in the middle--or are watching a sequel or continuation. There's nothing about the evolution of black metal, the formative years of the interview subjects, musical and stylistic influences, or an overarching theme to the whole thing. Too much time is spent on a visual artist's interpretation of the movement, overlong scenes of train rides, and a bizarre performance piece by Frost. There's some insightful comments from one of the musicians from inside his maximum security prison (where he's serving 21 years for the murder of a fellow musician), but I left the film still knowing next-to-nothing about the hows and whys of black metal.
Great look at a problematic genre of music. Varg is an insufferable dumbass but good for perspective on why early black metal went bad. Great film.
Hipsters trying to understand black metal. The bits about “Frost” are cringeworthy. Only good part is finally seeing Varg Vikernes speak. Little did we know he’d be doing a lot of this thru his Thulean Perspective youtube channel.