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Until the Light Takes Us (2008)

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Chronicles the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal - a musical subculture infamous as much for a series of murders and church arsons as it is for its unique musical and... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Fenriz ...
Himself - Darkthrone (as Gylve 'Fenris' Nagell)
Varg Vikernes ...
Himself - Burzum (as Varg 'Count Grishnackh' Vikernes)
Øystein Aarseth ...
Himself - Mayhem (archive footage) (as Øystein 'Euronymous' Aarseth)
Hellhammer ...
Himself - Mayhem (as Jan Axel 'Hellhammer' Blomberg)
Per Ohlin ...
Himself - Mayhem (archive footage) (as Per 'Dead' Ohlin)
Olve Eikemo ...
Himself - Immortal (as Olve 'Abbath' Eikemo)
Harald Nævdal ...
Himself - Immortal (as Harald 'Demonaz' Nævdal)
Bjarne Melgaard ...
Himself - Visual Artist
Bård Eithun ...
Himself - Emperor (as Bård 'Faust' Eithun)
Kristoffer Rygg ...
Himself - Ulver (as Kristoffer 'Garm' Rygg)
Frost ...
Himself - Satyricon (as Kjetil 'Frost' Haraldstad)
Himself - Filmmaker


Chronicles the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal - a musical subculture infamous as much for a series of murders and church arsons as it is for its unique musical and visual aesthetics. This is the first (and only) film to truly shed light on a movement that has heretofore been shrouded in darkness and rumor and obscured by inaccurate and shallow depictions. Featuring exclusive interviews and verité with the musicians, a wealth of rare, seldom seen footage from the "Inner Circle"s earliest days, Until the Light Takes Us explores every aspect of the controversial movement that has captured the attention of the world. This is the movie that gets inside the minds and hearts of black metal's musicians. The filmmakers moved to Norway, living and filming there for two years. The movie is not about them though - it's about the extraordinary people and events that make black metal unique, unforgettable, and inevitable. This is black metal as seen through the eyes of ... Written by Audrey Ewell

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Music. Arson. Murder. Art. Black Metal.


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Release Date:

12 August 2010 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Mehri to fos na mas kerdisei  »

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$7,246 (USA) (4 December 2009)


$119,601 (USA) (26 March 2010)

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Fenriz: Part of me wishes this whole thing hadn't become a trend, but, you know, people like to dress up.
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For the purist...
30 December 2015 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

"Until the Light Takes Us" gives an insight into the rise of the pure black metal from back in the early 1990's, and not in the abominable mutation - read money-fueled mainstream measured by commercial success

  • that black metal has grown into by today.

The documentary sheds light on the early years of black metal, of how it started, what fueled it (no pun intended), who the persons of significant influence were, and such. And the filmmakers did have a neutral approach and let the musicians themselves bring forth what they had to tell and share.

This particular documentary is aimed at the purist mostly, and I don't mean purists in a negative way. What I do mean is those whom have an interest in black metal at its core of all its desolation, raw sound, brutality and deeper meaning, and not the orchestral and keyboard mutation it has grown into today.

"Until the Light Takes Us" brings interviews with and opinions from Fenriz, Varg Vikernes, Hellhammer, Abbath, Demonaz, Garm and Frost. If you listen to black metal then you should already be more than familiar with these musicians.

The documentary doesn't glorify or slander the black metal scene, but brings out into light some views and opinions that sheds light upon a great many aspects of this darker side of metal.

I can strongly recommend that you take the time to watch "Until the Light Takes Us".

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