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Until the Light Takes Us (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 12 August 2010 (Germany)
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Interviews and news footage explore the rise of black metal music in Norway in the 1990s, including artists who were involved in suicide, murder and arson.

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Cast overview:
Fenriz ... Himself - Darkthrone (as Gylve 'Fenris' Nagell)
Varg Vikernes ... Himself - Burzum (as Varg 'Count Grishnackh' Vikernes)
Euronymous ... 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)
Abbath Doom Occulta ... 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
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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 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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Documentary | Music

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12 August 2010 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Mehri to fos na mas kerdisei  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,246, 6 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$119,601, 28 March 2010
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Fenriz didn't want to see the movie. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

The Freezing Moon
Performed by Mayhem
Music: Øystein Aarseth/Jørn Stubberud
Lyrics: Per Yngve Ohlin
Taken from the album Live in Leipzig
Courtesy of Peaceville Records Ltd. & Jørn Stubberud
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Good film.
7 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

If you appreciate early black metal and its pioneers such as Fenriz(DarkThrone) and Varg(Burzum,Mayhem) then this documentary is fantastic. I don't think this was fully meant to be a documentary on The Black Metal Scene as a whole, but more of a story of the dark circle and the inner conflicts and differences with in it. Mainly about Deads suicide, the death of Euronymous, and the Church Arsons across Norway. This tied up a lot of loose ends that I left untied for so many years until I saw this film. It answered a lot of questions I had about the story behind the events. Both Fenriz and Varg are well spoken in their own ways and they had my undivided attention while they were speaking. The sound track is good too, lots of good black metal as well as some ambient non black metal tracks. I think MUM in the soundtrack really was a nice touch. 10 out of 10 from me. Just sit back and enjoy the show, Blu Ray has lots of extras. Don't approach this movie with "oh i know everything about metal, I'm so effing awesome" attitude just sit back, relax, and enjoy. Don't waste your time being analytical.


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