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

English

Release Date:

12 August 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Mehri to fos na mas kerdisei See more »

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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: Part of me wishes this whole thing hadn't become a trend, but, you know, people like to dress up.
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Excellent documentary.
2 November 2010 | by whenbeautydiesSee all my reviews

Very well done. I've read just about anything I could get my hands on regarding the subject of Norwegian black metal and its media-enhanced notoriety. Until the Light Takes Us covers just that. The film focuses on 1) sensationalism (Varg being labeled a Satanist by both Norwegian and American media), 2) cultural dissonance (particularly Christianity versus traditional Norwegian culture), 3) the frustrations of artists like Fenriz and the trends stemming from their body of work (regardless of whether or not the new generations of artists even understand what it is they're doing and where these ideas came from), and 4) the extreme nature of certain black metal ethics (Dead's suicide being documented on the cover of "Dawn of the Black Hearts") and the feud between Varg & Euronymous (or even Frost's openly masochistic behavior, for that matter). These are all very central and relevant themes in black metal. I don't see how this documentary could fail in bringing up these issues when each one was so plainly articulated. Furthermore, the soundtrack was quite focused on black metal. To my knowledge, the very dense and lengthy soundtrack contains only 4 non-black metal acts (mum, Black Dice, Boards of Canada and SUNN O))), who composed "Black One" as a tribute, more or less, to the black metal genre as it influenced them). The rest is all Mayhem, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Enslaved, Thorns, Darkthrone and so on. Don't see what's not black metal about that. Until The Light Takes Us, like American Hardcore, is primarily for people not only interested in the genre and its related stories but also anyone who doesn't know a whole lot about these subjects. No harm in that. If anything, I'd rather newcomers hear about black metal through this documentary than picking up a recent Dimmu Borgir album.


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