Published Nov 17, 2009Norwegian black metal has been experiencing a major resurgence in popularity over the past couple of years. We presume that it has something do with Burzum mastermind/convicted killer Varg Vikernes being released from prison earlier this year.
With his liberation has come an onslaught of movies about the genre. Well, actually there are only two: a white-washed version of best-selling book Lords of Chaos and now a new documentary that goes deep into the "inner circle."
Dubbed Until the Light Takes Us, the film is slated for North American release on December 11 and is self-described as "going behind the highly sensationalized media reports of 'Satanists running amok in Europe' to examine the complex and largely misunderstood principals and beliefs that led to this rebellion against both Christianity and modern culture."
The film is apparently an historical account coupled with interviews obtained after directors Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell moved to Norway and spent years gaining the trust of heavyweights such as Vikernes, Mayhem's Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg, former Emperor member Bård "Faust" Eithun and Darkthrone's Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell, among others. There's also supposedly an appearance from filmmaker Harmony Korine (Kids, Gummo) for some reason.
Until the Light Takes Us promises to be an eye-opening, jaw-dropping, compelling document of whatever the fuck those crazy Nordic goons were up to in the early 1990s with the church burning and murders and whatnot. And just to clarify, we're talking about the cool old scene, not the new guys who claim to be evil but live in swank houses.