Until the Light Takes Us

Synopsis: 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 thos
Production: Variance Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

All right, if you'll just

put this under your belt.

- What?

- Actually, just--


lt's okay, it's still dark outside.

lt's fine.

lt's fine. It's dark outside.

You motherfucker.

Check out the frame.

It looks good l think.

Yeah. It's cool.

All right. Here we go.

Darkthrone was the first

to release an album

in this black metal genre

and Gylve was the leader

of the group, so to speak.

He's more like a philosopher

than somebody who...

more than an ideologist.

The band was very successful

and in many ways was the band.

Gylve as l said is a special person

with special goals,

and it's impossible to know

what his goals are.


He's successful at what he's doing.

l guess he's happy with that.

Have you been standing

there the whole time?

They busted me

on the fucking tear gas.

They didn't find any drugs,

of course.


l had to say,

''Yes, l had the tear gas.''


l gotta pay a fine. Big Deal.

l had to drop my pants.

They really were hoping

for the big bust, man.

l don't know.

Funny thing, you know,

they always wear

these intimidating gloves

so that you're supposed to ''fess up''

before they start looking up your ass.

But they don't look up your ass.

lt's a trick.

Norway. It's beautiful.

lt's like New Zealand

only just grimmer.

The Norwegian personality is

when you stand in line for the bus,

you don't stand too close.

You keep a couple of meters

away from the next guy.

l think that says it all.

They're going to give medicine to people.

They're announcing it.

People are like, ''Oh! Where is it!''

lt's amazing that people

are eating this trash.

Chemical. All the time, you know.

Sleeping pills and all this.

lt's like a chemical lobotomy, you know.

l just started going really musically.

And direct my interest

into more and more music.

Music, music, music.

And he was more into politics.

So we just sort of--

...took different paths.

The contact just faded into obscurity.

The thing that made

this music different

was that we rebelled

against the traditional song structure.

But still, you know, he made

an incredible impact with his early albums.

And l'm eternally grateful for that.

l wanted the music to be

more epic or storytelling.

He just recorded,

like, basically everything

he did himself.

He was right on the money

when it came to

the black metal sound.

That was the shit, man.

And that is what made this new--

so-called new music style different.

Because that is what

the Darkthrone did

that is what Burzum did.

And we were like the first

who did this in this period.

lt's been years

since we had contact.

l tried to send him some music

but it wasn't what he was searching for.

He was searching for some music

and he couldn't really

explain what it had been.

So l just gave up on it.

l'm kind of like

you know, what's it

called, ambivalence?

l have an ambivalent feeling

in this context

because in one sense

of course, it's hard

to have to be without freedom to move

wherever l want and stuff like that.

But in another sense

it's kind of positive

because l have the opportunity

to, like, read books

and focus on more important things.

lt's like a--

l consider it like

a stay in a monastery.

ln our contemporary society,

youth are pretty much lost.

They have no direction.

Nobody is telling them what to do.

That is, people are teIling

them what to do

but the youth have an instinct

telling them this is wrong, you know?

People are telling them

that Christianity is good.

People are telling them

that the USA is good.

NATO is good.

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