Until the Light Takes Us
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"Until The Light Takes Us" tells the story of black metal. Part music scene and part cultural uprising, black metal rose to worldwide notoriety in the mid-nineties when a rash of suicides, murders, and church burnings accompanied the explosive artistic growth and output of a music scene that would forever redefine what heavy metal is and what it stands for to other musicians, artists and music fans world-wide. The film goes behind the highly sensationalized media reports of "Satanists running amok in Europe" to examine the complex and largely misunderstood principles and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"Unfortunately, everything the neo-Vikings say is unchallenged."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"This is worth seeing for its snapshot of countercultural delusion and the comedy of Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes, pompous crypto-Nazi and incarcerated murderer, whining that the media have distorted his subtle social critique."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Neatly made, but frustratingly anaemic, so keen to avoid editorialising and judgement that it ends up lacking in clarity, tension and even coherence."
‑ Frances Morgan, Electric Sheep
"This may be the first headbangers' movie that will put hard-rock fans to sleep."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Glacially paced yet gripping."
‑ Shaula Clark, Boston Phoenix
"Their dedication to giving the players their moment on the podium prevented Aites and Ewell from asking provocative questions, or, it would seem, any questions at all."
‑ Joan Anderman, Boston Globe
"That's all fascinating as far as it goes, but to some degree Vikernes is playing his liberal American guests."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"When Aites and Ewell manage to illuminate the complex relationship between art and action, Until the Light Takes Us can be fascinating and powerful."
‑ Josh Bell, Filmcritic.com
"It's an unsettlingly intimate look from inside the movement at its rise and fall; the filmmakers manage to make us understand why the music matters while not giving its violent creators a pass."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Long on atmosphere and short on context, the film dances around whatever points it wants to make, sticking solely to the players' points of view."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"In interviews with a few of the key players, the film desensationalizes the story without really demystifying it. It's an intriguing but shallow examination that never really finds a point of view about its subject."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell's absorbing, low-key documentary "Until the Light Takes Us" recounts how a few Norwegian musicians hijacked an obscure offshoot of heavy metal and made it world famous."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"This fascinating documentary takes a judicious look at the Church-burning hysteria that emerged from the notorious Norwegian black metal scene in the 1990s."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"This is one of the most inept and clumsy pieces of filmmaking in recent history."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Rough-hewn documentary of the heavy-metal subgenre black metal and the disaffected Norwegian youth culture that spawned it finds yin-and-yang exemplars to tell the story."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
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