Until the Light Takes Us

Until the Light Takes Us (2008)

I have never been so confused in my whole life. This documentary covers the Norwegian Black metal scene during the early 1990s, a period that saw musicians inspiring church burnings and the murder of Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous) by his bandmate Varg Vikernes. Not only did I lack a musical context for this film, but I failed to understand what drove these young men into such nihilist acts. Their philosophy, if it could be coherently conceived as one, seemed to stand in stark, bloody opposition to mainstream Norwegian conservatism, but it served no particular end other than to spread death and despair.

Conversation starters

  • Sim suggested that the only reason these guys are so screwed up is because they're Norwegian. Plausible?
  • "I stabbed him through the skull because I thought he was planning to kidnap and torture me." Convinced? Me, not so much.
  • Their mothers didn't hug them enough. Discuss.

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