Any documentary director that is trying to make you care about death metal, obviously.
It made me want to take death metal seriously. This is a momentous accomplishment for any documentary director.
After resenting any form of metal in my teen years, I've recently come to respect Black Metal as a legitimate form of artistic expression. Therefore, I found this doc to be very informative but not particularly well-made. There's way too many scenes showcasing the people being interviewed in their own environment and I personally would have enjoyed more from MAYHAM.
I mean, this was one was ok, but I friend told me about a really good one where a blackmetal musician takes the documetalists to a cabin in the woods surroundd by snow landscape.
Does anybody know if any of this other doumentaries are worth watching? Det svarte alvor (1994). Satan rir Media (English: Satan Rides the Media) (1998). Norsk Black Metal (2003), Black Metal: A Documentary (2006), produced by Bill Zebub. Murder Music: A History of Black Metal (2007). Once Upon a Time in Norway (2007). Pure Fucking Mayhem (2008) Black Metal: The Norwegian Legacy (2008), produced by Bill Zebub.
Complete apologist piece for Vikernes. No mention of his role in the Heathen Front. No confrontation about his earlier writings in neo-nazi zines. It's as if his Odinism somehow exists outside his racist, pure-blood nationalism and eugenicism. Vikernes' real extremism goes completely unexplored. I'm not looking for demonization, I'm looking for basic, fully realized journalism. It's not here.
The bonus material is much better than the film itself which just reiterates the same story anyone with the vaguest knowledge of early Norwegian black metal has heard. Plus the hard-on for Varg is all too obvious, not to mention stupid.
Norwegian Black Metal guys come off as spoiled, bratty, impotent dickheads. Interesting nonetheless. Don't tell them I said that though. They might stab me.
Dark, dismal, vague, empty, cold, and definitely low-budget -- it's the perfect black metal movie, you dickheads.
Even though the black metal scene is filled with idiots, the ones behind it aren't stupid. Some, like Varg Vikernes, are extremely misguided and lost, but others are quite intelligent and reasonable. The latter know it's all an act and fill it as such, just as Shakespeare did with "King Lear": death and props all around: fun! Although, when they actually start burning churches and killing themselves and each-other...
Re-watching this confirmed my first impression from years ago that this film is inferior to the subject matter it presents. Some may argue it need not present new ideas or perspectives on the material, but the reality is that even as a chronicle, it is flawed and vague. It is hard to tell what the film is using for plain shock and what it is criticizing. But in the end I support it as a fan of black metal.
would have liked to seen a more..hm...developed picture of the history of norwegian black metal...the film seems to skip through the history very quickly and focuses primarily on varg (which is ok because he IS a total character) and his bad acts but neglected his nationalistic/xenophobic politics completely...still an interesting watch and good to see that it wasn't anything like lords of chaos.
Worth watching solely to laugh at the megalomania and utter lack of irony or humor among the founders of the scene. Like the equally bad "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", gives a cursory and shoddily assembled look at a genre which deserves comprehensive portrayal by competent hands. ★★
Not quite as all-encompassing as the synopsis makes it seem. But limited scope leads to its most interesting aspect: black metal being stripped down to aesthetics by gallery artists & (more importantly) the reactions of its originators, the musicians themselves. Sadly missing, then, is Gaahl of Gorgoroth, who always held aesthetics & politics in equal measure, & who now designs high-end fashion & beds male models.
I find it pretty laughable that a film about black metal is being criticized for it's technical and production-related shortcomings. If you don't understand my point here, then you definitely don't get the music at all. Oh yeah, and I really hope that user "J E S C I E" is trolling because Lords of Chaos is right-wing biased crap and satanic panic propaganda... avoid it like the plague.!
Quite disappointing, for a concept that seems so easily film-able the final product is a meandering mess. I suppose the choice to leave out a narrator of sorts does give it a certain feeling of reality, but then again, how on earth is there supposed to be structure in endless shots of sir deathcrown wandering the woods and streets? Nice soundtrack though, I guess.
Condensing the surprisingly fertile black metal scene to nothing more than the sum of its most adolescent and repugnant scandals, Until the Light Takes Us comes off like the curious hipster project it really is, not just ignoring the global evolution of black metal but failing even to spotlight major Norwegian bands (how do you leave out Emperor?) Tabloid filmmaking at its worst.