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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 10.28.09] music documentary



One of the most interesting parts of Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen’s documentary Metal: A Headbangers Journey, and one of the main reasons I picked up the DVD, is their family tree of heavy metal which outlines the roots of the musical genre from infancy into its various forms as they appear in today’s diverse music markets.

One of the most disturbing branches of the tree, and one that was only touched on in passing, was Norwegian Black Metal bands, an extreme and violent subculture of musicians who apparently, committed crimes (from church burning to murder) in the name of their music. Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell’s documentary Until the Light Takes Us explores this subculture from the inside. How? The filmmakers moved to Norway for a few years prior to filming in an effort to build a trusting relationship with members of various bands.

This isn’t a music scene I’m familiar with but I’m beyond curious to see what Aites and Ewell have dug up and from the looks of it, they've managed a look at both the individuals who truly believe violence is the way and those that were simply enjoying the music on a surface level. I hope they've also managed to shed some light on how (and perhaps why) some individuals shifted from simply listening to acting out.

Until the Light Takes Us is playing on a few screens beginning November 20th. Stay tuned to the film’s website for updated screenings.

A new trailer for the documentary (via: TDB) after the break.




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Anonymous (11 years ago) Reply

It's about Norwegian Black Metal not Death Metal.

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Tony (11 years ago) Reply

"an extreme and violent subculture of musicians who apparently, committed crimes (from church burning to murder) in the name of their music"

Wow, generalization much ? Like "all rappers do drive by shootings" ?

The amount of people actually behaving like that is very small compared to the real number of bands and their fans who are just into the scene because they enjoy making/listening to the music.
Please don´t mix them all up in one pot because of those few retards.

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Haematobic (11 years ago) Reply

It's like "Satan Rides The Media" but with more in-depth interviews... cool :)


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