Norwegian Black Metal isn't for everyone. A scene more renowned for the arson of thousand-year-old churches and murder than the brutal sounds it created, this doc sheds some mottled light on the ideology behind the madness. Articulated by most of the pioneers in the film, I figure it to be a twisted conflation of homophobia, neo-fascism, paganism, anti-consumerism, and Tolkien mythology. Basically, if mega-churches and McDonald's piss you off, some of what these angry, reactionary Scandinavians say may strike a chord with you. The music, which reverently eschews downtuning in favor of traditionally evil scales and chord progressions, is darkly atmospheric and punctuated by high-pitched screams. Basically unpalatable to all but a select few. This is a fascinating by-product of affluence.
Until The Light Takes Us on Vimeo.
And for a post-film pick-me-up... Supposedly adapted from an old Thai pop song: