By Ola Mazzuca

Attention bangers, rockers, skids, black metal enthusiasts and inquisitive individuals alike: the world’s most unique film about black metal is making its long awaited arrival to Toronto!

I first discovered the trailer for this film very well over a year ago, and since then I have joined the street team – constantly putting a bug in director Audrey Ewell’s ear, persuading her and her co-director/producer Aaron Aites to bring this film to our cold, grim yet exciting city.

Until The Light Takes Us is not your conventional music doc. It’s not about the argument of which band started it all with their lo-fi production and corpsepaint, or the battle between definitive album releases, but it is a sheer and brilliant picture painted with storytelling, opinions and intricate thoughts that provoke great discussion.

It features Norwegian black metal eminence of Darkthrone’s witty Fenriz, 1349/Satyricon’s Frost, Immortal and Norway’s favourite arsonist/Burzum mainman Varg Vikernes, where they provide much insight on the music and murder involved in their homeland’s prime time for publicity.

I had the chance to see the film at the premiere of its theatrical release in New York last December and I cannot stress enough how enlightening and thought provoking the experience was.

If you are craving an exercise for your brain, if you love music, art, ideas and blasphemy, get your fill of Hvis Lyset Tar Oss in Toronto this week.

Running for a week starting Friday February 19th, 2010
@ The Royal Theatre
608 College St.
Toronto, ON

Friday February 19th @ 9:30pm
Saturday February 20th @ 9:30pm
Sunday February 21st @ 7pm
Monday February 22nd @ 7pm
Tuesday February 23rd @ 7pm
Wednesday February 24th @ 9:30pm
Thursday February 25th @ 9:30pm

Sean is the founder/publisher of Hellbound.ca; he has also written about metal for Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs, Roadburn, Unrestrained! and Vice.