Varg Vikernes


Until the Light Takes Us (2008) is a documentary about black metal in Norway in the 1990’s, and its obscure cultural phenomenon of heinous murder, suicide and arson, most notably of medieval Christian churches, including the historic Fantoft-Stave church in Bergen. Featuring interviews with Gylve “Fenriz” Nagell (Darkthrone) and Varg Vikernes, (Burzum).

Until the Light Takes Us is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

  • Varg Vikernes smiling for the camera while receiving sentence.

In 1994, Vikernes born Kristian Vikernes (11 February 1973) was convicted of stabbing his Mayhem bandmate Øystein Aarseth to death, known by his stage name Euronymous. Vikernes was further convicted of four counts of arson involving the burnings of historic churches, and was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Vikernes was rumored to have been motivated both by paganism and theistic Satanism, but has denied he was ever a Satanist or has any belief in that God (or the Devil) exists. Having served almost 16 years of a 21-year prison sentence, it was announced on 10 March 2009 that Vikernes would be released on parole. On 22 May 2009 Vikernes confirmed that he was released.