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Lords of Chaos

The incredible true story of the Norwegian black-metal scene in the early 1990s is brought vividly to the screen by Jonas Åkerlund.

Dir Jonas Åkerlund
Prod Kwesi Dickson, Jim Czarnecki, Danny Gabai, Erik Gordon, Jack Arbuthnott, Ko Mori
Scr Dennis Magnusson, Jonas Åkerlund
With Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira
UK-Sweden
2018
112min
Sales Gunpowder & Sky

For black-clad nihilist Øystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous, the founding member of pioneering Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, making music simply isn’t enough. He wants to make a difference by spreading his mantra of chaos and suffering across Norway. But when his band face an unexpected tragedy, Euronymous’ megalomaniacal dreams appear to slip away. That is, until he meets Varg, an emotionally volatile superfan who becomes the group’s newest member and demands that Euronymous act on his vision and cause real havoc, with catastrophic results. Drawing inspiration from Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind’s book Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, this bracingly unconventional biopic is every bit as raucous, energetic and offensive as its contentious subject matter deserves.

Michael Blyth

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