Lords of Chaos (2019)


Critic Consensus: Lords of Chaos presents a grimly compelling dramatization of a real-life music scene whose aggressively nihilistic aesthetic spilled over into fatal acts of violence.


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A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s results in a very violent outcome. Lords of Chaos tells the true story of True Norwegian Black Metal and its most notorious practitioners - a group of young men with a flair for publicity, church-burning and murder: MAYHEM.


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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (9)

"Lords of Chaos" is two hours of boys behaving badly, but somehow forgets that the devil is in the details.

Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Akerlund's shock tactics-brain matter, blood spatter, and realistic-sounding howls of pain-are neither shocking nor thoughtful.

Feb 8, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

In Lords of Chaos, you never really know what these dim lost boys are rebelling against or manage to get inside of their heads... not that you'd ever want to.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Frequently unpleasant but oddly compelling - not least because Åkerlund ensures that the film never takes itself as seriously as its subjects did.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Akerlund, a veteran music-video director who intersperses "Lords of Chaos" with mildly surrealistic bursts, never establishes a coherent or interesting point of view.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Fascinatingly grim...

Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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