In January 2011, Prosthetic Records re-released the debut album (Hatred For Mankind) by the UK’s Dragged Into Sunlight, which had previously seen only limited distribution through Mordgrimm Records. I reviewed it not long after, calling it “a cataclysmic, corrosive, chaotic, cathartic, crushing cavalcade of cacophony” and “one of the most disturbingly brilliant albums” I’d ever heard:
“Whether droning and discordant or voracious and seething, the songs are inventively designed to create an atmosphere of soul-rending despair and to generate the kind of adrenaline surge brought on by the threat of imminent destruction. Listening is like being caught in the roaring squall of a hurricane, realizing too late that you can’t ride it out like you stupidly thought you could: It’s the end of your world, in a maelstrom of overwhelming sound.”
When I wrote the review, I had planned to include along with it an embed of the band’s official video for the song “Buried With Leeches”, which was then streaming on YouTube. I thought the video complemented the cold, inhuman music, perhaps even completed it. On the other hand, the imagery was horrific, gruesome, and utterly hopeless (not unlike the music). But before I could post the review, YouTube removed the video because it violated the company’s policy on “nudity or sexual content” — which was absurd. Yes, there were momentary images of a penis in the video, but there was nothing erotic or pornographic about it. Instead, the images displayed the humiliating horror of a man being degraded and tortured in agony, stripped of his dignity as well as his clothing.
I thought for sure the video would surface again someplace, but it hasn’t, at least not that I’ve found. Every web site that had been streaming the thing was just using an embed of the YouTube clip, and so when YouTube removed it, it disappeared from everyplace else on the web and hasn’t been replaced. I was listening to Hatred For Mankind recently, and although I’ve never hosted a video here at NCS before, I decided to ask Dragged Into Sunlight if I could do that — to give the video a new home — if I could figure out how to do it. They agreed. I did figure it out. And now you and everyone else in the world can stream it again, after the jump.
The video didn’t really disappear entirely. The band made it available as part of a download file on their web site. To this day, you can go there, download the video file, and play it on your computer, as long as your computer is enabled to play video in Microsoft’s .wav format. No problem if you have a PC, but the video player software that comes with Mac’s can’t play them. And no one that I could find was hosting the file for streaming purposes.
While I’m on the subject of that download file, Dragged Into Sunlight’s web site is at this location. Behind the “Media” tab at that site, you’ll find a link for downloading the file that includes the “Buried With Leeches” video. It also contains a second video file — a montage of photographs accompanying an excerpt from the 19-minute song “Terminal Aggressor”, which the band self-released as an EP on cassette in 2009. The file also includes an mp3 of both “Boiled Angel” and “Buried With Leeches” (two of the songs on Hatred For Mankind) with a brief intro by a radio DJ.
The band have also made a recording of their 3-song live performance in Amsterdam on April 7, 2010, at OCCII available for free download at this location.
But enough with the downloads. The main point of this post is the video for “Buried With Leeches”. Here it is, followed by the video clip for that excerpt from “Terminal Aggressor”.
“BURIED WITH LEECHES”
“TERMINAL AGGRESSOR” (EXCERPT)
Dragged Into Sunlight will be appearing at the Maryland Deathfest X, set to take place May 24-27, 2012, at Sonar in Baltimore.
And the latest word about the band’s activities is that they plan to begin recording their next release, Widowmaker, on October 31.
P.S. I’m so fucking proud of myself for figuring out how to host and stream these videos that my tiny head has swelled up to near-normal size. I’m not the most tech-savvy dude, and it took some doing for me to work out how to make this NCS video-stream idea a reality. I had to convert the original Dragged Into Sunlight video files from .wmv (which doesn’t play well with many browsers) to a .flv format (which works with all browsers), and that required getting some conversion software and figuring out how to make it work. Then I had to find a plug-in for the WordPress software that runs this site that would allow me to embed and stream the videos from the high-speed hosting service we use for the downloading of large files.
I did all that, and I tested it on 3 different browsers, and I think it all works. But this is the first time I’ve tried this, so fuck-ups are not only possible but likely. So, if anyone has any trouble getting the videos to stream, let me know — either in a comment or by e-mailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to make sure this works, because fans of the band ought to be able to see it. And also, y’know, fuck YouTube for taking it down in the first place.