To start off the weekend right, I have some top-shelf video entertainment for you, from Borracho and . . . those Gallic dudes we may have mentioned once before around here.
Yesterday, I spied a video that combined two of my favorite things: an epic metal jam and film footage of Mother Nature at her awe-inspiring best. Yes, I used the word “epic”, and I know that means I’ll have to punish myself in some really hurtful way, but goddammit I just can’t talk about “All In Play” without using that grossly-cliched-and-therefore-forbidden word.
“All In Play” is the name of the song around which Richard Bomgren (a Swedish fan of the band who has done other music video work) constructed this video. It appears on Borracho’s June 2011 debut album, Splitting Sky, which I’ve mentioned before in connection with their last video (for “Concentric Circles”).
The song is a long, slow build, filled with thick, ropey riffs — and I’m talking about the kind of cables they use to tie down big ocean-going freighters, thicker than a fat man’s waist — gut churning bass chords, drums that go off like gun shots, and Noah Greenberg’s gritty vocal squall. It’s a soulful, heavy, head-moving piece that’s my favorite song on a very strong album.
And speaking of soul, there’s a guitar solo that starts at about the 5:40 mark that goes on for almost a minute and a half that I could have listened to for a half hour.
The song itself is like a massive lava flow that eventually gets your ass moving in a hurry, and the wonderful video captures the feel of the song beautifully. Richard Bomgren’s feel for the song comes through both in the film he chose to accompany the music and in the way he edited it, linking to the pacing and the mood extremely well. It’s beautiful and violent . . . and epic.
Last weekend, I made a big deal out of the fact that Gojira’s performance at the Belgian Graspop festival was being streamed live, as it happened. And then it turned out that the company which was streaming the festival broadcast Behemoth’s performance instead (it was happening at the same time on a different stage).
But now it turns out that Gojira’s performance at Graspop was filmed anyway, and is now available for viewing and listening at your leisure — all 48 minutes of it. And that’s some damned good leisure time.
The video looks like it was recorded off the web stream by a fan (which proves there must have been a second channel to the live stream that I missed), and so there’s some quality loss, but not much. The band only played one song from the new album — the title track — but the set list includes some great songs from throughout their discography:
The Heaviest Matter of the Universe
Toxic Garbage Island
Here’s the video: