Yesterday we devoted our last post to videos, and now two more new ones have premiered, one from Pig Destroyer and one from Fear Factory. One is “The Diplomat”, one is “The Industrialist”. Plus we have a fantastic Evil-Dead-goes-claymation video (“Mr. Frosty Man”) and a brilliant animation from The Netherlands (“The Origin of Creatures”) that puts a post-apocalyptic spin on the Tower of Babel parable. The music for these two isn’t metal, but the videos sure as fuck are.
Book Burner, the latest album from the almighty Pig Destroyer, came out in North America via Relapse on Monday of this week. Today saw the premiere of a new music video for one of the longer songs from the album, “The Diplomat”.
When this song had its debut in September, lyricist/vocalist JR Hayes said (here) it was “about the origins of human conflict and how if you look back through history, we’ve never really gotten along.” He explained: “You’re always wrapped up in the time that you’re living in, and right now there’s war and suffering and despair and economies collapsing, but if you look back in history, that’s the way it’s always been.” Can’t really argue with that, can you?
As for the sound of the song, Scott Hull used an opening riff that he had originally written for his other band Agoraphobic Nosebleed five or six years ago, and as he has noted, “The pace of the riff informs the tone and the tempo of the whole song.”
As for the “squawkier” and “angular” riffs toward the end? He was listening to a lot of Gorguts.
The song itself is excellent — and so is the new video. It was directed by Phil Mucci from Doomsday Entertainment, who also directed High On Fire’s killer “Fertile Green” video, as well as many others. It’s an allegorical tale that puts a different spin on the opening of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, with a gray-suited, arms-dealing motherfucker in place of the monolith. The colors are amazing, by the way. Watch it right after the jump.
Fear Factory’s latest album, The Industrialist, is the second one created by the re-united team of Burton C. Bell and Dino Cazares (though minus the presence of Gene Hoglan). In many respects, it’s a throwback to an earlier period in the band’s history, something close to Demanufacture. This isn’t a bad thing, though it’s not a new thing.
The title track captures the band’s signature sound, barreling ahead with industrial-strength rhythms, staccato riffing, and Burton Bell’s deathly howls (and a few clean parts). Yesterday, Metal Injection premiered the band’s official video for the song, directed and edited by James Zahn. It mixes performance footage and various images linked to the album art and story concept. Check it out:
“MR. FROSTY MAN” (SUFJAN STEVENS)
In the next video, the music isn’t metal but the visuals sure as fuck are. The music is by Sufjan Stevens, a song called “Mr. Frosty Man” from the upcoming Silver & Gold box set. The claymation is by Lee Hardcastle.
Today’s first post addressed the subject of gore in metal videos. There’s plenty of inventive gore in this one, but it made me smile instead of wanting to spit up. Ingenious use of clay instead of pig blood.
(Thanks are due to Ben C. (Church of the Riff) for sending me the link to this video . . . and the next video, too!)
THE ORIGIN OF CREATURES
The next video, entitled “The Origin of Creatures”, was created by a Dutch genius named Floris Kaayk. It was released for viewing just a couple weeks ago. More info about it is available here. I’m just going to quote Ben C’s intro to the film when he sent me the link:
“It’s post-apocalyptic, except instead of humans there’s creatures made of human limbs with no faces trying to save their spawn-queen-thing so they can produce more assortments of random limbs. Yeah, it’s fucking creepy, also slightly adorable.”
What he said.