Jun 112014

Collected in this post are two brand new videos that debuted this morning, one from Mastodon (who, of course, need no introduction) and one from a Finnish band named Distress of Ruin.


Mastodon’s new album Once More ‘Round the Sun will be released on June 24 by Reprise. In April, the first advance track from the album — “High Road” — hit the internet. In May, Mastodon announced that they would be filming a video for the song in the L.A. area. They said they were looking for “both eccentric character actors and real-life Live Action Role Playing enthusiasts.” They added:”We are looking for elves, orcs, wizards, rangers, mages, knights! Experience with ‘LARP’ combat a huge plus. Preferably 18+. Come in your own LARPer costumes or MASTODON-themed LARPer costumes!”

Today we got the video. Pitchfork, who premiered it not long ago, describes the video as “Karate Kid-meets-Napoleon Dynamite-meets Game of Thrones”. That about covers it, though the last frame leaves the story hanging…









Distress of Ruin are a melodic death metal band from Joensuu, Finland. Last year they released an EP named Predators Among Us that I overlooked. Today the band unveiled an animated video for a song from the EP entitled “Bystander Effect”. The video was produced in cooperation with media students from North Karelia College Outokumpu, and it’s very well done. The band explain that the video was based on a comic by Anni Moilanen.

I’m really liking the thundering, heavy-grooved song, too. It’s catchy as hell and a serious headbang trigger.

Watch the video below, and I’m also including a Bandcamp stream of the entire EP.





  1. The Mastodon video is pretty great, but the chorus to that song…ouch.
    on the other hand the Distress of Ruin track is pretty killer 🙂

  2. Solid Mastodon song and video. I almost was able to make time to be at that video shoot, but it didn’t work out 🙁

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