(We interrupt our seemingly endless series of year-end lists to bring you a video premiere by a band whose 2014 album is cropping up on many of them — with an introduction by Austin Weber.)
￼Let’s be honest, as far as metal releases go in 2014, few have been as praised and visible throughout numerous year-end lists as Artificial Brain’s Labyrinth Constellation. Thus, the remainder of this year shall be renamed The Year of the Brain. And for good reason! Getting to see them live this year was a mind-blowing experience for me.
While I don’t want to re-hash what I said in my review, I can sum it up as a highly creative album that keeps aggression and white-hot intensity at the forefront in spite of its progressive nature, keeping things oddly catchy while making sure each song has its own identity, effortlessly worming its way into your skull. A lot of metal critics pussy out on putting death metal releases on year-end lists, so imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw that Labyrinth Constellation has already appeared on so many. Not only that, but another big reason this is The Year of the Brain is because the band were featured in a clip on the CBS show Elementary; and hell, even Lucy Liu says the band’s name in the clip!
While all those things are nice, and satisfying validation that Artificial Brain are onto something special, that’s not entirely what this post is about. The band have now dropped a new 3D-animation-fueled video for “Absorbing Black Ignition”, providing a celestial visual field to mesh with its space-inspired themes. The animation was created by Tim Mearini, who previously made a video for the Artificial Brain song “Tongues”, off their prior EP Lightwaves Birthing Ages.
Prepare yourself for a cosmic trip through unknown horrors and colliding comets.