In the spring of this year, Detroit’s Fell Ruin released their debut EP, Devices. It drew the attention of NCS writer TheMadIsraeli, who praised it here on our site. Now we have the opportunity to premiere the band’s official video for the EP’s opening track, “The Climb“.
The video was directed by the band’s vocalist Brian Sheehan, and it was filmed and edited by Seven Sun Studios, with after effects by Brian Kaurich. I mention all those names because this video really is good. It’s mysterious, unsettling, and hypnotic, the kind of visual artistry that pulls you in and keeps your attention rooted, waiting to see what will happen — though the answer to that question may depend on your own imagination.
Of course, the video can’t be divorced from the music; it’s the combination of the two that makes it such an engrossing experience.
Fell Ruin make the most of the song’s significant run-time, moving between bouts of explosive, instrumentally acrobatic aggressiveness, oppressive, doom-drenched crawls, and passages of sombre, unsettling beauty. Throughout the changes in pace, mood, and volume, vocalist Brian Sheehan’s scarring growl and August Krueger’s gun-shot drumming are riveting, while the guitar-and-bass duo of Rob Radtke and Jeff McMullen turn in uniformly impressive performances. It’s a potent combination of black metal, progressive metal, and heavy, grinding doom — ominous, perilous, and mesmerizing.
Devices is available via the links below, and I’ve included a stream of the EP after the video.