CINEMETAL ROUND-UP: NEW VIDEOS FROM PUSCIFER, AVATAR, ROTTENNESS, SOEN, AND THE CAUSTIC CASANOVA
I’m going to put about as much effort into this introduction as Dragonforce put into their new album art.
We begin today with “Short Commute, Live Forever,” from Caustic Casanova. They’re not really a metal band at all, but the video was directed and animated by Wesley Belak-Berger, the same dude who made Big Business’ awesome video for “Mind the Drift.” So I’m putting it above the jump, because I can tell you right now, it’s pretty much the best music video you’re gonna see this week.
We continue with “Telling Ghosts,” which I think is already like the eighth video made in support of the new Puscifer album. (I may be exaggerating slightly. But Puscifer release videos at such a rate that one might think MTV was still a thing.) And, hey, if you like dark, shaky, sometimes out-of-focus footage of people doing nothing especially interesting, and for some reason you can’t bring yourself to download that bootleg of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that some dude filmed on his iPhone, well, you are just going to ADORE the first half of this video. The second half is like some undergraduate’s photo project or something, which is to say that it’s actually moderately visually interesting, so you may be bored with that part.
Next up we have Avatar’s latest clip, for the song “Black Waltz.” The song is fairly generic Swedish melodeath, but the video — which features vocalist Johannes Eckerström in clown make-up at a carnival, where a bunch of performers doing some pretty gross, violent, NSFW things to themselves — certainly makes an impression. People will remember this clip for sure, which means that as a commercial for the band, it has done its job.
Moving right along: “Savia” is the first video from semi-supergroup Soen, which features drummer Martin Lopez, bassist Steve DiGiorgio, and some other people who aren’t as noteworthy. This is a good example of a video attempting to do something kinda cool and not really succeeding — it just ends up being kinda cheesy. Still, I appreciate the effort. And the Tool-ish tune makes me wanna hear the rest of the album, so that’s good.
And we conclude today with Rottenness’ video for “As Far as the Fist Can Go,” which debuted on Metal Injection. The clip was directed by David Hall, the same dude who made the Maryland Deathfest movies, Jucifer’s video for “Hiroshima,” some cool shit with Today is the Day, and a bunch of other stuff I’m forgetting right now because I’m a dick. But the guy deserves a big pat on the back for never, ever making just the same old same old metal video. This thing is definitely NSFW, by the way.