I’m going to put about as much effort into this intro as Muhammed Suiçmez puts into releasing Necrophagist albums.

Today’s selection starts with Ensiferum’s new video for “In My Sword I Trust,” a track from their new album Unsung Heroes (August 27th, Spinefarm). Director Rafal Szermanowicz did a fine job creating striking visuals for this one, but the shtick wears off after a while; the video could’ve used some kind of plot line, or at least a second performance setting. Still, it’s a good song by one of the only pagan/folk/whatever bands worth paying attention to.

Next up we have “Kaleb” by Battlecross which originally premiered at Bloody Disgusting. It’s just a performance video culled from various live clips of the band — perhaps from their recently-completed run on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival current run on Trespass America — and it’s not a very interesting one, but it is a testament to how far this band has come since they were the first of five bands on our CMJ showcase almost a year ago.

Lastly we have a lyric video for “Watch It Burn” by Projected, the side project Sevendust’s John Connolly and Vince Hornsby drew up to keep themselves busy between Sevendust records while Clint Lowery and Morgan Rose are busy with Call Me No One. As you’d expect given the cast of characters involved, Projected’s music is way less intricately arranged and composed than Call Me No One’s. But “Watch It Burn” is still a decent, catchy hard rock song that makes me wanna hear the rest of Human, out September 18th via Connolly’s own Yaya Papu LLC.


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