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Whitechapel’s New NSFW Music Video for “Let Me Burn” is Really, Really Gory

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photo by Adam Elmakias
photo by Adam Elmakias

Whitechapel’s new video for “Let Me Burn” reminds me a whole lot of Darren Aronofksy’s breakthrough film Pi. Not just in its subject matter — brutal, self-inflicted pain and mental insanity — but in the nauseating, close-up camera style used by director Mitch Massie. It’s the band’s first-ever story-based video — the band members don’t appear in it at all — and here’s what vocalist Phil Bozeman has to say about it:

The basis of the video is about a man, his wife and daughter. The story depicts the degradation of the man and him going insane. He kills his wife and makes his daughter kill him. He douses himself in gasoline and begs her to strike the match. But the whole point of the story is that the man has everything he wants and needs, but has no control over his mind and suffers with clinical insanity/schizophrenia and kills his wife and regrets everything. His daughter lives on as he burns alive in his house.

The video premiered at Bloody Disgusting, appropriately. Watch it below, and get upcoming Whitechapel tour dates (including the MS-sponsored Texas Independence Fest) at the bottom of this post.

02/28 Memphis, TN Hi Tone Cafe
03/01 St.Louis, MO Firebird
03/02 Merriam, KS Aftershock w/ Lorna Shore, Damp, Sedlec Ossuary
03/03 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground
03/05 Murray, UT Murray Theater
03/07 San Bernardino, CA NOS Events Center (Self Help Fest)
03/08 Mesa, AZ Nile Theatre
03/09 Tucson, AZ The Rock
03/10 Lubbock, TX Jakes Sports Cafe
03/11 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory
03/12 Little Rock, AR Juanita’s
04/11 Austin, TX Empire Garage *Texas Independent Fest

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