Wednesday Watchlist – September 28, 2022
We’re no Beavis and Butthead, but we do like watching music videos. Here’s our picks for the best and most-notable music videos of the last two weeks.
Spell – “Ultraviolet”
Tragic Magic (Bad Omen)
The first single from the fourth album by Canadian “hypnotic heavy metal” trio Spell is a seductive and catchy banger. Drummer/vocalist/lead guitarist Al Lester’s voice floats over the seductive guitar melodies and danceable synths. There’s a lot of good traditional heavy metal right now but Spell take the sound somewhere else entirely.
Devin Townsend – “Call of the Void”
“Call of the Void” is a lighter one from Devin Townsend, serving as what he describes as an analogy for intrusive thoughts, a logical explanation given the title. You can read the full story of the train-themed video at Metal Injection; it’s a relaxing accompaniment to the song.
Bloodbath – “Putrefying Corpse”
Survival of the Sickest (Napalm)
Old-school Swedish death fucking metal is what we were promised and given on Bloodbath‘s second album featuring Paradise Lost singer Nick Holmes and old-school Swedish death fucking metal is what we were given on Survival of the Sickest. The video for “Putrefying Corpse” delivers the amount of decomposition the song title promises, so maybe don’t watch on your lunch break.
Behemoth – “Versvs Christvs”
Opvs Contra Natvram (Metal Blade)
He may live in controversy, but one thing about Nergal is indisputable: the Behemoth frontman is a hell of an artist. Nergal is the star in the ritualistic video, which resembles something between a bloodletting, church service gone wrong and a bad acid trip with Imperial Triumphant.
Autopsy – “Knife Slice Axe Chop”
Morbidity Triumphant (Peaceville)
Gross death metal kings Autopsy‘s new video for “Knife Slice Axe Chop” isn’t even viewable embedded on our site; YouTube will take you to their own site for age confirmation. In fairness, “Knife Slice Axe Chop” does contain more blood, guts and gross shit in four-and-a-half minutes than most directors fit into an entire movie, which is half the fun of Autopsy. The other half is their disgusting brand of death metal, which is perfectly present throughout Morbidity Triumphant. Very NSFW, unless you work at MetalSucks.
The Agonist – “Immaculate Deception”
Days Before the World Wept (Napalm)
When it was released, former MetalSucks editor Axl Rosenberg said the songs on The Agonist‘s Days Before the World Wept are “not that far off from Dimmu Borgir or Fleshgod Apocalypse, in the best possible way.” The cult-themed accompanying music video precedes a hefty European tour, which sees The Agonist on the road until mid-November.
Meshuggah – “I Am That Thirst”
Immutable (Atomic Fire)
It’s the end of the world as we know it as a mysterious force of energy disintegrates the people of planet earth like Thanos in Endgame. The video for Meshuggah‘s “I Am That Thirst” reminds us of a low-budget 2000s sci-fi movie in all of the right ways.
Gaerea – “Laude”
Mirage (Season of Mist)
Portuguese masked black metal sect Gaerea take a more personal approach than usual in their new video for “Laude,” taking users through load in and set up at Spain’s Resurrection Festival. The members of the band are still very much anonymous, but the pro-shot live and backstage footage feels more intimate than Gaerea’s other videos.