Renowned Japanese recording artist Hotei has released a video for his track with Iggy Pop from last years Strangers album (Spinefarm). You can see the video for ‘Walking Through The Night’ below: Continue reading
Metallica will be releasing Hardwired…To Self-Destruct on November 18th via Blackened Records. We’ve all seen the ‘Hardwired’ and ‘Moth Into Flame’ videos over the past few weeks, and now the legends are asking for fans to be in the third video! Continue reading
The almighty Slayer will soon be releasing their third video from the Repentless album, and they’ve just put a teaser online of what to expect. Continue reading
Jack Bennet discusses his concept for the video: shot with four still photographers placed strategically on a Florida set while the five members of Anthrax performed the track live while he shot with the entire video with Super Sharp HD video still cameras. Each photographer would hold down his camera’s shutter button continuously for the near-four minute-long song, capturing a steady stream of hundreds of still images.
“Hey, it might have been a great idea, but holding down the shutter button on a still camera for that long a time? All we would have ended up with were four jammed cameras!”
“Video shutter speeds are faster and more reliable than anything we could have done manually, and we wanted as big a pool of still images to choose from as we could get.”
In post-production, Bennett went through the footage frame by frame and hand-picked the still images he wanted to animate – hundreds of them. Rather than print the video at 24 frames per second, he animated movement of the band members using the still images, creating a jagged, crude motion. “We didn’t want fluidity, we wanted the video to have more of a comic book feel to it, like flipbook animation.”
Bennett and his crew went one step further, taking a cue from the legendary Walt Disney animators of the 1920s and 1930s, who used the technique of rotoscoping, the art of painstakingly hand-painting individual cels to embellish a primary image.
Employing the fundamentals of rotoscope, Bennett has peppered the video with monsters, tattoos that come alive, explosions, popping eyeballs, speech bubbles, morphed images, and nods to the influence of ‘Creepshow.’ There’s even a frame or two of The Skull King, the evil character from Anthrax’s ‘Blood Eagle Wings’ music video that Bennett also directed. Actor Justin Michael Terry, who played The Skull King, is The Runner in ‘Monster At The End.’
“We used a lot of stop-motion effects as well as other special and visual effects in the same way as was done in the original Exorcist film. “We even added a little bit of grain, some dust and some scratches just to give it that analog feel.”
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante commented:
‘The Monster at the End’ video takes us back to our love of comics and horror. We’ve always loved the ‘Creepshow’ movies and wanted something like that for this video. Jack is easy to work with, all we did was perform the song, he did the real work with the editing and achieving the look that we wanted.
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Speaking exclusively to Ghost Cult, Dani Filth – mainman of UK melodic black metal titans Cradle of Filth and gothic stompers Devilment – confirmed that there is life in the new dog yet, and that The Great And Secret Show (Nuclear Blast) was only just beginning…
“It’s not a project, it’s a band” begins Mr Filth when asked about his intentions for Devilment once the summer festival run comes to an end. “Cradle are literally spread across the known galaxy. Lyndsey is near Toronto, Canada, we’ve got 2 people in the Czech Republic, and we call them the Czech mates (groan), Daniel Firth lives in Glasgow, and the two people that live in England, well, he lives in the north and I live in the south! But we still spend so much time together that we’ll soon be pig-sick of each other.
“Whereas Devilment are very localized. The drummer lives a couple of streets away and we play soccer together, sorry – football… I’m not speaking American! The guitarist lives a couple of streets the other way, we rehearsed last night, physically, and it’s good. We’re busy writing a new album, slowly and surely, and they’ll be in the studio while I’m away (with Cradle).
“It’s really good, very different, very transient in fact, (and a) little bit more involved than the first album. We’ve shot a video for ‘Sanity Hits A (Perfect) Zero’ that’s coming out in August to coincide with the Summer Breeze festival (Germany – Devilment play Wednesday 12th August, while Cradle of Filth headline the Pain Stage on Friday 14th) and then we’re going to record a downloadable track for early Autumn to give people just a whiff of the new album and let them know we’re still alive.
“There may even be a chance of Devilment appearing at one of the shows on the English (Cradle of Filth) dates… well, more than a chance… I know they are…! So, it’s all good! So, not a project, and they’ll both (Cradle and Devilment) be working in tandem.”
I for one am glad to hear there will be more of the Goth Metal rock club anthems of Devilment to continue to provide a contrast to Cradle…
“Well, if I wanted to do more of the same thing, I’d join Dimmu Borgir, wouldn’t I…?!” Filth chuckles.