Ghost Cult has teamed up with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Doom and gloom dealers Deathwhite for the world premiere of their official music video ‘Funeral Ground’! The bleak and emotive track plays over the stylized clip of the band performing intercut with ominous moments that juxtapose the nature of life and death. The track comes from their forthcoming album Grave Image, due for release on January 31st via Season of Mist. Although the band prefers to be shrouded in anonymity (for now), heads who crave the bleakest of the bleak moods of Woods of Ypres, recent Paradise Lost albums, Katatonia, Type O Negative will love this video and this group. Check out the video and pre-order Grave Image now! Continue reading
Metalcore’s rising stars While She Sleeps has had a monster year in 2019, touring all over the world and tearing up stages nightly. Watch their new pro-shot performance video for their song ‘Haunt Me’, recorded live at Vainstream Rockfest, 29th June 2019. The footage was provided by Kingstar and Vainstream Rockfest. Check it out now! Continue reading
Ghost Cult spent some time last month in New York City with Fiar of Foscor for a chat about their new album, Els Sepulcres Blancs, out now via Season of Mist. In a wide-ranging conversation, Fiar spoke with is about the creation of the new album, the arc of the band from their raw Black Metal roots to making magical and sad post-Rock and progressive music now, the value the band places on visuals, the artwork on the new album, the bands’ self- created video for ‘Cançó de Mort’, the relationship the band has created with Season of Mist, and much more. You can order this incredible album at this link, and listen to our chat below. Continue reading
After dropping their explosive single “Captain Cold One” last week, Bokassa have now released a music video for it. The video was shot in Manchester, England by Video Ink, in the same locale as filming for Captain America, Sherlock Holmes, and Peaky Blinders, and where the band did their video for previous single, ‘Mouthbreathers Inc.’ The track is from their forthcoming album, Crimson Riders, set for release on June 21st. The band picks up their European tour opening for Metallica and Ghost on June 8th in Dublin, IE. Watch the clip now!
Martin Lopez is a progressive metal and drumming legend, with his many projects including a long stint in Opeth and his current band, Soen. Soen’s new album Lotus is out now via Silver Lining Music. The band has been prolific writers over the years and Lotus is a masterpiece, so the band is ready to share it with the world. Check out our chat with Martin now! Podcast produced by Omar Cordy for Ghost Cult. Continue reading
Linconshire UK modern metallers Miscreant have released a new video supporting their current single, ‘Let Tomorrow Die’. Watch the clip below. 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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