SCUMFEAST VIDEO Rants and Raves but mostly Rants
It's the return of reviewing band videos. Most blogs/websites like to say "Exclusive Premiere" of some band's video as if they're the only ones who get it sent to them. Bullshit! Usually I just re-post em on my Facebook page to let friends watch em and laugh. But I figured hey why not give em a chance here at SCUMFEAST METAL 666. So shall we begin?
WIDOW - Carved in Stone
Here's the new "official" music video by North Carolina's WIDOW. Hmmm, does that mean there are unofficial ones? Yeah well here's some background for ya. WIDOW have been around for quite a few years now. And over all that time through various trends in metal, they have stayed true to their love of classic metal sounds. They are defenders of the realm to put it bluntly. Every few years the come out with a new release of melodic, catchy, fist pumping true metal that only a hipster troglodyte would thumb a nose to. This is the title track of their latest album, Carved In Stone, which is available on CD and vinyl from Pure Steel Records
Hey what's not to like? The video has the band playing inside some stone structure outdoors, ala Carved in Stone. They're serious in the performance as opposed to screwing around (yeah I hate band hi-jinks videos). The song is fantastic. Killer guitar solo and plenty of close-up shots. The video was directed and edited by Justin Reich and Blake Faucette. Shout outs to those individuals for doing a fantastic job. Bang your head.
CARACH ANGREN Charles Francis Coghlan (official video)
Next up it's the official video (another one?) from CARACH ANGREN for the song "Charles Francis Coghlan" off of their latest release, Dance and Laugh Amongst the Rotten, which is on Season of Mist records. CARACH ANGREN are like the Dutch equivalent to CRADLE OF FILTH in my not so humble opinion. I know some people will be pissed at that assessment but hey they're a symphonic black metal act with a horror shtick as their theme. So here have a watch.
OK this song/video is about the Anglo-Irish actor and playwright Charles Francis Coghlan (1842–1899) and the myth about his death on stage and his coffin being swept out to sea as a result of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. Actually it's not a myth at all, it's bullshit. The fact is that he never died on stage and his coffin was swept from the funeral parlor but was found seven years in a swamp nine miles from Galveston along the east coast of Texas. Even the myth isn't so scary as what this video portrays it to be.
Now even with all of that it's obvious someone dropped a lot of cash in order to produce this theatrical yarn of a video. I wonder how many takes it took for the raining scenes. "Cut, your make-up whoops I mean corpse paint is running we'll have to start over." Look I like black metal as well as the next heathen metal head but when it comes to those bands doing videos, well they're mostly bad especially when they're trying to tell a story. And in this case the story is just as bad. Also I won't be reviewing their album.
SKALLBANK - Grav Efter Grav
One of my PR reps keeps sending me updates on this Swedish PunBig Balls Productions. I wasn't into doing a review for the release but k Hard Rock n Roll act. There last release SKALLBANK - The Singles came out in January via hey the video is another story.
OK so five rough looking dudes barge into some hipster's apartment and surprise surprise there's a bunch of instruments also Orange amps. So the the five dudes start playing. Now I don't know Swedish so I have no idea of what they're singing about but the music rocks ala THE HELLACOPTERS. Plus anything to piss off hipsters is fine by me.
SARCASM - Scars of a Land Forgotten video
So are you up for a little Swedish Death Metal nostalgia trip? SARCASM, remember them? Don't lie because you don't and their PR calling them "Legendary Swedish Death Metallers" is sarcasm at best, bullshit at it's worst. Here's the skinny. SARCASM was a late to the party Swedish death metal act. They started out in 1990 and called it quits four years later then tried a comeback in 1997 only to pack it in again. In that time they never got a record deal. They put out plenty of demos but went nowhere.
Now I don't know why SARCASM failed to make it in their time nor do I care but someone at Dark Descent Records did. Last year they put out their first proper full-length, Burial Dimensions, which was originally recorded in 1994. What we have here is a track from their new Dark Descent album Within the Sphere of Ethereal Minds. Here ya go.
If you haven't figured it out the singer Heval Bozarslan is the only original member from 1990. Guitarist Anders Eriksson joined in 1994. Musically yeah it's average blackened death but watching this video just makes me laugh. The singer comes across looking like a midget, ok maybe just short. In this band's case it would've been better not to have watched this prior to hearing the full length. Chances are that won't be happening.
DATURA - Charm of the Rat King
And finally we have here a band hailing from North Carolina. DATURA, a five piece death/doom, as well as much more, act who have just released their debut full length on Rusty Knuckles music.
The band, which is made up of local metal scene vets, formed in June of 2014 in Raleigh, NC. I am still listening and making notes for a review of their full length but when the band released this video as a teaser for the album, well you take a watch.
Band performs live in two locations. The song is a basic headbanger. I mean the band is not only doing it but if you're watching it you can't help but follow along. It's a great song and the band doesn't look like they're faking it. I've seen em live so I know. What more can I say?