Every month, Decibel scribe Shane Mehling reviews the four videos that appear in the mag under “Decibel’s Clips of the Month at Metal Injection.” This month, watch picks from Church of Misery, Children of Bodom, Kadavar and a classic clip from Amon Amarth.
Church of Misery – “Brother Bishop”
This is the Japanese doom band playing live, interspersed with footage from the case of pedophile and serial killer Arthur Gary Bishop, but I just cannot deal with how low the bass player holds his instrument. The body nearly touches his feet and he has both hands on the neck and, goddamn, it’s giving me a panic attack. How can he play like this? Isn’t he worried it’ll slip off? Thankfully there’s a few images of child skulls to distract me.
Children of Bodom – “Transference”
Did you know that if you commit suicide, it starts fake-snowing and a bunch of rocks fall out of your mouth? That’s what I’ve gleaned from this short documentary, which goes on to explain that in your final moment, as the reaper beckons you to your eternal resting place, you have to listen to a keyboard solo. Also, I know I’m going to get some strong disagreements here, but Alexi Laiho may very well be playing history’s lamest guitar.
Kadavar – “Doomsday Machine”
My new normal is seeing at least one video every month that tries to convince you it was filmed back in the ’60s. This is the one, with grainy, overexposed footage of chill dudes recording on an old Tascam, cruising down life’s lonely highway in their weedmobile and… hold on, there’s some shoot-’em-up at an arcade? I know you didn’t actually strum a special chord that zoomed you back 45 years, dudes, but you already went this far—why do you gotta fuck with it by playing House of the Dead?
CLASSIC CLIP: Amon Amarth – “Runes to My Memory”
Director: Okay, guys, so you’re sitting around a table dressed like ancient Norsemen and…
Amon Amarth: Simultaneously windmill-headbanging?
Director: No. You’re drinking mead and a hooded skeleton appears and…
AA: We begin to windmill-headbang towards it?
Director: No. You flip the table out of rage, but then…
AA: When do we headbang?
Director: Alright, you can do it at the beginning, okay? Just get it out of your system, because we’re gonna have swords and resurrection and…
AA: Can we do it twice? We’d like to do it twice.
Director: Fine, fuck it, whatever.
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