Decibel Clips of the Month, September 2014: ELECTRIC WIZARD, ENTOMBED A.D., GOATWHORE, AT THE GATES
Every month, Decibel scribe Shane Mehling reviews the four videos that appear in the monthly metal mag. under “Decibel’s Clips of the Month at Metal Injection.” This month, watch picks from Electric Wizard, Entomed A.D., Goatwhore and an At The Gates classic clip.
Electric Wizard – “I Am Nothing”
Well, there’s no question you people are now just fucking with me. This is 11 and a half minutes of nothing but the kind of psychedelia you see hemorrhaging behind Jefferson Airplane when “White Rabbit” peaks. It’s all that spastic, multicolored, drowning-in-a- lava-lamp-after-the-brown-acid stuff. You know what I’m talking about. And that is all you get. Is there some director out there who took a paycheck for this? If so, I want to work for them.
Entombed A.D. – “Pandemic Rage”
Okay, I’m seeing some skulls, fire, more skulls, a guy with massive horns holding a skull… and here we go: a girl running in the forest being chased by a madman. Her hands are tied behind her back and he’s got a sledgehammer while wearing some sort of animal mask. And he looks pissed, fellas. Okay, back to the skulls and fire. And the chase. Now, the skulls and fire again. Hmmm… Okay, he knocked her out and took off his mask and he is—are you ready for this?—some dude. I won’t spoil the rest except to confirm that, yes, at one point a skull on fire gets crushed by the sledgehammer. Skip to four minutes for that sweet shit.
Goatwhore – “Baring Teeth for Revolt”
So, right off the bat we’re told this was filmed at the House of Shock in New Orleans, Phil Anselmo’s haunted house known for its “Satanic themes and intensity.” So, what am I expecting? Well, a little more than a crumbling old shed. I mean, you Google Image Search this place and I can’t believe their amps aren’t stacked on piles of limbs. I mean, okay, there’s a pentagram you can see a few times, and I love an old wall, I guess, but there isn’t a drop of fake blood nor a baby corpse. But I do appreciate them borrowing the all-consuming fire graphic from Entombed.
CLASSIC CLIP: At the Gates – “Kingdom Gone”
Usually, after a trio of sub-par videos, I can be stoked for the classic clip from a rad, older band to show me how it’s truly done. Well, not this month. Not when they’re playing in fog in an abandoned building with constantly rotating cameras and I don’t think everyone even brought their amps to the shoot. But you know what—fuck it. These were some young metal dudes in the early ’90s with no budget and just happy to make a video. And Tomas is selling it the best he can. I don’t know why he decided to hold a tiny egg every once in a while, but the man is a pure showman, and that’s probably just some weird Swedish thing we don’t want to know about.
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