In this special instalment of Music Video of the Week (and please, excuse my lateness in posting this one. Been quite busy this week helping my sister move house, among other things, so it took me a little longer to get this out than I would have liked), I have the pleasure of presenting to you guys Amon Amarth’s latest single, “Father of the Wolf” (only just released a couple of days ago). But what makes this edition of MVotW special is the sheer production value and thought that went into this video.
Something I personally love at the moment is how many bands are currently treading the still rather unexplored waters of converting music videos into what are essentially mini-films (think Nightwish’s Imaginaerum and Metallica’s recent film, Through the Never). And that’s exactly what you’re going to get with this video: a great script accompanying a story of a prophet’s ominous words of the coming of the Trickster; the fire god, Loki. And of the confrontation between Loki and the Norse thunderer himself, Thor.
For the Amon Amarth fans out there, remember the front and back cover artwork for Deceiver of the Gods? You know, the epic clash between Thor, backed by the Einherjar, and Loki and his Army of the Dead. Yeah? Well, get ready to watch that whole battle unfold before your eyes while Johan Hegg and the rest of the Amon Amarth gang do their thing and deliver yet another delicious slice of their fantastic brand of Viking-themed melodeath.
It’s quite a treat, I’ll say that! I loved every minute of it.
Enjoy the journey, guys!
Under the eyes of Epona, a Gallo-Roman fertility goddess and protector of horses, donkeys and mules, Eluveitie deliver an amazing performance is this amazingly produced video. Bathed in the light and spirit of the Celtic countryside, Anna Murphy takes up vocal duties and delivers what I still feel is one of her best performances to date.
Through gorgeous shots of woods and mountainsides, the band feel right at home here. I’ve got to say, this is one of my favourite music videos, and once you watch it, I’m sure you see why. The direction is fantastic, and Patrick Kistler’s tin whistles! Oh man, this guy is awesome.
While not a traditional melodic death metal song like the majority of their singles – and equally discography – “A Rose for Epona” is, however, a great example of Eluveitie’s diversity and talent as a band. Murphy’s vocals weave so beautifully around the arrangements, and the almost mystical-like shots of her standing before the bonfire are gorgeously done.
All the elements come together to build a sorrowful tale that you can’t help but become immersed in. It reaches its peak around the midway point when main frontman, Chrigel Glanzmann, enters, and he and Anna sing in harmonious union. The instruments are fantastic, and there’s such wonderful melody to it all. You really feel as if you’re peeking into another time, a world that took place in the one we occupy now, but yet was so different.
“A Rose for Epona” is an excellent single, and an even better produced music video. Go check it out, I’m sure you’ll come to adore the experience as much as I do.
Bit unconventional for a Music Video of the Week, I know, namely because it’s mainly an assortment of photo’s and titles, but regardless, I discovered this neat little band from Germany earlier in 2013 and was quite impressed with them. This is one of the best heavy metal tracks I had the pleasure of listening to in the recently past year.
With solid, melodic vocals, and an undeniable, excellent rhythm section that only helps heighten Norman Dittmar’s vocals, it can be said that Thunder and Lightning are a great find. And I’d go so far to say that track “Written in Stone” is on my list of top singles for 2013.
Definitely go check these guys out. You won’t regret it!
I feel this is somewhat of a momentous occasion (for me, at least, haha). I’m presenting to you all my first ever ‘Music Video of the Week’.
When this idea of a ‘Music Video of the Week’ first occurred to me as something I could do for my blog, I already had the perfect idea for what I’d use as my first MV. And thus, here we are now with Dokken’s successful 1987 single, Dream Warriors. Released to coincide with A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, this single, and indeed music video, all hearken back to this awesome Freddy Krueger tale, and personally, what is also one of my all-time favourite films and sequels.
Just as corny as you’d expect, the main premise behind the Dream Warriors music video is the American band, Dokken, use their brand of heavy/glam metal to defeat and drive away Freddy Krueger who is terrorising Kristen Parker, Patricia Arquette’s character in the movie. Combining a small amount of footage from the actual film, it’s interspersed with clever little nods to camera angles and shots used in the movie. For example, a couple of my personal favourites concerns drummer Mick Brown playing his drum lines within the oven in the boiler room, his face partially burned, to the scene where Kristen finds the young girl on the tricycle. The other is George Lynch’s fantastic intro to his guitar solo busting through the room that gets ripped to pieces by the ‘Freddy Worm’ in the feature film. Using one of his signature ESP guitars, decorated with skulls and bones, he rips into his excellent solo, further building the positive rock dream energy that will ultimately slay the Dream Demon that is Freddy.
Filled with tons of references to the Dream Warriors flick, and equally a number of shots that take place in locations from the movie, this music video is still one of the best examples I’ve seen to date of a film-to-music video crossover. And it does so extremely well.
Cleverly incorporating the great talents and wiles of Robert Englund, the man who portrays and brings brilliantly to life the character of Freddy, his scenes throughout as he keeps getting sidelined by Dokken on his mission to take out Kristen are great and enjoyable to watch. It ends on an amusingly ironic note, too, when Freddy wakes up terrified after a bad dream holding a dolly which he then tosses aside before speaking directly to the camera, asking, “What a nightmare! Who were those guys?”
This video is pure 80s indulgence, and is just great fun to watch and listen to, with Don Dokken’s vocals at their strongest. A classic blend of 80s culture if there ever was one!
*Video above is copyright of Dokken and the poster
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