"Bring Me The Night", the new video from veteran New Jersey thrashers OVERKILL, can be viewed below. The clip was shot on January 9 in Brooklyn, New York with director Kevin Custer (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, SUFFOCATION).
In a recent interview with RockMusicStar.com, OVERKILL vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth stated about the "Bring Me The Night" video, "It is straight performance. The effects are primarily the lighting. It is filmed with a real high-end camera. So it looks film like almost movie production like something you would see in a theater regarding the quality of the video itself. We did the majority of the video in silhouette with side lighting also. It is kind of unique concept. It was done by gentlemen called Kevin Custer who has rap under his belt, metal, hardcore. He has done HATEBREED DVD and videos, the last TESTAMENT video. He has quite a repertoire. He is a visionary with regard to understanding what goes on. Prior to this, he is a member of the scene. He has done everything from slam dance to play drums in bands. He absolutely understands the songs from start to finish."
When asked if the video is strictly live performance, Bobby said, "It is primarily live performance. I mean, really, that is what it is. It is us performing in front of those lights more so in silhouette. It is really hard to explain, because if you see it, it might be a little bit different to you. It lights us primarily from the side and back. It is unique. It almost looks like it is in black and white but it is actually in color. It is a really, really, cool concept that he came up with regard to lighting and using the strength. And the strength obviously is the performance."
Regarding how making videos for OVERKILL has changed since the heyday of MTV's "Headbangers Ball" back in the late '80s and early '90s, Bobby said, "I suppose with regard to technology the cameras change as much as people tweet and Facebook, etc. etc. I mean, technology is just different. But with regard to doing the video, we always relied on live performance for our videos. We really always relied on what OVERKILL does in front of the camera as opposed to what a director sees be it footage or unusual situations for the band. So it is really live performance for us and always has been. So nothing has really changed for us. Maybe the lighting has gotten better; maybe the cameras have gotten better. Technology has gotten better. But I think the band has always been what the band is. Whether we get better or not, we are still about that live performance."
"Bring Me The Night" comes off OVERKILL's new album, "Ironbound", which was released on February 9 via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records). The CD, which was issued in Europe on January 29 via Nuclear Blast Records, was mixed by PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren and is described in a press release as "a true thrasher-piece."