Virginia-based melodic tech-death metal masters ARSIS have filmed a video for the song "Scornstar" with director Scott Hansen (UNEARTH, CARNIFEX, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK). The track comes off the band's upcoming fifth full-length album, "Unwelcome", due on April 30 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Starve For The Devil" was tracked at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, SIX FEET UNDER). The artwork was handled once again by longtime collaborator Mark Riddick.
"When you film a metal video, and the special effects artists are actually excited about the amount of carnage, you know you've done it correctly," commented Hansen.
"After recruiting a team of special effects artists including myself, David 'Bull' Watson, and Rebecca Tilner, 100 cutthroat ARSIS fans, we were ready to roll... well, almost," added special FX guru Ryan Moore. "We still had to make 75 gallons of blood, acquire 15 lbs. of raw meat, air tanks to propel the bloody goodness everywhere, $500 bucks worth of FX supplies, and some 'homemade' explosives... THEN we were ready for destruction.
"The video is really unlike anything out, really. It's an homage to good old-fashioned '80s horror-movie gore meets 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot'. Everyone had a blast, got trashed, and saturated in blood. The fans were total troopers, as expected; but even then, I have to admit I was impressed with their eagerness to take part in some of the 'stunts.'
"This is definitely one of the must-see music videos of 2013 and will open a lot of eyes that a death metal video can be brutal, entertaining, and fun all at once."
Photos from the production by Sean Taylor can be viewed at this location.
The official lyric video for the title track of "Unwelcome" can be seen below.
"So, we've had 'Unwelcome' finished for quite some time now and we are happy to finally be able to share the finished product with everyone," commented founder and lead guitarist/vocalist James Malone.
"As a band/musician, it's sometimes difficult to separate yourself from your work and visualize how others are going to interpret your work. In other words, it's sometimes hard to know whether or not your ideas are relevant to anyone but yourself. With 'Unwelcome', we certainly put all of our everything into the writing and recording and stopped paying attention to what's trendy or what we think might appeal to a larger audience. In doing so, I feel we have created one of the most sincere ARSIS albums and perhaps one of the most relevant."
"Unwelcome" track listing:
02. Carve My Cross
03. Handbook For The Recently Deceased
04. Choking On Sand
05. Let Me Be The One
06. Sunglasses At Night
07. Martyred Or Mourning
08. No One Lies To The Dead
09. I Share In Shame