Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM have released an official animated video for the title track of their latest album, "Hexed".
The RMIT University in Australia worked on the clip for the last 15 weeks, with producers Aaron McLoughlin and Simon Norton spending around 3000 hours with their team to create the video.
Aaron states: "As always, we like to come up with something that suits what the band is all about, so we drew inspiration from the song lyrics as well as the monochromatic imagery found in CHILDREN OF BODOM's videos and album art. We decided a black-and-white horror film would be cool — set on a lake, of course! And we had to include a Roy cameo appearance, obviously!
"Although 'Hexed' is a fast track, it's also particularly measured in the way it plays out over the five-minute duration, so part of the fun was crafting a cinematic narrative that flows with the amazing technical precision of the music.
"The animation students at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia are some of the most talented rising stars in the world, and I think they've done a terrific job on this project.
"Animating metal videos is such a fun thing to do at university, and the team felt very honored creating this film for CHILDREN OF BODOM."
CHILDREN OF BODOM bassist Henkka Seppälä adds: "It's such a cool thing to have a video of one my favorite tracks of the album. And the fact it's made by Aaron and his 25 students in Australia is even cooler. The black-and-white calm mood suits perfectly to this not-so-calm song. The lake and its reflection makes a perfect ending for it."
"Hexed" came out in March via Nulcear Blast Records. The disc saw CHILDREN OF BODOM return to Finland's Danger Johnny Studios where the band was reunited with Mikko Karmila ("I Worship Chaos", "Halo Of Blood", "Hatebreeder", "Follow The Reaper" and "Hate Crew Deathroll") who recorded everything except keyboards and also produced the album with the group. Janne Wirman recorded keyboards at Beyond Abilities Studios. The album was mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.