Director Thomas Mignone, known for his groundbreaking video work in the metal world (SEPULTURA, SLIPKNOT, MEGADETH, MUDVAYNE, CRADLE OF FILTH, SYSTEM OF A DOWN) recently told E.S. Day of Abort Magazine that the members of SLIPKNOT have many times gone before their audience without their trademark adornments and remained virtually unrecognized.
Says Mignone, "I can't tell you how many shows, at least a hundred shows where I shot at or attended, where the band set up their own gear (unmasked) right in front of their fans and nobody had a clue that that was the band. I mean, they're talking to fans and have fans interacting, helping set up the drums and speaking with them and didn't know it was them."
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Mignone recently shot the new video for OTEP's "Crooked Spoons". The band's live performance was captured in Santa Ana during its current tour with STATIC-X and the conceptual imagery is said to be "in the surrealistic style of classic Fellini films." Thomas Mignone explains, "Otep [Shamaya, vocals] and I conceptualized some really intense ideas for her song 'Crooked Spoons'. There's a haunting and surreal quality to the way the song builds. While filming the performance shots, her audience really connected to her emotionally. It felt as if they were empowered by her words and responded with a genuine sharing of the song's raw spirit."