The official Rob Neilson-directed video for the song "Fathoms" from melodic tech-death overlords ARSIS can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "Visitant", which is being released today (Friday, November 2) via Nuclear Blast (North, Central, South America) and Agonia (rest of world).
Guitarist and vocalist James Malone states: "I think 'Visitant' is ARSIS's most mature album but at the same time, it is also an album that harkens back to our youth.
"We all grew up on horror movies. For me personally, my father would bring me, from a very early age, to the theater to see horror films. He passed his love of science fiction and horror down to me.
"I wanted to do something different for this album and it was just a natural move to incorporate this passion into 'Visitant'.
"As I was doing my part of the writing, I tried to capture the tone and atmosphere of some of my favorite films ('Silver Bullet', 'From Beyond', 'Prince Of Darkness'). It was a very satisfying and fun album to write and I think it might be what fans consider a 'worthy follow-up' to 'A Diamond For Disease'."
"Visitant" was recorded in part and mixed and mastered by producer Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE). Artwork was created by longtime collaborator Mark Riddick.
Malone told Electric Music Magazine about "Visitant": "In my opinion, the aesthetics of heavy metal, even at their most fundamental and basic level, lend themselves perfectly to horror genre (and vice versa). When I would listen to the music we were writing for 'Visitant', I would try to let my mind wander and paint a mental picture for me. I would relate these mental images to a horror film and use that as the lyrical inspiration. I didn't try to tell stories with the lyrics as much as I tried to paint images that were inspired by the films. This is the 'surface' reason that I chose to give the lyrics on the album a horror theme. I think the underlying reason is that I lost my father this year, and given his illness and the care he was receiving, it was something I was trying to brace myself for during most of the writing for 'Visitant'. An interest and appreciation for horror was something that both he and I shared so in that sense it was kind of a 'tribute' to him. In another sense, I feel that one of the reasons horror exists as an art is to help us deal with events or emotions that we don't wish to process in reality... death being the most obvious."
Catch ARSIS on tour as part of "Bloodletting North America XII" with co-headliners and labelmates DECREPIT BIRTH.