Behemoth Undertake Biggest Production Yet for New Video
Over the past couple years, blasphemous Polish death/black metal band Behemoth have embraced computer technology to provide abundant flames, violent storms and showers of blood for music videos like ‘Prometherion,’ ‘Ov Fire and the Void’ and ‘At the Left Hand Ov God.’ But for their new video, ‘Alas, the Lord is Upon Me,’ Behemoth are tossing away the CGI and keeping it real.
“[There's] pretty much no digital intervention, no blue boxes, no fake s— this time,” frontman Adam ‘Nergal’ Darksi said. Not that ‘Alas, the Lord is Upon Me’ video exhibits any lack of effort or resources. In fact, it’s Behemoth’s most elaborate video to date, Darski said. “[There's] great filming, good acting and a f—in’ awesome storyline. It’s disturbing, crazy and evil. We’ve had over 70 people working for us on this video, so we can easily say it was the biggest production so far.”
Visuals in the video include medieval slaves pulling an ox cart, the Pope buried up to his head, tipped over crosses, insects swarming in front of Darski, the singer covered in blood and wearing man-made wings, children with their lips sewn shut and images of war.
As with ‘Ov Fire and the Void’ and ‘At the Left Hand Ov God,’ the video was produced and directed by Rafal Szermanowicz and Grupa 13. “This time we decided to make something different,” said Dariusz Szermanowicz of Grupa 13. “We’d like to make video in cinematic style without so many VFX like in last two videos. We found great location, we had dozens of actors and extras and awesome stylizing. During the 16 hours of hard work, we’ve created [an] amazingly killer video.’
Look for ‘Alas, the Lord is Upon Me’ to surface on video outlets in July. And this fall, keep an eye out for Behemoth’s EPs ‘Conjuration’ and ‘Slaves Shall Serve’ re-released as a double-CD.