Half a year after the release of their debut EP Hatred Index, L.A’s blackened symphonic death metallers Witch Casket already have a full length album under way. The album’s title track, “Punishment,” is now available with an accompanying music video that looks like it popped straight out of the 1960s. Vocalist Drogoth, who directed the video, had this to say:
“This was just one of those weird concepts that just popped into my head one evening, and I became obsessed with it and had to make it happen. Basically, I was listening to an oldies rock station, and I started thinking about what it would look like if a Death Metal band was featured on a British Pop Music TV Show. A lot of the art direction ideas came from the first appearance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan show in 1964. I used that as a visual target and put the rest together with my own ideas. I needed a period appropriate band to open the video to add contrast, so I elicited the help of my buddies from the Rockabilly band ”SoCal Rocket Dynamics” to play the opening act. British actor Scott Butler is also a friend who I thought was perfect for the role of the Host. It was a really fun project and I sincerely enjoyed getting all of these incredibly talented artists together to make something cool!”
I dig. The music is nothing revolutionary, but it’s lots of fun and totally palatable (even for teenage girls in the ’60s, apparently). Watch and listen below, and pre-order Punishment here, out October 15th.
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