Here is a feature we slumbering scribes have dragged, kicking and screaming, back from the grave. A year back, desperate for some entertainment of the visual persuasion, we here at the Sleeping Village constructed ourselves a venue, of sorts--a public playhouse designed to house the raunchiest productions around. After a single feature presentation, however, said venue promptly fell into disuse and ruin. A shame, really, because in this world of underground metal, there are a good many videos worth checkin' out. Thus: now is the time for revitalization.
Push aside the cobwebs and vines, dear reader. Kick away the decaying ravens and piles of loam; the show is about to begin. Today, for your viewing pleasure, the Sleeping Village is pleased to present the music video for Belong, title track and lead single from L'Homme Absurde's forthcoming third album. It's a killer track and impressive video, and, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, I wholeheartedly recommend you watch for yourself:
And there ye have it. If I'm being frank, L'Homme Absurde's particular brand of black metal by-way-of hefty post-hardcore makes for a pretty addicting affair. Belong--both the track and the album--have remained in near-constant rotation here at the Village over the past few days. There's something so relentlessly earwormy about the dynamic interplay between blackened riffage and the hardcore breakdowns littered throughout--like a reassuring pulse, these transitions maintain consistent interest. Take, for example, the 3-minute mark: there's a particularly groovy element lurking herein that I've come to love more and more with every subsequent listen. The vocals are stellar too--emotive but tastefully distant, neither lush nor strained. L'Homme Absurde represents post-black at its absolute finest: never dull, always progressing. We scribes are appropriately smitten, and, needless to say, you can anticipate a full review of Belong in these humble halls sometime soon.
And then there is, of course, the video itself. Professionally shot, thematically sound, narratively intriguing. No question about it: these Russians have done themselves proud.
This music video was created by one Andrey Usikov. L'Homme Absurde - Belong will be released Jan. 17th, 2020.
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