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Amenra - A Mon Âme
Directed by: Willy Vanderperre

Willy Vanderperre Strips Bare the Belgian Rockers

“It was the first time really that we did something that was out of our hands,” says Colin H van Eeckhout, the lead vocalist of post-metal band Amenra, of working with Willy Vanderperre on today’s arresting video for their 13-minute track. “Normally I’m all over anything we do, so it was quite scary for us to just let go and trust someone, blindly.” “A Mon Âme” marks the second music video outing of the fashion photographer, who’s stark, uncanny style has graced campaigns for the likes of Christian Dior, Jil Sander and Raf Simons. The fellow Belgian approached the band after seeing them play live in Paris, and wanted to distill the intensity and power of their performance. “For the video, I wanted to be almost on their skin, very close in a hypnotic way,” says Vanderperre. Below he talks to NOWNESS about his foray into music.

What comes to mind when you listen to Amenra’s music?
Willy Vanderperre: 
The flat lands, my hometown, skin.

What was the starting point for the video?
WV: 
Growing up in the same area of Belgium as the band members—no one captures the vibe and the spirit of South West Flanders in music as they do. The sound transports me back there instantly. 

What was it like working with These New Puritans for your first music video? 
WV: 
What is great about These New Puritans is that they are a band not afraid of experimentation, they’re constantly evolving. When we worked together on the artwork for the brilliant Fields of Reed album, we decided to shoot a video together.

Which artists are on constant rotation on your playlist?
WV: 
Amenra, Depeche Mode, Balthazar (another genius Belgian band) and Lubomyr Melnyk.

The Ocean - Eoarchaean

Where does it come from 
And how was it made? 
Who died in the process 
And who got paid a starvation wage?

Shopcops protect 
A terrifying place 

Willing to serve you 24 hours a day 

Slick etiquettes 
A great masquerade 

Fluorescent tubes illuminate milelong aisles

Aseptic floors
Colorful shelves: myriads of products, but all their content is the same
Fooled and deceived 
Who made us fall for this sham? 
Who made us swallow the bait that we need all that shit? 

Where does it come from 
And how was it made? 

Who died in the process 
And who got paid a starvation wage?

Place your blind faith 
In every produce 
Don’t hesitate or enquire, just follow our rules 

No one complains 
Customer is king 

Why would you bother, just enter the pin 

Who made us fall
Fall for the myth
That we would be better off with everything at our fingertips?

No one realized
How somewhere along the line

We have surrendered to the great void in our lives

Overwhelmed by the immense selection
Exerted to cover our inanition

Afraid that there’s something that we could be missing 
We’d pay any price to buy everything 

We stand in line and smile….Celebrate the great emptiness of our lives

Celebrate the great emptiness of our lives
Celebrate the great emptiness of our lives 

Celebrate the great emptiness of our lives

Wolfbrigade - Road To Dreams

Wolfbrigade

Formed as Wolfpack in 1995 by members of Anti Cimex, Obscure Infinity and Harlequin. The result became a mix of their previous musical efforts, but with a main direction leaning towards hardcore/crust.

This lineup released 2 albums and a bunch of EPs until a new singer was found in 1999 and another album was done. After this the band decided to change their name to Wolfbrigade and have since then gone through 2 more line up changes, briefly been in hiatus between 2004-2006( but the current line up played under the name “Today’s Overdose” during those years)  and released another 3 albums, some Eps, and played live around Europe and the USA.

In December 2008 the album “Comalive” was released, an album which saw the band return to their roots while still not straying too far from the slightly more melodic sound of later years. To promote the album they did some massive (for Wolfbrigade’s standard) touring, wich also took the band to play the two biggest gigs in their career, Obscene Extreme in Czech and Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, USA. During 2011 the band have decided to take a break from playing live gigs and locked themselves in their new home studio the “Wolf’s Den” and wrote a new album, “Damned” – which will be released on new partners Southern Lord Recordings and old friends La Famila Releases. This was recorded with old friend and producer Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, the first one since the legendary “Lycanthro Punk” back in 1998. The pack is indeed still hungry and ”Damned” is their strongest record yet, filled with steamroller hardcore riffs, haunting melodies, powerful d-beat and Micke’s howling roars. These guys put their whole hearts into this release.

Band Members

  • Jocke - Guitar
  • Erik - Guitar
  • Micke - Vocals
  • Dadde - Drums
  • Johan - Bass

Discography

  • The Wolfpack Years (2003)
  • In Darkness You Feel No Regrets (2003)
  • A D-beat Odyssey Ep (2004)
  • Prey to the World (2007)
  • Comalive (2008)
  • Damned (2012)

(Source: wolfbrigadeofficial.wordpress.com)

ISIS - Hall of The Dead

We must leave this place of deathly decay

Celeste: "D'errances en inimitiés"

The Black Heart Rebellion - Crawling Low and Eating Dust

The Black Heart Rebellion - Avraham

Come in the house where I live in 
I will welcome you 
With all my worries and my sin 

This is the house where I live in 
I will comfort you 
With all my worries and my sin 

Burn this house where I live in 
I’ll be on my way 
Leaving this house of heavy sin 

Brother hold tight 
They are running wild, through this savage night. 
Brother keep close 
Lost in this land without light 

Rest, oh rest 
Our erring years have just begun. 
Come ride with me

Cough - Killing Fields

Now there’s nothing
I can say to you
Broken promise
That you cling to

Turn to nothing
Torture, envy inside
You can hope for
Pain and suffering

Your eyes are blind
There’s no reason to live
Cutting the limbs
Your God is dead
There’s no reason to live

There’s no way to leave
These Killing Fields
Fucking hell
Now sent for you
There’s no future
No escaping
Coming for you

You will rot
You’re face is grey
There’s no reason to live
Breaking the limbs
Now your God is dead
There’s no reason to live

No escaping
These Killing Fields
Torture, envy
That pleasure you
All around you
A barren land
No Saviour
Coming for you
Pain and suffering

You’re eyes are blind
There’s no reason to live
Broken, the limbs
Your God is dead
There’s no reason to live…

Cough

Cough was conceived in the fertile metal underground of Richmond, VA, USA, circa 2005. The newly-formed band sought to be the heaviest band ever from Richmond, and took inspiration from doom metal bands (Black Sabbath, Cathedral, Pentagram, Sleep, Electric Wizard, Goatsnake, etc.), grimy sludge (Grief, Eyehategod, Cavity) and early black metal (Bathory).

The band self-released an EP, The Kingdom, in 2007, and followed it quickly with their first proper full-length, Sigillum Luciferi, in 2008. Recorded with acclaimed producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Rwake, Pelican, Nachtmystium), Sigillum Luciferi is an ugly, agonizing set of misanthropy set to music. Slight bits of psychedelia had wormed into the massive riffs and woven throughout the bands inhuman screams, making this one of the most promising pieces of doom metal to emerge from North America in quite some time.

Sporadic gigging followed the release before the band holed up in a Richmond warehouse to write the follow-up. Winter 2008 was brutal, the warehouse was filthy and unheated, and the band slowly labored forward with the writing between hospital visits and bouts of near-insanity. By winter 2009/2010, the band had signed to relapse records and returned to Chicago, IL, enlisting Parker once again to record the follow-up to Sigillum Luciferi.

That follow-up, their aptly-titled Relapse debut Ritual Abuse, delivers thoroughly massive, psychedelic doom. The album’s five epic tracks are impenetrable walls of sludge; at some points suffocating and claustrophobic, at others warped and hallucinogenic. Ritual Abuse is an impressive monolith of sound and volume, and one of the finest moments yet for 21st-century doom metal.

Upon its releases, the band embarked on two epic North American and European tours lasting almost four months, tours which would have broken lesser bands. No sooner did these road warriors return home than they hit the road with Buzzov•en and tattooed their uncompromising doom across L.A.’s vaunted Scion Rock Fest.

Band Members

  • Parker Chandler - Bass, Vocal
  • Joseph Arcaro - Drums
  • David Cisco - Guitar
  • Brandon Marcey - Guitar

Discography

  • The Kingdom EP (2006)
  • Sigillum Luciferi (2008)
  • Ritual Abuse (2010)
  • An Introduction to the Black Arts (Split with The Wounded Kings) (2010)
  • Reflection of the Negative (Split with Windhand) (2013)