- Jason Hesley
Blackened Prog-Metal Group VINTERSEA Unveil 'Quarantine Playthrough Video'For 'Fiery Tongue'
When the Portland, Oregon-based blackened progressive metal group VINTERSEA normally films a music video, the band – whose 2019 sophomore album (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Illuminated” was praised by Dead Rhetoric as “a wondrous, challenging record that will reward listeners who are seeking something more” – typically does so in grand fashion, whether deftly capturing the darkened majesty of their native Pacific Northwest or filming in striking settings such as abandoned nuclear power plants.
While the group – whose latest video, “Befallen,” has received nearly a half million views on YouTube – is currently working hard to complete their next mini-epic, they recently also put the finishing touches on what they describe as a “quarantine playthrough video” for the “Illuminated” track “Fiery Tongue.” Check it out HERE.
Says bassist and videographer Karl Whinnery, “Most of our fans don’t know that we were just about to announce a huge summer tour as the world started to shut down. When we were able to get back together for the first time, I really wanted to capture something unique for our fans. We’re in the middle of preparing a huge music video/short film for release later this year, so for now, we went for something fun and simple.”
Adds guitarist Riley Nix, “Like millions of people around the world, we have been separated from our musical family for most of the year. Going months without getting together to play concerts, record, tour or make videos has been difficult for everyone in different ways. 'Befallen' helped a massive new group of people find our music, and we wanted to reach out to our friends and fans the best we could, from afar, to show everyone how much we love and appreciate everything they have done to keep us going during these past few months.”
“Fiery Tongue” is one of six epic tracks featured on “Illuminated,” which was released in September on CD, digital and limited-edition blue/white vinyl. The album was engineered and mixed by Gabe Johnston (Idle Hands) and mastered by Troy Glessner (Devin Townsend, Intervals), while the cover artwork was designed by Xenoyr of Australia's Ne Obliviscaris.
Explains vocalist Avienne, “'Fiery Tongue' is an ode to the destruction that people have imposed on themselves time and time again. We wanted to paint a landscape that has been set ablaze by people who have led themselves into their own demise through the song’s lyrics, crushing riffs, and choral melody.”
VINTERSEA – whose riveting mix of prog, black, death and post-metal has earned comparisons to forward-thinking acts such as Agalloch and Enslaved – first made waves via their self-released 2017 debut, “The Gravity Of Fall.” Recorded by Justin Phelps (The Mars Volta, Joe Satriani) and mixed by Evan Sammons (Last Chance To Reason), the album was hailed by No Clean Singing as “dynamic and genre-bending.” The group earned additional praise for its dynamic live performances alongside artists such as Jinjer, Arkona, The Ocean and Sirenia.