Ohio thrashers Skeletonwitch recently released the creepy music video for their new song, “I Am of Death (Hell Has Arrived),” which is featured on the band’s forthcoming album, Serpents Unleashed, set to drop on October 29th.
The heavy sound and dark, morbid lyrics of the new song are exemplified through the terrifying storyline of its music video. The setting of the video is deep in the woods wherein lie a murderer, an innocent couple, and Skeletonwitch. While Skeletonwitch performs the song surrounded by a circle of flaming torches, the murderer prepares for his next kill by sharpening his blades and building a scythe. Meanwhile, the couple starts to get comfortable by a campfire, UNTIL…Bandana boyfriend hears something and decides to check it out and leave his lady friend behind. Obviously, his blood is splattered on the tree as his body is impaled by the murderer’s scythe. The girlfriend he stupidly abandoned then mouths the name “Steve” and begins looking for him. She is subsequently chased and killed. Despite the brutal killing, the scythe-holder had the good heart to bury the couple together in the woods before setting their bodies on fire. How can you be mad about that?
Anyway, the video was overall well-composed, both in terms of filming and editing. Also, as you may have learned from my previous music video reviews, the “make it or break it” factor of music videos for me is the balance between the band’s performance and the video’s storyline. As for “I Am of Death (Hell Has Arrived),” Skeletonwitch found the happy medium and provided a tasteful balance of the two main components of the typical music video.
Take a look for yourself below.