Creeping Death Go Truly Underground In Cavernous New Video
One thing can be said about Creeping Death: they’re committed to their name. The Texan death metal crew may have adopted with a more searing, thrash-focused sound early on with the output on 2018’s Specter Of War. But on the material from their upcoming new album Wretched Illusions, the band are exploring a moldier, more clammy-to-the-touch sound that oozes and lumbers as much as it rips. It’s this sort of commitment to sonic devolution that earned them their spot opening for High On Fire and Power Trip later this year.
The video for the band’s latest track, Ripping Through Flesh, is a visual illustration of that fungal growth. The video definitely has a narrative of bloodlust and escape that runs throughout it, complete with a machete-wielding psychopath. But more than that, it’s the cave that surrounds the band during the performance shots — complete with dripping rock formations and pitch-black crevices a every turn — that truly grips the viewer and drives home the band’s newfound aural grossness.
Kerrang! spoke to frontman Reese Alavi about what went into creating such a shadowy vignette:
What’s the vision behind the video? What’s the narrative behind it?
Ripping Through Flesh is in essence a song about warring in an MMORPG game called RuneScape. If you put the video games aside, though, it’s about several nations sending a small group of elite warriors to an infamous cave rich in resources in an effort to make their way through a dark time in humanity. It’s all fantasy-based. We wanted a bit of gore/fantasy/and violence so that’s what we got.
Where was the video shot? How was shooting inside of a cave?
Did you encounter any wildlife — bats, lizards, your usual cave-dwellers?
In San Marcos the cave also doubled as an adventure park so they had a petting zoo with toucans and stuff. Other than that, we saw some bugs but that’s about it!
Watch out exclusive premiere of Creeping Death’s Ripping Through Flesh below:
Creeping Death’s Wretched Illusions comes out Friday, September 27, via eOne, and is available for preorder.
Make sure to catch the band on tour this fall at one of the dates below:
20 - The Firehouse – Birmingham, AL
21 - Slaughter Que 2019 @ The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Exodus, Kataklysm, Battlecross, more
22 - Hi-Tone – Memphis, TN2019
7 - Austin, TX Mohawk (as part of 2019 Levitation Festival)
10 - Houston, TX @ Foamhenge
12 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
13 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
15 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
16 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
17 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
20 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
21 - New York, NY @ Elsewhere
22 - New York, NY @ Elsewhere
23 - Hartford, CT @ Webster
24 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
25 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
26 - Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
27 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro
29 - Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
2 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
3 - Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw
4 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
6 - Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
At their sold-out New York show, High On Fire, Power Trip, Devil Master and Creeping Death give fans the sacrament of the riff.
In the latest episode of our podcast Inside Track, metalcore’s biggest bands reveal how their sound ended nu-metal’s reign.