ABSTRACTED Unveil New Music Video for “Introspection – Ego Death”
Brazilian Progressive Death Metal Act Releases 13-minute conceptual piece
The Brazilian progressive death metal act ABSTRACTED – whose sound blends blistering technicality with melodic and atmospheric moments -- have unveiled a new music video for their song “Introspection - Ego Death” from their latest album, Atma Conflux. The new video can be viewed HERE
With a production process spanning six months, the band's team unfolded their passion and dedication to create a truly impactful visual and musical experience. The music video is a visual masterpiece that complements ABSTRACTED's powerful soundtrack perfectly. Intensely emotional and artistically conceived scenes guide viewers through the experiences of the central character, conveying a range of emotions from anguish to hope. This music video is in actuality a 13-minute short film. ABSTRACTED demonstrates their undeniable ability to unite musical and visual elements to tell a deep and engaging story, setting the stage for the epic journey that is ‘Atma Conflux.’
‘"Introspection - Ego Death" is an invitation to explore the depths of the human psyche and accompany a character's struggle to find redemption and meaning amidst adversity. This video marks an exciting first step towards a musical experience that promises to challenge and touch the souls of listeners.”
The album ‘Atma Conflux’ delves deep into Buddhist and Tibetan religious traditions. The album creates a dense and mysterious universe in which a central character faces the crucial decision between life and death. The benevolent and malevolent "tulpas" deities play a crucial role in this dilemma, providing an intense and intriguing narrative that unfolds throughout the tracks. "Introspection - Ego Death" serves as a visceral introduction to the entire experience contained in the album. This music video not only introduces viewers to ABSTRACTED's musical universe but also offers a glimpse into the emotional complexities and profound themes that permeate the entire album. The central character of the video is portrayed captivatingly, immediately establishing a connection with the audience. His journey is a rollercoaster of emotions, revealing an intricate plot that addresses crucial questions of life, choices, and consequences. The video's plot explores the devastating impact of wrong choices, especially regarding involvement with dangerous substances. The central character, deeply immersed in the world of drugs, ends up losing control over his life and decisions. The narrative reaches a crucial moment when a devastating fire consumes everything he knew and loved. The name "Ego Death" is not just a mere expression, but rather a symbolic representation of the character's internal journey. Through the ashes of the fire, emerges an opportunity for profound transformation and self-discovery, marking the beginning of a journey that permeates the entire album.
Preparations for the music video began with the meticulous creation of the setting, inside an actual Masonic temple, which would serve as the backdrop for the emotional narrative of "Introspection - Ego Death.” Entire days were dedicated to constructing an environment that captured the essence of the plot, with meticulous attention to details that ABSTRACTED deemed essential to convey the depth of the story. The musical recording represented a crucial stage in the production process. The band poured their hearts and souls into performing the track from 9 AM until 11 PM, repeating the song numerous times. The commitment was evident, as drummer Fernando Pollon remained tireless, accompanying each musician during their individual takes. This collective effort resulted in a cohesive and powerful performance, infusing the music with a sense of unity.
To bring the characters of the narrative to life, an entire day was devoted to the artistic recording of the actors. Every expression, movement, and interaction were carefully choreographed to convey authentic emotions and capture the essence of the unfolding story. The day was extremely cold, and the actors filmed almost semi-nude. The commitment of both the musicians and the actors was a testament to the team's dedication to achieving an impressive visual representation. With the filming completed, the editing phase of the music video began. ABSTRACTED's team embarked on a meticulous process of selection, cutting, and enhancing the recorded scenes. Each sequence was carefully assembled to create a cohesive and engaging narrative, enriching the visual experience with impressive visual effects and a smooth narrative flow.
ABSTRACTED took their name from a song by Swedish melodic death metal greats Scar Symmetry. Influences from other European acts such as Gojira, Opeth, Necrophagist and Edge of Sanity, American bands such as Allegaeon, The Faceless, Fates Warning and Between The Buried And Me, and genre giants such as Death and Coroner all formed the basis for the sound that the band explores. The group continued to build their name in the years that followed while balancing scholastic pursuits with live appearances on festivals throughout their native country.
ABSTRACTED began working on their debut full-length, ‘Atma Conflux’ with continued writing, crafting, and producing the record. The album ‘Atma Conflux’ is the result of a four-year creative process, featuring seven immersive tracks that blend into a total of 64 minutes of intense and emotional music. ABSTRACTED skillfully merges elements of death metal with progressive nuances, providing a sonic journey that is simultaneously dense, melodic, and intricate. Their album sees the group integrating synthesizers and orchestral keyboards into their already-expansive sound. Previous videos from ‘Atma Conflux’ also include “Wither to Dust”, “Between Samsara and Samadhi” and “Decree of Sunlight” (featuring guest vocals by Mike Semesky (Raunchy, Interloper))
‘Atma Conflux’ is available in stores, online or order direct HERE
STINKY RETURN WITH NEW LINEUP AND A BRAND NEW SONG
Check Out “Moonbow” Now
After a lineup change at the end of 2022, STINKY is back with a song, 'Moonbow', with more modern influences, blending pop/punk choruses, hardcore verses and big, powerful breaks.
In a world where everything moves at high speed, in a society based on appearances, “Moonbow" encourages us to take the time to get to know the people around us and their realities. To look beyond appearances and the first impression we may have of others. STINKY gives us the chance to step back and appreciate the complex nuances of human relationships.
"There are things we notice, there are things we make up, things we show, things we sense, things we learn… when we take time.”
In the meantime, STINKY work on a new album for early 2024. The follow-up to 2020’s ‘Of Lost Things,’ praised by Outburn for its “solid melodic hardcore/punk that employs notes of Sick Of It All, Parkway Drive and Comeback Kid” and had the UK’s Down for Life citing its “monstrous anthems and full-on bangers.”
Since their formation a decade ago, STINKY has played more than 350 concerts across 15 different countries in support of their first three albums, 2015's “Against Wind and Tide,” 2017's “From Dead-End Street,” and 2020's “Of Lost Things.” While the band's name might seem curious to some, their music – a combustible mix of energy and aggression that the UK's Midlands Metalheads Radio says “makes you feel like you can headbutt through a brick wall” – unquestionably passes the test.
9/15 - SidFest - Notre Dame, France
10/28 - Brut’fier Fest - La Bruffiere, France
11/3 - In Your Face - Saint Hilaire, France
11/30 - Le Bouillon - Orleans, France
12/7 - Le Bellevilloise - Paris, France
12/7-12/9 - Nantes Metal Fest - Nantes, France
More information on STINKY's plans at www.facebook.com/stinkyhc.