“Portrait of a Headless Man” is an amazing video. It’s like watching a Septicflesh movie. In a future reminiscent of Blade Runner meets Alien, we find ourselves in a dirty world where blood melds with technology to an extreme level.

The month of October just wouldn’t be complete without a new video by horror’s favorite metal act, Septicflesh!

For those of you living in a shack outside of Camp Crystal Lake, Septicflesh is the world’s premier symphonic death metal act. Offering a devious blending of demented orchestration and quality death metal, the group has been pummeling crowds since 1990. Septicflesh’s latest effort, Codex Omega, was released last month via Prosthetic Records.

I must admit this was a highly anticipated album for me. I discovered Speticflesh during 2008’s Communion and I became a huge fan. I’ve seen the band live on numerous occasions and have conducted multiple interviews but I’m being honest when I say I thought their last album, Titan, was a subpar effort. I was worried these death metal giants might have lost their magic. Thankfully, I was wrong.

“Portrait of a Headless Man” is an amazing video. It’s like watching a Septicflesh movie. In a future reminiscent of Blade Runner meets Alien, we find ourselves in a dirty world where blood melds with technology to an extreme level. A dictator, without a body, controls a Sleepy Hollow society with no will of its own. The main character is initially subjected to this ‘brain washing’ process but eventually comes to question his existence, pulling the vile plug controlling his life.

The futuristic visuals are just sickening, this art in its trusting form. I especially like the end of the video when the hose is pulled out. Like a mind bending umbilical cord, it spews the black blood of compliance. Once removed we see the true level of humanity and the irony is revealed. Severance from the head turns many humans into muck. It appears that to believe in something, no matter how twisted, is better than having the choice to believe in nothing at all. We never see how pulling the plug effects the main character which is a cool thing. The open ending allows for a shred of hope that he didn’t end up as a pile of muck, forever chained to the self-made god he was supposed to worship.

This is easily one of the best videos I’ve seen this year and a comeback track for the mighty Septicflesh!   I dare you to see this meshing of audio and visual come to life. Check out this new video by Septicflesh and don’t let some headless man control you! \m/

Septicflesh are:

  • Spiros Antoniou – Bass/Vocals (Harsh)
  • Kerim ‘Krimh’ Lechner – Drums
  • Christos Antoniou – Guitars
  • Sotiris Vayenas – Guitars/Vocals (Clean)
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