Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Modesto, California metal band Better Left Unsaid to bring you the exclusive uncensored music video premiere for “She Needs Violence”! The video mixes band performance with artistic imagery, heightened sexuality, and jarring violence. Some imagery here may be NSFW, so keep that in mind when watching it. Also, make sure to check out this photo album of behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot.
Also below is an exclusive interview with drummer Brent Terry that goes over the band, their fondness of horror, the concept of the video and more.
The more I listen to the song, the more I really enjoy it. It has elements of Mudvayne back when that band was something unique and exciting. It mixes melody with ferocity and it’s obvious that there is a fantastic amount of communication within the band as the song has great structure and flows evenly from one passage to another.
Better Left Unsaid, which was produced by Adam Ruppel (Systematic), can be purchased from iTunes.
Bloody-Disgusting: Tell me about the new album and how you feel the album represents you at this point in the band’s history?
Brent Terry: The new album marks a point where we feel like we’re coming into our own as a band. We’ve had a lot of lineup changes in the past and this was the first time we set out with a clear direction from the beginning and started from the ground up headed in that direction. We removed any self imposed rules and restrictions we felt like we may have set on ourselves on previous albums and just started writing from scratch. On our previous albums everyone would have little bits of material that we would put together to form a record. This time we started from zero. Everything on this record was written for the record with a certain goal in mind, and I think with the help of our producer, Adam Ruppel, we’ve reached that goal, and it feels like wearing a comfortable pair of shoes for the first time.
BD: Tell us a bit about the video for “She Needs Violence” how it came together. Who came up with the idea to make it into a horror movie?
BT: We all had a concept of the video in our heads or at least we thought we did until Zach Voytas (Producer) caught us all off guard and pitched a completely opposite idea, having the “Woman” of the song be the focal point of the video. The initial phone call was all about the woman being sadistic and controlling causing Murder and Mayhem wherever she went. The treatment Zach and his brother Nick Voytas sent over was well beyond anything we had ever expected. It detailed each scene and really set the stage for this becoming a “mini horror movie” per say.
BD: Are you horror movie fans? What are some of your fave horror flicks? Did any inspire the creation of the video?
BT: Both Rob and I grew up with a distinct taste for classic horror and 80’s slasher flicks. The love obviously did not stop there and we both are huge fans of Wes Craven, Clive Barker, and Stephen King. To list our favorites could take up a great deal of space, but we have whittled it down to a handful… A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, The Exorcist, House of a Thousand Corpses, Dawn of the Dead, Pans Labyrinth, Rosemary’s Baby, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre… The inspiration for the video did not come from one film in particular but tried to represent the genre at a whole to show the darker side of the human mind.
BD: What do you feel Better Left Unsaid brings to the metal scene that is different than everything else that is out there?
BT: Honesty. We don’t try to push an image or a gimmick. We’re totally normal people like other metal bands, but we don’t try to present ourselves as anything we’re not. We love to write and play heavy music, and whatever happens, happens. No agenda other than to write and share what we feel is great music. Musically we try to approach things from fresh perspectives and interesting angles, but we’re not here to reinvent the wheel.
BD: Better Left Unsaid have a lot of darker songs that deal with dark themes and subject matter. What is it about horror as a genre and that darker side of life that inspires you?
BT: The darker side of life is more real than the lighter side. If you want to tell a true story it’s going to be dark and ugly. If you want to tell an optimistic or happy story you usually have to omit a lot of details. Any story that is raw and unfiltered usually leans toward the darker end of the spectrum naturally. As creative and imaginative as the horror genre can sometimes be, it has an honesty too it that other genres lack, because it focuses intensely on the dark ugly aspects that people normally try to avoid. I think it’s important to examine these issues rather than ignore them.
BD: Anything else you want to plug or say to fans?
BT: First and foremost we would like to thank you, BloodyDisgusting.com, for partnering with us and debuting the uncensored version of our music video! We really do appreciate the opportunity and know that our fans are excited to see the uncensored version! In closing all we as is if you like the song, enjoyed the video, read this interview, and still have an interest in BLU, then take a listen to the album. It is available to buy from all major retailers and online and of course from the band as well.