Bloody-Disgusting is proud to bring you the exclusive premiere of “Apocalypse Prologue”, the latest video from electronica-meets-industrial-black-metal group Chiildren. The video celebrates the upcoming physical release of The Other People EP, which can be pre-ordered via FiXT. The video is full of eerie, macabre images that call to mind many horror influences, from The Order members in Silent Hill to Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. The video is grimy, filthy, bloody, and right up the alley of every horror fan.
The band will be hosting a CD release party this Friday at Church Of The 8th Day in Glendale, CA. They will be joined by Samothrace and Pendulous and tickets are only $5 (21+ only). More information can be found here.
Head on below for the video as well as a massive, fascinating quote from the band that is well worth reading.
“The Chiildren ‘Apocalypse Prologue’ video is a transitional piece. We’ve had a lot of time to digest The Other People EP and see it evolve into something else with the new remixes. But it is also our beginning. To keep us interested in this project, it has to become about something.
The visual side of Chiildren is very important to us. Chad has a line in the video: “Our bodies were once young. We looked inside ourselves. Tore out pictures and sounds.” I want to suggest that our early music videos were developed through introspection. To move forward, we have to come up with a new context.
We’re looking at the history of black metal, which is very confrontational towards traditional, Judeo-Christian religious culture. Chiildren is a post-modern metal band that draws influence from black metal. But we have to put that in the context of our lives now. The major world religions have been critiqued beyond measure. It feels redundant to add anything to the conversation.
However, we can look at post-secular spirituality, or things that have developed in response to ‘the old.’ Take contemporary Satanic belief or much of new age spirituality, for example. There’s a certain narcissism about it. It suggests that we should view ourselves as gods. We can then look at this in relationship to Ayn Randian capitalist philosophy and come up with up with a metaphor to depict the economic horror that seems to have permeated the past decade: “They (the economic 1%) stole their energy through the use of black magick.”
At the same time, we recognize a counter-response to political, ecological, and economic horror. In the past, this has taken on the form of eco-terrorism, protest, activism, and so on. We feel the continuation of this paradigm appears necessary, but is ultimately of little consequence.
The writer and philosopher, Eugene Thacker, talks about the idea of ‘black’ in black metal as a form of cosmic pessimism. He asks that we envision a ‘world without us,’ one that is ‘indifferent to us as human beings, despite all we do to change, shape, to improve and even to save the world… It’s limit-thought is the idea of absolute nothingness, unconsciously represented in the many popular images of nuclear war, natural disasters, global pandemics, and the cataclysmic effects of climate change.’
Chiildren embraces a form of cosmic pessimism, recognizes the horrors of our time (political, social, economic, and climatological), and has only a small contribution to give in the words, “Stay human.” We’ve talked about this as the embrace of our frail human condition, and our only appropriate response to each other: empathy. Despite who we are, each one of us faces the crippling, unknowable state of extinction.”
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