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Album Review: “Chosen Sons” music video and track review

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Many years ago, to my own surprise, I found myself in a loud and dimly-lit nightclub at the heart of Prague’s industrial culture, watching a show that combined experimental electronic music with what could only be described as eccentric video footage; it was created by unconventional thinkers and fringe artists who shared their work via mixing tables and the large improvised screen that barely illuminated the busy establishment.

It was a great experience, albeit one that I wasn’t entirely prepared for. I haven’t thought about that night in quite some time, that is, until my attention was brought to “Chosen Sons,” a new music video by the up and coming Vancouver-based electro-doom rock duo, Post Death Soundtrack. Dark, eerie, and slightly chilling, it flooded me with memories and a certain amount of curiosity about what made the band go with this format; and, who exactly are their inspirations.

I am not familiar with even half of the musical catalogues of Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson or Ministry, but these are the very bands that popped into my head as soon as I heard PDS (Post Death Soundtrack); Furthermore, a lot of industrial bands lyrically tackle some kinds of social issues in their work. Skinny Puppy, for instance, often mentions chemical warfare and animal abuse. And PDS members, Jon Ireson and Steve Moore seem to fall inline with the musical tradition.

Featuring “cryptic samples, digital dive-bombs, a serene Arabian breakdown, and a punishing final statement amid the roars of beasts,” the track is also “Steve Moore's scathing commentary on extremist groups” as he “investigates with biting sarcasm, the tragic path from scorned youth to radicalized zealot.” But, even though I am familiar with the music of the listed bands, I have never seen their videos, which makes it hard to compare the one produced by PDS with anything specific.

According to the video’s creator Colin Everall, “this music video was a departure for [him] – using CGI as oppose to live-action – and was a whole new way of getting creative." Indeed, watching it seems like you are being shown pieces of a neglected, post-apocalyptic landscape featuring a strange sculpture and biological matter, like a whole lot of bones from a wide range of large animals. If Georgia O'Keeffe became an industrial rocker with a penchant for anything dark and morose, this is what she may have created. For more, check out here.

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