By KRISTOF G.
Newly signed to American label Translation Loss Records, Quebec extreme metal band APES gave us the first look at the video for “Devour,” off their LULLABIES FOR ETERNAL SLEEP album (now out on LP and digital), their fifth release in 10 years.
“Devour,” the second of two horror-themed videos off LULLABIES—can be seen as a gritty short film. This gory freakout is akin to classic chunk-blowers of yesteryear, like Joe D’Amato’s 1980 cult flick ANTHROPOPHAGUS, with an analog-VHS feel thrown on top. Plus, there’s a sweet nod to a really famous movie logo (no need to let you know which one, right, psychos?).
The video for “Cornwall,” (released back in September) is a cross between E. Elias Merhige’s infamous 1990 experimental feature BEGOTTEN and Metallica’s 1989 “One” video (which includes footage from 1971’s JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN). Yes, it’s that intense.
Frank Appache, who directed the two videos, is an independent filmmaker (SLEAZY PETE, ROCK ON DUDE), who also runs a short film fest in Montreal, Quebec called Cabane à Sang. The band’s leader, Alexandre Goulet, is also an established visual artist (under the Goule moniker), who has created creepy collage-type art used on posters, record covers and T-shirts by many international metal bands, like Full of Hell, Despised Icon, Wake, Cryptopsy, Napalm Death and more.