The deathrock band from Los Angeles, Black Heroin Gallery, has unveiled a new video for their track “Take This Rose”, featured on their “Feast of Bats” album.
The monochrome video showcases the band’s lead singer, Eyajo December Joseph, wandering and joyfully dancing through an eerie forest, dressed in full gothic attire. Oblivious to his surroundings, he is trailed by a sinister figure donning a bird mask and clutching an old leather suitcase filled with peculiar items. This bird mask and suitcase become part of a series of recurring items in the forest, such as a white rose, an ancient jailor’s key-ring attached to a lengthy string, and an enigmatic black gift box.
Eyajo Joseph elaborates: “Death is on the hunt, aiming to ensnare its target by tempting the unsuspecting artist with a rose. Instead of approaching directly, she employs a proxy to shadow the artist through the woods, attempting to persuade him to accept the rose. She even resorts to spells to manipulate him or deceive him with the tainted rose concealed in a gift box. In the end, she intends to lead him to the ferryman.”
Eyajo Joseph took on multiple roles for the video, serving as its writer, director, and editor, while Johneray Case handled the cinematography. The video is interspersed with unstable hand-held “found footage” by Eyajo, capturing his frantic search amidst the trees and underbrush. Case comments, “Historical silent films and arthouse cinema have always deeply influenced me, and I believe traces of both can be discerned in this video.”
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