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Video Premiere: VHS – “Rooting for the Villain”

VHS, Ontario’s old-school-horror-soaked death metal band, are unleashing their third album, We’re Gonna Need Some Bigger Riffs, a “tongue-in-cheek” LP that explores the depths of horror, featuring, but not limited to, “sea monsters, killer whales, and bloodthirsty creatures” as well as “the usual killer in a mask that makes a brief appearance.”

In anticipation of this revolting release, Indy Metal Vault is proud to premiere the video for “Rooting for the Villain,” the album’s first single, featuring guest vocals from The Black Dahlia Murder’s Trevor Strnad. The video, shot in a faux-analogue style, brings to mind some of the more violent slashers of the late ’70s and early ’80s, including Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and Last House on the Left.

The song is a slow and brutal assault upon the ears, with vocals ranging from low, guttural growls to screeching, violent shrieks. The music chugs along at a measured pace, with a few impressive riffs accenting the constant rumble of the bass. As stated below in the press release from the band, “Rooting for the Villain” is “a bit slower compared to the rest of the album but still retains the core VHS style,” and, if the quality and brutality are as strong on the rest of the record as it is in this track, fans new and old will find a lot to like in We’re Gonna Need Some Bigger Riffs.

The video seems to owe as much inspiration from more modern, underground, throwback horror films, owing more to Fred Vogel’s work with ToeTag Pictures (The August Underground Trilogy) and some of the music video work of James VanBebber (The Manson Family, Deadbeat At Dawn) than it does actual slasher films from the 1980s, but still manages to evoke the mood of that era… seeming very much like what a small metal band in the ’80s would produce on their own. In other words, the video is very much lock-step with the sound and aesthetic of the band. Check it out below:

From the band:

“Rooting for the Villain” is an ode to the slasher films of the past. Audiences craved violence and gore and they wanted the body count to be as high as possible! We want to see the killer put on a mask, pick up a kitchen knife and stab until there is no one left alive. No happy endings! We want it bleak and depressing and of course still a lot of fun!

The video was directed by Tony Newton, who has recently done a lot of work with Troma. Tony has been a long supporter of the band and has included VHS tracks in a number of his films. The timing was perfect for him to shoot something for us and it is meant to mimic the shot on video style of early 90’s home video horror. Bloody, cheesy, fun and just a touch disturbing.“

Studio Footage:

We’re Gonna Need Some Bigger Riffs will be released on July  26th, 2019 on Rotten Roll Rex. Pre-order digital here.

Follow VHS at the links below, and preorder We’re Gonna Need Some Bigger Riffs HERE.
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