“I wanted to create an abstract, ever evolving human form that became more and more distorted and messed up throughout the length of the clip; a visual representation of the multiple personalities LO! presents on stage.” — Director Toby Pike
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Metal Injection is pleased to unveil the striking visual companion to the track “As Fools Ripen” from Australian post-metal/sludge practitioners, LO!. Directed by Toby Pike and produced by bassist Adrian Shapiro, the track comes by way of the band’s Vestigial full-length released in 2017 via Pelagic Records.
Notes Toby Pike of the video, “The idea for this clip really came from the first time I saw LO! play. I thought lead singer Sam Dillon was going to turn himself inside out with his gut-wrenching convulsions on stage. One of the most animated and captivating lead singers I’ve seen perform. I wanted to create an abstract, ever evolving human form that became more and more distorted and messed up throughout the length of the clip; a visual representation of the multiple personalities LO! presents on stage. It was an amazing experience working with the band on the shoot and through the post process on what was hands down the most technically challenging music video I’ve worked on to date. This piece really wasn’t possible without a huge push from the VFX team to create a clip that I’m extremely proud of. It really is the best kind of a beautiful mess.”
View LO!’s “As Fools Ripen” Via Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.
If you missed it, view LO’s previously released “Gods Of Ruin,” “Locust Christ,” and “Bombardier” videos below. Stream Vestigial in full HERE.
LO!‘s third full-length album, Vestigial, is next level. The songs are well-crafted and have a larger scope than their predecessors, the sound is heavy yet organic, there is a greater harmonic density behind their stupefyingly heavy riffs and they simply sound tighter than ever before. These are anthems for a maddening world run by monsters of our own making.
“LO! have come to remind you of glorious times; times when Mastodon were using samples of Jurassic Park to kick off their records,” wrote Metal Hammer UK on the band’s debut album Look And Behold. And in fact, song titles like “Megafauna” or “Hall Of Extinct Mammals” show that LO! have always been interested in man’s relationship with the natural world. Themes of extinction, circuses, and animal exploitation were explored on the band’s 2015 EP The Tongueless, “so it was a nice lead in to where we are at now on Vestigial,” noted vocalist Sam Dillon upon Vestigial’s release, “with a revisit of the outro from the EP as the intro on album number three.”
A world where politics resemble black comedies, where guns have become an aspect of culture, and where addiction to technology is the norm lies at the lyrical heart of Vestigial. “There are several repeated characters throughout the album,” Dillon reveals. “The Judas Steer, the Locust Christ… these are antiheroes, the wolves among sheep figuratively. The ghastly Donald Trumps, The Kim Jong-Uns, the extremists and ignorant tyrants of our modern lives…” Fans of Mastodon, Cursed, Cult Of Luna, Converge, Breach, Black Breath, and the like, don’t sleep on this.