It is a glorious day for BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME fans the world over as the Grammy Award nominated progressive metallers have released their highly anticipated new album “Colors II” (out NOW on Sumerian Records). In celebration of the release, the band have dropped an official music video for track “The Future Is Behind Us” directed by Erez Bader of Silent Flight Productions.
Speaking on the concept behind the video for “The Future Is Behind Us”, the director, Erez Bader explains: “Colors II‘s opening track is an invitation for the listener to interpret the album, or rather the entirety of BTBAM‘s work, however they see fit. As a long time fan (half my arm is tattooed with Parallax II’s artwork) I’ve always interpreted the first Colors to be about the fading of creativity and originality in our world, and the message that your legacy is defined by the things you’ve created during your lifetime. It’s both a pessimistic view that the world is going to shit, while also being a rallying cry for budding artists to overcome hardships and remind themselves why their work is important.
The song “White Walls” closes out the first Colors album, representing both the death of the colors now faded, yet the blank canvas they left behind – an invitation to start anew. This is where my music video for “The Future Is Behind Us” begins. While the band’s mind-blowing performance is front and center, the subtle narrative begins within these quite literal white walls, which in this video I think of as a sort-of temple.
The “sculpture-people” as I call them (who represent the first album), congregate at this towering, abstract painting within the white walls; a holy conduit they’ve sought to undergo a long-awaited dark ritual. Tommy floats past the world, carrying this growing darkness as it blooms around him in the wilderness and is brought into our cities, eventually culminating in the dark sludge that entirely consumes the white walls themselves. Within the darkness, the sculptures birth a child – a creation of their own, and it’s released into our world. There’s a weird transfer of power as a work of art nears completion. It becomes its own author and starts guiding you to its final form; something new entirely. So while I have my own intention behind the video, I’m forced to be cheesy and quote the new record, “I’m not the writer, it’s you”.
“The Future Is Behind Us” follows the release of previous singles, “Revolution In Limbo” and “Fix The Error” which spawned a brilliant animated music video, paying homage to the 90s cartoons the band grew up watching. “Fix The Error” debuted in the top 10 on the iTunes Metal charts and was the third most played track on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal the week it launched. Fans were so excited by new Between The Buried and Me music and the announcement of ‘Colors II‘ that the first pressing of vinyl pre-orders completely sold out in just 24 hours.