Popular Culture Review 29.1 (Spring 2018) - Page 90

them visually articulate the narrative, and it is striking in the way it both stands separate from their other work, and engages in a larger narrative developing in music today. Draconian, a doom metal band from Sweden, also recently released a fantastic video in conjunction with the first single from their latest album, Sovran. The song, “Stellar Tombs,” was accompanied by an epic 8-minute movie filmed in Iceland (with fantastic drone footage). In this example, the lyrics of the song are fairly ambiguous; without the accompanying film, they would not really call to mind any specific imagery. 9 The context of the visual language, however, projects a fairly ominous tone over the lyrics; they clearly project a haunting, “humanity-is-destroying-itself” narrative. Beginning with footage of volcanic eruptions, cellular divisions under a microscope, time-lapse plants bursting from the earth, and so forth, the center of the video takes a fairly noticeable turn, incorporating an interesting montage of twentieth-century war footage interrupting the overarching “fighting couple” narrative framework of the video. 10 I’ll highlight the center-lude examples here. As the musical interlude begins, images from World War II flash rapid- fire on the screen. Footage of bomb testing in Los Alamos, 9 Draconian, “Stellar Tombs,” Dark Lyrics. 2015. http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/draconian/sovran. html#4 10 Draconian, “Stellar Tombs,” official music video, written and directed by Bowen Stains, 2015. Nuclear Blast Records. 90