The new video for Sulfur from Slipknot's chartbusting album All Hope is Gone made its world premiere on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball this weekend, and if you missed it – or just feel like watching it a few more times – you can catch it right here. Go below & check it out, and let us know what you think!
The video was shot last month under the direction of percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan and acclaimed promotional artist P.R. Brown. In the clip, frontman Corey Taylor can be seen sporting his new simplified mask design while swimming around with his bandmates in a vat of cloudy liquid. The whole concept is actually based on an installation by video artist Bill Viola entitled Ascension, and recreating it for the video inspired genuine fear in the band members.
Crahan reminisces about the frightening shoot on MTV's Headbanger's Blog: “We got an 11-foot water tank and we all jumped in it, and we all had our issues,” he explains. “It was the first time I saw everybody very concerned with something we had to do for our art. You had to go up this really weird ladder and the water was dirty and it was a five-foot by five-foot tank and it looked like when you stepped into it you were gonna hit your head on the frame that holds the glass and it would just rip your nose off.”
He recalls this authentic fear really came through in the visuals: “I look at the video as a testimony to being able to believe in what you had to do. It was dangerous. If you just did it a little bit wrong you were going to hurt yourself. And it happens to be my favorite video ever because it involved that fear... I think it reveals more of how we see ourselves.”
Take a dive and feel the fear!