Canada's hardcore alt-metal quintet Fall City Fall went the epic route in creating a trilogy of videos for their new album Victus, which they describe as their most intimate and intense project to date. Working with award-winning director Kurtis David Harder, the band members play themselves in a grim apocalyptic tale that runs the gamut from suicide imagery to an all-out gun battle in the snow with hordes of zombies – all set to the songs “Shallow Believer,” “Taken” and the album's title track.
We're super-amped to present the World Premiere of this final chapter, and for the occasion I asked Fall City Fall vocalist Nathan Zorn about the genesis of the series.
“Keenan [Pylychaty, co-lead vocalist] always had the idea of doing a zombie-esque style music video,” Zorn said. “So one day we just got together and brainstormed some ideas, and it ended up turning into this big elaborate story that we made span over three videos. Keenan came up with the original concept, and Kurtis threw in his vision as well.”
In Keenan's concept, the zombies are a metaphor for the band's darkest fears, which literally catch up to them in the climax. “The band is the key element that brings us together and 'saves' us in the end,” Zorn explained. “So when we are all attacked, we are kind of going though this weird transformation state, as you would see in most zombie movies.”
The imagery takes a darker, more personal turn in the second chapter “Taken,” which Zorn describes as “more of a dream state” where band members address anguish from their real lives. “We are really focusing on problems that we were going through at the time,” he revealed. “The significance of the girl with the doll is from a really heavy issue that I dealt with a few years back with a former girlfriend. She had an abortion and put me through the ringer psychologically, so the girl represents the unborn child.”
Naturally the guys are big-time horror fans, and wanted to use familiar zombie imagery as a launching point for “something that would intentionally get under people's skin.” But it was also tons of fun for everyone involved.
“It was insanely cold that day and all of the zombies were troopers because they had to lay in the snow for ridiculous amounts of time,” Zorn recalls. “We had a great time working with everyone and we are all really stoked on the outcome of the project.”
Now that you have the backstory, it's time to raise the curtain on the final chapter, “Victus.” Check it out!
Victus the album is available on CD and vinyl from Victory Records.