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Scream Queen Jon Mack Stars in New Music Video [NSFW]

Horror fans likely recognize the lovely visage of actress Jon Mack from films like Spiders 3D, Saw VI, Mandrake, Camel Spiders, Mongolian Death Worm, Super Tanker and more... but how many of you know about her edgy future-gothic electronica group Auradrone? If you're not among that number yet, now's your chance, as the band has just released a new long-form music video for the track "Shadow" from their second full-length album Bleeding Edge. We've got the full film below the jump, along with more info about Jon and her exotic musical venture, so be sure to check it out... but bear in mind there's some not quite safe-for-work images in this amazingly grim and beautiful film.

Directed by acclaimed video director Dan Zacharias, "Shadow" features intense supporting performances by Brian Krause (Charmed) and familiar character actor Robert LaSardo (Leon: The Professional), both shown in the pic above. The short film is set in a fascist, dystopian future in which hybrid humanoids with supernatural abilities – Jon herself among them – clash with a brutal paramilitary police force.

Founded by Mack (vocalist, guitar and electronics) as a multimedia art project and featuring collaborations by guitarist Christopher Fudurich, Fred Traverso (electronics) and other session musicians from around the world, the tracks on Bleeding Edge (the sequel to their 2009 debut Whitelite Britelite) blend sinister electronics with gritty rock instrumentation to create a dark and sensual future-rock soundscape. The band describes the record as "a love story which explores self-reliance, transcendence and faith in the face of betrayal and entropy." That's a pretty ambitious concept, but it's a perfect fit for a multi-national band whose first collaborations took place in the virtual world, assembled by artists from around the globe.

Upon listening to the record, I realized that this creative melting pot works to the band's advantage, resulting in a kind of cybernetic sensuality. Comparisons to bands like Nine Inch Nails and Curve are usually applied, and they're actually quite fitting; the driving industrial noise interludes are directly out of Trent Reznor's playbook, with a tip of the hat to old-school industrial pioneers like Throbbing Gristle. The band's dense layering of sensual melody with cold, relentless electronics calls to mind goth icons like Collide, the hooky cyber-pop groove of Garbage, and the vocal urgency of space-rockers like Muse. For me, along with "Shadow," I found the deep grinding beats of "Ricochet" and the sexy intensity of "Born Again" to be the standouts in this ten-track collection.

If you dig the surreal, creepy and supernaturally sexy clip below, you can find more audio-visual curiosities from Auradrone at their manga-cyberpunk flavored official site. Check it out!

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