LA-based renegade death punks The Wraith released their debut album last November, and the record continues to reap in new listeners, leveled by the band’s blend of dark post-punk and early Los Angeles deathrock like 45 Grave, T.S.O.L. Recorded by Puscifer’s Mat Mitchell, mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright, the same guy who’s worked on records by From Ashes Rise, Tragedy, Alaric, Arctic Flowers, etc., Gloom Ballet counts 12 tracks of The Wraith’s undeniably catchy energetic gloom.
We’re psyched to host the premiere of this video for the opening track, “Ballad of Aeon,” from The Wraith’s debut album. Check out this video, then do what we did, and immediately get into The Wraith.
“We wanted to work with videographer Michael Kallio again because he did such an amazing job with our ‘Barbed Wire Somber’ video a couple of years ago,” says Paul Rogers, the band’s bassist. “The apocalyptic imagery in the video marries references to ‘Ballad of Aeon’s’ refrain (“A thousand years, Dark centuries”) to more topical concerns.”
Regarding the video, Rogers continues: “The performance footage was shot in a disused L.A. storefront that was being used as storage space (and, by the looks of it, as some sort of nocturnal drug den). Among the stuff being stored there was Cher’s dressing room mirror from one of her Las Vegas residences, which the band was happy to use. Lighting equipment used for the shoot included leftovers from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. As The Wraith was between drummers at the time of the shoot, a mystery stand-in was used.”
“Ballad of Aeon”
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