Hard to go wrong with a castle setting when making a metal video. The latest from Slovenian black metal quartet Ensanguinate, “Vile Grace,” is a moody, harsh seven-minute epic shot on location at Castle Haasberg in Postojna, Slovenia. It features live shots of the band—Andrej Čuk (guitars/vocals), Jaka Črešnar (guitars), Miha Šinigoj (bass), Matjaž Winkler (drums)—performing at the darkened castle, as well as something of a storyline featuring the talents of sisters Dora and Ana Kopitar spilling blood in the name of a proper metal video.
The video was directed, shot and edited by Žak Krebs and the track was taken from Ensanguinate’s upcoming debut full-length, Eldritch Anatomy, which is set for release on CD, vinyl and digitally on September 2 on Emanzipation Productions. “Vile Grace” is the latest single in advance of Eldritch Anatomy and will be issued on August 12. You can pre-save the single here.
This is what the band had to say about its new song and video:
“As the title implies, ‘Vile Grace’ is a song about marrying two concepts that are, as a rule, opposed to each other. It outlines the vileness present in myths, history and destructive human behavior in general, yet it never seeks to criticize. Instead, it embraces the inherent beauty and grace in the detritus, a dichotomy that is illustrated in the video by the mesmerizing Kopitar twins set against a backdrop of blood, fire and pummeling black/death metal that pays tribute to the era when extreme music was not afraid of drinking deep from the cup of devilry, choosing instead to embrace the darkness.”