The excellent clip for “The Harrowing” was directed by David Hall from Handshake Inc. (PORTAL, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, VENOM, etc), who comments: “In February, Jason Netherton asked me if I would be interested in making a second video for ‘The Killing Gods’ track ‘The Harrowing’, says the director. “Of course, the answer was ‘yes’ and we started talking about ideas. Jason had the concept of some sort of nefarious cult or gang that kidnaps someone, tortures them, tries to indoctrinate them, and eventually kills their victim. After some research and thought we came up with the idea of a Zodiac style outfit, just because the associated meaning is kind of open ending, and honestly, it’s creepy as hell.”
“While the costumes were being made, Jason and I did some location scouting and watched a bunch of weird cult videos and such and mapped the basic plot”, the director continues. “The band also had some great footage filmed in Europe on their tour last summer, so we decided to incorporate that as well. After the initial cut, I felt something was missing, so we had singer and guitarist Mark Kloeppel film some footage performing the song, which was shot by Jeff Grindstopher of Grindstopher Productions, and we decided to incorporate some of the killer artwork Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs had created for ‘The Killing Gods’. I feel this video is a bit of a departure from some of the stuff I normally do, which I am really happy about.
To me this feels like a classic metal video… some great shots of the bands performing, creative footage to mirror some of the meaning of the song, and a little bit of the old ultraviolence. On a side note, when we were filming some of the Zodiac dudes in a field, a concerned citizen called the police and reported ‘a bunch of big, masked dudes in a field wearing crosses are up to no good’. At least the cops had a sense of humor about it when they showed up.”
MISERY INDEX are currently on the road in support of their latest full-length ‘The Killing Gods’, which was recorded in the USA at Wright Way Studios in Baltimore, Maryland and engineered by Steve Wright (DYING FETUS, SLIPKNOT, SOILWORK). The drum parts were tracked with Scott Hull (PIG DESTROYER, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, BLACK TUSK, BRUTAL TRUTH) at Visceral Sound in Bethesda, Maryland. ‘The Killing Gods’ is still available in various formats from the Season of Mist shop.