Sydney blackened death metal band Alchemy have unveiled the video for their latest single “Gehenna 451”. The video, shot during Covid lockdowns, abandons music video cliches and instead features haunting imagery which touches on the lyrical themes of destruction and loss.
Vocalist Nic Webb describes the song’s content as “story of true misery”, inspired by the bushfires that raged across Australia from September 2019 – February 2020. “Gehenna 451 was written in the light of the “Black Summer” bushfires when 46 million acres of bush land was destroyed and almost 3 billion animals died. The song is written from the perspective of almost any creature unfortunate enough to experience the devastation that ravaged the country”.
The song features guest vocals from Duncan Bentley of Vulvodynia, and was produced by Matt Clarke (The Wandering, To The Grave) who the band worked with on 2020’s “Holy Anorexia” single. The video was directed shot and edited by Elliot Sauvage at Sauvage Photo.
Alchemy have supported some of the world’s most acclaimed death metal bands – Fleshgod Apocalypse, Obscura, Psycroptic, Disentomb, and King Parrot, and in 2019 toured Japan supporting Hypocrisy and Kataklysm. With roots in brutal death and black metal, Alchemy blend these elements to form intricate riffs, disturbing melodies and brutal grooves.