Not only was it a treat for thrash lovers to watch Anthrax make their debut on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" Wednesday evening, but the band also performed their newest single, "Monster At The End," live. For fans of the band who have already purchased and have been playing the band's eleventh studio album, For All Kings where "Monster At The End" appears, they're already familiar with the song, but it was certainly exciting to see the Anthrax guys perform it on network television. And now there's a brand spanking new video for the song as well, and a unique one too utilizing stop-motion filming.
The concept for making this video was to have multiple still photographers continuously holding down their camera's shutter buttons for the entire length of the song in order to capture a stream of hundreds of still images, but that would have proven to be a pretty heady task. "Hey, it might have been a great idea," laughed video director Jack Bennett in an interview with Fangoria, "but holding down the shutter button on a still camera for that long a time? All we would have ended up with were four jammed cameras!"
Bennett wanted the effect of an animated type of feel coming from the individual images and so the entire video was shot with Super Sharp HD video still cameras. "Video shutter speeds are faster and more reliable than anything we could have done manually, and we wanted as big a pool of still images to choose from as we could get." Then in post-production, he combed through the footage frame by frame, hand-picking hundreds of still images that he wanted to animate, and was able to focus on how dynamic each member of the band is each in their own way - Joey Belladonna, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, Frank Bello, and Jon Donais - in order to highlight each of their unique traits and performance qualities. Animating the movement of the band members using the still images instead of printing the video at 24 frames per second, Bennett was able to create a jagged motion. "We didn't want fluidity, we wanted the video to have more of a comic book feel to it, like flipbook animation," Bennett adds.
Then, in the essence of Walt Disney animators from the 1920s and '30s, Bennett and his team used a technique called rotoscoping where they hand-painted individual cels to enhance chosen images. "We used a lot of stop-motion effects as well as other special and visual effects in the same way as was done in the original 'Exorcist' film," Bennett explained. "We even added a little bit of grain, some dust, and some scratches just to give it that analog feel."
And the end product is a stunning video. Anthrax's drummer, Charlie Benante added: "The 'Monster at the End' video takes us back to our love of comics and horror. We've always loved the 'Creepshow' movies and wanted something like that for this video. Jack is easy to work with, all we did was perform the song, he did the real work with the editing and achieving the look that we wanted."
The video for "Monster At The End" has just premiered on Fangoria - click here to check it out now.
And if you'd like to see Anthrax perform "Monster At The End" live and in person then you're in luck as the band is about to embark on an extensive tour with Slayer as they continue to celebrate their 35th anniversary.
Confirmed dates for Anthrax's 35th-anniversary tour (in progress):
Sept. 9 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion
Sept. 10 Detroit, MI Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
Sept. 11 Traverse City, MI Ground Zero *
Sept. 12 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
Sept. 13 Montreal, PQ Metropolis
Sept. 15 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Sept. 16 Rochester, NY Anthology*
Sept. 17 Mashantucket, CT Revolution Rock Fest
Sept. 18 Chester, PA Rock Allegiance Festival
Sept. 20 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
Sept. 21 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall*
Sept. 22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant,
Sept. 24 Houston, TX Houston Open Air Festival
Sept. 25 Devore, CA Knotfest
Sept. 27 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Sept. 28 Miami, FL Fillmore
Sept. 29 Destin, FL Club L.A.*
Sept. 30 Tunica, MS Horseshoe Casino Tunica
Oct. 1 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival
Oct. 3 Norfolk, VA Norva
Oct. 4 Asheville, NC Orange Peel*
Oct. 5 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Oct. 6 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre*
Oct. 7 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
Oct. 8 Austin, TX ACL at the Moody Theatre
Oct. 10 Denver, CO Fillmore
Oct. 11 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Oct. 12 Boise, ID Rev Hall*
Oct. 13 Missoula, MT The Wilma Theatre
Oct. 14 Idaho Falls, ID The Hill event Center*
Oct. 15 Garden City, ID Revolution Concert House
Oct. 16 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory,*
Oct. 17 Lethbridge, AB ENMAX Centre
Oct. 19 Penticton, BC S. Okanagan Events Centre
Oct. 20 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre
Oct. 21 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre*
Oct. 22 Elverta, CA Discovery Park
Oct. 23 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
Oct. 22 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
Oct. 25 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre*
Oct. 26 Farmington, NM Top Deck*
Oct. 27 El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum*
* Anthrax & Death Angel