Taken from their new album For All Kings, Anthrax has just released a pretty brutal new video for their eight-minute epic “Blood Eagle Wings.”
Centered around an awful skull king (which interestingly looks like a long-haired Skeletor) and his unthinkable torture tactics, the video is a sometimes unbearable blood bath portraying the evilness in certain types of power and progress.
“We created this torture chamber sitting below this horrible king’s hall,” explains director Jack Bennett. “This guy gets to play with his toys and look through the grate in the floor and see this group of people that he’s essentially crushing. The idea is that this power is built on top of these people. It’s brutal and there’s a lot of amazing torture gags happening but it all serves this concept that progress is brutal. Civilizations progress in a way that is violent.”
When asked about the song’s theme, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian added to Bennett’s point saying, “Any great city, whether it’s London, Rome, Paris, New York, Los Angeles — these cities are alive because of how many people were killed to make these cities what they are, how much blood was spilled over time."
With that said, if you think you can handle eight minutes of stabbing, slicing and bone breaking, you can watch the video – which originally premiered on Rolling Stone – below. Afterwards, if you’ve yet to pick up a copy of For All Kings, you can do so here.