Vatican photo by Nathan Fitzgerald

We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Vatican’s new music video for their song “Slit Of Creation” (watch it below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Ache Of Eternity, which is scheduled to be released through Sorrow Carrier Records on August 25th.

Vinyl pre-orders are now available in three variants: black with screen-printed B-side, red with black smoke, and purple. Grab ’em here.

Vatican vocalist Jonathan Whittle comments on the video:

“The ‘Slit of Creation’ video depicts an individual mentally battling depression and suicidal thoughts. In the beginning it shows her going to bed alone at night, with a killer appearing when she hits the lights (not necessarily a physical being, but more so a figment of suicide in the conscience). In her subsequent dream state, she is trapped in a room to face the killer/suicide, from whom/which she runs while mourning at a close friend’s gravestone.

That’s similar to what we fought through while mourning our close friend’s passing. This track and ‘Boundless Image’ go hand in hand and were written within a 3 week span while grieving. ‘Boundless Image,’ which will be released soon, is more so about his struggle and the image burnt into our minds. ‘Slit of Creation’ is focused on finding a new sense of life through the experience — hence creation.

In the past, I’d always kept suicide as an option in the back of my head, if all else fails. That was a terrible way to live, but losing a friend put everything into perspective and kicked that thought out of my brain because of the damage I know it would cause those I love. Somehow, the tragedy saved my life.

Anyway, back to the video, which shows multiple shots of the killer standing nearby, getting closer each time, as a representation of that stagnant thought growing. Towards the end it shows the character giving in and letting the killer/suicide catch up to her, torment her to the point of torture, before ultimately resorting to suicide with a slit wrist/throat in the bathtub. Whether she’s still dreaming or that it’s actually taking place is up to the viewer.

I would urge anyone thinking of ending their life to not let that dream become a nightmarish reality. There is help out there for you, no matter how dark it seems; please seek it out. I know it’s cliché, but it will get better.”

Vatican has booked an intense run of US summer tour dates preceding the release of Ache Of Eternity, beginning with a show this Sunday, July 16th with Culture Killer and more in Ladson, South Carolina. Ten days later, on Wednesday, July 26th, they’ll play a This Is Hardcore pre-show supporting All Else Failed before heading out with Absolute Suffering, Strength Approach, and Momentum from July 31st through August 6th, after which Vatican and Momentum will continue on in support of Breaking Wheel from August 8th through August 16th.

Vatican Tour Dates:

7/16/2017 The Hive – Ladson, SC w/ Culture Killer, Invoke, Detriment, Hangman, Safety Switch, Mothmother
7/26/2017 Ortliebs – Philadelphia, PA – This Is Hardcore pre-show w/ All Else Failed, Absolute Suffering

w/ Absolute Suffering, Strength Approach, Momentum
7/31/2017 The Flying Dutchman – Roanoke, VA
8/01/2017 Morning Glory Coffee – Wilmington, NC
8/02/2017 The Golden Pony- Harrisonburg, VA
8/03/2017 The Anvil- Altoona, PA
8/04/2017 Sugar City- Buffalo, NY
8/05/2017 Fuze Box- Albany, NY
8/06/2017 American Legion- Florence, MA

w/ Breaking Wheel, Momentum
8/08/2017 Championship Bar- Trenton, NJ
8/09/2017 Sidebar- Baltimore, MD
8/10/2017 House Show- Florence, SC
8/11/2017 Cory’s Grilled Cheese- Charleston, SC
8/12/2017 Cloud Springs Deli – Ringgold, GA
8/13/2017 Erv’s – Atlanta, GA
8/14/2017 Space Station at Starlandia – Savannah, GA
8/15/2017 Transitions – Tampa, FL
8/16/2017 Nighthawks – Jacksonville, FL

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