Wellington, New Zealand-based, atmospheric, post-metal unit Spook the Horses are pleased to unveil their video for “Cell Death.” The track comes off the band’s forthcoming, new full-length, Empty Body, set for release August 28 via Pelagic Records.

Following the calm and sublime People Used To Live HereEmpty Body rears its head with distortion levels cranked up, tempos sped up, and songs condensed and stripped down to the bare, ugly essentials. Indeed, Empty Body comes as a brutal wake-up call within the rampant COVID-19 fatigue and an unexpected surprise in almost every regard.

“We’ve always been both a heavy and a quiet band. An entire album of our prettier, more bittersweet inclinations demands a reply of our most aggressive and confrontational. The pendulum must swing back the other way,” comments multi-instrumentalist Callum Gay.

“Spook the Horses’ music videos have, until now, focused on the abstract and surreal, not wanting to insert ourselves into the conversation between sound, image and the viewer,” the band continues. “With ‘Cell Death,’ coming from our most raw and transparent record yet, the band is out in full force. In this video, we bring an adaption of our live shows to the screen, projecting the energy and sensory overload we bring to the stage while also respecting the artifice of video production.”

Preorder the album here.


Addison is reviews and online news editor for New Noise. She specializes in metal, queer issues, and dog cuddles.

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