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ANTHRAX Premiere “MONSTER AT THE END” Video

The mighty thrashers Anthrax released the album For All Kings this year, as you probably know.

More recently, they have been working on a new cool video for the track “Monster At The End“, which has now been revealed. The premise is that there’s a little bit of the monster in all of us.

Shooting the entire video with Super Sharp HD video still cameras, director Jack Bennett wanted an animated, staccato-feel to the flow of the individual images.

“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.”

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In post-production, Bennett went through the footage frame by frame and hand-picked the still images he wanted to animate – hundreds of them. Rather than print the video at 24 frames per second, he animated movement of the band members using the still images, creating a jagged, crude motion.

This also allowed Bennett to hang on the band members’ individual movements to accentuate the power of their playing, such as the strength in Charlie Benante‘s drum hits, or Scott Ian‘s strumming or Frank Bello‘s rhythm.

Bennett and his crew went one step further, taking a cue from the legendary Walt Disney animators of the 1920s and 1930s, who used the technique of rotoscoping, the art of painstakingly hand-painting individual cels to embellish a primary image.

Employing the fundamentals of rotoscope, Bennett has peppered the video with monsters, tattoos that come alive, explosions, popping eyeballs, speech bubbles, morphed images, and nods to the influence of ‘Creepshow‘.

There’s even a frame or two of The Skull King, the evil character from Anthrax‘s “Blood Eagle Wings” music video that Bennett also directed. Actor Justin Michael Terry, who played The Skull King, is The Runner in “Monster At The End“.

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(via Metal Storm)

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