Featuring the stark, desolate landscape of Greenland and a newly recorded version of the acoustic track from their 2013 release Daggers, the video shoot for “5 Minutes” by U.K. metallers THE DEFILED asked for assistance from their fans to a pay tribute to lost loved ones with handwritten messages and eyes raised to the sky.
“’Five Minutes’ is probably our most emotional song, and the one most personal to me,” shares THE DEFILED’s keyboard player The AvD. “We didn’t originally plan to film a video for this, but when we were out in Greenland, we had the opportunity to film the performance part. Despite the breathtaking beauty of our surroundings, that wasn’t enough to really convey the deep emotions of this song, so as a song that deals with loss, we asked our fans to share their stories with us, and offered them the chance to pay tribute to their lost loved ones. The feedback was overwhelming – in more ways than one – and you couldn’t help but be touched reading all the stories ‘The Defilers’ shared with us.”
He continues: “The day of filming was an emotional rollercoaster – bittersweet. So much sadness in the air, but also therapeutic at the same time. I think everyone there felt the same. It’s easy to look at people like us – metalheads, goths, whatever you want to call us – and think we are morbid people obsessed with death, that death is something we welcome, but just ‘cos we wear black it doesn’t make us immune to grief. The pain one feels when losing someone close is universal, and something no one is exempt from. I want to thank all of ‘The Defilers’ who came along to take part in this. You are all beautiful, brave, and have helped us make our best video yet. Thank you.”
Watch the video on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:
THE DEFILED is currently on tour through Europe with Avatar. View dates on the band’s official Facebook page.
Earlier this year, THE DEFILED became the first band to play the world’s first gig on a floating iceberg in the Greenland Sea. Braving freezing temperatures and fast flowing ice, a special set was performed to a host of locals from the nearby town of Kulusuk, Greenland, who ventured out to the ice field to watch this once-in-a-lifetime experience from an array of fishing boats and leisure craft. A documentary of the event can be viewed on the official JagerUK YouTube channel:
2013’s Daggers was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Florida with producer/engineer Jason Suecof (Death Angel, Job For A Cowboy, Atheist, Charred Walls Of The Damned) and can be ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop & digitally via iTunes.
Official music videos from THE DEFILED include: