The video for “Omega Wave,” the title track off reactivated Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN’s new album of the same name, is now available for viewing exclusively on GuitarWorld.com. “Omega Wave” was created by SchneppZone video director Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse fame.
Guitarist, songwriter, and founding member Craig Locicero offers the following commentary about working with such a creative mastermind:
“FORBIDDEN never got to make a proper video in the past. Sure, we’d made a couple below average ones over our first 10 years of our history, but never anything we were very proud of. When we finally recorded Omega Wave after a 14 year break between records, we knew it HAD to be something special. So making the correct choice of director was very important. When Jon Schepp’s name came up at [label manager] Gerardo Martinez’s suggestion, I thought it was perfect. Jon’s our man! Luckily he said yes.
“Most people know Jon from the Metalocalypse series and Exodus videos. Being the Cartoon Network fan that I am, I was aware of his work on Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, The Venture Brothers, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. All appealing to me and my warped sense of humor. And I obviously love what he did with the Exodus’s ‘Riot Act’ video. All good stuff for different reasons and he’s obviously good with effects.
“Jon came up with a wicked story board immediately after he listened to ‘Omega Wave.’ We wanted the lyrics to be represented like a thrash-hammer to the head. Mind control, paranoia, fear, and impending doom surrounding humanity leading into 2012 and all of its prophecy and innuendo needed to be bluntly represented. Those things are very much in this video – along with some of Jon’s trademark dark humor put in for good measure.
“Everyone in the band loves the clip. We are all very proud of the song and Jon’s work. Most importantly, it represents the first time we as a band can hang our hat on a video with confidence and say that’s a FORBIDDEN fucking video! Embrace the Metal and enjoy; the end of an age should always be this fun!”
About working with FORBIDDEN and getting to create another music video, Schnepp shares:
“I have become more selective with what I do while I’m skimping the running hammerhead towards death. Many bands want me to make videos for them, especially since my directing work on the Dethklok concert tours. After directing and creating an entire hour of animated music videos, I realized I have actually made my own ‘Heavy Metal’ movie.
“To do a music video nowadays, I have to time it with a number of elements: Does the band rock, can I do what I want, and do I have time? I usually end up not having the time, since I do so much of the video myself, treating it as a stand-alone art object as well as a commercial product. I want to be able to watch this twenty years from now and still be into it.
“After hearing that FORBIDDEN wanted a video and speaking with Craig and hearing ‘Omega Wave,’ I realized we were completely in sync. I wanted to try some cool visual ideas, and the guys were all onboard. I wanted to tell a story without a basic narrative, so the images constantly flowed, and the final result was an intense visual journey. Craig and the rest of FORBIDDEN were all great about being shot on a rotating mechanical board against a bright greenscreen, and kept the intensity of their live performance intact. I’m very happy with end results of the ‘Omega Wave’ music video. No actual b-roll; just a miasma of ever-churning visuals with the band playing and completely involved in the visuals.”
FORBIDDEN’s Omega Wave album debuted at #27 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #83 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #92 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart the week following its October 2010 release.
The band just returned from a successful tour in Australia and are ready to assault ALL senses with their performances at the Bloodstock and Brutal Assault festivals. Their European tour with Communic and Demonica launches on September 26th.
Listen to the tracks “Forsaken At The Gates” and “Dragging My Casket” on the band’s Facebook page.