Inspired by Patrick Graham's bestselling book L'Evangile Selon Satan [translation: The Gospel According to Satan], VADER's video for "Never Say My Name" tells an alternate story of the death of a messiah who curses humanity before his death on the cross and chooses life in Hell instead of Heaven. Perhaps because of its "controversial" title and content, this book is not available in the U.S. in English, but a French version can be ordered from Canada.
Guitarist and lead singer Piotr "Peter" W. checks in from his home in Poland with insightful news on the video shoot:
"We started the video shoot on August 15, at about noon. That day we were in the Last Supper and the slaughter of the Messiah's followers scenes, while during the night we were to take some bluebox and Janus shots. The same day in Wroclaw, the masses came to see a light-and-water show taking place just 200 meters from the place of our shooting the 'Bible scenes.' Lots of people were wondering 'What's being shot here? A new TV series? The Bible stories? Or maybe a Discovery program?' Despite 12 hours of hard work and constant stage make-up changes, we managed to finish before 1 a.m. We went through it without a bloodshed - well, despite the Last Supper scene... but the blood was a fake.
"The next day we took the martyr shots and the Romans' armament ones, which were crucial for 'Necropolis.' Sunday: the unbearable heat and another couple of hours in the nearby gravel pit. It wasn't so easy that day. The owner of the place, who at first was eager to rent it to the Inbornmedia crew, had enough when it came to the crucifixion, burning, and the transformation of the Messiah into Janus. My roars and the burning crucifix brought about an immediate response of the security guards. They called the police and we were supposed to leave the gravel pit at once. Fortunately, we managed to 'steal' one more hour before the cops arrived. There only remained ashes. And we, together with the Romans, came back to the hotel at about. 2 a.m. And there were still the final scenes left. These we're going to finish on tomorrow... but in a different place.
"The trailer is just a 'taste' of what's gonna to happen. Janus is Jesus after he cursed humanity. After Jesus [played by Peter W.] died on the cross, he changed name to Janus [also played by Peter W.] and went down to Hell to rule in the Pits, where he stayed forever. This means Jesus was never resurrected and this is the strongest point made in the story."
Recorded at Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland with the Wieslawski Bros., mixed by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios in Denmark, and featuring cover artwork by Jacek Wisniewski, VADER's new album, Necropolis, will be released in the U.S. & Canada on September 22nd. Fans are encouraged to drop by the Nuclear Blast web store to reserve a pre-order bundle.