Georgia straight edge band Vatican have released a new music video for Slit of Creation. This is the first video release of the band’s Ache of Eternity EP, released this August on Bradley Zorgdrager‘s Sorrow Carrier Records. Watch the new video below. Viewers be warned, the video shows graphic scenes including blood and violence.
From frontman Jonathan Whittle:
The ‘Slit of Creation’ video depicts an individual mentally battling depression and suicidal thoughts. In the beginning it shows her going to bed alone at night, with a killer appearing when she hits the lights (not necessarily a physical being, but more so a figment of suicide in the conscience). In her subsequent dream state, she is trapped in a room to face the killer/suicide, from whom/which she runs while mourning at a close friend’s gravestone.
That’s similar to what we fought through while mourning our close friend’s passing. This track and ‘Boundless Image’ go hand in hand and were written within a 3 week span while grieving. ‘Boundless Image,’ which will be released soon, is more so about his struggle and the image burnt into our minds. ‘Slit of Creation’ is focused on finding a new sense of life through the experience — hence creation.
In the past, I’d always kept suicide as an option in the back of my head, if all else fails. That was a terrible way to live, but losing a friend put everything into perspective and kicked that thought out of my brain because of the damage I know it would cause those I love. Somehow, the tragedy saved my life.
Anyway, back to the video, which shows multiple shots of the killer standing nearby, getting closer each time, as a representation of that stagnant thought growing. Towards the end it shows the character giving in and letting the killer/suicide catch up to her, torment her to the point of torture, before ultimately resorting to suicide with a slit wrist/throat in the bathtub. Whether she’s still dreaming or that it’s actually taking place is up to the viewer.
I would urge anyone thinking of ending their life to not let that dream become a nightmarish reality. There is help out there for you, no matter how dark it seems; please seek it out. I know it’s cliché, but it will get better.”
The Slit of Creation video is directed and edited by Alex Greenberg. Ache of Eternity is available now to download or stream through the band’s Bandcamp page. Vinyl pre-orders are now available in three variants through the band’s online store.