New York’s Hung have received lots of attention for their unique blend of prog/death metal and classical influences, thanks in part to former Trans-Siberian Orchestra electric violinist Lyris Hung. And on May 8, the group will release their self-titled debut album via ReThink Records, Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler’s imprint via The End Records.
With all that in mind, we’re extremely proud to premiere the lyric video for Hung’s new song “Sediment of War.” Bassist/co-founding member Sam Roon was kind enough to share the following insight behind the song and it’s video:
“‘Sediment of War’ was inspired by a short story entitled, ‘A Madman’s Diary’ by Chinese writer Lu Xun. While not the main storyline in Xun’s work, the thing that inspired the song lyrically are references to cannibalism that actually took place during the wartime famine in the early 1900’s in China. The song goes on to take a much broader look at the scars left behind by war.
I put the ‘Sediment of War’ lyric video together using exclusively YouTube footage… I wanted the strong words to be backed by equally powerful visuals. There’s a part in the middle of the video where I took only about 20 seconds from a 25 minute long clip that US soldiers had retrieved after killing insurgents who tried to attack them at an outpost.
In the footage, you see the last moments of a man’s life through the camera he is holding. Ultimately he is shot, falls down and he drops the camera which then looks out over the desert sky as he curls up into fetal position, which you can tell when his legs come into frame. It’s a very real moment that starts a climactic end to the song with powerful images that won’t be easy for many to watch. These images are ‘sediment of war,’ and I hope all who watch are moved as equally as I while making it.”
So without further ado, go ahead and watch Hung’s new lyric video for “Sediment Of War” after the jump. Hung will be throwing a listening party for their self-titled debut at Duff’s in Brooklyn, NY on April 28, and will also be performing a record release show at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn NY on May 3. Pre-orders for Hung’s album, as well as special t-shirt bundles, are also available online. And keep up to date on the band’s upcoming plans via Hung’s official website.