Queens of the Stone Age's Animated Apocalypse
  • MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013

  • Posted by: Dorit Finkel

We've been getting excited about ...Like Clockwork, the forthcoming album from psych-grunge rockers Queens of the Stone Age, and the highlight of this anticipation has been the disturbing animated chapters accompanying the singles. Today, the band released the complete version of the compiled music videos, a harrowing fifteen-minute short film sharing the name of the album. Gratuitously violent and continually horrifying, the stylized animation of Boneface and Liam Brazier, perhaps in a nod to anime dystopia classics like Akira (1988) and Metropolis (2001) and comics like Watchmen (1987) and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (2013), takes the collage animation of 1960s Britain and splatters it with homicidal clown demons and zombie crows. We're introduced to four characters for whom death would be a relief (hinted to be gruesome versions of the four horsemen of the apocalypse), taken through a city riddled with graffiti messages like "THE END IS REALLY FUCKING NIGH," and shown scene after scene of destruction, culminating in a psychedelic climax Japan would be proud of.
Track listing: "I Appear Missing" "Kalopsia" "If I Had A Tail" "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" "My God Is The Sun"
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