Dark Fortress is one of the most prominent bands in the German Metal scene today, with a considerable fanbase worldwide. I have been honored to be working with these dark, musical masterminds. After creating the artwork for their latest album ‘Venereal Dawn’, the band asked if I would be interested to make a video as well.

The world I initially painted was inspired by the album’s concept. That realm has now come to life: ruins of civilization, poisoned light, a lost soul violently transforming into a chrysalis, a container of the promise of an even darker future.

A dark tale…

A very nice quote from the band:

The video was brought into being by Daniël van Nes (www.nessed.nl) the imaginative mind that also created the stunning artwork for “Venereal Dawn”.

We are proud to present our newest clip to the song ‘Chrysalis’ off our new album ‘Venereal Dawn’, created by our cover artist Daniël van Nes in collaboration with Sanja Maier-Hasagic, Morean and acclaimed American modern dancer and choreographer Jack Gallagher. Both Daniël and Jack got deeply into the song and its story and managed to hit exactly the right vibe for what we wanted. Our music and lyrics are visually very evocative, so we felt the song calls for an approach that almost feels more like a short movie than a regular metal music video. We are very pleased with the final result, and think the images superbly manage to capture the desolation of the protagonist, whose infection by living light (and subsequent initiation of a process that leads to him changing species) becomes apparent in this chapter of our album. Enjoy!”

This entire video was shot with an iPhone 5(!), a challenge to find out how far the HD filming capacities of this phone’s ‘simple’ tiny camera would stretch.

Set, props, direction, production, filming and editing were all done by myself. The amazing performer in the video is Jack Gallagher of Bodies Anonymous.

The video will be released by Century Media, very soon. Until then, enjoy the screenshots!

Visit the Dark Fortress website here

Many thanks to JMR Productions and Heijmans for letting us use the amazing Fenixloods location!